Before coming to Tender Care (previously Apple Tree), I was not keen about daycare in general. Tender Care completely changed my perspective! The staff are warm and nurturing while also knowledgeable and accommodating. My child loves to go to school and shares the many new and creative experiences she has each day. It is so comforting to know that my child's needs are being met and she is loved and cared for during her time at Tender Care.Marji V.
"I was the first baby to attend Tender Care back when it opened in Avon in 1997, and I stayed in the program until kindergarten. Both of my parents worked during the day, so Tender Care was a reliable and safe place for my brother and I to stay. Each and every one of the staff members is amazing at what they do. They were all so caring and genuinely wanted to spend time with the kids and prepare them for elementary school. I learned a lot throughout the six years I attended Tender Care, and I also made some of my best friends here, and I still keep in touch with them now that I am off at college at the University of South Carolina. I truly believe that Tender Care prepares kids for elementary school and allows them to be in a safe and fun environment while parents work. Tender Care allows children to make new friends, learn socialization skills, let out energy, and be themselves. As a former student of Tender Care, I would highly recommend it to all parents!"
"Tender Care has been extremely flexible with our fluctuating work schedules and always does what they can to accommodate our needs. Tender Care has also been very responsive to any issues or concerns that our family has expressed which has enabled open communication and a caring environment."
"Ian has adjusted to his new environment in a very short period of time. Tender Care has made him feel welcomed and loved from day one! Ian is a happy boy, and it has made our recent move to Avon easier knowing he is happy, loved and well cared for at Tender Care while learning every day!"
Jon & Joy S.
“I have only one child, and we are a dual parent working household. I needed to find a safe place for my daughter to be taken care of daily. I work strange hours that alternate and I needed a place to send my child that was safe, joyful and nurturing. Tender Care has been by my extended family for Sabrina, I love all the teachers from Miss Jane to Miss Sue to Miss Stacey on and on. Each teacher has loved my daughter and kept her best interest at heart. I will always recommend Tender Care and the Avon staff to anyone that will listen. Keep up the great work!"
"As a Mom who visited 9 daycare centers, I chose Tender Care with confidence. I never wanted to leave my child at a daycare center, but I had to work. Tender Care staff is amazing, I have total confidence in the director (Sarah G. is totally amazing) and all of the teachers to take care of my daughter. I work with peace of mind knowing my daughter is well taken care of every single day.
As an infant, my daughter was always fed and truly cared for at Tender Care. She always had clean diapers, clean skin, warm meals and any special attention she needed. With the care of the Tender Care professionals, my child is clean, safe, eating and having fun with people who care about her. I never feel like the teachers are watching the clock to go home. They always welcome her by name and say goodbye to her with genuine care and concern. I feel very lucky to have found Tender Care."
Michelle and Chris G.
"Amelia has acquired amazing verbal, problemsolving, and preliteracy skills by interacting with her peers and teachers. She comes home every day having learned something new and she is so excited and proud of herself. But, the more important accomplishment, in my opinion, is the relationships and social skills she has developed at Tender Care. Amelia ADORES her teachers and looks forward to seeing them every dayit is so much easier leaving her each day knowing that she is being well cared for and nurtured. Through her Tender Care experiences, Amelia has blossomed in her interactions with peers, her selfcare skills, and her compassion and empathy towards others. Thank you!"
"It only takes a village to raise a happy, well-adjusted, and intelligent child. Tender Care is that nurturing and educational village for our daughter for half of her life. Tender Care Learning Center feels like a natural extension of our home. They love our daughter, enrich her mind and keep her safe."
"Since joining Tender Care, Adrianna has excelled in all areas of development. Her motor skills and language are well above her age appropriate milestones. I attribute this to her teachers who make learning fun. Adrianna is truly excited to come to 'school' every day. She looks forward to seeing her friends, spending time with her teacher and, of course, playing outside. The staff at Tender Care take the time to get to know your child personally, they are truly dedicated to ensuring every child's experience is a positive one. I am informed daily of all her activities; the communication is exceptional from the teachers to the directors. Tender Care is like family to us."
"We chose Tender Care because of its home-like feel and proximity to our home in Avon. When we drop off our son, we love the cozy environment. It is not a large center, and when we see the staff interact with our son, we can tell they treat him as if he were one of their own children. The staff is in constant communication with us and the center is well-organized. Since we are not able to be at home with him during the workday, we truly feel that Tender care is the next best thing."
Greg & Lauren K.
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As a parent and a pediatrician, I love the quality of care for my children. The teachers are highly trained and work hard all day to give my kids the early education that's so important for their development.Mark Y.
Not only do/did my kids love their time each day at TCLC, but my husband and I could not be happier with the care, support and education they've received. Just last week when I went to pick up my 2 yearold son, he did not want to leave for the day and actually gave me a hard time! Where else would this happen? The staff at the Bethel Center is exceptional, they care for each child as if they are their own, while providing them an education (both socially & academically) to last them a lifetime.A Bethel Park Parent
Colin absolutely loves school! Each morning he says, "Is it a school day?" When he first started at age 2, he was barely speaking, but the great teachers have helped tremendously and he was chatting away very quickly. We are so appreciative for the great staff and friends at TC Bethel Park! Thank you!A Bethel Park Family
"Words cannot express how truly grateful I am for all that you have done for my son over the past five years. I, like most parents, was apprehensive about dropping my 4monthold boy off with strangers, but it didn't take long for me to realize that all of you would become a part of our family. I remember being so sad that my son wouldn't be going to 'school' over the summer when he was still a baby because he wouldn't be able to play with all of his new friends. I knew then that I picked the right child care center.
Because of each of you, my son has flourished academically, emotionally, and socially. You have taught him more than I ever could have imagined. He knows his colors, shapes, numbers, and letters, but more importantly, he knows how to be a good friend. YOU have modeled kindness, respect, and forgiveness. YOU have instilled confidence in him and allowed him to be himself. These are lessons that he will take with him for the rest of his life.
