Colorado Gives Day will be Here Soon!

On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, thousands of donors will come together to support Colorado nonprofits. Last year, a record-breaking $26.2 million was raised for Colorado nonprofits. Donors like you helped TLC raise $20,350! 

This year, our goal is to raise $25,000, and we need your help!

How: Mark your calendar for December 8th, and plan to join all of Colorado in giving a gift to your favorite charities, which we hope includes TLC Learning Center, through www.ColoradoGives.org. If you like to cross things off your to-do list, you can pre-schedule your gift now!

If you'd like to go the extra mile in helping children and families this year, create your own fundraising page on www.ColoradoGives.org. Click “Sign Up” as a “Donor,” and create your free Colorado Gives account. Then, create a fundraising campaign by selecting “My Campaigns.” Designate TLC Learning Center as your non-profit organization of choice. Name your campaign (example: “Matt’s TLC Fundraiser”), then give it an easy web address next to “URL” (example: www.ColoradoGives.org/MattLovesTLC).  You can add photos and a personal appeal video if you like. Enter your fundraising goal, and  then submit your page for approval. Once it’s approved, share your fundraising page web address with your friends, family, and co-workers through email, on Facebook, or however else you’d like.

When: You can start now! You can pre-schedule your gift at Colorado Gives today, and your contributors can schedule their gifts for December 8th right now, too! So there’s no worry about forgetting to take part when Colorado Gives Day comes.

Why: Your fundraising dollars go directly to children with special needs and from economically disadvantaged backgrounds so that they can attend our high quality early childhood education programs and pediatric therapy programs. TLC’s  inclusive programs build strong minds, strong bodies, and a strong sense of compassion in all kids. AND, the 1st Bank $1 million Incentive Fund means your Colorado Gives Day dollars are matched, earning even more money for TLC.

Bonus: Gifts of $250.00 or more to TLC qualify for the Colorado Childcare Contribution Tax Credit. Click here to learn more. 

Thank you so much for your continued support!

PS - our Christmas Tree Festival tickets are on sale now! Have you got yours yet?

Support TLC with a Camera Snap!

TLC is now on Shoparoo! That means you can help earn money for TLC's education programs, pediatric therapy programs, and scholarships for children in need simply by taking a picture of your grocery receipt using the Shoparoo app. If you have an iPhone or an Android phone, download the Shoparoo app, choose TLC Learning Center as your school of choice, then snap a photo using the app whenever you make a food or beverage purchase (grocery stores, convenience stores, etc.). Your receipt will earn points for TLC, which will translate into a check for or programs in August! 

Shoparoo is school fundraising made easy: the free app turns pictures of your everyday shopping receipts into cash donations and sweepstakes entries for our school! Yep, it’s that simple. All you have to do is shop as you normally do, snap pictures of your receipts with the app, and voila Just shop, snap, earn!

Get started helping TLC today:

1. Download the free Shoparoo app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.
2. Select TLC Learning Center from the list and start taking pictures of your receipts - shop anywhere, buy anything!
3. The first 20 supporters at our school will earn an extra $1 donation from Shoparoo for their first receipt!
4. Earn even more Roo Points, or cash donations, by inviting others to join using your personal referral code.

There’s no limit to how much money we can raise with Shoparoo - the more supporters, the more we will raise for TLC. Check out shoparoo.com to learn more about this awesome app!

The Shoparoo app for TLC Learning Center on an iPhone. Keep track of how much your support earns for TLC! (You can enter your name or enter as "anonymous," and all receipt information is confidential)

The Shoparoo app for TLC Learning Center on an iPhone. Keep track of how much your support earns for TLC! (You can enter your name or enter as "anonymous," and all receipt information is confidential)

Thank you for your support!

Want to help TLC in other ways? Be sure to check out our How to Help page for other easy fundraising opportunities, like Amazon Smile and King Soopers cards.

 

Vote for TLC for Longmont's Non-profit of the Year!

Do you think TLC Learning Center has done great work for children and families in the Longmont community? If you believe in our mission - to provide comprehensive early childhood education and therapeutic services to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential - and think we've done well at meeting our mission through our fully inclusive infant, toddler and preschool education programs for children both with and without special needs, as well as our pediatric physical, occupational, and speech therapy services, then please vote for us!

Visit the Longmont Chamber of Commerce page to vote here, or download a copy of the voting ballot in PDF here. You can type directly into the form and save it if you open it in Adobe Reader, or if that doesn't work, type your answers into the body of an email and send to Kathy Stevens at the Longmont Chamber of Commerce, at kstevens@longmontchamber.org

TLC's contact is Executive Director Matt Eldred, (303) 776-7417.

