The Learning Pavilion

The Learning Pavilion


Thanks for all the memories learning pavilion. Angelo is sad to say good bye, he loves all his friends and teachers but says he will love you forever.
Hi there, I hope everyone is doing well through this crazy time. I’m Levi’s mom. He is really missing his school friends and teachers. I was hoping you could post a quick video of you saying hello to the kiddos. I know our family would really appreciate it! He’s in Miss Aarin’s and Miss Emily’s class but I know he would like to hear from all the staff.
Reminder: TLP closes when Leon County Schools close. We are monitoring the situation and will let families know any decisions that are made.
Tickets are still avaiable for the Tallahassee Beer Festival on October 13!!! Support the Learning Pavilion with your ticket purchase by using prono code LEARN for general admission and VLEARN for VIP admission.
Parent Meeting tomorrow from 6pm-7pm! Hope to see you there!

Splash Pals Adapted Aquatics is a swimming and therapeutic aquatic recreation program for children with special needs! - All Ages Welcome!

Enroll Your Child Today!

We have openings at multiple locations, so tell your friends, tell your neighbors, tell your community and LET'S GET KIDS SPLASHING!!!
JUST IN: Florida closes public schools, state colleges Fri-Monday "to ensure we have every space available for sheltering and staging"
WE HAVE OPEN SPOTS for children and others with disabilities to participate in Splash Pals Adapted Aquatics! Splash Pals is an aquatic activity program for children, and others, with physical or developmental disabilities. For more information visit today!!!

The Learning Pavilion, a Smart-Play Preschool offering an inclusive environment for all abilities. The Learning Pavilion (Formerly The Dick Howser Center for Childhood Services, Inc.)

is a non-profit agency that began in 1974 as a small parent group in Tallahassee. We create an inclusive, nurturing environment for children with varying gifts and abilities. Encourage development of each child’s self-esteem and personal independence. Minimize the effects of disabilities through early intervention, education, developmental pre-school, family support, therapy and other community-ba

Operating as usual

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 10/07/2022

From group science activities to independent time for individual expression to on-site field trips with local service providers like TMH Animal Therapy, we provide it all. Why? Because diverse, hands on early learning experiences help set the foundation for our kiddos’ future success beyond just the classroom.

Timeline photos 10/06/2022

We ❤️ this. Shop Goodwill to get ready for our fabulous Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 21. Post pictures and use and you may win. And we want a family to win! 🎉🤞🎃

Win a $100 dollar gift card! 🤑

Show us how you make Halloween come alive and win a $100 gift card! When you post this month using the hashtag, , you’re automatically entered to win a $100 Goodwill gift card. Our winner will be randomly selected on 10/30!

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From the baby house to the preschool building, our kiddos are all smiles learning through play. DYK play opportunities enhance a child’s mastery of academic concepts and build motivation to learn? In fact, two of the most important things that play can develop are interest and motivation. Encouraging these early brings children on board in contributing to their own learning.


Shout out to Girl Scouts Troop 103 who built and installed a at the Goodwill Industries - Big Bend, Inc. Donation Center on Mahan. They ALSO collected funds ($700!) to keep the library maintained and filled. We are so humbled by these girls’ service!


We have decided that TMH Animal Therapy should come to our campus every day. Just wait. More photos loading. ❤️🐾🎉

That sweet, happy Dogtor Gertie face after sharing smiles & snuggles with precious little hoomans during a visit to The Learning Pavilion 😊

Strict safety protocols are followed for all Animal Therapy visits.
Tallahassee Memorial Animal Therapy is the only program of its kind in the Big Bend region. It has been fostering the therapeutic bond between people and animals since 2005.
Visiting over 70 different facilities a year, animal therapy spreads far beyond hospital walls. Whether it is helping a child learn to read or helping a grown man learn to walk again - with over 200 teams, these animals and their handlers are making a powerful impact.

🐾 Animal Assisted Intervention International
🐾 IAHAIO (International Association of Human-Animal Interaction Organizations)


Smile, it’s Sunday! And that means less than 24 hours until we get to welcome our kiddos back to the school for another week of learning and fun. ❤️

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 09/12/2022

September is Workforce Development Month in Florida and usually people think of very specific programs and resources for older individuals, but we disagree. Career ideation is something that starts early and dress up is just one of the ways we can help our kiddos explore! We are more than just child care at TLP.