Tender Care is truly second to none. I have told friends looking for child care to not even look anywhere else. My son has thrived here. I am sad that today is the last day that I will pick him up here, the last time I will see his smiling face run across the playground to greet me and then give his friends the biggest group hug that you ever saw. My heart is full of gratitude for all of you for giving my son the BEST early childhood experience possible. He is prepared for the next chapter because of the integral role you have played in his life over the past five years. Thank you for EVERYTHING!"
Sincerely, Christy P.
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My 2 ½ year old daughter has developed tremendously during her first year at TCLC. We are very proud of how much she has learned in such a short time and love that the school challenges her at the appropriate level for her age and abilities. Our daughter has also made great strides in both her social skills and emotional regulation. We have been really impressed with how the teachers and other staff have worked with us as a team to drive improvement in these areas of concern for us. The teachers truly love the children and work really hard to help each child develop to their fullest potential while keeping the environment safe and fun. I have, and will continue to, highly recommend TCLC to anyone looking for a great day care and learning environment for their children.Steffanie
I am always impressed when my children demonstrate a new concept to meone that I know they learned in school.A Cranberry Parent
My kids love going to school, they are very attached to their teachers and friends. We hear about their day all the way home and again at dinner! I couldn't ask for a better group of people to take care of our boys!Unknown
"Amy is the second child we have left in your care, and there’s a very simple explanation for that. His name is Andy and he’s 6 years old. He is by far the most amazing little boy we know (yes, we’re biased), and while we would like to take all of the credit for that, we can’t because his family at Tender Care had a big hand in helping raise him. Without exception, each of his teachers truly loved and cared for him. They guided, comforted and snuggled him when we couldn’t be there to do it. With your help, we have watched this little person thrive at everything he does. We feel truly blessed to have found Tender Care. And so when Amy was born there was no question as to where she would go for daycare. We could have sent her to the daycare that Andy attends for after school care, but we haven’t known those people for 6 years. We didn’t watch as they helped raise Andy from a chubby little baby to a little boy who is on the go nonstop. I can say with complete sincerity that you all have become our second family, and there is no one else that I would trust to love Amy the way that you do. So thank you all for doing what you do and for being the teachers and people that you are. We love and appreciate every single one of you."
A Cranberry Parent
"The moment my husband and I walked into Tender Care Learning Center in Cranberry, I knew this was the right place for my son. The environment was very inviting and everyone was so welcoming. An added bonus is that it was along our commute routes with easy access to the turnpike and I79. I think Tender Care stands out as a child care provider. My son looks forward to coming to school each day. I know when I drop him off every morning; he will be well taken care of. I also like the fact that it’s an educational center. The children don’t play all day…they are actually learning! There are also extra activities in the evenings or during the day that our family looks forward to attending and my son enjoys participating in them. There is great parentteacher communicationhis teachers always let me know how his day was. This learning center is an exceptional place to send your child. We have been more than happy with our experience with Tender Care."
A Cranberry Parent
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I never give enough feedback on the quality of care that the teachers provide to Maya. It's time. It's amazing how much she has learned (academically and emotionally) since the first day we brought her into the Tender Care community starting with Ms. Rachel's care. Today on the ride home she turned to her big sister and, unsolicited, stated "I love Ms. Amanda." I think that says it all. She talks about her teachers all the time! Ms. Amanda and Ms. Courtney's teachings are transparent in Maya's daytoday. Her kind manners (saying thank you and please in an unsolicited manner, for example) surprise all our family and friends and I truly credit her teachers for that. The other night she started singing "You Are My Sunshine," finished the song, and my husband and I stood there in amazement with tears in our eyes because 1) It was one of the cutest things we've seen and 2) because we know that her teachers have helped to mold her in such a positive way. Please let them know that we thank them VERY much!Jennifer F.
A few of the benefits to having my child at Tender Care was the assurance to know that our son was safe and to know that the loyalty and dedication that your teachers put into Tender Care and our child has really given my husband and me a sense of relief each day we go to work. The dedication that your teachers have given my child to learn new things each day and just to see the progression that he has made since the first day has been extremely amazing!Dwayne and Michelle H.
"Tender Care has been such an immeasurable part of our family for the last seven years. The teachers and the director have always worked to support not only our parenting style but the different learning styles of each of our boys. We have always felt as though Tender Care is a small family communityone in which our boys have thrived in as they have met social and educational milestones from birth to kindergarten. The foundation I know they have laid for our boys is a strong on and will carry them as they continue their journeys in life."
"We have been part of the Tender Care Family for about six years and have enjoyed every minute of it! It is never easy leaving your child with someone else, but from the moment we walked into Tender Care we’ve felt welcome. From the teachers to the Director, everyone has the children’s best interest in mind and do everything they can to make sure your child gets the most out of his/her day. Our daughter was confident going into Kindergarten after the work she had done in PreK, and the social skills that both our children have learned while under the Tender Care roof are invaluable!"
"When I first started looking at schools that would be able to take care of our wonderful new child, I went to listen to what all the schools in the area had to say. They all sounded fine. But when I went to hear and see what Tender Care had, I knew that this is where my child needed to be. The administration and teachers are so caring, warm and informative. They seem to treat my daughter as a member of their family.
I am so happy I made the right decision and chose Tender Care"
"We have trusted Tender Care, the East Granby location, with our children’s care since 2011. Our son Chase and daughter Chelsea have attended Tender Care fulltime since they were both four months old. We’ve watched our children flourish with the progressive curriculum and the caring nature of each person that works at Tender Care. The feeling of “peace of mind” when dropping off our children every day cannot be understated. We visited other daycare facilities and the reason we chose Tender Care is it felt like a safe environment for our children and also the engagement from each person we encountered during our visit. We felt wanted. We highly recommend Tender Care and we can’t thank enough Bridget, Katie and all the teachers at “our” school for all they’ve done for our family."
Michelle and Phillip D
"We chose Tender Care after meeting with Bridget and the staff of the school to learn about their philosophy and process. After leaving we were convinced that this was the childcare center we wanted our son to attend. Now, after 6 years, we reflect back on how wonderful the experience was for our children. The staff was always supportive, the communication was excellent on a daytoday basis to understand what was happening with our children and at the school in general. Tender Care has become family to us and that is a credit to the people at the school! We have recommended other young families to visit Tender Care! Thank you to everyone at Tender Care for taking such great care of our children and making it such a wonderful, family experience!"
