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Tender Loving Kare, Smyrna 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.

INFANT/TODDLER PROGRAM

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.

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

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.

SCHOOL-AGE PROGRAM

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.

SUMMER CAMP

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 78 Reviews
Cati Creech-Burris • Facebook
April 21, 2021
My son started TLK in January of 2021, after spending just over a year with one of my closest friends. If I had it my way, he would have been there until pre-k, just because of all the fears and anxieties any parent has. However, everything changed when my friend not only became pregnant with child number 2, but had several complications. For her health, and because my husband and I work full-time, we had no choice but to send our little man to daycare. After looking what seemed like forever, we opted to enroll him at TLK. Since starting TLK we have been in love! It didn't matter what questions we had, or how many times a day we emailed or called, there was always someone happy and eager to help. If there was ever a question that couldn't be answered or a concern (just to clarify our concern only concern was related to billing), the staff would find the answer or reach out to the higher powers that be, and come to a resolution. Every day my son walks in, smiles at everyone, and baby runs back to his room. His teachers, Ms. Lauren and Ms. Jessica are always in communication with me! I recall one time he was out for almost a week with a sinus infection, after only 2 days, Ms. Jessica called just to say that she missed him, and see how he was doing. My husband and I love to check out Kids Report throughout the day to see all of the photos and videos that get posted throughout the day; working 40-50 hours a week takes a lot of time away from our little one, so seeing different moments throughout the day are important to us. It also feels so personal, that the staff is super quick on learning who is who, what cars parents drive, etc. As soon as I pull up in front of the school, I can see the staff get up and head back to my son's classroom, and even though my mother has only picked up my son once or twice, they know who she is, which gives me a sense of safety. On top of the friendly environment, it is evident that the school is doing much more than saying "this is what we're teaching". Checking the daily report, I am able to see what information was taught, and follow up at home. A few weeks ago, the classroom worked on identifying things that were yellow, so when we played with the toys at home, I asked my son to bring me yellow things (yellow markers, yellow blocks), and he did so without hesitation! Another important component to my husband and I, especially with COVID, is the cleanliness of the school. Honestly, you would never know that the school cares for a bunch of children all day. The facility is in great condition, the rooms are clean, and it doesn't smell like a traditional daycare. Not to mention, the staff are always re-arranging and adding personal and homey touches. I was referred to TLK during our day care search, and it was evident on just the first day why. My husband and I will eventually give our son a sibling, and when we do, TLK will definitely be our choice!
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Caitlyn Creech-Burris • Google
April 21, 2021
My son started TLK in January of 2021, after spending just over a year with one of my closest friends. If I had it my way, he would have been there until pre-k, just because of all the fears and anxieties any parent has. However, everything changed when my friend not only became pregnant with child number 2, but had several complications. For her health, and because my husband and I work full-time, we had no choice but to send our little man to daycare. After looking what seemed like forever, we opted to enroll him at TLK. Since starting TLK we have been in love! It didn't matter what questions we had, or how many times a day we emailed or called, there was always someone happy and eager to help. If there was ever a question that couldn't be answered or a concern (just to clarify our concern only concern was related to billing), the staff would find the answer or reach out to the higher powers that be, and come to a resolution. Every day my son walks in, smiles at everyone, and baby runs back to his room. His teachers, Ms. Lauren and Ms. Jessica are always in communication with me! I recall one time he was out for almost a week with a sinus infection, after only 2 days, Ms. Jessica called just to say that she missed him, and see how he was doing. My husband and I love to check out Kids Report throughout the day to see all of the photos and videos that get posted throughout the day; working 40-50 hours a week takes a lot of time away from our little one, so seeing different moments throughout the day are important to us. It also feels so personal, that the staff is super quick on learning who is who, what cars parents drive, etc. As soon as I pull up in front of the school, I can see the staff get up and head back to my son's classroom, and even though my mother has only picked up my son once or twice, they know who she is, which gives me a sense of safety. On top of the friendly environment, it is evident that the school is doing much more than saying "this is what we're teaching". Checking the daily report, I am able to see what information was taught, and follow up at home. A few weeks ago, the classroom worked on identifying things that were yellow, so when we played with the toys at home, I asked my son to bring me yellow things (yellow markers, yellow blocks), and he did so without hesitation! Another important component to my husband and I, especially with COVID, is the cleanliness of the school. Honestly, you would never know that the school cares for a bunch of children all day. The facility is in great condition, the rooms are clean, and it doesn't smell like a traditional daycare. Not to mention, the staff are always re-arranging and adding personal and homey touches. I was referred to TLK during our day care search, and it was evident on just the first day why. My husband and I will eventually give our son a sibling, and when we do, TLK will definitely be our choice!
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Lacy Hannen • Google
April 21, 2021
My family has had a great experience at TLK since 2018. My boys go part time and my daughter will start next fall. I feel safe sending them there with the all COVID precautions this past year. My boys tell me they how much they have loved all their teachers which is very important to me!
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Candace Alexander • Facebook
March 24, 2021
We are so happy with TLK. Our 2 year old daughter started there in the fall. She has learned so much and loves her teachers. She is excited to go each day! The staff are all very helpful and kind.
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