TLC Academy for Young Children was founded in 1989 by Kent and Alison Pfeister after the birth of their daughter, Alexandra. Alison, a practicing attorney and former teacher with a master’s degree in education and guidance, and Kent, an educator with a master’s degree in physical education and health, looked but could not find high-quality child care. Alison refused to leave her newborn baby with one person who had to care for, nurture and meet the individual needs of five infants at the same time or with two people caring for 12 (twelve!) infants as allowed by the State of Ohio.
Kent and Alison knew they couldn’t be the only parents to feel this way. Not willing to compromise their standards of care, they decided to create their own child-development center that would provide the best in care and education.
Kent and Alison visited dozens of child-care centers and schools and talked to many more teachers and directors. Using the latest research on child development and education of young children, Alison designed and developed the core values, standards of child care and education for TLC. She incorporated previously unheard of low teacher-to-child ratios and small group sizes, along with a cutting-edge integrated curriculum to ensure the optimal cognitive, social-emotional and physical growth and development of every child.
Since TLC opened its doors, more than 1,500 children have been nurtured, cared for and educated with the highest of standards that Kent and Alison originally envisioned and created for their daughter. The summer of 2010 marked an exciting generational milestone when Alison and Kent’s three young granddaughters were enrolled at TLC. Then in 2017 another momentous occasion happened when their daughter, Alexandra, joined TLC as the Director. Her two boys have attended TLC since they were born. It has been almost 30 years since the doors of TLC first sprang open, but the motto remains the same: The best is the least we can do for your child.
Kent and Alison Pfeister
Founders of TLC Academy for Young Children