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A FREE public charter school for eligible children age 2 ½ to 5 with special needs. The TLC is funded by the St. Johns County School District.

We offer a small school experience for your child that will prepare them for classroom success.

The Therapeutic Learning Center for Children was founded in 1986 to provide the opportunity for hope, growth, and change to children with special needs under the age of 5. Our students have a variety of special needs from Autism, Down Syndrome, Global Developmental Delay and Cerebal Palsy to severe medical needs. Each and everyday of school, our students learn and grow so that they are better prepared for their futures!

Meeting Our Students Needs

 Individual Education Plan
Therapy through Play
Peer Interaction
Preparation for Kindergarten
Social Skills Building
Certified Teacher and Teacher Aides
4:1 Student to Teacher Ratio
Physical Therapy, Speech Therapy
& Occupational Therapy

One Step at a Time!

Public Charter School
Free Education Program
Funded by the Department of Education
8am to 2pm
Monday thru Friday
After School Care Available
Small Class Size
Dedicated and Knowledgeable
Daily Calendar of Activities

TLC Staff

The TLC maintains a consistent 4 to 1 staff to student policy.  Our instructional and support staff are consistent themselves, with years of experience and the joy of preparing their students for successful continuing educational opportunities.

Lauren Brannan
Since 2023

Anna Machiz-Dillon
Community Outreach Coordinator
Since 2023

Kathy Millecan
Certified Teacher
Since 1988

Colleen West
Teacher’s Aide
Since 2019

Traci Hillsman
Teacher’s Aide
Since 2022

Doris Givens
Teacher’s Aide
Since 1996

Ashley Frazier
Teacher’s Aide
Since 2024

Sample Classroom Daily Schedule

8:00 – 8:30 am
Children Arrive
Table Time

8:30 – 9:30 am
Small group structured social
skills in centers

9:30 – 10:00 am
Small group activity
(IEP Goals, pre-academic
learning, shapes, colors,
letters, etc)

10:00 – 10:30 am
Large group activity
(Art, music, or gross
motor activity)

10:30 – 11:00 am
Calendar Time

11:00 – 11:30 am

11:30 – 12:00 pm
Morning Circle

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Small group activity
(IEP Goals, pre-academic
learning, shapes, colors,
letters, etc)

12:30 – 1:15 pm

1:15 – 2:00 pm
Lunch, Home
or Extended Day

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a child qualify for enrollment?

Children can qualify to attend TLC if they have a current Individual Education Plan (IEP). The initial IEP can be written by the St Johns County School District. We also accept IEPs from other counties and also out of state.

How is the school funded?

We are a Public Charter School, part of the St Johns County School District. We are funded by the Florida Department of Education.

What curriculum is used?

The curriculum that we use is The Creative Curriculum

Board of Directors

Aaron Johnson, President

Mike Davis, Vice President

Grant Misterly, Treasurer

Andy Norman, Secretary

Kathy Jackson, Executive Director

Rob Matthews, Past President

Chuck Gillingham, Director

Brookes Burkhardt, Director

Kevin Sweeny, Director

Ann-Marie Butler, Director

Scheduled Meetings for 2023-24

September 21, 2023: Download Minutes (PDF)

November 16, 2023: Download Minutes (PDF)