Our toddler group is a small group of only ten children ages 12 to 36 months old, with a student to teacher ratio of five to one. See below for more details, check out the Philosophy Overview page, and attend one of our Informational Tours to see the school and ask questions.
The toddlers have one to two advisor teachers, who will be the parents' first point of contact for questions and concerns about their child. However, we do have a co-teaching environment which allows all teachers and children to get to know one another. Again this helps us to feel much like a family, where teachers constantly model cooperative communication.
Toddlers may attend half-days, with a minimum of two days. Children must be walking in order to enroll, and will be able to stay in the Toddler age group up to age 3.
These times are flexible and change as needed, depending on the group’s interests and the flow of the particular day, but this can give you an idea of what a day is like:
~8:00 (about 1 hour) Free Play - For those children arriving early, this is a time for free play with others or individually or small group work with a teacher.
~8:50-9:20 (about 30 minutes) Children Arrive and We Greet Each Other - We offer a fairly long drop-off window because we understand that it is very difficult to arrive exactly on time with small children. We also want to have ample opportunity to welcome each child individually and ensure a smooth transition. We will work with you to find a consistent drop-off routine that works for you and your child.
~9:30 (10-30 minutes) Morning Meeting - This is a special time of day where we gather in small groups to have a chance to talk and listen to one another. We often sing songs, read books, share about our weekends, discuss ideas for the day, or just chat about an interesting topic. We ask that parents make every effort to arrive prior to meeting, as it can feel awkward for children to try to say goodbye mid-meeting.
~10:00 (10-30 minutes) Snack Time - We provide a healthy snack, usually fruits or vegetables and a grain, which we try to rotate. The teachers and children enjoy coming together to chat with one another as we continue to further our plans for the day.
~10:20 (1-2 hours) Unscheduled Time - The greatest gift we can give the children is this large block of unscheduled time, during which anything can happen. Teachers set out provocations, children and teachers host offerings, children create their own activities using the rich materials in the environment, visitors and community members share their talents and expertise, and spontaneous events occur (from caterpillar sightings to dance parties). Because we do not have a rigid structure, we are able to thoroughly enjoy this time and delve deeply into whatever we may be doing in that moment.
~11:35 (5-10 minutes) Clean Up - We work together as a community clean up from our morning activities. Children are expected to help, but the focus is on participating in some way so that everyone feels involved rather than overwhelmed.
~11:45 (5-30 minutes) Lunch Time - This is one of the children's favorite times of day as they at last get to crack open their beloved lunch boxes to see what treasures have been packed inside. We all enjoy sitting down together as a community to enjoy a meal.
12:30 (5-45 minutes) Pick-up Time - We all generally go outside after lunch, which is where you will usually find your child for half-day pick-up. This is a great time to do a quick check-in with a teacher about the day, to spend a moment playing with your child in the sandbox, or to catch up with another parent.
~12:00 (1-2 hours) Nap/Still Time - Depending on when your child seems to most easily fall asleep, the teachers will assist them in laying on a mat for a nap or rest. Most children that nap well at home have no problem napping at school and some need a little extra support which teachers are happy to help with. You are encouraged to bring loveys or other items that help your child sleep.
3:00 Pick-up Time - For the full-day pick up you will also have a chance to check in with one of the teachers about your child's day.
All paperwork is filled out through our online registration system. Please contact email@example.com if you have already toured and need the link to register or to set up a tour.
We are excited to be able to accept a limited number of CCAP students in the toddler program, so please let us know if this is something you are interested in.