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 Ranch Elementary Campus, 21400 Lindsay Drive, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679.
  • Please note that some locations do currently have a wait list.


TLC Transitional Kindergarten Registration for 2019/2020

  • TK Round-Up
    • March 11-15, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • For families admitted to the District's TK program at select locations.
    • After March 15th registration is ongoing as space permits.


TLC K-6th Registration for 2019/2020 New Enrollees

  • Beginning June 3rd, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.:
    • Foothill Ranch, Gates & La Madera - Please call the Child Care Office beginning June 3rd to be added to the 19/20 Priority Registration List. Those on this list will be given a separate registration date. 
    • Walk-In Registration opens for all other elementary sites at the Child Care Office and is ongoing. 



TLC-The Learning Connection

The Learning Connection 2018/2019 Calendar





Holidays & Non-school Days - TLC SITES ARE CLOSED

August 20 - 24, 2018: Summer TLC Recess

September 3, 2018: Labor Day

November 12, 2018: Veteran's Day

November 22 & 23, 2018: Thanksgiving Recess

Dec. 24, 2018 - Jan. 1, 2019: Winter Recess

January 21, 2019: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

February 15 & 18, 2019: February Recess Days

April 19, 2019: Spring Recess Day

May 27, 2019: Memorial Day

June 14 - 18, 2019: Summer Preparation Days



Included in monthly fee. These extra hours of Modified Teacher Days are available to TLC children who are registered for after school care.

September 12, 2018: Elementary Back to School Night

Nov. 26 - 30 & Dec. 3, 2018: Parent Conference Week

March 1 & 4 - 8, 2019: Parent Conference Week

April 24, 2019: Elementary Open House

June 13, 2019: Last Day of School



TLC is available from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Payment/reservation for non-school days must be made at least a week in advance. TLC may be held at team site pending enrollment. NO refunds.

September 19, 2018: Fall Recess Day (Fee included in monthly tuition)

October 29, 2018: Staff Development Day (Fee included in monthly tuition)

November 19 - 21, 2018: Thanksgiving Recess ($25 Recess Fee)

January 2 - 4, 2019: Winter Recess ($25 Recess Fee)

January 28, 2019: Staff Development Day (Fee included in monthly tuition)

April 15 - 18, 2019: Spring Recess ($75 Recess Fee)



June 19 - August 16, 2019

Please note, in order to transition to the summer season, the first week of summer is Wednesday, June 19 - Friday, June 21, 2019.


Calendar Subject to Change



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.

Kindergarten Enrichment

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 kindergarten content standards.


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-available upon request