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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 and interests.

The Center's toddler-specific curriculum enables your child to grow in confidence and learn to walk tall into this new world.

Building Bodies

  • 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.

Brain Games

  • 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 objects.

First Words

  • 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.

Creative Arts

  • 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.

Making Friends

  • 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.

Program Features

  • 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 and experiences.
  • Development of confidence, self-esteem and a love of learning.
  • Learning areas focused on dramatic play, creative arts, language and sensory exploration.
  • Regular communication between teachers and parents keep you informed about your child’s day.