Tom and Laurie D.
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My son likes to mention facts about something that comes up in conversation and then proudly states that he learned this in school! He likes to play with his friends at school and then tell us all the important events from the school day. He feels like such a big kid now.Unknown
We are amazed everyday with how much our son develops and learns. The positive impact that Tender Care is having on him is immeasurable. He learns and has so much fun there!Unknown
My son, age 3, loves school because: I like school and home. We eat snacks. We eat lunch. Then we take naps and play.Unknown
My kids love going to school and learning new things from stories to singing songs. I'm grateful for the caring teachers who've helped shape my little people!A. M.
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Learning Experience: Isabel has learned a lot since she started at Tender Care. The programs, activities, curriculum and great teachers have provided her with a perfect environment to learn and thrive. We see the fruits of it every day on small and big things.
Social Aspects: The schools has a good mix of kids from whom she can learn with. She is also encouraged to contribute with her own ideas and feelings. The daily contact with her peers as well as her guiding teachers has made her develop in many aspects and get ready for the next steps in her life.
My daughter has formed very close bonds to her teachers and classmates. She often talks about them when she is home. They have become a very important part of her life, and she looks forward to seeing them every weekday. The teachers at Tender Care are fabulous. They truly care about the children and it is obvious that they invest much time and effort in helping the children have a great learning experience.Angela B.
"The enthusiasm of the staff every day provide a positive learning environment. The enthusiasm has resulted in our son being excited to get to school and race down the hall into class (and sometimes not want to leave at the end of the day when we arrive to pick him up because he is having so much fun). Anytime I drop off or pick up our child the entire class is engaged in learning and/or play with the teachers! The entire staff's energy and passion to teach and care for children is amazing.
The staff has an exceptional attention to detail for each and every child. When we had a second child coming to the teachers all took note of that and started discussing this in school and going on “field trips” to see the babies.
THANK YOU for all you do – you are truly a part of our family and have played a significant role in making my son the amazing child that he is."
"Where do I begin?! Tender Care is a wonderful family! There was never one day when my son said, "I don't want to go to school." Not one time in five years he was there. The teachers/staff treated him like their own child. He is more than prepared to enter kindergartenand was totally excited for the new experience. We are forever grateful to Tender Care!"
A Hamden Parent
"Tender Care is much more than a daycare for our family. It has been a community and a source of friendship and enjoyment for years. Our oldest son started at 4 months and will now be going to kindergarten and our youngest son is still enjoying the program, entering transitions (mid 2yearolds) this year. We've referred several friends to Tender Care and they've all been enthusiastic about it and stayed with it. One of our friends credits Mr. James and the preK room with turning around their son's behavior, as he had had serious behavioral difficulties in a prior childcare center and at Tender Care he thrived. One of the aspects of Tender Care we value is Lori and Candace's cheerfulness and orderliness in running the center. They know all the children, they're always willing to help, and we've always felt our children are safe and in great hands. The teachers, as well, have been fabulous, and there are too many to name personally and credit with having beneficial, and what we expect will be a positive lifelong impact, on our children. One last note: Some of our friends and family were initially skeptical about daycare as we were the first in our family to opt for it. Now that they've had a chance to visit Tender Care, do the pickups, meet the teachers and Directors, they're as enthusiastic as we are. They also credit Tender Care with contributing enormously to our children's happiness and wellbeing. We're very thankful to Tender Careand the whole stafffor providing us and our children with a wonderful experience and place to grow through their early childhood.”
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We have entrusted the care and nurturing of our son and daughter to Tender Care and could not be happier with the center. Both of our children love Tender Care. Our daughter, who is now in Kindergartenand talks about how much she misses going to school at Tender Care. Our son (1 and a half) has to be chased in order to leave at the end of the day! He is involved in so many growth activities, learning, playing, and making friends. He is always happy to go to school in the morning and is usually off playing with friends before we can even say goodbye! But the most important thing of all, is the people. Tender Care surrounds the children with the most caring, loving teachers. They are the difference. They truly enjoy their jobs and the children at the center, and it shows. They are excited to tell us about the things our son does and they still ask about our daughter all the time! They are wonderful and so is Tender Careit's the next best thing to being able to have our kids at home with us.
Eric & Carrie M.
"As a parent, it is never easy to leave your children in the care of others. I am so thankful for the loving and attentive care that Tender Care Learning Centers has given me and my family. I currently have two children at the Hampton location. The teachers are amazing and always go the extra mile to help me in the morning with drop off and in the evening at pickup.
My kids love to go to school and learning many new things. I love hearing all the new Letter People songs and little stories of the day at dinner time. I know my daughter will succeed in Kindergarten with the education and skills that she has learned with Miss Ashley.
We are very happy with the care and quality education our children receive at Tender Care, and would highly recommend this child care center to anyone!"
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The teachers at Tender Care always have a welcoming smile on their face and a warm greeting when we come in. They make us feel right at home and that they truly care about our children. Lanie has learned so much since coming to Tender Care a year ago as well as grown socially. She enjoys all of the handson learning and projects in Ms. Jamie's classroom and looks forward to learning all of the letters of the alphabet.
A Hermitage Family
"Tender Care is by far one of the best daycares out there. It is very neat and clean and well organized. I go to work with peace of mind knowing my children are in the best hands and well taken care of. I trust all of the teachers, my children are able to have fun while also being in a safe and structured environment."
"My oldest has socially and academically blossomed beyond belief thanks to the caring dedication of the teachers in Hermitage. Everyone knows her by name and cares about her individually, beyond academic growth. I cannot say enough good things about the Hermitage staff, and I have nothing but immense love and gratitude for them. I know at my core that they love and care for my children as much as I do. I had no hesitation sending my second child there because I know she is receiving the same individual care and support as her sister."
"I pretty much loved Tender Care from the moment I first visited three months before our daughter was even born! The teachers and directors are fabulous and so supportive of new parents as they head back to work for the first time. Our daughter has truly flourished because of the love and education she receives at Tender Care!"
