Saddleback Valley Unified School District

Saddleback Mountains overlooking RSM Lake

TLC Child Care Programs

The Learning Connection, "TLC" is a positive alternative for working parents in need of quality child care. TLC offers more than extended child care. It offers children, Transitional Kindergarten through 6th grade, a positive and meaningful before and after school experience, 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. TLC centers are located at each elementary school campus in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District. We are honored to serve the families in our care.


Mission Statement

Every Child, every day


Supporting Families by providing excellent care in a safe and fun environment.


  • Kindness
  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Respect


  • Provide a safe and positive experience for children.
  • Foster growth and development by instilling self-worth, confidence, and respect.
  • Teach skills of living and working with others.
  • Promote creativity, health and wellness.



  • Completed registration must be submitted to the Child Care Office by the Wednesday prior to the requested start date.
  • The Child Care Office is open to receive registration Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. We are located at Robinson Elementary Campus, 21400 Lindsay Drive, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679.
  • Please note that some locations do currently have a wait list.


TLC - The Learning Connection

The Learning Connection 2019/2020 Calendar

First day of school and TLC: Monday, August 26, 2019
Last day of school and TLC: Thursday, June 11, 2020

Non-Program Days
Holiday and Non-School Days - TLC SITES ARE CLOSED

August 19 – 23, 2019: Summer TLC Recess
September 2, 2019: Labor Day
November 11, 2019: Veteran’s Day
November 28 & 29, 2019: Thanksgiving Recess
Dec. 23, 2019 - January 1, 2020: Winter Recess
January 20, 2020: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
February 14 & 17, 2020: February Recess Days
April 10, 2020: Spring Recess Day
May 25, 2020: Memorial Day

Minimum School Days
Included in monthly fee - these extra hours of Modified Teacher Days are available for TLC children who are registered for after school care.

September 11, 2019: Elementary Back to School Night
Nov. 15 & 18 – 22, 2019: Parent Conference Week
February 28 & March 2 - 6, 2020: Parent Conference Week
*Date Determined by Each School: Elementary Showcase Open House
June 11, 2020: Last Day of School

Non-School Recess Days
TLC is available from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Payment/reservation for non- school days must be made by the deadline stated in your payment booklet. TLC may be held at team site pending enrollment. NO refunds.

October 9, 2019: Fall Recess Day (Fee included in monthly tuition)
November 1, 2019: Staff Development Day (Fee included in monthly tuition)
November 25 - 27, 2019: Thanksgiving Recess ($30 Recess Fee)
January 2 - 3, 2020: Winter Recess ($30 Recess Fee)
January 27, 2020: Staff Development Day (Fee included in monthly tuition)
April 6-9, 2020: Spring Recess ($80 Recess Fee)

Summer TLC
First Day of Summer TLC: Wednesday, June 17, 2020


Calendar Subject to Change


The Learning Connection offers a variety of hands-on, child interactive environments that weave academic concepts into fun-filled art, science, and movement activities focused on complimenting SVUSD content standards. TLC curriculum is based on a variety of instructional and recreational choices throughout the day utilizing STEM-based activities and incorporating multiple-intelligence theory.

Each month a calendar and newsletter are available with activity highlights and important program information.


Each TLC center will provide a quiet homework time in which children will have the opportunity to do their work. Basic homework supplies & Chromebooks are made available to support student learning. Although staff cannot provide extensive tutoring, they will encourage children to do their homework and they are available to answer questions and provide guidance before and after school.

Parent Handbook

Parent Handbooks are available upon request.

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