The dedication of our staff is the strength of our program. Staff members have been carefully chosen for their education, experience, training and love of children. Tender Hearts supports each staff member with resources, training and guidance so they can create a unique learning experience for each child. In a nurturing and caring atmosphere, we foster each child's creativity and positive self-image. The success of our program lies in the quality of our staff. Each employee is selected based on their education, experience, talents, character, interpersonal skills, training in working with children, and their ability to show genuine affection and care in helping children to develop into confident, happy individuals.
We believe in positive methods of discipline. We establish age appropriate, consistent limits to help children develop a positive self-image while learning how to get along with others. We help children develop a sense of independence and responsibility and a respect for others.
All employees at Tender Hearts Child Care and Learning Center are carefully screened and meet all the requirements of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families and the Department of Education. All staff members have passed reference checks, finger printing, criminal records checks and state screening before they begin working at our facility. Once hired, they must be certified in CPR and First Aid and maintain 20 hours of Professional Development credits each year. Tender Hearts Child Care and Learning Center provides various training sessions for our staff in Child Abuse Prevention and Detection, Behavior Management, Food Safety and Handling, and Curriculum Development. Class size, age groups, teacher qualifications and ratios are in accordance with the rules and regulations set by the Rhode Island Department of Children,Youth & Families as well as the Rhode Island Department of Education.