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My son loves all the times he has spent at Tender Care. Playtime, snack time, and circle time. As a parent, I see Tender Care as an extension of my family. The teachers not only teach my kids, but they take the time to foster their individual interests and talents like my daughter's love of science, art and reading or my son's creativity and love of building and space.Wemyss Family
My son's response to school is awesome. He loves it and is learning so much. Being an educator myself, I know the benefits of early education. We are very pleased with our school.Unknown
My children love coming to Tender Care! This is their home away from home. The staff and atmosphere make us all feel that way! I can't say enough positive things about what they do each day and how they help my children grow and develop. Keep up the great work!Bindas Family
Brentynn loves going to school every day. The only challenge is getting him awake and out the front door. But I know he enjoys it when he gets there. Before he moved to the preschool room, he would run from me when I picked him up to go home! Brentynn also talks about his friends and teachers constantly. Knows all of their names and can pick them all out on his school photo. Brentynn's favorite part about going to school is probably singing songs and learning, because he sings every day and is always singing something new! He has learned so much from being here at Tender Care, especially being potty trained, which I'm very grateful about! Brentynn's last favorite thing is doing soccer shots with his friends! And he can't wait till the season starts up again! Oh and I also forgot that he can't wait until he can play on the big kid playground! He talks about it all the time. He talks about school 75% of the time he is at home or anywhere!Chelse F.
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Tender Care is every child’s home away from home. I went to Tender Care as a child and was fortunate enough to be able to send my son as well. Every time he leaves school he can’t wait to tell me about his day. The teachers aren’t only teachers, they become family. My son couldn’t be happier.
A Lower Burrell Parent
"My children have been attending Tender Care Learning Centers’ since my oldest was 7 weeks old. The teachers are very knowledgeable and supportive of my children’s growth and development. My children 5 and 2 are always excited to go to school to see their favorite teachers and friends. I can’t imagine sending them anywhere else!"
"Both of my Children have attended Tender Care Learning Centers’ since they were babies. The teachers have done an awesome job teaching and nurturing them! They have been given a strong foundation of learning and have formed such strong friendships that I believe will last a lifetime."
“My 30monthold son has told 4 people in this world “I Love You.” One is his regular classroom teacher Ms. Jodi.”
“When I think of Tender Care, I think of family. For over ten years my Tender Care friends were with me, providing love, guidance, and support to both of my children. From smiling to laughing, from cooing to talking, from crawling to walking, Tender Care was there. From singing ABCs to reading, from reciting 123’s to counting, through potty training and learning to share, Tender Care was there. Each day was a journey of learning, and I’ll be forever grateful for the foundation that it built for my children. My boys would not be who they are without Tender Care, and although we said goodbye when my youngest son entered Kindergarten, true friendships remain. Thank you for being a part of our lives!”
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Elliott loves going to school, he tells us he misses it if he is out too long on vacation. Elliott loves his friends and teachers. He has further developed compassion for others by attending school. Elliott loves to sing songs he’s learned at school and likes to teach them to mommy!Unknown
Yes, my child does enjoy going to school every day. She likes making crafts, was very excited for the annual art show, loves to be read stories, loves dressing up and has made many friends. She also enjoys the Halloween party and end of summer picnic. She has learned to practice cleanliness (washing hands in the bathroom, cleaning up toys) which has also helped her organization skills. She has also taken me back to my childhood through nursery rhymes and songs. The green sheets have been key to knowing what my child does/eats every day and are an effective communication tool when you don’t see the teachers every day. Sydney also likes the special activities like DJ Rockin Bob and Tender Teddy. A big thanks to all at Tender Care!Unknown
Our 20 month old son Jakob has been attending Tender Care McCandless since he was 3 months old and we have never doubted that he’s been in good hands. He looks forward to seeing his friends and teachers and Mom and Dad look forward to seeing how much he has accomplished in the daily reports and artwork. We all look forward to continued success and development at Tender Care!Unknown
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My daughter Kristina started at Tender Care Meadowlands when she was 12 months old. Kristina quickly bonded with the wonderful teachers and loves to go everyday. She is learning so much with the diversified curriculum. The site is secure, clean, and well organized. I have peace of mind when I drop her off that she is well cared for. Tender Care is a safe haven for my daughter to develop and grow.Heather B.
As a first time mother I had a lot of anxiety about returning to work. I had visited a number of centers before touring Tender Care Meadowlands; I was instantly impressed with the organization, cleanliness and security of the center. Most importantly the center is staffed with engaging, caring and knowledgeable individuals. The management is understanding, flexible, and supportive in making this important transition for you and your child.Catherine D.
Ethen used to be difficult with people outside a small family circle. After two weeks in Tender Care, he became comfortable with almost anyone. It was lucky for him to start with experienced teachers like Miss Angela, Miss Brenda and Miss Lisa. They are all very patient and nice to him. Since he moved to the toddler room, he became more interactive. He also loved the lunches Tender Care served, which were a perfect combination of nutrients for growing toddlers. He has a good time everyday painting and playing with different toys. Thank you to Angela and her dedicated team!Unknown
To say our family absolutely loves Tender Care would be an understatement. Both the teachers and families that attend are loving, caring and exceptionally devoted to the happiness and education of our little girl. Our daughter is eager to arrive at school every single morning and is most often never ready to go home...this speaks volumes to us. It gives us great comfort that she is happy and is in a safe and loving environment. In the short amount of time she has attended Tender Care she has already learned so much, and we are ecstatic by the progress she has made. We couldn't be more proud of her nor could we be more pleased with being a Tender Care family.The Rebholz Family
I'm never short of amazed by the progress that my son has made since he joined the TC family, and feel comfort in knowing that he's cared for by the staff at the center who treat him like he's one of their own. Switching to TC from a smaller childcare center was the best decision we've ever made for Giancarlo!Jamie Y.
Absolutely love it! The kids are excited daily to go. They talk about all they do all weekend long.Shelley R.
