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Discover 32 differences that set The Learning Circle Kids Academy apart from the rest!

The Learning Circle is celebrating 32 years of making a difference in children’s lives, along with their families! We invite you to discover 28 (and more!) reasons that set our high quality program apart from others!

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  1. NECPA Accredited – THIS IS A REALLY BIG DEAL! This provides assurance that we have met and exceed the long list of rigorous requirements that define a high quality program.
  2. Scientifically Proven Curriculum –“Tools of The Mind” gives children the thinking tools to control their own behavior, to concentrate, follow through plus learn phonics and math through games, music and art.
  3. Professional Staff – Our child care professionals have various certifications. Every teacher must complete a minimum of 24 clock hours of training yearly. Some are completing a CDA, AA Degrees or Bachelor of Early Childhood Degrees.
  4. CPR and First Aid Certified – New Mexico only requires that one person per shift be CPR and First Aid Certified. All of our Staff must be CPR and First Aid Certified.
  5. Background Checks – We fingerprint, check DMV and references. Each employee is directly supervised until we receive clearance.
  6. Five Star Center – The Learning Circle is proud to announce that it is a “Five Star” Program with Children, Youth and Families Department.
  7. Teacher Consistency & Low Turnover – We invest in our greatest asset- our staff. We work hard to provide them with a work environment that allows them maximum work satisfaction.
  8. Founder-Operated for 29+ years. Michelle Hill-Jack started this program for our community almost 28 years ago. She donated her home to the community for professional early care for infants through age 11. This center has been in operation longer than any other center in San Juan County.
  9. Director and Assistant Director – The Learning Circle is directed by Michelle and her daughter Carrie Schoenberger. Both are nearly finished with a BA in Early Childhood.
  10. TLC “Tender, Loving Care” for Parents Too! We feature “Free Friday Coffee,” Dads and Donuts” and “Moms and Muffins” throughout the year. Drop by the kitchen on Fridays, choose your favorite flavored creamer and enjoy your morning coffee on us!
  11. We take major credit cards and debit cards.
  12. State of the Art Security System – We have video surveillance cameras inside and out. Children are released only to those persons that parents have on their pick up list. Our doors are continuously monitored.
  13. Cleanliness – Our center is cleaned and sanitized continuously throughout the day to assure that it is a clean healthy place. This is one of the reasons that we close a few days at Christmas and Spring break so that the center can be deep cleaned.
  14. Intergenerational Care and Foster Grand Parenting – The Learning Circle now has the third generation of children in attendance. Children that were once enrolled as children are now the teachers. Those teachers have felt that they had such a great experience here that they’ve come back to teach. The Learning Circle is the only child care center off of the reservation to have a Foster Grandparent.
  15. Nutritious Meals and Snacks – The Learning Circle has won the highest award there is from the state food program for nutritious meals, all freshly cooked, using home cooking recipes with a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, meats and bread. The children learn to cook simple recipes and learn healthy eating habits. Parents rave about the vegetables their children learn to love.
  16. Baby Formula is free. Infants are introduced to new foods as they are developmentally ready. Breastfeeding is encouraged. Provision of mother’s own milk is encouraged.
  17. In-House Discounts and Promotions – We offer in-house discounts for paying by the month as well as referral payments when you refer your friends, family or co-workers for child care.
  18. Blast Email – We liberally use our email system to provide parents with newsletters, curriculum, general news, upcoming and events.
  19. A Terrific Website – is being developed to share our great program with the world at large. It will offer discount coupons to other great services within San Juan County and a way for you to earn child care discounts through referrals.
  20. Open-Door Policy – We have always had an open door policy. Parents of enrolled children are encouraged to drop in without notice to observe their children and staff as they please.
  21. Birthday Parties – Every child will be the “guest of honor” at an in-house party for their very own birthday.
  22. Spacious Playgrounds –that are divided by age groups to benefit the development of every child in a safe, healthy manner. We have a natural play area with trees, shrubbery, grass, climbers, toys, a sandbox and the children even grow a garden in the summer.
  23. Family Services – We never stop trying to find ways to make the lives of our families a little bit easier.
  24. Marriage Enhancement Opportunities – We strongly believe that a healthy family relationship is vital to the well being of children. We encourage you to join us for various family activities throughout the year. We model and teach parents vital communication skills to increase love and happiness within the family.
  25. Field Trips – Field trips are attended year round. Our preschool curriculum is based on the experience and what the children learn. The trips range from the “Pumpkin Patch,” to Wal-Mart, Pet-Co, a vet clinic, museums, and everything in between! The children learn “job skills” as they visit various places of business. They return and play Wal-Mart, Pet-Co, etc. We are the only child care in SJC that bases its curriculum on future employment opportunities.
  26. Summer Camp – Summer isn’t down time at TLC. We have a terrific preschool and school age camp complete with a specially designed curriculum of swim lessons, growing a garden, cooking experiences, community service activities, field trips and keeping up with our “Tools of the Mind” learning skills, lots of water play, indoor and outdoor art, cook-outs, games, that are age appropriate.
  27. Computer Usage and Free Fax – are available to parents upon request.
  28. Money Back Guarantee! We are so sure that you will be happy with our program, that at any time in your first 30 days of enrollment you wish to leave and attend another center, we will gladly refund a full week’s tuition.
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