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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.


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 75 Reviews
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.
Stephanie Nostrom • Google
March 06, 2021
We have our 3 children attending TLK and are so grateful for all the staff does for our children while with them. From Ms Val always going the extra mile for my kindergartner, to pictures being sent to me to show me what my picky toddler actually ate for lunch in the 2 year old classroom. I can go to work with peace in my heart and mind knowing my children are safe and being enriched with a thought provoking curriculum. The staff truly cares about every single child and it shows in my children who are excited to go. My oldest school age daughter is still achieving the marks in school that she was receiving prior to the pandemic and I really feel the support of her teachers at TLK have helped foster that continuous growth. The front staff is always available to listen to our questions and concerns and truly understand and take seriously how important the care for our kids means to us.
Robin Otteni • Google
March 05, 2021
Have always loved TLK!
Robin Otteni • Google
March 05, 2021
Positive: Professionalism, Quality, Reliability, Responsiveness, ValueHave always loved TLK!

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