Amazing! Can't say enough about the care & learning that takes place daily! We love the staff and creative activities. Our son, Kellen, enjoys his time at Tender Care both learning and playing as evidenced by his many tales. Thank you!A Meadowlands Family
Our son Kaiden started attending Tender Care in Washington when they first opened last summer. Having 2 fulltime working parents and going from having a full time nanny to daycare around 2 years of age, he needed a warm, caring environment that could feel comfortable and familiar. Tender Care has provided that and we feel relieved that we can leave him in a safe environment where he can learn and grow with familiar providers. We love all of the arts and crafts he does and other creative and educational activities. We also love the consistency of the daily schedule. Kaiden has made lots of friends there and learned valuable social skills and manners. He also loved participating in soccer shots this winter which was offered through the program. We would definitely recommend TC to any parents!Nina & Stephen F.
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My child has benefitted from the Tender Care program and it shows in his behavior and development. They provide a nurturing environment which supports independence and helps build self esteem. I know my child is in safe hands when he is in Tender Care quality childcare center.
Thank you all for everything. Youand all of the teachershave welcomed us like family and we never worried about any of the three kids for a second in your care. they all blossomed there. We've had a terrific experience at Tender Care.
Tender Care is more than just a daycare. It's a bona fide learning environment staffed by warm, talented and dedicated teachers who go above and beyond simply providing a safe environment. After nearly seven years at Tender Care, we have no doubt that the teachers have played a vital and much appreciated role in the development of sensory, motor, cognitive, social and other skills. Our children have benefitted at every stage of their Tender Care experience.
Sean and Holly King
Levi started Tender Care when he was 3 months old. When touring other daycares, I never felt comfortable knowing my child was going to spend 8 hours a day in their care until I walked into Tender Care. From the moment you step in the door, the atmosphere is of an education center. Tender Care is a professional daycare run by professional educators whose vocation is the education of children. The level of education and training each teacher has is amazing. In addition to the educational aspect, Tender Care maintains a nurturing, caring environment. Tender Care teaches Levi how to share and interact with others and as an only child this life skill would be difficult to learn without the presence of other children. His teachers routinely provide art projects which foster creative thinking and teaches cognitive skills. Levi is developing a love of reading which is reinforced in his class each day. However, the biggest benefit my family receives is the knowledge that my son will be cared for as if we were providing the care ourselves.
One of the most important benefits our family has received from Tender Care was from the first day I trusted the caregivers and the environment. I never worry about my children. Never. Also, my children have excelled at Tender Care. Socialization is so important for babies and young children. My kids have learned how to deal with change, adversity and getting along with others in a way I could never teach them. They are excited to go to Tender Care every day and miss their school friends on the weekend. That speaks volumes to me as a parent.
"I have taught for over ten years in a variety of schools. As soon as you enter Tender Care Learning Center in Middletown, you can tell that it is not your typical daycare. The walls display student work and inspiration images and the entire facility is carefully set up as it was its own elementary school. Beyond the physical structure the staff is so clearly committed to their students. I can only hope that my children get the same love and instruction they received at Tender Care as they grow older. Any questions or concerns I had were acknowledged with the utmost attention and care as if my child was the only student attending! I cannot stress enough how pleased I have been with this school!"
"The care my children receive at Tender Care, Middletown, is second to none. My children are embraced with kindness and understanding every day. The teachers uphold a warm and loving environment while simultaneously enhancing each child's age appropriate skill development. They are committed to providing a positive atmosphere that makes learning fun for children. I would recommend Tender Care Middletown to anyone looking for childcare."
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Mommy, do I have school today?Yes. Yay! I'm so excited to see my friends again! I wish Ms. Kim was my God mom!
Even when my daughter Akiva is sick, she wants to go to Tender Care. She cries when she has to miss a day. I feel like my daughter is safe and cared for when I am at work. I go through my day without worrying about her. The staff is amazing and I have come to see them like family.
A Monroeville Parent
"Tender Care truly goes above and beyond for all the children. They’re flexible and so welcoming. It warms my heart when all the teacher engages my children not just their primary teacher. When I see my son interact and give good bye hugs to teachers it melts my heart. He loves school, even on the weekends he asked if he is going to school. Working full time is hard. You feel like you miss out on things and having my children attend Tender Care gives me a sense of relief and makes going to work a little easier every day. I look forward to seeing all the things my 6monthold baby will learn also. The staff is so talented and loving to everyone."
"All of the teachers and staff at Tender Care are amazing. They clearly enjoy and care for all the children they work with. My son enjoys being and hugs his teachers when he arrives in the morning. The flexibility with my son’s days he attends is fantastic. He attends 4 days per week and they are wonderful with letting me change those days as needed. Other facilities have zero flexibility and will not allow you to have just a 4day schedule. Tender Care, however, works with my schedule and staff are always accommodating."
"I would recommend Tender Care Monroeville to anyone. As a brand new parent, I was so nervous about child care. However, the transition has been seamless. My son loves his teachers and loves going to child care. I know that he is in excellent hands when he is there."
"I could go on and on about how happy I am with the services at Tender Care Monroeville, but I think the greatest benefit is seeing my child’s development and educational growth since beginning your program. I wish I could be a stay at home mom, but deep down his enrollment at your facility is what is best for him. You have taught my child things I never even though of with your curriculum. Thank you for everything!"
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Sometimes on weekends our daughter asks if she can go to school, which tells you how much she likes Tender Care. She really enjoys doing art projects every day, playing on the playground, and hanging out with all the good friends she’s made.
Dan & Katie E.
Because it's fun and you can do dramatic play. The teachers care for you and you can make friends there and they are always nice.
"We have had the pleasure of sending our three children to the Mt Lebanon Tender Care facility. We have been a part of the Tender Care family for the last 8 years. As a family, our children have received exceptional care and attention by the enthusiastic staff and management at this location. They are always happy to, “go to school” as they call it! As parents, we are at ease and are extremely confident with the learning curriculum, facility, activities, and the learning team at Tender Care.
I have, and will continue to recommend friends and colleagues to this facility!
