For those of you not yet familiar with TenderCare, I would like to give you a brief history. TenderCare is a ministry of the Capitol Drive Lutheran Church and first opened its doors in 1979. The organizers of TenderCare wanted to be a viable part of the community serving families with a needed high quality early education and child care program. Our name comes from words that are part of carol “Away in a Manager” which mentions tender care in one of the verses. Now 38 years later, we are still a positive, active part of the community.
TenderCare takes great pride in accomplishing high quality levels under the YoungStar rating of Wisconsin. Both locations, the main building at 5229 W. Capitol Drive and the School-Age site located at 5305 W. Capitol Drive are both 5 Star locations. The main building is often referred to as Site 1 has national accreditation (NAC) through the Association of Early Learning Leaders. Both accreditation systems promote early leaning outcomes and happy healthy children. Within the high standards of the accreditation systems TenderCare implements its educational philosophy.
The TenderCare philosophy is based on the child development model which incorporates key experiences and discovery. Our curriculum is designed to focus on the creative, emotional, intellectual, physical and social growth of each child. Learning through play is viewed as the cornerstone of the curriculum. Adults provide protection, security, stimulation, support, limits, and affection. Children are respected as individuals within a child-oriented rather than teacher-directed program.
At TenderCare, children are given the opportunity to explore materials and participate in a variety of experiences. Activities are carefully planned and implemented in an open-classroom setting. Children are free to choose from age-appropriate activities including art, music, language development, pre-math skills, science and nature, and dramatic play. Children develop self-esteem, independence and problem-solving skills as they make choices and assist in planning the environment and the activities.
Our primary goal is for children to feel safe and secure. Prior to being independent a child must know that he or she can depend on adults and a predictable environment. Children are treated with respect and kindness. We recognize that children develop at different rates and have different interests. Small group size and appropriate teacher-child ratios allow for meeting the individual needs of each child.
We hope that you will continue to visit our blog and if you are not yet familiar with our classrooms to come in for a tour. We will be happy to see you!
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