The TSL Kids Crew Blog
Life is busy. I think we will all agree.
We have many responsibilities to tackle on a daily basis: bills, kids, careers, planning extracurricular activities, date nights etc... The thing is, they are all important, no doubt about that. But, we all know, in our heart of hearts, that we want to leave a legacy, and that starts with our children.
Our children might drive us crazy at times but we love them more than life itself. They make us smile, they make us laugh, they get us angry, likely daily. But, we love them. We want the best for them. We want to surround them with great experiences and great association. We desire to tap into their inner creativity and show them that there is nothing they cannot accomplish.
Sometimes this is easier said than done. Remember the bills, the careers, the activities? We have a LOT on our plates and it takes a true magician to balance everything out and make time to get it all accomplished. The one thing we know we must provide is a safe, structured, positive environment for our children while we are out slaying those dragons in our careers.
We long for people who are passionate about children, their education, their development. To be able to spark their creativity as we attempt to do and treat them as if they were their own. Child care is critically important in this fast-paced world. More important, is finding an environment where children can cultivate their dreams and fulfill their potential, working in conjunction with what we teach them at home.
Enter TSL Adventures. People who love children. People passionate about positivity, safety, creativity and expression. People with roots in public education but who have invested in themselves to take their game to another level. Child care, day care, after school programs....they all require care providers who do just that: they care. They invest their time with a child. They sense hesitation and nurture the fighter from within. TSL Adventures is the premier child care organization into the Capital Region that puts their hearts in our children's lives.
Every responsible adult in Albany and beyond wants to ensure that the child care services they are investing in will be beneficial and advantageous to their child's growth and education process. Though there are often multiple options for summer camps from special interest camps that cost a lot of money and design for non-working families, to day camps run by corporations, to pop-up camps that come and go, it takes a true artist, someone dedicated to excellence in their craft to bring the best out of a child. This is the essence for what TSL Adventures stands.
TSL Adventures proudly offers year-round daycare and school age programs with a core emphasis on creating an exceptional community atmosphere. It is their mission to provide children with a fun-filled, fast-paced structure featuring a diversity of projects, games and activities that will motivate and excite children. It is critically important to nurture a child's creative abilities very early on in life. The more interaction and positive stimulus a child receives, the faster they will mentally mature and learn to adapt in all kinds of situations.
Their focus is 100% on providing professionally structured private school-age child care services to the entire Capital Region and ultimately beyond. Their services will add value to your child's day and you will experience the tremendous progress they make in their time invested with their committed and dedicated staff of passionate educators and professionals.
We know that choosing the right environment for your child is important and they expect you to do your due diligence and research your options. That being said, they thought it would be great to share a bit of their story to provide you confidence in our capabilities.
TSL Adventures was founded in 2008 by alumni from The College of St. Rose who hold or have held positions as full-time elementary school teachers. It was their vision to create an outstanding program designed to provide children with a unique recreational environment during the summer months. With children home in the summer, it adds a layer of complexity to an already-busy family's schedule. There are camps and other options that existed, but not something created specifically by actual educators with a passion to give back to their local communities at a higher level. The emphasis would be clear: to create programs and activities that would contribute to a child's cognitive and social-emotional development. As well, to create an environment where cooperation is nurtured over competition. This type of focus would keep children excited, engaged, accepted and entertained while helping to stimulate progress in their mental and social capabilities. The mission was, and still is, to provide transformative child care that adds value to a child as they continually grow, mature and learn.
There are four main services offered by TSL Adventures: early childhood care, before and after school programs, summer camps and vacation camp.
Early childhood care requires caring, patient and nurturing professionals who treat each child as their own. Nothing is more important to a parent than to know their child is in a social setting with other children and they are getting personal, quality attention throughout the day while they reach developmental milestones through lesson planning that is governed by the Early Learning Standards set by New York State.
Before and after school programs are extremely popular and offer families tremendous opportunity amidst their business schedules. Often-times, we see parents with busy schedules during the week and require quality child care before and after school. TSL Adventures maintains a rigid schedule of accountability and professionalism to ensure there is adequate staffing and that personalized attention is capable of being provided to each child. Through the implementation of a daily and interactive community meeting, options for free and organized clubs and activities in an open and age-integrated environment, children learn the essence of socializing across age boundaries, becoming role models for younger children, and most importantly having fun in a home-like environment free from rigid structural constraints.
Vacation programs are ideal if a child's school vacation doesn't coincide with a parent’s ability to take time off. TSL Adventures creates engaging, exciting and challenging activities and programs designed to stretch your child to fulfill their potential. We maintain a number of team-related activities that children love. It is exciting to see children building bonds and working together as a team to accomplish a goal. Their team of professionals and educators invest much time to create programs that constantly build on a child's social and cognitive capabilities. They employ a structure that guarantees predictability, keeps campers moving briskly from one activity to the next, and presents a wide array of diverse activities.
Summer programs are ideal for families who cannot take the whole summer off for a vacation. Much like the vacation programs, the summer programs are designed to build confidence, character, and social skills in the context of a fun and recreational setting. TSL employs a structure that is routine-based, diverse, and constantly in motion. Children work together cooperatively through various non-traditional sports, games, projects and activities that open their eyes to the essence of what community is. In the fashion of traditional day camp, children also have a daily outdoor period where they can change into swim suits, have fun in the sprinkler, bask in the sun or play outdoor games. For many campers, this 90-minute period per day is cited as their favorite part of the day.
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