Geoff and Kristen K
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"Moving our child to Tender Care was the smartest decision for our family! The teachers embraced us as their family from day one! We noticed huge growth in our son's language and development within the first week! I love that I can speak to any of the teachers about our child's development and they help bring what we are implementing at home to school to keep the consistency going! I love that they lead with positivity and let the kids be themselves but also know when to discipline with love!! Every teacher has become part of our family and so thankful when they give us the advice that we need or the praise when we are doing a good job with our son, being firsttime parents the reassurance means a lot!
The weekly schedule lets us know that tender care is focused on educating our kids as well as fun activities to help their creative sides! Exposing our son to different foods is great too!
The Moldovan Family
“My son really learns at Tender Care. Every day, every week we see the positive impact Tender Care has in his life. He reacts to the teachers like does to our own family members. He will say words or do actions that reflect what he’s been learning in school. It always amazes us because he’s not even 2 and we are able to see this. I look forward to seeing him grow with the Tender Care program. We decorate our home with the art he makes in the program, and he will often point it out and you can tell he is so proud.”
The Hendricks Family
“My daughter LOVES learning and LOVES school. Tender Care has fostered and nurtured this love. We (her parents) are both teachers and are absolutely thrilled that she is so excited and ready to go to kindergarten next year. My daughter has also blossomed so much socially since coming to Tender Care. She is very confident and full of selfesteem. She has made friendships and is learning how to deal with conflicts with others in a positive manner. It is also wonderful knowing that I am dropping my daughter off every day at a place where she is loved, cherished, valued, and safe. We will truly miss Tender Care once she heads off to kindergarten.”
The Gess Family
“Having moved from another child care facility, we were amazed by the warm, welcoming environment and staff who truly love helping the children learn, play and grow. We are thrilled with our experience.”
The Bush Family
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"Our Tender Care has an amazing staff that enables so many parents to work with a peace of mind that their children are getting the utmost care and education possible. I am truly grateful for every person at the facility."
"Our son started at Tender Care in the fall of 2016. As firsttime parents, we were hesitant to leave our first born under the care of others. However, the staff at Tender Care has consistently provided a level of care, compassion, and education that has put us at ease. We are greeted by name every morning and afternoon with smiles and kind words, the child care providers are warm and welcoming, and no matter how many questions we have, they are always there to help. We would recommend Tender Care to anyone seeking childcare."
"Tender Care has been such a blessing to our family. We have met so many wonderful teachers and our daughter has made such great friends at a young age. We started our daughter in the Infant Class and she has now transitioned into the Toddler Class. When you walk into the school, everyone is so welcoming and kind. Looking around on a daily basis, learning really is going on at all times. It is so cool to see what my daughter is learning every day. We love that in the Infant and Toddler class sign language is being used and taught, which then helped us at home with our daughter’s needs. I would not take my daughter anywhere else but Tender Care!"
New Castle Tender Care Parent
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Over the past 6 years Tender Care Robinson has been my Pittsburgh family. Through their structured learning plans and the caring and loving staff, I have seen my girls grow, mature and develop their well rounded personalities. Being new to the country and the city, I had a lot of uncertainties and they not only put my worries at ease, but embraced our cultural differences and supported us all the way through the different stages of our daily lives. There is no other child care facility that I would entrust my daughters.A Robinson Parent
We have been part of the Tender Care family for 4 years, and it has been the best decision I could have made for my son. He will begin Kindergarten in the Fall of 2014. The staff at Tender Care in Robinson are truly the best educators I've ever encountered. I never worry that my son isn't receiving the best care possible. I would recommend these wonderful educators to anyone. They all care about what is best for my child. I feel my son is prepared to start school with a head start over his classmates because of the great education he has received at Tender Care.Lisa M. D.
Our son loves to attend Tender Care for summer child care as well as afterschool care. He enjoys the range of daily activities and also the arts and sports extracurricular activities that are offered, and often doesn’t want to leave at the end of the day! The whole staff’s dedication and knowledge of child development and education truly makes us feel that they are an extension of our family; helping to guide and nurture him socially, emotionally and intellectually.
We’ve experienced a more typical day care environment, which we found to be a mostly playbased program with basic intellectual opportunities and a lack of true understanding of child development. The educational focus and nurturing, positivediscipline based approach to child development at Tender Care is beyond comparison. We’ve seen our son’s demeanor transform from being frustrated and sullen to excited and confident as he now feels understood and appreciated. We feel very fortunate to have found Tender Care.
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It was nearly three years ago that our family discovered Tender Care Ross. At that time we were completing the process of becoming foster parents and were searching for the perfect child care solution. Because I had knowledge of Early Childhood education and experience working in the field for many years, we had a long list of questions. We had spoken with and toured other centers but none had met our expectations.
The day of our tour we were greeted by Katie. She warmly welcomed us and showed us around the center, taking the time to show us every classroom and explained the daily routine. After the tour Katie invited us into her office and began answering all of our questions. She took the time we needed to fully understand the program. She was very comfortable dealing with the challenges our family potentially brought to the center and staff through fostering. We left feeling like Tender Care was THE PLACE for our family.
More than a year and a half passed before we had more interaction with Katie and Tender Care because the first child placed with us had medical needs that required her to be enrolled in a program that had nurses on staff. When we did reach back out to Katie, it was in desperation. We had taken in two children and they were attending another wellknown center downtown. Within the first few days of dealing with the other center, we witnessed many concerning things which included an infant falling out of a swing. We called Katie and shared with her what was happening. She shared our concern and told us she'd call back shortly. Katie called us back with great news...she had space in both classrooms for the two children in our care. We remember being so relieved and like we had just won the lottery.
Since March 2013, Tender Care Ross has been a part of our family. We have experienced the infant, early toddler and middle toddler programs. Each of the children in our care has had their unique situations and challenges. Katie and the staff have always welcomed each of our children with open arms and embracing hearts. Because all the children in our family have been in the foster care program, they have had crazy schedules which at times have impacted mealtime, naptime, or translated into multiple drop offs and pick ups within a day. Katie and the staff have handled these interruptions with grace and kindness. Katie has always assured us that regardless of how challenging our situation is she and the staff are devoted to 'making it work' for the benefit of our children.
