Why Did Tiny Tim Become TLC,
and What Does it Mean for the Future?
Despite TLC’s ability to prepare EVERY child for success in kindergarten and beyond, enrolling the typical child proved to be a difficult task for TLC in recent years. TLC’s most common feedback is that families don’t know TLC serves typical kids as well as kids with special needs. This misunderstanding is disappointing, in that TLC can only enroll more children with special-needs when there is a sufficient enrollment of typical kiddos to create the 6:4 ratio in every classroom.
Thus, the recent name change from The Tiny Tim Learning Center to TLC Learning Center. It is the Board of Director’s and the staff’s hope that the name will decrease the misconception that TLC doesn't serve typical children with the high-quality education they need. TLC absolutely serves typical children with research-based curriculum, outstanding and caring staff, and carefully monitored progress of skill acquisition and development using the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment portfolios.
Learn more by reading our Name Change FAQ page.
Beginning in 2013-2014, TLC teachers switched from paper portfolios to virtual portfolios, so all preschool student achievement and growth data was collected online, making it easy for data to be shared with kindergarten teachers after students graduate from TLC. The Educational Services Manager, Cindy Wickham, collected data on TLC students for the Board in August, 2014. The data included: percentage of TLC students leaving for kindergarten who were “kindergarten ready” based on Literacy and Math (achievement), and the number and percentage of students who were meeting or were above the expected growth. This growth data was aggregated by age (3-4 year olds, and pre-kindergarten/4-5 year olds). The growth data was collected in each of the following areas: social-emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, and mathematics. The results are highly indicative of TLC’s success in preparing ALL children for success upon entering kindergarten:
Achievement data: Of the eleven students who left TLC at the end of 2014 to enter kindergarten, 94% were “kindergarten-ready” based on math and literacy data collected in GOLD portfolios.
Growth data: In the 3-4 year old group, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding growth expectations was between 87% (language) and 96% (social emotional). In the 4-5 year old group, the percentage of students meeting or exceeding growth expectations was between 94% (literacy & mathematics) and 100% (cognitive and social-emotional).
These results are especially noteworthy, when one remembers that TLC’s classrooms are not 100% typically developing children, but include 40% children with special needs.
Infant & Toddler Care at TLC, and Preschool Open Enrollment:
The Board and staff’s desire to better share with the community our work with typical children also triggered our interest in launching Infant & Toddler childcare. TLC now provides inclusive, high-quality, Four Star Qualistar Rated Infant & Toddler childcare five days a week to better serve families, and to create a continuum of care for children from birth to five.
It is important we let the community know that we serve typical children as well as special needs children, all while maintaining our same mission to provide comprehensive early childhood education and therapeutic services to assist each child in reaching his or her highest potential. While TLC is a 501(c)3 non-profit, it operates as a business in order to be able to fulfill our mission. As with any other business, operating at full capacity would allow us to both operate more efficiently and offer more children the opportunity to grow, learn, and become better prepared for entering grade school.