Toddler Program

Philosophy

  The Toddler Program is a transitional program for children eighteen months to three years who may or may not be toilet trained.  As a child becomes developmentally ready, the toddler teachers work closely with the parent in the toilet training process.


   This program encourages the child to interact with his/her peers in a small group setting.  Daily activities are planned that promote growth in all phases of their development, thus building confidence and a positive sense of self.


   When a child is at least two-and-a-half years old, has become toilet trained, and is socially and emotionally ready, he/she will be moved into a preschool group.

Developmental Growth

   Tremendous growth and development take place between the ages of 12 months and 36 months.  Toddlers are actively acquiring language and developing sensory-motor skills.  We strive to support this through actively engaging toddlers as well as allowing independent exploration in a safe and constructive environment. 

   Teachers observe toddlers and formulate activities based on children's play behaviors and interests.  The goal is to help toddlers master skills, and this is achieved through repetition of activities keeping children's interest. 

  Repetition and discussion support toddlers' natural and active acquisition of language.  Sensory and motor experiences are accompanied by verbal interactions so that toddler growth in one area is supported by growth in another.

Toilet Training

   When a child is considered developmentally ready for toilet training and is displaying the signs of readiness, the Center, in partnership with the child's parent/guardian, will proceed with toilet training, using positive behavior modification/management techniques.  Parents will be provided written material to assist in the process.