Dr. T. Kong Lee (TKL) Center is located at 950 Powell Street, in the same building as our main office. The center offers two part day classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
All our activities at TKL Center are directed to promote social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of each child which is geared to their ages, interests and abilities.
The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children are all designed to a give your child a successful start in school and prepare them for kindergarten.
We adhere to the Creative Curriculum model where children learn by doing and experiencing things first-hand so they will gain independence and confidence. Kai Ming Head Start TKL Center will be your child's second home where they play while learning and learn while they are playing in the different defined learning areas of their choice.
We believe that families are a vital part of the child's growth and development so we welcome and value the support and involvement each family member can contribute to the child's easy transition from home to school and continuous learning.
Steven’s family chose to enroll him in Kai Ming Head Start because of the Dual Language Learning environment. Steven’s home language is mandarin. He didn’t speak much English before coming to Kai Ming. At Kai Ming Head Start, Steven learned to speak not only more English, but also Cantonese. He says his own name, sings songs and also counts in these two languages at home. The first time he spoke Cantonese to his dad, dad was so pleasantly surprised. His parents have also found that after joining Kai Ming, Steven have gotten to know many things which were not taught at home. Take counting as an example, Steven’s parents used to try really hard to teach him counting, but didn’t make many progresses. One day, Steven came home from Kai Ming Head Start and counted from 1 to 20 in front of the families. Besides recognizing the high quality education Kai Ming Head Start is offering, Steven’s families also greatly appreciate the comprehensive family service Kai Ming Head Start is providing . Knowing that Steven’s family needs resources, information and referrals services on employment, housing, nutrition and health etc., Kai Ming Head Start Family Advocate approached the parents and offered detailed information and explanations, referred and patiently assisted the family to obtain different services. Keven’s dad said “Kai Ming Head Start staff are so nice and professional , they make me feel like home.”