TJC's Child Development Laboratory School

The Family Learning Center of Tyler strives to be a model of excellence in childcare and early childhood education. The classrooms provide quality educational services to young children and their families in a warm and nurturing environment.

Family Learning Center

The Family Learning Center of Tyler was established in 2007, a collaborative project of the Literacy Council of Tyler, Tyler ISD, and TJC. It also serves as the TJC Child Development/Early Childhood Education Laboratory School for college students preparing for careers in early childhood professions.

  • Our location at the TISD Douglas Elementary Campus Annex is convenient to Downtown Tyler, the Medical District, and several TISD schools.
  • Teachers have an Associate Degree in Early Childhood or related field or are pursuing a degree; Support Staff have Child Development/Early Childhood course work too.
  • Lunch and two snacks are provide daily; the cost of lunch is included in tuition.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

  • Open Enrollment

    Enrollment is open to any child 6 weeks to 5 years of age, provided the child care program and facility can meet the needs of the child.

  • Licensed Program

    Our Program is licensed to provide care for 48 children which makes it a small, family-type program with low teacher/child ratios; two teachers in each classroom.

  • Affordable Tuition

    $145/wk for ages 6 weeks—18 months. $135/wk for ages 18 months—5 years. Tuition is locked in for 2 years

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About Us

Administration & Staff

  • Lynn Sitton, TJC Department Chairperson
  • Amber Welguisz, Director 
  • Kayla Hartweg, Assistant Director
  • Alex Alfaro, Administrative Assistant

Infant Room: 2 Teachers/8 Children

  • Leticia Lopez
  • Forrestine Jones 

Toddler Room: 2 Teachers/10 Children

  • Lauren Ross
  • Shanika Grant

Preschool Room: 2 Teachers/12 Children

  • Heather Tennison
  • Crystal Kellum

Pre-K Room: 2 Teachers/18 Children

  • Daniela Lopez
  • Christina Blackburn
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"Being a Child Development/Early Childhood educator allows me to train the future early childhood professionals and in turn "touch" the lives of hundreds of children each year."

Lynn Sitton
TJC Department Chair, Child Development/Early Childhood

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"I love spending my day with children and helping them grow and explore the world around them."

Amber Welguisz
Director