TLC For Kids: Then and Now
In 1985, Sharon Graff Radell, prepared her college thesis on women working in leadership roles. Through her research, she was inspired by the stories of professional working moms who needed extra child care support that was just not available in the market. She discovered an acute need for high quality in-home child care services.
She decided to fill a niche and create a business that would provide screened, experienced nannies and babysitters with 24/7 availability. When she discussed her idea with a friend who was struggling with the difficulties of balancing work and family, her friend said “if you really want to do something for working moms, do more than just finding nannies; we need back up care and sick childcare.” In the next 6 months, Sharon started the process of developing TLC For Kids Nanny and Babysitting Service.
Within the next few years the International Nanny Association (INA) was established and began to create standards and recommended practices for the industry. The In-home Child Care industry had became a reality and was evolving from a cottage industry into a major, nationally recognized field.
Since then over 20,000 families have relied on TLC. TLC has evolved into a full service agency providing professional screening and placements of nannies, temp nannies, hotel babysitters, and tutors. TLC also provides postpartum Doulas and newborn overnight services for new parents.
Motherhood has been the inspiration that not only created TLC For Kids, but also created an entire industry in the US. In addition to working on her own business, and the INA, Sharon has spent the last 20 years consulting with start-up agencies throughout North America and has provided workshops for new and existing agencies to guide other entrepreneurs in their quest to provide safe quality in-home child care. In 2012 Sharon decided to expand her nationally respected TLC for Kids business into the bustling and ever-growing society of her home city of Miami.
TLC in Miami is thrilled to announce that we have developed an outstanding staff of Miami caregivers comprised of teachers, social workers, degreed professionals, early childhood education students, elementary education students and experienced nannies. Continuing her mission of providing working mothers and their families with the flexibility, support, and trust that they need, Sharon and her team are looking forward to bringing this important service to families throughout the Greater Miami area.
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