Tender Care has been a place of comfort for our children. They have been provided with unconditional love and support from all the teachers they've encountered. Being part of the Tender Care family has provided our family with a great deal of comfort in some of the most difficult times of our lives. Katie is always available to talk through situations or concerns and ends every conversation with reassurance. Katie has been our sounding board and our counsel through some really tough situations.
In over a year and a half of daily encounters with the teachers at Tender Care, we have experienced nothing but positivity and support. Katie and the teachers hold a very special place in our hearts. We feel so fortunate to have them and are so thankful they embrace us."
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"Our daughter has been attending Tender Care since she was about 11 weeks old. She is now almost 3 and a half. I can honestly say that she is genuinely excited to go to school every day. She enjoys all of the activities offered, but a few of her favorites include circle time, getting to play dress up/pretend playing outside on the playground, water days in the summer, and the various arts & craft activities that align with each week's lesson plan/theme. She also enjoys all of the special guests, including the librarian visits, DJs, visits from Tender Teddy, dance parties, etc. She also loves to play and interact with her friends and peers. When we pick her up and grab her things from her classroom, she always shows us and tells us about the story they read that day in circle time or the arts and crafts activity that they completed.
As a parent, the administrators and teachers at Tender Care are like family. We can rest assured while at work, that our daughter is well stimulated and happy doing handson activities and truly learning. We love to hear about what she learned each day and how it relates to the theme/lesson plan for that week. It's a relief to know our daughter is in such good hands while we are at work, in a stimulating environment where she is learning and preparing for the years ahead."
"Both of our daughters as well as my husband and I have absolutely loved our experience at Tender Care in Ross Township. Our daughters have gained social skills and made friends, as well as gained knowledge academically. The teachers are fantastic and caring individuals that go well above and beyond for the children. There is no place we would rather have our children."
A Ross Family
"We have been going to Tender Care for six years and we will love it! The teachers are fabulous and the directors are exceptional! They always have the best interests of our children in mind and are always willing to help or address any problems/concerns. Knowing that my kids are learning so much and making new friends and love their teachers as much as we do makes leaving them each day that much easier. I highly recommend Tender Care to anyone who asks!"
A Ross Family
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I told my daughter (2) that school was closed so her teachers could learn (for In Service Day). She said, “I will miss them.” It was so sweet and reflects how comfortable she is at Tender Care!A Shadyside Parent
"We wanted to have our child be in a nurturing and learning environment, Tender Care Learning Center (TCLC)— Shadyside has been nothing short of this. We were very impressed with how the teachers are very patient, caring, and respectful. The relationships we have developed with the staff not only encourage a good environment for our child but also allows for an open line of communication. We don’t just think of TCLC—Shadyside as a childcare facility but as an extension of our family, especially with all the fun activities and support that they offer to each family and their loved ones. It is so important as a parent to know that your child is receiving the best possible care in your absence and at TCLC—Shadyside we have no doubt that our child is."
"Tomorrow my almost5yearold graduates from prek. She has been attending Tender Care since she was only two months old. Tonight at bedtime she asked me to turn to the back of our bedtime story to read the synopsis first. I did not teach her that, and that is one of the many reasons that I love Tender Care learning centers! As an infant she learned sign language, as a young toddler she learned how to nap on the mat, as an older toddler her she learned rules and boundaries, and then in preschool and prek, she was able to actively participate in the STEAM curriculum with very creative implementation. I adore all the teachers at Tender Care and I am extraordinarily sad for my daughter to move on to kindergarten but at the same time excited because she could not be more prepped and ready to do so. Before I was a mom, I thought that daycare was only a place to drop your children off to make sure they are safe while you go to work. I very quickly learned that Tender Care is much more than this and is truly a school from infancy through prekindergarten. I'm extraordinarily proud of the education my children have received at such young ages and would do it again in a heartbeat!"
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I am writing this email with a very heavy heart. While I am happy that Ty is growing up, I am sad that he will not be at Tender Care anymore. I cannot begin to thank you both for all of your support, kind words and your flexibility with me. Doug and I have been bringing our kids to Tender Care over the course of 20 years between our 4 kids! We have nothing but good things to say about Tender Care, and that is a reflection on you. Ty has grown so much and learned a lot and for that we are truly grateful. I know he was challenging at times, but you always seemed to make it better.
To each and everyone of you, thank you for all you have done for Ty while he was at Tender Care. The lessons you taught him and your kindness to him are invaluable! Each and everyone of you will always have a special place in our hearts! It has truly been a pleasure knowing each of you. Thank you again for all you have done to make Ty's experience at Tender Care a learning and enjoyable one.
I just wanted to take a minute to recognize some staff for being exceptional at what they do! I feel like some people are quick to complain or point out what is wrong instead of what is right, so I wanted to make sure I give praises where they are due!
From the minute I first met Debbie and got a tour of Tender Care in Wexford, I knew immediately it was the right place for Evan. I've loved every single teacher that has had a part in caring for him. Miss Patti and Miss Jenie were awesome, we were sad to see them go! Miss Christine and Miss Melissa were also so great with him when he was still in the Young Toddler room. They are both so calm and patient which is hard to do with a room full of toddlers!
Now that Evan is in the PreSchool Readiness room, he still has a little trouble at drop off, but everyone is always so great in helping me out to minimize the tears! Miss Cassandra is always so quick to try to involve him in reading a story, playing with a toy, or any other distraction that may help take his mind off of me leaving. I know it's hard for the staff because there are other kids they are in charge of, but I really appreciate it so much, they do it with such ease, and I feel like they are going above and beyond to make the process as easy as possible on him! Miss Jess has just been phenomenal with Evan. I usually see her at pick up time and she always makes it a point to tell me about Evan's day. Although we get a daily report with a summary of the day, it's so refreshing to hear Miss Jess tell me about it when I pick him up. She's always so enthusiastic about all their activities and how Evan did with them, she really gives the impression that she genuinely cares about each child, how well they are doing, and how exciting their days were!
Same goes for Miss Ashley and Miss Lindsay in the infant room. They always seem so happy to see Eli and are always so detailed with all his feedings and naps. With all those infants, I don't know how they keep it all straight and keep them all happy! That takes a special kind of person and Ashley and Lindsay certainly fit that bill!