We knew naps were important for emotional regulation, but turns out they help with learning gains, too! 🤯🎉💤

“Research shows when preschool children were read storybooks introducing new words, the children who napped after hearing the stories learned more of the new words than the children who did not nap.”

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 08/29/2022

Check out our curious little chefs!

DYK that asking your kiddos to help in the kitchen is not only a fantastic bonding experience but is actually a tried and tested STEM activity.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 08/25/2022

to when staff brought the ferrets to school!

Did you know classroom animal encounters help children learn about animal care, become aware of broader environmental issues, and teach important values like empathy, respect and responsibility? These experiences can serve as a springboard for meaningful discussions and learning activities.

Photos from City of Tallahassee Fire Department's post 08/23/2022

What an exciting day at TLP. Thanks to the Tallahassee Fire Department for being with us!

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 08/12/2022

The home plate huddle happened! Looking forward to a new year with so many new families and many of our returning kiddos going to new classrooms.

Special shout out to our community providers and learning partners for sharing the afternoon with us!
Legal Services of North Florida, Inc., Soccer Shots Tallahassee, Ivory's Care Coaching, LLC, Behavioral Management


CALLING ALL PARENTS! Join us on Friday at 4 p.m. for our annual open house and VPK orientation.


We cannot believe the K-12 school year is already here! We want to wish a very happy first day to all our kiddos' older siblings and those who graduated from our VPK program last year. We miss you but know you're off to great places.


Certain moments just make us smile… like giving our kiddos opportunities to become comfortable when speaking in public. DYK when presenting during show and tell, students are expected to talk about a variety of topics, organize their thoughts and convey main ideas, all of which are skills that they will use as an adult? It’s not just play, it’s .

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 08/01/2022

The final days of summer may be fast approaching but we are still having fun learning while we play. Who are we kidding? That’s everyday - not just summer! Looking forward to sharing more with families during our open house on Friday, August 12, at 4 pm.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 07/31/2022

In case you missed this gem… A study in slime offers inquisitive minds all sorts of learning opportunities.


Happening this weekend!

Don’t forget this weekend is Florida’s Back-to-School Tax-Free Holiday! Now through August 7th, clothing, school supplies, learning aids, and personal computers are tax-free. Those big ticket items are where you’ll save most! Check out our Tallahassee computer store for everything you need in one place. 💻 👕

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 07/15/2022

And just like that, another fun Friday is in the books and we are sliding into the weekend!


Sometimes the smiles on our kiddos make us stop and stare. Thank you to all of our parents for sharing the first years of your child’s life with us.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 07/05/2022

Capturing moments of our kiddos so focused on their own “play”makes our hearts soar. We give them ample options to engage and they make their own creative choices.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 06/28/2022

Parents: What type of curriculum do you use?

Us: Play is at the root of all we do here at TLP.

Parents: Why?

Us: Play is the defining feature of human development: the impulse is hardwired into us and can’t be suppressed. Further, it shouldn’t. Children learn best through first-hand experiences—play motivates, stimulates and supports children in their development of skills, concepts, language acquisition, communication skills, and concentration. That is why we embrace it.

Also us: Because science.

Photos from Goodwill Industries - Big Bend, Inc.'s post 06/24/2022

Headed to the beach this weekend?? Don’t forget to for TLP when you shop at Goodwill.


Happy Friday families!! Capturing moments like this make our jobs so rewarding. Here’s to lifelong friendships that start at TLP! 🎉🥳⭐️

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 06/21/2022

Happy first day of summer! We are thinking about making water day every day. ☀️💦😍

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 06/16/2022

Oh the benefits of outdoor play! We are feeling grateful for moments to play in the sun, rest in the shade, and learn while exploring the world around us.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 06/14/2022

Today, Ms. Kim joined other early childhood leaders to discuss the “Future Project,” an initiative by The Children's Movement of Florida to create an actionable roadmap for the future of early learning policy and funding in our state. Thanks to all our families for trusting your babies and kiddos with us so we can inform others about the innovative and best practices deployed at TLP!


