The Learning Center (TLC) was founded in 2000 by Tricia Miller. In 2019, the business was purchased by long time Directors Jen Blodgett and Melissa LaPointe. We are now Four Our Future DBA The Learning Center of Hopkinton and continuing the TLC legacy. Each member of our qualified staff is EEC certified and/or possesses degrees in childhood education, professional training and are certified in both CPR and First Aid. The center provides monthly workshops to keep staff current with the latest techniques in quality child care and up to date on professional development.
With safety as our number one priority, we maintain low child-to-teacher ratios. We also practice health and safety procedures to ensure a safe and wholesome environment.
The TLC facility includes state-of-the-art classrooms, a kitchen, and separate fenced playgrounds for each age-group, an area for scooter and bike use and a designed space used for enrichment activities including: karate, yoga, music with Gerry, and Tumblebus. The center also provides career development workshops to keep parents current with the latest techniques in quality child care.
Ages 3 months - 15 months
The Infant program is designed for our youngest age group to interact, explore, and discover their world in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment that will assist them in achieving their first milestones. The educators in the infant classroom specialize in love, which means working closely with every parent in order to know and understand the needs of each child. Curriculum is supported by age appropriate sensory materials, assisting and fostering motor development and gradual introduction to the limitless world of capabilities.
We call our infant classroom the "Little Tykes" and support family interactions in every way possible. The Learning Center has an open door policy in all classrooms. Parents are encouraged to call at any time during the day to connect directly with your classroom educators.
Ages 15 months - 2 years 9 months
Our 'home away from home' nurturing environment and daily routine works together with our curriculum of multi-sensory activities including social development, music and movement, language arts, story time, math, science and arts & crafts. Our Tiny Tots are offered several choices and opportunities to foster their independence while nurturing them. While engaging in our hands-on Firefly curriculum, these toddlers can experience positive learning through play. Our educators provide the Tiny Tots with age appropriate centers which involve dramatic play, arts & crafts, sensory tables and a quiet area in which they can explore the wonderful world of books! Educators are there to encourage the children to discover these centers as an individual, while being cooperative with friends.
Ages 2 years 9 months - 5 years
Our preschool programs provides a nurturing atmosphere that truly recognizes your child’s individual needs and supports their intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth. Readiness skills are reinforced daily through dramatic play, language, math, science, arts & crafts, movement, and computer use. Teachers plan and implement monthly thematic units with activities that are at the developmental level of the children. We have several classrooms for full time preschool students (Krusaders and Little Rascals) and another classroom for half-day preschoolers (Half Pints). Perhaps your preschooler is 3, 4 or 5 - we guarantee they will thrive!
5 years - 12 years
School age kids
Full time only
One of the most popular programs is our Clubhouse - It is the place to be before and after school. Each day, our planned curriculum offers the social activities and daily challenges that interests school age children. Not only are they doing their homework before play, but their needs are cared for in a safe and caring environment. Children are welcome to stay through the summer of 5th grade. Opportunities for volunteering may be available if children show interest following completion of the school age program.
The children read, complete homework (with assistance from team teachers as needed), and learn from each other. Homework contacts are read and signed by child and parent to insure satisfactory completion of the public school requirements. Early release and non-school days provide us with time to explore the interests of the children with hands on activities and culminating field trips for a well-rounded curriculum.