focuses on teaching children to meet their individual interests and needs while also interacting successfully as part of a group. The day begins with playtime on the Toddler yard where children engage in a wide variety of activities, such as water play, painting, and more.
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, and learn about the seasons and days of the week are engaging activities for a toddler. Circle time is an important experience for the children, and teachers remain conscious of each child’s developmental stage.
Separation and Transition
The Toddler program emphasizes the developmental importance of separation and transitioning toddlers to a school setting. Even if your child has been in a program prior to entering The Center, it is important to allow children time and space to adjust to new surroundings and people. The teachers work closely with families to make sure that the separation plan supports the child and is comfortable for everyone helping with the process. We begin the school year with an adjustment schedule
for the first two and a half weeks, which allows children to ease into the spaces and routines, and develop comfort and familiarity with teachers at a pace that matches their developmental readiness. During this time we steadily increase the amount of time they are at school each day, until they are at their full half- or whole-day program. Children who need more time to separate beyond the adjustment schedule, will be supported as needed. A Day In The Life of Toddlers
The Toddler program is designed with developmental needs, age-appropriate, and interest-driven curricula in mind. Children engage in a variety of indoor and outdoor activities throughout the day, which stimulate their curiosity, support cognitive development in areas of language, fine and gross motor skills, as well as their social-emotional well-being. Each classroom has 17 children and 3 teachers.
A Typical Day
Outdoor play ( for motor and sensory-based exploration)
Indoor play / Choice time (community building, sensory, motor exploration)
Indoor play / Choice time
Half Day dismissal
Lunch / Rest
Toddlers also enjoy working with our Music, Library, and P.E. specialist teachers once a week, all of whom visit the children at the Toddler House.
In their classroom, toddlers experiment with an endless variety of art and sensory materials, and can also choose to play in centers such as the dramatic play area, blocks/building materials, trucks/vehicles, games and sorting activities, as well as the quiet and cozy book corner.
Meetings and circle times are an essential part of the toddler school experience. Learning how to sit in a group, listen and respond, and follow a multitude of carefully designed routines, cultivates a community of young learners, who start out playing in parallel, and slowly start to seek each other out by name to play with intention and purpose. Children listen to stories, sing songs together, learn about the plans for the day, share exciting news from home, and become a “family” at school.
The Toddler program runs five days a week, with Half- or Full-Day options. Families indicate their program preference when they apply to the program and are offered either a Half- or Full-Day schedule based on preference and availability. We do not offer an afternoon drop-in option.