What We Offer
At Tenderheart, we design creative and imaginative ways to nurture the whole child through arts, crafts, music, creative movement, books, table and floor games, discovering nature, science concepts, cooking and simple communication techniques, using everyday opportunities and experiences. We are also privileged to have a music teacher come every other week to incorporate "music and movement" into our routine!
The daycare has been created with specific learning centers, child-sized furnishings and a multi-room play area to provide the children with many diversified and safe opportunities for healthy growth and development. The outdoor setting at Tenderheart features a shaded 35 foot sand covered play yard appropriately equipped for outdoor activities.
Each day, we communicate with parents on our private blogspot. It gives the staff an opportunity to share the plan for the day & also gives the parents a chance to see their children enjoying themselves.
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What The Parents Have to Say About Tenderheart Daycare:
Our family has been so blessed to have found Tenderheart Daycare, a loving, safe, and enriching place for our children to spend their time while we have to work. Both of our children entered Tenderheart as babies and stayed until Kindergarten. At every stage of their development Tenderheart has met their needs. They have been loved and comforted, taught social skills and how to treat friends, have had structure in their days and have flourished and blossomed. As a mother, when I knew I had to work, I wanted to find a place to care for my children the way I would if I had the means to stay at home with them. I also wanted a partnership with those who care for my children on a daily basis. Tenderheart Daycare is more than just a daycare, it is a second home, a school, a family. As parents, we feel forever indebted to Pam and the staff for all that they do.
April 7, 2013
Our son Joseph has been at Tenderheart since he was three months old. He loves "Miss Pammy" and we love the obvious care and attention that she and her staff give him. We chose Tenderheart because we wanted an environment that was rooted in faith and treated each child as an individual. We were -- and are -- also impressed by the intellectual and emotional education curriculum at Tenderheart. This is more than a daycare -- it is a true learning environment. Pam has extensive knowledge about the growth and development of young children, and it shows in the daily and weekly lesson plans that she creates. We also love the daily blog -- and so does Joe's grandmother in Arizona. It is a true gift to be able to follow our child from work (or, for grandma, from far away). We can't imagine sending Joe anywhere else.
April 6, 2013
"My Son, Colin, has been going to Tenderheart Daycare since he was seven months old. Not only does he get an exceptional education but the personal love and attention he receives on a daily basis has been so beneficial. The school provides sound teaching in Math, Science, the Bible, Reading, Social development, and the list goes on. I love the little touches that this place has -- such as the opportunity for the kids to participate in the Music and Movement provide by Miss Patty; the beautiful creative crafts and projects the children get to make; and the helper of the day who gets to assist the teachers and the fun activities like alphabet exercise. Pam and the Tenderheart staff are now a part of our family. Tenderheart is a blessing to all who are touched by it."
October 2, 2008
Tenderheart has the warm feeling of an in home day-care with the wide
variety of activities offered in a corporate day-care. Each day of the
week is a new activity and the teachers incorporate the color, shape,
letter, theme of the week into their daily activities, through arts and
crafts, books, cooking, music and more. There is still plenty of time for
free play, so that they can use their imaginations and develop social
skills with their friends. I can't imagine a better option for my
children. I have no doubt that they are loved and at the same time are
having an enriching preschool experience. When it is time for my children
to enter school I am confident that they will be prepared physically,
mentally and emotionally for the next step. The key to being able to be
successful at work is knowing that your children are well cared for and
loved when they are not in your care. Tenderheart has surpassed my
expectations in the care that they have given my children.
October 1, 2008
My daughter, Cassie, is a graduate of Tenderheart. She absolutely loved
being part of the Tenderheart family. That is what this place is; it is
so much more than a daycare or preschool. You all became an extension
of our family. We always felt she was in a safe & loving environment.
Pammie has a tremendous team working with her. They are always very
enthusiastic and welcoming.