We are once again joining forces to sell tickets for the Tallahassee Beer Festival! All proceeds from this event are reinvested back into the community through participating nonprofits but you have to use the code before you purchase. Show your support for by using code LEARN when getting your tickets. Word of advice: get your tickets fast because they will sell out!



Just a little something we have the privilege to be a part of. Learn more about Rebound & Recovery: Social Emotional Education for Children!


Because science.

DYK that providing young children opportunities to explore and question the nature world is integral to their academic and social success later in life? Science in early childhood is about providing experiences that can stimulate young children's curiosity and motivate them to become interested in their environment and in the mechanisms of nature. It’s never to early to learn!

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 06/02/2022

From kindergarten prep activities to celebrating birthdays to in-school field trips to visits from furry friends, offers it all.


So proud to have Dillon featured by our “parent” organization!

For those who may not know, when you round up your purchase at Goodwill, you’re supporting The Learning Pavilion (TLP). TLP is one of the mission services we provide to enrich our local community, and is a smart-play preschool that aims to provide an inclusive environment that promotes growth and development for all children.

Here we share a story highlighting the progress and growth of Dillon, an incredible student of The Learning Pavilion. Read Dillon’s story:


Congratulations to the 35 students graduating from TLP today. Here’s to the future class of 2035!

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 05/20/2022

Sometimes all you really need to do is grab a few friends and have a contest.


Just a quick shout out to two of our own representing at a community event discussing food security for families in Leon County. Technically, they were there as an Early Learning Leon partner to provide childcare assistance, but when the open conversation started in on barriers, our team shared not only their personal stories but also gave voice to the many concerns shared by the families we serve. Just another example of how we are so much more than just childcare.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 05/14/2022

This swing has been placed on the TLP grounds in loving memory of Bruce Harter. “How lucky [we are] to have something that makes thing goodbye so hard."


Our teachers have a knack at capturing some of the best moments. We all know that but so do life long friendships. ❤️

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 05/10/2022

A baker, an artist, a horticulturist, a scientist… We are STEAMing up futures at TLP. What does your kiddo want to be?

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 05/06/2022

Goodwill hosted their annual meeting this week and asked the question, “what is your why?” For us, it’s all about the kiddos and Pamela Sampson is a shining example of when someone matches their why with service. Congratulations 🎉 on this well deserved recognition as the TLP Employee of the Year. We think it’s the perfect way to wrap up week!


Balloons UP for ! Our kiddos love helping us celebrate.


Happy May families! week is happening Monday through Friday. Help us celebrate all that our teachers do by filling UP their buckets with goodies each day of the week.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 04/29/2022

The tree study continues with Corbet and Beth from Fielder Tree Service, LLC. We are in awe of the work that goes into maintaining the beautiful canopy of our community. Thank you for exposing our kiddos to this vital service and profession.


It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of founding board member and lifelong advocate for children with special needs, Mr. Bruce Harter.

Bruce was cherished for his inspiring antics and support for our teachers and for the mentorship he offered freely to our directors. He was instrumental in the creation of our organization as the Dick Howser Center, in securing a sustainable future by orchestrating a relationship with and acquisition by Goodwill Industries - Big Bend, Inc., and leading us through the transformation to become the smart-play center we are today, The Bruce Harter Learning Pavilion. He will be missed but his legacy indeed lives on in the countless children we have served in this community because of his dedication.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 04/21/2022

We are growing great things (and kiddos) here at TLP and modeling responsibility while we do it.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 04/19/2022

Remember when we asked you to support our book fair? Well… We are now basking in the bounty of your giving! Thank you to all of our friends and families who contributed to growing our classroom libraries.

Photos from The Learning Pavilion's post 04/08/2022

Now our kiddos know that climbing trees could actually be a career! Thank you Arbor Pros Expert Tree Company for providing us with an on-site field trip for our tree study.

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3519 Easter Stanley Ct
Tallahassee, FL

Opening Hours

Monday 7am - 6pm
Tuesday 7am - 6pm
Wednesday 7am - 6pm
Thursday 7am - 6pm
Friday 7am - 6pm

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