The Toddler Program is both a transition into a school setting as well as means to further a healthy separation between parent and child. Successful separation helps to transfer the child’s trust from family to school. The result is a happier first experience in autonomy for the child and a sense of security for the parent. Children must be two years old before April 1, 2018 to enter our 2018-19 Toddler Program. For more about admissions to the Toddler Program, click here
Since our Toddler Program is a true transition and separation program for parent and child, one parent must attend with the child until separation occurs. The five-day morning program is for our younger age group. Children attend Monday through Friday from 8:30am - 11:00am
The five-day afternoon program is for our older children. Children attend Monday through Friday from 12:30pm – 3:00p.m. Student placement will be dictated by birthday. There will be no exceptions.
The Toddler Day
The Toddler day centers around learning to meet individual interests and needs while learning to live in a group or community. The day begins with playtime on the Toddler Yard. Parents are encouraged to stay with their children until each child is comfortable with their parent’s leaving. There is a Parent Lounge across from the Toddler classroom for parents who wish or need to wait until their child is comfortable with the parent’s departure until dismissal.
In their classroom, toddlers experiment with art materials, choose from activity centers that house blocks, dolls, trucks, dress-up clothes and more. Learning how to sit in a group, listen to a story or learn about the seasons or days of the week are challenging activities for a toddler. Circle time is a very important time for the child and the teacher, who remains conscious of each child’s developmental stage.
Learning to sit for snack, serve yourself and use the restroom are critical activities in the toddler day. Neither morning nor afternoon session includes naptime. Parents are advised to begin adjusting the child’s nap schedule well before school begins in September.
Toddler Introduction Class
Typically, this class is offered as two, one-week sessions during the month of July. (Please note that there is no Toddler Introduction Class in 2017.) The program is conducted in a 'parent and me' model for two hours, giving children entering the program an opportunity to become familiar with his or her new school while allowing parents to socialize and discuss parenting issues with other parents. The toddler team keeps the same schedule throughout the school year to further help children acclimate to the program. It is our hope that this short introduction to school helps children more readily separate during the fall.
Please note the Toddler Introduction Class is only offered to current students.