“We wouldn’t send our kids anywhere else. Liz and all the teachers at The Learning Center are amazing caregivers who take care of our kids’ every need. When the kids go they are instantly among friends. I think a testament to TLC is that my kids wish they could even go on weekends.” — Julia, TLC parent

On June 15, The Learning Center, a childcare center serving families of children ages 6 months to 6 years, opened its doors at 129 Denow Road in Lawrenceville.

“A home away from home” is the atmosphere that owner/director Liz Prior and her teachers strive for daily. The Learning Center’s large “gathering room,” with its adult and child-sized couches, cozy rocking chair, and family library, helps create the comforting feeling so necessary for children venturing away from their parents.

Situated on more than two acres, TLC boasts five spacious play yards. Children have the choice to run with friends in the grassy areas, play with toys under shaded pavilions, venture onto the climbing structures, or drive tricycles and cars on miniature paved roads.

Another homespun aspect of TLC is its freshly cooked, nourishing lunches and snacks that are included in the monthly tuition. Baked ziti, homemade applesauce muffins, and freshly sliced fruit are the fixings for a typical TLC lunch.

Like any forward-thinking family, the TLC family looks out into its community to help others. The service learning component of the TLC curriculum is a unique feature, one rarely found at other childcare centers. During the center’s first month alone, TLC children (including those as young as two) have baked treats to raise money for children in foster care, created homemade dog biscuits for the local SPCA, sent thank you bags to local police, and mailed hugs to U.S. soldiers.

TLC’s well-designed academic curriculum and experienced staff expose children to the most important early literacy, math, and science skills, while maintaining the physical and educational space to explore, imagine, and question through play.

“TLC is not just a daycare. It’s a place where they truly learn — not just the basics like their numbers and letters, but how to be thoughtful, caring kids. I can honestly say my kids are better individuals because of TLC,” says Jason, a TLC parent.

Easily accessible to parents living and working in Ewing (across I-95), Pennington (across Federal City Road), and Lawrenceville (via Denow Road), TLC offers flexible summer camp options, half-day schedules, and day-to-day care as needed. Most importantly, TLC provides parents with detailed daily communication through Tadpoles, an e-mail-based application.

Are you ready to check out TLC for your child? Visit our website at www.tlcthelearningcenter.com for more information, call 609-895-8100 for a tour, or join TLC at one of two special upcoming events at the center. On Friday, August 28, at 3 p.m., come to the first annual TLC Summer Carnival and meet the staff and kids. Or go to our website and sign up for the parent literacy workshop on Thursday, September 3, at 6:30 p.m.

The Learning Center, 129 Denow Road, Lawrenceville. 609-895-8100. www.tlcthelearningcenter.com. See ad, page 21.

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