There are three rooms for toddlers and one transition room for children who turn three after September 30th.
Snoopy Room: 12 - 24 months • Smurf Room: 24 - 36 months
Muppet Room: 24 - 36 months • Barney Room: 30 - 42 months
All toddler children are required to be at the center by 11 a.m.
The prerequisite to enter the Snoopy Room is that the child must be weaned from the bottle (at least during the day), eating regular food, be able to sleep on a mat, and have one afternoon nap only.
This room is planned for 15 children and three teachers. It provides soft climbing equipment to allow for the child's greater range of mobility, as well as some quiet space to read books and individual spaces for when the child wants to be alone. The children will experiment with different textures, shapes, and colors as well as learn finger plays and songs.
Morning snack, a well-balanced noon meal, and an afternoon snack are served. Self-feeding is encouraged and drinking from a 'sippy cup' is part of the regular routine. Each child is asked to bring in a small, light blanket for nap time that is from 12:45 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. A large plastic bib and one complete set of clothing with your child's name on the items should be left in the room.
The children who are walking will be playing outdoors; therefore, your child will need a sun hat during the summer months and boots, snow pants, and mittens during the winter months. Parents are asked to bring in disposable diapers. If your child runs out of diapers, the parent will be called to bring diapers in. We do not have spare diapers.
We cannot accommodate part time Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday schedules.
The Snoopy Room is open from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. An overtime charge in 15-minute increments will be charged for any time after 5:30 p.m.
We have created the Barney Room because some children turn three years old after September 30th, which makes them too young to be preschoolers and too old to be toddlers. This transition room, for toddlers and preschoolers from 2 years 6 months to 3 years 6 months, reinforces colors, shapes, and introduces letters and number recognition. Having the children verbalize during play, communicating their feelings and sharing experiences, is essential for language growth.
Learning manners is important to development in this room. Encouraging the children to use "please" and "thank you," asking instead of taking, sharing, using the correct tone of voice, and eating properly at the table are all part of the daily routine.
Self-help skills, which include potty training, if not already established, dressing and undressing, and asking for help when needed, provide steps toward self-confidence.