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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

4.7 Rating based on 91 Reviews
Carolyn Cole • Google
January 15, 2021
After having a bad experience at another center, we opted to move our oldest to TLK. It was the best decision we made for our daughter and now her sister. The staff are all so caring and they have made school feel like a second home. We know our girls are safe and well taken care of every day. TLK has also played an important role in our girls’ development and we couldn’t be more pleased. We would recommend this center to anyone looking for care in the area.
William G. • Yelp
December 14, 2020
Awesome staff!!!!  Kids are treated like their own.  Can't ask for any better care!!!
Robyn josh kossek • Google
December 14, 2020
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, Value
Tara Morris • Google
December 14, 2020
We love TLK! Both of my boys have been at TLK since they were babies (now ages 4 and 1). I couldn’t be happier with the care they receive and the growth they have shown. All of their teachers have been excellent! Throughout the pandemic, the staff and teachers have made sure my children are safe and healthy and I couldn’t be more grateful! I wouldn’t send my kids anywhere else. -Tara Yerkes

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