40 London Drive
Hamden, CT 06517
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Phone: 203-281-6602
Director: Lori Osber
Email: hmd@earlyeducationpros.org


Check out the Better CT video segment featuring Tender Care Learning Center.

Tender Care Learning Center of Hamden, Connecticut, matches early education professionalism with a family-like atmosphere to create a truly fun and engaging environment. We are committed to recognizing each child’s unique gifts and talents as we provide a quality learning experience through creative play. Our goal is to foster a lifelong love of learning in every child.

Call us today to schedule a visit! 203-281-6602.

Learn more about Hamden's Partnership for Young Children.

We are proud to announce that our schools in Connecticut have been named a 2019 Top Workplace by the Hartford Courant. A big thank you to all of our teachers for making our schools a great place to be for each other and for our families!! 

You can find more information on the Top Workplace website: http://bit.ly/NTW13  


Hamden testimonials

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.
Cristiane DC

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."
Mark A

"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.”
Michael F.

“After having a horrible experience with another daycare my family found its way to a Tender Care. After meeting Lori and touring we knew that this was the perfect place for our son. I cannot say enough good things about Lori the manager at Tender Care Hamden. She was super responsive, supportive and caring of my son and our family. Every aspect of the school was amazing. If my family had not relocated from Hamden to Durham we would still be enrolled
The teachers are caring and loving with each child. I have always felt the teachers treated my son like one of their own. Also the amount of progress my son made since starting was amazing. He was quickly toilet trained and ended his time at Tender Care graduated the pre-k program significantly more advanced than other kids his age entering kindergarten.”
Ziegler family

“Our daughter was enrolled at Tender Care from age 4 month until 3 years old. Tender Care provided the safe, loving, and educational experience we were seeking for our child! Each teacher (even ones who were not my child’s assigned teacher) took the time to really get to know and understand her personality. We felt like her teachers became a part of our family and we so sad to leave when we moved! Our daughter grew and flourished into a curious, happy little girl during her time at Tender Care. I would recommend their program to absolutely anyone!”
Young family

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Tender Care Accreditations

Tender Care is a Pennsylvania and Connecticut state-licensed child care and early childhood learning organization, an accredited member of NAEYC, PennAEYC, CAEYC, HAEYC, and PACCA, and is Keystone STARS rated.



Tender Care Learning Centers has committed to accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the measurement of our program excellence. NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators, and is dedicated to improving programs for children from birth through third grade. NAEYC sets the standards for quality childcare and education in America, with an emphasis placed on the quality of interactions among teachers and children and the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum.

Keystone STARS (PA only)


The Keystone STARS program validates what Tender Care Learning Centers have been doing for many years. Your child's Early Education is critical to his/her development and future success in school and life. Keystone STARS sets requirements for early childhood educators to promote the best learning environment and safest setting possible for your child. As a parent, feel confident your child is safe and respected, is learning new things every day, and is well prepared for future success in life.