(1-2 years old)
They’re on the move! We have a safe (and fun!) environment for toddlers to explore.
We build warm, welcoming, and supportive classrooms for children of all abilities, backgrounds, and experiences.
Explore the toddler classroom
Take a look at how we set up our classroom for busy toddlers. It’s organized for their age and stage of learning and development.
Kids eye level
There’s something special about the toddler classroom: Everything is kid-size! We put books and toys within easy reach of little hands. Instead of waiting for an adult to bring a book over, kids can kick off story time all on their own.
Photos and labels
In our classrooms, photos and visual cues are everywhere. We always hang pictures of our children’s families to help build our sense of community. Labels—especially visual ones—help your toddler navigate the room and the day in a safe and confident way.
Inside a toddler’s day
Our caring teachers set a daily rhythm for toddlers that includes group time, story time, outdoor play, meals and snacks , naps, and most especially, lots of playtime (because we know so much learning happens when they play with attentive teachers nearby). View an example daily schedule.
Group time happens every day in each of our classrooms. For toddlers, it’s their time to come together as a community, talk about the day, and hear a read-aloud.
Meals and snacks
Every day, toddlers sit down to a meal with healthy fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains. We never serve juice or fried foods!
Our classes spend 20–30 minutes outside at least twice a day, weather permitting. Outdoor playtime is big-time fun for busy toddlers, as they build on their ever-growing physical skills.
Making art, stacking blocks, reading books—no matter what your toddler loves to do or where they are developmentally, we’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Building brain power and strong bodies
Activities like sorting, counting, and measuring things help budding brains grasp science and math concepts. We build their focus and memory with simple daily routines. Teachers also support physical skills like learning to walk or roll a ball.
Learning about feelings and how we express them
At this age, relationships with classmates and teachers begin to form. We use social and emotional skill-building tools like feelings magnets and puppets to help them learn about their own feelings, and notice the feelings of others.
Talking more and more
Toddlers build their vocabulary one or two words at a time by pointing to things and expressing needs. They also engage in prewriting and prereading by scribbling on paper and turning pages in books.
Creatively, toddlers express themselves with mediums like clay, and movement and dance to simple children’s songs.
Toddler classroom activities
Every day, our creative teachers guide toddlers through fun activities that are just right for their age. Here are just a few examples!
Homes for Animals
Kids create homes and habitats for stuffed animals with blocks. This helps them practice building, problem-solving, and playing pretend.
Kids take toy cars dipped in non-toxic paint and roll them over paper to create different patterns and textures.
Digging in the Dirt
Getting a little messy means learning is happening! Kids use garden tools to dig in soil and explore seeds, plants, and flowers.