Frequently asked questions
What does TLC do and who does it serve?
TLC has two programs: pediatric therapy and early childhood education. We serve children from birth to age 12 in our occupational, physical, and speech pediatric therapies, and children ages eight weeks to six years in our fully inclusive infant nursery, toddler classrooms, and preschool classrooms. Most of our students live in Boulder County, but children from throughout the Front Range are welcome at TLC. Fully inclusive means children both with and without special needs are enrolled in all of our classrooms. Children enrolled in pediatric therapy have been assessed and diagnosed with a special need. Special needs range from speech impediments to low muscle tone; anything that may hinder a child’s ability to meet critical developmental milestones on a timeline appropriate for them. Children may be discharged from therapy upon meeting the goals set by their families and therapist or after their 12th birthday.
When are you open?
We are open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We operate year round with a calendar similar to the St. Vrain Valley School District’s. Some therapists schedule appointments on weekends and late evenings, in addition to during our regular business hours. We ask that preschool children be on campus no more than nine hours per day, per best practices for child development.
Tell me about your staff
Our teachers are highly trained (associates, bachelors, and masters degrees) and committed to the education of young children. Professional development is ongoing for all staff, with a center-wide commitment to the Pyramid Plus Approach, a social-emotional curriculum and positive behavior development system. In addition to highly credentialed teachers, we have licensed Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapists with full credentials, and a highly qualified administrative team that includes an executive and administrative staff. TLC is 501(c)3 non-profit organization managed by a volunteer Board of Directors.
What does it mean to be a nonprofit?
TLC is a nonprofit because all dollars raised go back into the center via programs and scholarships. We do not have an owner; we are run by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of TLC current and alumni parents and community leaders. We hold two major fundraising events per year to help fund our programs, participate in Colorado Gives Day, and ask all TLC parents to commit to 25 volunteer hours per year.
What are your accreditations and affiliations?
TLC is a Colorado Shines Level Four rated center (previously Qualistar Colorado); a Breastfeeding Friendly certified facility; a Healthy Eating Active Living certified facility; a certified Home Care Agency; a member of the Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Longmont Economic Development Partnership; a member of the Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) Partnership, and is active with the Early Childhood Council of Boulder County. TLC receives funding from the Colorado Preschool Program and the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program, in addition to funding from local businesses, foundations, and donors.
What are your tuition rates?
For our pediatric therapy services, costs vary by treatment plan, and TLC works with a variety of insurance plans, including Medicare and private pay. For our educational services, there is a one time $75.00 registration fee. TLC offers two, three, and five day a week enrollment options. Please check our website or call (303)776-7417 for tuition on full or part-time enrollments, in our toddler classrooms, or in our infant classrooms. TLC’s tuition rates are market competitive, and reflect the cost of keeping the appropriate number of highly trained, licensed teachers in each classroom.
Is financial aid available?
We are a non-profit organization committed to providing scholarships to families based on demonstrated financial need. We receive funding for scholarships through CCAP, CPP, government funding, foundations like the Buell Foundation, and private donors. Financial aid will be awarded after completion of a scholarship application and approval. Available funding is first-come first-serve to eligible families. We provide funding to both education families and therapy families. We continuously strive to improve our fundraising efforts so we have more scholarship dollars available for families.
How do we enroll?
The first step in the enrollment process for our classrooms is to schedule a tour. Tours are scheduled once per week and are conducted by our Educational and Therapeutic Services Managers. Touring the center is a necessary step to ensure that we are the right fit for your family. At the tour you will get a registration packet; upon completion of the registration packet, you can fill out the enrollment packet and pay the one time enrollment fee. To enroll in therapy services, call to make an appointment for an initial assessment. Call (303)776-7417 to schedule a tour or make a therapy appointment.
How long have you been in business?
TLC was founded in 1956 by parents of children with cerebral palsy to create a school in town for their children to learn and thrive. We celebrated our 60th birthday in 2016. TLC is now a fully inclusive campus, serving children who are typically developing (no special need) and who have identified special needs in our classrooms and in therapies.
Originally named The Tiny Tim Center, TLC filed a DBA to become known as TLC Learning Center in 2014. Legally, we are The Tiny Tim Center, Inc., and this name will continue to be utilized on our IRS and professional documents.
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