Our History

Tender Care was founded in 1982 on the idea that early education schools should tenderly care for children while inspiring a lifelong love of learning.

The first location opened that year in the Pittsburgh-area neighborhood of Bethel Park, and a year later, the Robinson Tender Care site opened. Additional Tender Care locations in the region soon followed as parents learned of our unique approach to early social, emotional, physical and cognitive development.

In 1997, Tender Care Learning Centers combined with Apple Tree Children’s Centers to form a multi-state system of child care centers devoted to serving children and their families with a teaching staff of early education professionals.

For years, Tender Care and Apple Tree maintained their separate brand names while operating successfully as one company. In the spring of 2015, Apple Tree and Tender Care united as one under the Tender Care Learning Centers’ name.

Today, Tender Care operates 18 locations in Pennsylvania. Tender Care is proud to be the chosen child care provider for two national sports teams located in Pittsburgh; the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Tender Care Accreditations

Tender Care is a Pennsylvania state-licensed child care and early childhood learning organization, an accredited member of NAEYC, PennAEYC, CAEYC, HAEYC, and PACCA, and is Keystone STARS rated.



Tender Care Learning Centers has committed to accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as the measurement of our program excellence. NAEYC is the nation’s largest and most influential organization of early childhood educators, and is dedicated to improving programs for children from birth through third grade. NAEYC sets the standards for quality childcare and education in America, with an emphasis placed on the quality of interactions among teachers and children and the developmental appropriateness of the curriculum.

Keystone STARS (PA only)


The Keystone STARS program validates what Tender Care Learning Centers have been doing for many years. Your child's Early Education is critical to his/her development and future success in school and life. Keystone STARS sets requirements for early childhood educators to promote the best learning environment and safest setting possible for your child. As a parent, feel confident your child is safe and respected, is learning new things every day, and is well prepared for future success in life.