Toddlers (13 - 23 Months)
Discover your child’s path to creativity . . .
It is a whole new world when babies take to their feet. They walk, they talk, and they begin to develop relationships with each other. Your toddler has so many things he or she wants to see and do, and we'll be there to guide your child every step of the way. Toddlers learn through sensory experiences that enhance their cognitive, language, motor and social skills. They turn ideas into sentences to better express themselves, and practice
the value of sharing and cooperating through group play. Children at this
stage start to develop friendships and gain confidence as they use their
words and thoughts to interact with others. It is important for children
to express themselves creatively and, through the University's Child Development Center's Early Foundations®
Toddlers program, we encourage all children to develop their unique skills
The Center's toddler-specific curriculum enables your child to grow in confidence
and learn to walk tall into this new world.
- Toddlers are naturally curious and want to explore the world around
them. We have designed our classrooms and equipment to support safe
exploration so your child has room to discover, build motor skills,
and improve coordination. Activities focus on experimenting with space
to develop balance, hand/eye coordination, participation in creative
movements to music, and more.
- Toddlers need an environment that is interesting to explore, safe,
and filled with caring teachers who respond to their emotional and intellectual
needs. Our program offers children a variety of fun, stimulating activities,
such as matching and sorting, exploring colors, counting, and categorizing
- A foundation for reading success begins as early as the first few
months of life. Introducing toddlers and two-year-olds to books and
language nourishes early literacy development. Toddlers focus on first
words and phrases, vocabulary development, following simple directions,
and identifying and naming familiar items.
- Exploring art materials and experiencing music, dance, and drama enrich
the classroom. Our experienced teachers reinforce important developmental
objectives through these creative, fun experiences. Creative Arts activities
are designed to introduce toddlers to cause and effect, self-expression
through art and music, and imaginary play.
- As toddlers learn more about themselves and their abilities, they
become aware of their social setting. With frequent opportunities for
group experiences, they gain an awareness of others and a sense of group
identity. Daily group-time incorporates a number of activities such
as songs, games, stories, and more.
- Daily whole-group instruction promotes social skill development.
- Balance of nurturing, playtime and learning throughout the day.
- Monthly thematic units that provide a variety of daily activities
- Development of confidence, self-esteem and a love of learning.
- Learning areas focused on dramatic play, creative arts, language and
- Regular communication between teachers and parents keep you informed
about your child’s day.