Established in 1985
We hope our website will provide you with the information needed to find safe, caring, and educational childcare for your child.
TLC Center is the proud owner of two childcare facilities, licensed and registered with the city of Great Falls and the state of Montana. Both are Stars to Quality participants as well as Early Head Start collaborative sites and participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) providing a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack. We accept Best Beginning Scholarships (state-paid childcare assistance).
TLC Center is located in the Bethel Lutheran Church, a one-level handicap-accessible building. We are a Star Three facility having five classrooms divided by age, a large gym, and two fenced outdoor environments/playgrounds.
TLC Center is also located at the Great Falls College with six classrooms, spacious commons areas, and three outdoor fenced playgrounds featuring entrances directly into each classroom.
Elizabeth Olson is the Owner/Manager with over 20 years of childcare experience and is a certified CPR First Aid Instructor.
Crystal Kist is the Director of the TLC Center at Great Falls College and has 18 years of experience in Early Childhood Education, Director Level I credential has her Associate's Degree with a major in Early Childhood Education, Dual CDA's, is a certified CPR and First Aid instructor, and a Professional Development Specialist Level II.
Shalee Smith is the Director of the TLC Center at Bethel Lutheran and has 8 years of childcare experience, with an Associates degree as well in Early Childhood Education.
Check out the “Our Staff” tab for a complete list of all the staff at both locations.
We are open from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. We are licensed for 140 children ages newborn to 12 years of age. We offer both full-time/full-day and part-time childcare and preschool. Fees are based on the age of the child and days of attendance. More information is available on the “FEES & REGISTRATION” tab. We work with families that have varying work schedules, and accept the Best Beginnings Scholarship offered through Family Connections.
Our Primary teachers have the educational qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment to support your child’s learning and growth. All staff is CPR/1st Aid certified, and required to take the following minimum training in order to meet licensing requirements:
Together we grow - 3 hours
Infant Safety Essentials - 2 hours
New Staff Health and Safety Orientation - 6 hours
Early Childhood Essentials - 3 hours
MISSION STATEMENT The mission of TLC Center is to provide high-quality early childhood care and education that meets the individual needs of each child and family in a safe, developmentally appropriate, educational, and fun environment. Children are encouraged to be independent thinkers and life-long investigators.
VISION STATEMENT The vision of TLC Center is to be a leader in the childcare community by providing superior quality early childhood education and a social environment where children can learn and be motivated by their teachers and peers.
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