The Toddler Class
Toddler ProgramToddlers are active explorers who thrive with minimal intervention by adults. They eagerly try new things. Toddlers want to be independent. They have a strong sense of ownership. Teachers are available when direct help is needed. Each child is allowed to enjoy the mastery of his/her own actions. Our classroom provides a balance between a toddler’s conflicting needs of security and their need for independence.
Toddlers learn with their whole body. They learn by touching, mouthing, and trying things out for themselves. They love carrying items, filling up and dumping them. We provide an environment that is physically safe, intellectually challenging and emotionally nurturing.
Toddlers are working on:
- Developing trust in their world. Teachers help children learn healthy separation
- Self help skills: eating, drinking and dressing
- Expressing their needs and interests with increasingly complex language
- Discovering for themselves how the world works
Our program is individualized to meet the needs of each child. We observe each child’s unique ways of communicating (gestures, facial expressions, words, cries and movements) and respond appropriately
We understand that learning takes place through the routines of the day - diapering, eating, going outside. Teachers are unhurried during the routines of the day and respectful of individual toddler needs.
Become a Volunteer
The Five Towns Early Learning Center offers volunteer opportunities for members of the community. Volunteers from NCJW, Peninsula Section are an integral part of our program, coming weekly to work with the children. High-school students and those who need community service, can find volunteer opportunities here. If you enjoy being with young children, are interested in reading stories to children or would like to share your talents with us, please call the Center at 239-4660. Our volunteers find that what they get out of the experience for exceeds what they give.
How To Donate
Your generosity has a direct impact on the lives of young children. The Five Towns Early Learning Center is a not-for-profit (501c3) organization which depends on support from foundations, government agencies and individuals to fulfill its mission. Your donation is tax deductible in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.