They teach values, which is very important to me. They help the
children understand responsibility and consequences. They encourage them
to explore and experiment, while maintaining a safe, comfortable
The blog site is amazing. It is always great to check in throughout the
day, find out what the kids are up to and see those smiling faces.
Cassie and I still peak at the blog, to see what is going on and see
pictures of her friends.
Tenderheart did a fantastic job at preparing her for Kindergarten.
Cassie and I miss Tenderheart, but will be sure to visit. I recommend
Tenderheart to everyone.
September 25, 2008
We have been at Tenderheart for 7 years, 2 of our children are graduates and our youngest is thoroughly enjoying his days at “Pam’s House”. To capture our feelings and experiences in a short paragraph is a daunting task. There are so many wonderful things to say, so many cherished memories, and so many new experiences. I feel I could write a multitude of pages but I shall try to reign myself in and summarize as follows.
Our Children: I find great comfort in knowing that every day when I drop my children off that they will have fun, be loved and be safe. My older boys have the best memories of their time at “Pammies” and often ask if they can go back and hang out with their youngest brother. I think this speaks volumes. While there were days during drop off when I received the inevitable “Mommy, why do you have to go?” I can honestly tell you that these occurrences can be counted on one hand (over 7 years!) and that every day they didn’t want to leave.
The Staff: Pam has surrounded herself with a fantastic group of licensed daycare providers. They are always full of enthusiasm, love, and a desire to better my children’s world. There is always fresh energy as when the morning shift leaves, a full spirited afternoon shift arrives. They have amazing talent for enforcing the rules with such a caring touch. And since there is more than one person, and several ‘on call’, I’ve never had to worry about my daycare provider phoning in sick, leaving me to find last minute arrangements.
The Facilities: It is hard to believe that so much happens in one space in Pam’s house. I have never once had the feeling of a basement. The space is brightly lit with so many different activity centers for the children to play and learn. It is something all at-home daycares should aspire to! The kitchen and bathroom are all located within the daycare so the staff never need to leave the children. The outside play area is glorious with so much room for the children to run, play and explore. All within the safe confines of the backyard.
The Curriculum: All of my children have stayed at Tenderheart right up to the start of Kindergarten. There was no need for a formal preschool as the Tenderheart curriculum is on par, or dare I say better, than any preschool out there. This made my life so much easier and took any logistical issues out of the picture. Learning is always presented in an exciting fun way, involving many hands on activities. Capitalizing on young inquisitive minds at a young age is so important to develop an interest in learning. I can confidently say that my two older boys were extremely well prepared for Kindergarten, academically, socially, and emotionally.
The Communication: I have never felt that I did not know what was going on with my children while they are at Tenderheart. When I first arrived, Pam would keep a notebook that would come home each night for me to look at and respond to any questions. She would jot down what went on, any thoughts she had, we’d discuss new foods for my infant etc. This was a great way for us to get to know each other and, her, my children. They are great keepsakes! Now there is the blog and email, our more modern day forms of communication however I will always enjoy my end of the day chats. when time permits, when I get to hang out for a bit during pick up. My entire family, who live far away, loves the blog and the opportunity they’ve been given to experience all my little guy does everyday. It’s a great daily two-minute escape to log in and check to see what all the little ones are up to, what other parents have to say and look at the photos of the day.
The Nutrition: There is nothing better early in the morning than the smell of a pot roast cooking at Tenderheart! My husband and I often joke that our children probably eat better there than they do at home. I know that they are receiving healthy, well balanced meals every day. I also know that food choices are always encouraged, but never forced.
The Balance: I believe that children thrive on structure, but they also need time to spread their wings and use their imagination and, well, just be a little child. I feel that Tenderheart has developed the optimal balance of these. The children spend time learning, at their level, but are also given the opportunity to let loose and have fun, within a structured environment.
The Values: While at Tenderheart my children learned from a young age the importance of strong values. They learned this most likely without even realizing it. The reason, because it taught by example. This has carried through to my older boys, and most undoubtedly my youngest when he gets there, and is seen demonstrated in their school and home life.
