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Tender Loving Kare, your childcare center in Middletown, DE is an early Education School which provides programs for children ages infant through fourteen years. Our philosophy includes providing a nurturing environment that fosters each child’s self-identity, utilizing developmentally appropriate practices to enhance each child’s learning opportunities.

Family and community are an important component at TLK. As a small preschool, families are an integral part of the program. Parents have opportunities to see their children’s teachers daily and to participate in the program as their schedules allow.

This close relationship enhances each child’s personal growth and achievement and promotes a secure and safe environment. Communication between teacher and families adds to each child’s learning environment and offers support for continued success.


The infant/toddler program provides a loving, nurturing environment in which children can develop at their own pace. We offer opportunities for each child to explore their environment and learn through play. Singing, finger play, story time, and art are all part of daily activities for this age group.


The preschool program is a full day program that provides a curriculum that is balanced in work and play which allows for an introduction of a variety of subjects that includes group experiences, creative activities, listening and sharing stories, rest, language skills, writing skills, problem solving, independence, indoor and outdoor play, and health and safety education.


The before and after programs offer services for several of the local schools in our area. Transportation is provided to the schools by the school district and our own transportation service. This program is a structured environment where students can work on homework, socialize, and have continued learning experiences while in a safe caring environment. This program also provides services for when children are off school due to in service days or other school holidays.


This program is a continuation of our school-age program. During the summer break we provide a program for children finishing Kindergarten through Eighth Grade. The children are in separate groups, based on their grade level. All groups participate in outside field trips and in-house activities which enhance learning experiences while having fun.

Tender Loving Kare is so much more than daycare. We are proud to provide an exceptional preschool education every fun-filled day in a place as nurturing as home.

Reviews from Parents

4.8 Rating based on 176 Reviews
May 17, 2021
My daughter Chloe has attended TLK since February of 2020 and there has not been a day that she has not wanted to go. I wanted to thank her teachers as well and the administrative staff for constantly demonstrating kindness during this past year. Chloe was having a hard time adjusting to the virtual school day and Chloe's teacher Ms. Stacy was extremely helpful and kept Chloe focused and on task. Ms. Stacy would also provide Chloe with good mental breaks full of laughter to break up her difficult day. We cannot thank Ms. Stacy enough for all of her efforts with Chloe and her virtual school days. Thanks again to Ms. Stacy and the amazing Administrative staff for handling the challenges of this past year so beautifully.
Caitlyn Cheyney • Google
April 22, 2021
Both my daughters have been going to TLK for the last 3 years. My youngest started in the infant room. Every teacher treats the children like their own, loves them, and works hard to teach each child. My children love every teacher they had and have. My children feel safe and loved everyday and knowing that makes me happy. I will always recommend TLK to anyone looking for childcare.
Ashley Okeson • Facebook
March 26, 2021
We have loved the experience our son is getting at TLK. He has flourished. The best part is how much our son LOVES going to school to see his teachers and his friends. They made potty training a breeze, and he has learned so much independence. His teachers do a great job communicating what he’s doing well, and things he may need to work on. I have felt so safe with him there even through COVID. We love TLK!
Ashley O. • Yelp
March 26, 2021
He has thrived so much not only since coming to TLK, but also this past year with his teachers. It is tough not getting to come into the school with COVID, but Ms. Dana and Ms. Emily always made a proactive effort to let us know how Jackson was progressing. If they had any concerns, or even wanted to give us some positive feedback they'd make time to let us know. Jackson also adores them, and always talks about them at home. Our son genuinely loves going to school everyday to see his teachers and friends, and there is nothing better to see as a parent! Potty training was a BREEZE thanks to the work they did with Jackson. He has developed such independence, and it was due to all they've done with him. We are so grateful for them, and the care they've provided. We are sad to see Jackson leaving their class, but also are excited for his next milestone!

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