The Center offers a Parent -Toddler (“Toddler”) Program for children ages 18 months to 2½ years, which they attend with a parent. The Toddler Program meets two days per week (Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs) for 1 hour and 30 minutes each time. A parent education component is an integral part of this program, allowing parents to meet with a trained parent educator to discuss issues prevalent in their lives.
OUR GOALS FOR THE TODDLER PROGRAM ARE AS FOLLOWS:
- To provide children with their first play group experience away from home in which:
- Developmental needs are met
- Trust is fostered
- A sense of autonomy is nurtured
- To provide parents with a support system as well as an early childhood educational experience
- To provide parents with an opportunity to observe their own children in interaction with their teachers, other adults, and peers
To help fulfill the program’s goals, two teachers interact with 10 children in a creative, developmentally appropriate, and reassuring environment.
The daily schedule includes indoor play and exploration, snack time, music and movement, outdoor exploration, and a good-bye gathering. Parents are expected to stay for the duration of the class with their children and are encouraged to be aware of and to follow their child’s cues, both verbal and nonverbal, with regard to separation and playing.
Meetings with our parent educator include issues relevant to parent’s observations and concerns and other topics of early childhood development.
THE GOALS FOR THE PARENT GROUP DISCUSSIONS ARE TO ENABLE PARENTS:
- To relate and reflect on their parenting experiences;
- To explore similarities and differences, challenges and sucesses, share with and learn from each other; and,
- To use research about child development to increase understanding of their experiences, discuss developmentally appropriate techniques for discipline, consequences, sibling issues and more in a non-judgmental, compassionate environment.