As the saying goes, “It takes a village…”. Yes, it does. And I have found the foundation of my “village” to be Tenderheart.
September 25, 2008
Pam and I had built a relationship all through my pregnancy so I knew and trusted her when it came time to drop off my infant and return to work. I can honestly say I have not felt an ounce of guilt about working full time. My daughter is in the hands of capable people who share the same values as we do. She absolutely loves being at Tenderheart and has such a well-rounded, advanced education compared to her friends at other places. They also focus on teaching kids how to be responsible members of a caring community and warmly welcome the entire family into the experience. I would not consider going to any other daycare.
September 25, 2008
My daughter has been at Tenderheart Daycare for 4 years. Ever since our first day, we knew it was going to be a great fit for all of us. The staff at Tenderheart is great and gives each child individual attention and makes them feel special in some way or another. They listen and get the childrens attention, respect and co-operation. My daughter has grown so much in the past four years, and I credit Tenderheart for many of her accomplishments along the way. They teach great family values, common sense, fairness, co-operation, respect, teamwork, politeness, caring, sharing and patience - and a whole lot more! Their teaching style is hands on and eveyone has fun while learning. Dr. Phelan's 1-2-3 Magic approach to discipline is easy and really works - both at daycare and at home. I love the curriculum at Tenderheart. The project centers and activities are great. They have a social and community awareness that I don't think they would get at many other daycares. My daughter will be more than ready for kindergarten next year with all that she's learned at Tenderheart. She can count in english and spanish, knows her colors, can spell her name and the names of the other children at daycare, and knows a bit of sign language. (She has taught me sign language and has given me a refresher course in Spanish.) All of the children, from the infants to the 5 year olds, are involved in what is happening daily. They also get excercise and go out and play in the great play yard Pam has set up for them. I like that the TV is not the daycare provider and that there is so much to do in a day with real hands on projects and activities. Then there's Miss Patty the music teacher who comes in a couple times/month. She gets the kids up and dancing/acting/engaged. I actually attended a session once and was worn out just from watching when it ended. And let's talk about the food - sometimes I don't feel so bad if I we are running errands and get take out for dinner. Every meal is nutritionally balanced and healthy. The chips and snacky foods are limited which offers much healthier eating habits as she grows. My daughter goes grocery shopping with me and always prefers the fruits and veggies to chips and cakes. This is a great start to a healthier lifestyle as she grows.
I also love checking the daily blog - very informative on what's happening weekly/daily, as well as what's for breakfast/lunch. It's great to see the kids so involved and having fun. It's also good to be able to chat with the other parents. Before the blog, I didn't know many of the children or their parents all that well because I would just drop off or pick up. Now I know exactly who my daughter is talking about when she tells me who she played with, and it just helps make the Tenderheart family all that much bigger & better. Plus, it's a break in the day to see all the smiling faces when I need a break at my desk. When I pick my daughter up after daycare, she is so excited to tell me what they did that day, and how her and her friends did this or that, or figured something out on her own, or she tried some new food at lunch, etc. I am so glad that a friend recommended Pam and Tenderheart those 4 years ago. We checked out other providers, but none held a candle to Tenderheart.
September 22, 2008
As most of you know my daughter Kassidy spent 5 years at Tenderheart Daycare. She just left at the end of this summer for Kindergarten. Kassidy was more then prepared for Kindergarten because of everyone at Tenderheart. Tenderheart Daycare goes above and beyond in educating and entertaining the children. Kassidys experience at Tenderheart Daycare provided her with more then the necessary educational skills as well as the social and moral skills she needs!
I picked Tenderheart Daycare because of the family environment. Tenderheart Daycare conveyed love and caring to Kassidy everyday. All the children at Tenderheart are treated like part of a family. In addition, I loved the structured environment. The schedule each day is consistent and the children are always involved in something. I also liked the fact that I was always informed of the day to day activities that the children were engaging in and feedback was always asked for! I would highly recommend Tenderheart Daycare to others!