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Toddler Program 

18 months to 3 years old

Our Toddler Program is focused on children 18 months to 3 years old.  This is a busy group!  It is exciting to watch these children become social creatures and move from the beginnings of language to talking in full paragraphs.  The Teachers in these classrooms truly understand flexibility, always reading the environment to set the day up for success.  The Turtles is the classroom with our youngest toddlers and the Seahorses is for the older toddler group.

 

Sample Toddler Schedule

Structure with Flexibility

COVID-19 Alterations: Many of these activities will be carried out differently during this time.  For example, children will not combine with other classrooms at the beginning and end of the day.  Additionally meals will be served inside the classrooms rather than in our cafe.  For more details see our FAQs page.  Each of our Toddler classrooms has a schedule that is used as a starting point.  Flexibility is important in all age groups but particularly for the Toddlers! If it is time for storytime but the energy in the room is kinetic the staff may adapt the schedule in order to assure success.  Maybe this means waiting to have story time after some art and music.  That said, it is important for children to have consistency and predictability during the day.  Our Toddler Team does a wonderful job of striking this balance.

Arrival and Free Play

Toddler drop-off begins on the playground or in one of the classrooms as early as 7am.  Children will arrive until about 9:15 on a typical day.  As more children arrive, the two rooms will divide and being their day.

Meals - Breakfast, Lunch & Afternoon Snack

We provide monthly menus so families know what is being offered for Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack. Once children are in our Toddler Program, all food is prepared on site.  We have a fulltime cook who has found creative ways to sneak in veggies and keep our busy children well nourished. We are managing many allergies and food restrictions so it is essential that our staff prepare any food that makes its way to the classroom.  Our menus follow CACFP guidlines.

Outdoor Time

As long as weather permits, children get outside each day.  Our toddlers often begin and end their day on the playground in addition to the mid-day visit. We have a small playground onsite and lots of interesting things to see on a walk on our block.  Though most outdoor time is spent on the buildings property sometimes out toddlers will make their way to one of our bigger neighborhood parks.

Community Meeting/Morning Circle

It may be hard to believe but the Community Meeting/Community Circle practice happens with even our busiest age group!  This is a time where children begin to see themselves as part of a group and take time to notice one another.  It also provides structure for children to assert themselves as individuals with the attention of their peers.  Community meeting will often include an activity that encourages exploring emotions.

Structured Activity Time

This includes art activites, building activities, music, reading, dancing, etc.  These activities will often be linked to the curriculum topic happening school wide.  These activities can happen in large groups, small groups or on an individual basis.  While many of these activities happen in the classroom, the toddlers also make use of our Library, Theater, Playroom and Art Room.

Naps

Our toddlers take one nap a day in the early afternoon. With such busy and stimulating days, the toddlers often sleep quite well.  Our teachers know the children well and are expert at understanding how to help the children in their classroom settle.  (Cots are provided.)

Choice Time/Free Play

During Choice Time, children are given free reign of a number of activities. The teachers provide multiple acitivities and let the children decide how they would like to spend their time.  Acitivities often include blocks, dolls, kitchen, water table, reading, animals, etc.  A large portion of our day is spent in this way.  The kids call it "playing" and they definitely are.  When children are at play, the teaching staff can use the play that emerges to develop all kinds of skills - social, language, science, math (the list is endless) - and mostly to encourage a love of learning.

Pick up and Free Play

As families begin to pick up and we have fewer children, the two toddler classrooms will combine.  When weather is nice they often combine on the playground.

 
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2020-21 Enrollment Options

Please contact for current tuition rates

Tuition at AELC includes food though many infant parents do choose to bring it in.  We do not have additional supplies fees. We offer 2, 3 and 5-day a week options.

5-days a week

All age groups

Children attend Monday through Friday

3-days a week

Infants and Toddlers

The days of the week are not set days.  It will depend on what days the classroom has openings.  Once a spot is accepted, the days do remain the same each week. While we offer 2 and 3 day programs for our Infants and Toddlers, our Preschool spots are all 5-day spots.  This means that the month after a child's 3rd birthday, they are transitioned into 5-days a week.

2-days a week

Infants and Toddlers

The days of the week are not set days.  It will depend on what days the classroom has openings.  Once a spot is accepted, the days do remain the same each week.  While we offer 2 and 3 day programs for our Infants and Toddlers, our Preschool spots are all 5-day spots.  This means that the month after a child's 3rd birthday, they are transitioned into 5-days a week.

Discounts

Sibling Discount - 10%        ANDRUS Employee - 15%

If two children from the same family are enrolled 5 days a week, there is a 10% discount on the oldest child's tuition.

ANDRUS Employees receive a 15% discount on tuition. 

We do accept DSS Childcare Subside for children 2.9 years old and up. 

 

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