Miss Amanda, I'm not even sure if you realize it, but I always love to see you in the morning in the PreSchool Readiness room at drop off. You have this nononsense attitude that the kids really seem to respond to so well, especially Evan. There was one morning where you got Evan a snack and some juice, walked it over to the table, and he just followed you over there. That was one of the easiest drop offs I've had in a while! A lot of times he tries to resist the snack initially although I know he really does want it, he's just being shy and taking some time to warm up to being there. I'm not quite sure how you do it, but he seems to come out of his shell more easily with you!
Miss Debbie, you've also been so helpful with drop offs recently too. You can sense when Evan needed that extra reassurance and attention and came right over to take him from me. You're always so calm and never ever seem rattled by anything, it's amazing!
I wanted to make it a point to mention the incredible job everyone at Tender Care is doing. It definitely doesn't go unnoticed, and is certainly more appreciated than I could ever even put into words! A big giant thank you to all of you for everything you do, for creating such a wonderful environment for my boys and playing such a big part in their learning, growing, and making their own special little memories!
“We have been bringing our son to Tender Care since he was an infant. He is now four and in the PreSchool Program. He absolutely loves going to school every day. The teachers offer support and guidance, and there is always an open line of communication between the staff and parents. Every teacher at the center is knowledgeable and in tune with each child’s particular needs. I know that our son is in a loving, caring environment every day. As a parent, that means so much. My husband and I are so very thankful for the Tender Care Teachers and Directors.”
A Wexford Family
“Connor cannot wait to get to school. He loves to play with his friends, and he loves to see his teachers. He is learning so much and growing every day. When I come home from work he tells me how his day was. That is my favorite part of the day!”
A Wexford Parent
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We currently have two children enrolled in Tender Care and couldn't be happier. Our son has attended since he was threeyearsold and is currently in first grade. The preschool/preK programs well prepared him for kindergarten. We were amazed by the knowledge he gained from the time he started Tender Care and he is continuing to thrive in school. Our daughter is currently enrolled in the preschool program and we've quickly noticed positive changes in her social skills and eagerness to learn. We can't say enough about how great the teachers and staff have been with our children. They have given our kids individual care and attention. We know we are leaving our kids with trusting teachers who truly care about our children.Jason & Chrissy T.
The Whitehall Tender Care has a very friendly atmosphere. Every teacher greets you and your child whenever you come through the door and when you leave. My child is fouryearsold now and has been attending Whitehall Tender Care since he was fivemonthsold. I love the fact that all the teachers know him and many have watched him grow up. Noah walked for the first time there and they were intregral in potty training him. They also send pictures when there is an event so I can be a part of it. I feel very confortable talking to the staff about my child and asking them questions. The teachers feel like family to us an I am amazed at how much he is learning at school. One thing I feel is very unique about our school is that my child is able to tak Choi Kwang Do lessons, along with soccer, while at the school. My family could not be more pleased with our experience at Whitehall Tender Care.Jackie T.
All of the teachers at Tender Care treat our children like an extension of their own family; they all know our kids and greet them with enthusiasm in the morning. I feel completely comfortable and safe leaving our kids in the care of the teachers. It may sound counter intuitive, but I appreciate the fact they my older child goes running to his class and forgets that I'm still there when I drop him off; he's excited to be there and that means the teaches are definitely doing something right. He comes home with big stories about what he's learned and what projects he's done. The reason we picked Tender Care was because of the "teaching while having fun" atmosphere and attitude. Our kids are getting exactly that, even in the infant room. I love seeing all of the projects hanging on the walls and windows and the pictures of the kids during their day. Tender Care even makes the parents feel appreciated whether it be with a coffee day or doughnuts for Mother's and Father's days and they go out of their way to include the parents in activities throughout the year. It was a big decision for us when we picked a day care and we absolutely made the right one.Rebecca
Like Family...That's how I would descrive the staff at Tender Care. It was December 2009 when we began at Tender Care. I was a new mom and a nervous wreck leaving my threemonthold daughter for the first time. Throughout the first week pictures were taken of her and emailed to me to show how she was happy and enjoying herself. Five and a half years later and now with two daughters there I feel lucky to have chosen the Tender Care in Whitehall. All of their team provide a fun, enjoyable and caring environment for my girls. They always have a minute to answer a question or let me tell them something funny that the girls did. They make us feel like family.Kelly
Our children go to Tender Care Learning Center, Whitehall. We've always felt comforted by the secure, locked doors that require a key pad for entrance. Walking into the facility you're greeted with a friendly smile and hello from the staff. The teahcers have their pictures and a small bio hanging on a bulletin board in the front entrance. It's nice to see who each teacher is and a little about them. The children's artwork is proudly displayed and the windows are decorated according to the season or theme. I'm always impressed with their organization, it never fells chaotic upon arrival. The kids feel at home, and know just where to go to place their belongings and play with their group. I think what sets this center apart from other facilites is the care from the teachers. They truly care about each child and know hwat works for each one individually. I appreciate the communication as well. The infants/small toddlers are sent home with a 'green sheet' outlining and detailing their day, and the older kids have a lesson plan for each week as well as a description of what they did that day. They have an interactive and stimulating environment for each classroom. The kids are encouraged to learn through play, arts/crafts, and plenty of reading as well. Their outside play area is fenced and has age appropriate sections for each group. Even the infants get some fresh air on nice days. Our kids look forward to going to Tender Care each morning, and we couldn't be happier with the care they receive.Ashleigh D.
My children have attended Tender Care for 3 years. Tender Care Learning Center has exceeded all of my expectations. The facilities are very clean and promote an engaging, positive learning atmosphere. The staff consistently demonstrate great compassion and patience. Not only do I feel like my children's basic needs are met, but I feel like my children are loved and well educated throughout the day. The Tender Care curriculum is well researched and age appropriate. The teachers utilize their creativity to make lessons fun and meaningful. I would highly recommend any family to Tender Care Learning Center.Jen M.
My children love Tender Care and really enjoy learning from the very knowledgeable and caring teachers.A Whitehall Parent