800 East Street
Middletown, CT 06457
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Phone: 860-632-2014
Director: Maria DonAroma
Email: mid@earlyeducationpros.org


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

At Tender Care Learning Center of Middletown, Connecticut, we strive to make each and every child feel welcomed and loved every day, as we care for their physical, emotional, social and academic development. Our early education professionals delight in helping children explore the world around them and develop a lifelong love of learning through play.

We hope you’ll visit us today to experience the Tender Care difference for yourself! Please call us at 860-632-2014 to schedule an appointment.

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  

Middletown testimonials

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.
Marcella NS.

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.
Jackie T.

"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!"
Taliercio Family

"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."
Beth J.

"We have been a Tender Care family since September of 2013. Starting with my tour of the facility, the directors and teachers at Tender Care have continually exceeded our expectations. They show a constant commitment to the wellbeing of the children in their care, and I have always been confident that my children were not only getting an outstanding education, but that their emotional needs were being met on an individual level. Every teacher has taken the time to get to know my children, and how best to interact with them. The preschool and pre-K teachers have played a significant role in helping my son to develop social/emotional skills that will serve him well in all aspects of his life, and I am confident that he will thrive in Kindergarten in the Fall."

"It is hard to express just how incredible our experience with Tender Care is. Over the six years of our time with them we constantly felt that our children were safe, secure, and both identified and cared for as individuals. Shannon and Maria were always available to us either in person or by phone or email, and it impressed us on a daily basis that they knew and greeted each person that came into the building. This was not something we experienced at other care centers, though one would think it should be the highest priority! Additionally, both of our children are unique in their personalities and strengths and weaknesses, and the teachers always treated them as their own person. There was awareness of us as a family, but we always felt as though our children were treated individually. We can honestly say that the whole staff at Tender Care knew us and cared for us, to the point where we’re quite sad to know that their time in our life has come to a close. Thank you so much for everything you have done for our children!"
Ryan and Kathleen

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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.