All nominations are due to the Longmont Chamber of Commerce on September 25, 2015.

Thank you!

The Economic Impact of Non-profit Orgranizations

By Matt Eldred, TLC Executive Director

Will you make a pledge to support the children and families at TLC learning center and help boost our local economy at the same time?


Will you make a pledge to support the children and families at TLC learning center and help boost our local economy at the same time?

Boulder County Nonprofits make a $254.8 Million Dollar
Impact on  Local Economy

When you support a nonprofit, you are supporting people and animals in need as well as the local economy. CU’s Leeds School of Business conducted a study looking at 53 Boulder County human services nonprofits. These agencies, including TLC Learning Center, directly employed 1,349 people and provided $162.5 million in services.

This in turn yielded $254.8 million in overall economic benefit, including 2,147 jobs and $124.1 million in wages. When looking at the total value added to the GDP by agency operations, these nonprofit human services agencies were responsible for $142 million of the $19.3 billion local economy. Wow!

So when you support TLC through contributions, scholarship grants for low income and at-risk children, you are also supporting the Boulder County economy, as well as all of the directors, teachers, accountants, fundraisers, health care providers, receptionists, cooks, drivers, and more who make nonprofit services possible. Thank you!
 
Learn more about TLC's impact on children and families in Boulder County.

Welcome

Welcome to the TLC Learning Center Blog, where nurturing success in all children has been our goal since 1956.

At TLC, our mission is to provide comprehensive early childhood education and therapeutic services to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential!  We aim to ensure that every child who leaves TLC will enter kindergarten ready to learn, able to interact with his or her peers building lasting friendships, and have every opportunity to succeed regardless of their circumstances, environment, or other challenges they may have.

You may know that  TLC has been awarded the highest rating 4-Stars by Qualistar, which is a Quality Rating System that measures the quality of child care programs in Colorado on a provisional to 4-Star scale.  The Qualistar Rating™ is an important part of Colorado's child care Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). Qualistar says Providing high-quality early childhood education isn’t a simple task. Though most programs consistently strive to improve quality, financial realities make it a tough road for even the most dedicated providers. Programs participating in the Qualistar Rating™ have taken an important step in their quality improvement journey. As part of the Qualistar Rating™, programs are given a profile that reflects an objective view of both their strengths and areas for improvement. This profile offers valuable suggestions on how to improve the overall quality of their program. I am very happy and proud to represent the TLC Learning Center Staff who is 1 of only 3, 4-Star Rated Childcare Centers in Boulder County and the Only 4-Star Center in Longmont!

While this outside "stamp of approval" is something we are proud of, what we are most proud of is the quality of care in all of our classroom from our infant & toddler classrooms, to our preschool classrooms, and our therapeutic services in the classrooms, in the center, and in homes.  The TLC model is unique in that we provide education services for children with typical development, special needs, developmental delays, and from high-risk backgrounds all in the same setting. We offer donor-funded scholarships to families in need, providing the best early childhood education and pediatric therapies possible for children. To increase our ability to serve children in economic need, we participate in the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP), the Colorado Preschool Program (CPP) in partnership with the St. Vrain Valley School District, and Medicaid, enabling us to serve children not just of all abilities, but from all socio-economic backgrounds. This helps us give children a bright future regardless of background, and helps enable working parents to continue supporting their families by offering low-cost early childhood services. Colorado has a strong need for services that cater to working parents, as the state ranks in the top 10 least affordable for early childcare and education . Further, a large dearth exists in the number of infant, toddler, and preschool spots in Boulder County that are available for children from low-income families or with special needs who qualify for state funded childcare assistance. This absence negatively impacts working parents and families, who may have difficulty balancing child care duties and working hours, especially when the cost of care can outweigh a paycheck. Centers that accept the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP) are even more difficult for families to secure space in, due to high demand. These findings are echoed by the St. Vrain Early Childhood Council, the Boulder County Early Childhood Council, and Qualistar Colorado's 2013 Signature Report.  TLC works to meet the needs of community through child and family education and health services all in the least restrictive environment, allowing children to receive the best care and services, while families can work knowing their child's needs are all being met.  Our goal is to be an extension of the family and to partner with parents as they are their child's first and most important teacher.

As you read the following blogs, I'd encourage you to reflect on your own upbringing and your early childhood experience and hopefully you will see that the folks who post blogs here are 100% committed to being the best they can be to ensure that our children have the best chance to be the best they can be for a bright future for us all!

Thanks and come see us anytime!

Matt Eldred

Executive Director