The History of TLC
In the 1950s, Longmont's parents of children with disabilities had few options for their children to attend school close to home. They could do as they were advised and place their children in institutions or they could keep their children at home with no local, specialized programs to meet their children's needs. In 1956, that changed when a group of Longmont families took action on their shared vision: their children would be able to stay at home AND receive the necessary therapies and educational experiences critical to their development. They founded The Tiny Tim Learning Center.
In 1990, The Tiny Tim Learning Center preschool moved to an inclusive preschool model, serving children with and without special needs. This inclusive educational model has resulted in assisting all children to reach their highest potential through individualized support and encouragement.
In 1997, The Tiny Tim Learning Center expanded to include pediatric therapeutic services to children from birth to 12 years of age. Through this program, we offer individualized and/or small group motor and language therapies in the home, at our therapeutic facility, in our preschool classroom or at other community sites that enhance the development of the child and to provide support to families and strategies for continued progress. Our therapists also offers support to our local hospital nursery staff and families who have infants with special needs, and they provide quarterly screenings and follow-up support to Longmont’s local teen parenting program.
In 2013, The Tiny Tim Learning Center became TLC Learning Center, a new name for a new era of inclusive childcare and pediatric therapy services.
In 2014, TLC launched our infants & toddlers program, creating a continuum of care spanning from eight weeks to five years old in our classrooms.
In the following years, TLC grew by adding new toddler and preschool classrooms. By fall 2019 we will be at classroom capacity, with nine operating rooms for infants, toddlers, and preschool students.
Our Vision for the Future:
Tiny Tim Learning Center is now TLC. The year 2013 brought a new name and new infant & toddler programs to our Longmont early learning center. TLC is focused on expanding its mission to meet changing community needs. Our community needs infant and toddler programs, and who better than TLC to nurture children from birth to five? Our high quality academically focused preschool program and comprehensive therapeutic services will continue as always to nurture success in all children.