The Tree Fest is almost sold out - do you have tickets? And TLC prepares to celebrate 60 years of service to children and families!
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November 2015

Dear Friends,

As December approaches, TLC staff get hard at work preparing for our annual Christmas Tree Festival (December 5th & 6th) and Colorado Gives Day (December 8th). As 2015 nears its close, we also look forward to celebrating our birthday - TLC turns 60 years old in 2016! To commemorate our 60th anniversary, we've launched our 16/60 Diamond Anniversary Pledge Drive to help insure we can serve the community for another 60 years.

Take the pledge today to help children in need year-round.

Even when busy, TLC teachers and therapists always remember that the most important work we do is with our kiddos, and our most important celebrations are of their successes. TLC Occupational Therapist Mia Girard shares the recent successes of her her client, 'W':

"'W' is a four year old boy who started preschool at TLC this August, and receives occupational and speech therapies in his classroom. 'W' was on the wait-list for over a year before he was able to enroll. At the fall open house, his grandmother reported how excited she was for him to begin, and how long of a wait a year was to secure a spot. 'W' enjoyed playing in the classroom on that evening and cried when it was time to leave. There were a number of things that were a struggle for 'W' in his first few weeks at TLC. He had difficulty communicating his wants and needs, ate very little at snack time, did not want certain foods near him, was not able to request using the bathroom, had a very difficult time sitting and attending at circle time, did not nap, and cried or protested during most all of the transitions within the school day. His teachers and therapists used team meeting time to problem-solve strategies to help 'W' engage and participate with his classmates and staff to the best of his ability.

When I arrived at his classroom last week, 'W' ran up to me and gave me a big hug! He then took my hand and led me to the climber. We went up the stepping stones and down the slide over and over. As we did, his imitation of my language became clearer and he asked for 'more' and said 'Ready, set, go!' just as I had. His ability to make his wants and needs known was tremendous and I was thrilled to see such purposeful communication and play developing.

'W' no longer cries during transitions and willingly complies with teacher instructions. He is exploring and eating a variety of foods, and has begun to request to use the bathroom spontaneously. He comes to circle time with no adult prompting, and willingly naps for an hour daily.

His grandmother recently accompanied 'W' on a class field trip to the zoo. She told one of his teachers what a fun trip it was, and remarked what a change she saw him 'W' from what she had expected. They were able to stay far longer than anticipated, and rather than showing him around, he used an animal checklist his teachers made for him to lead her around the zoo! She was thrilled he didn't get upset when it was time to go, as he would have in the past. While there are many skills yet to work on, a foundation has been set and he is making great progress that is seen not only in his classroom, but in the community and his home as well."

Stories like these are made possible by supporters like you. Thank you for being a part of the TLC family!

Very Sincerely,

The TLC Staff & Board

Learn More About the TLC Christmas Tree Festival
Christmas Tree Festival

The 34th Annual TLC Christmas Tree Festival is right around the corner, December 5th and 6th! Tickets are selling fast - do you have yours yet? Purchase tickets online, by phone at (303)776-7417, or by stopping in at 611 Korte Parkway. Tree donation forms are due November 30th to Michelle Henry, Over 30 sponsors are taking part, and there's still room! Download a sponsorship packet, or view our current 2015 sponsors. Don't miss out!
Colorado Gives Day

Colorado Gives Day is December 8th, and our goal is to raise $25,000. We need your help! Join all of Colorado in giving a gift to your favorite charities, which we hope includes TLC, through If you like to cross things off your to-do list, you can pres-schedule your gift today.
The Dot by Peter Reynolds, recommended by TLC Therapist Kathy Keith.

Her teacher smiled. "Just make a mark and see where it takes you." Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery, telling a delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.
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Ms. Kathy and Ms. Mary Beth's class donned their chef hats to make gingerbread last week. The bakers helped each other measure the ingredients, mix the dough, and of course - take part in an important taste test of the finished product!
Learn More About Preschool at TLC
TLC Staff Anniversaries

Happy November anniversary to the following TLC staff members!

Matt Eldred, Executive Director, 2 Years
Amanda Boldenow, Development Manager, 3 Years
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