2nd Year Toddler

For: Children who are 2-years-old by August 31. Picture of father and son having fun in autumn park


Your 2- to 3-year-old child isn’t ready for formal preschool, but she is ready for paint, play dough, a little rambunctious play and imaginative play with similar-aged playmates. She still enjoys all these activities more when you are right by her side.

Parent and child come to class together. During this weekly two-hour class, there’s a period set aside for Parent Education. Every other week you and half the parents meet with the parent education instructor for discussion and support while the other parents are with the children and their teachers. At first your child may want to sit on your lap, but soon he will discover that the room designed for him by the children’s teachers is a much more interesting place to be. Children’s activities include: art exploration, puzzles and shape sorters, large motor equipment (like tumbling mats, slides, and ride-upons), and music and stories at circle time.

Topics for parent discussion include:

  • Discipline – Toddler guidance techniques
  • Transitions: For example, going from high chair to table; diapers to underwear (potty training); crib to bed and introducing a new baby
  • Preschool selection
  • Sibling rivalry
  • Anger and temper tantrums
  • Play and learning activities
  • Language development and pre-literacy skills
  • and more…

During this developmental period your child goes from needing you right by her side to preferring imaginative play time with a friend. These blossoming early social exchanges lay the foundation for friendships that come later.

As the children play more and more together, parents have time to develop their own friendships with other caregivers – moms, dads, grandparents and nannies.


Locations: Bellevue (Crossroads and Eastgate neighborhoods), Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton, Sammamish and Snoqualmie. Click on the class name below to see a map.

Visiting/Observing a Class:

Check our home page for open house opportunities. You can also schedule a visit during a class meeting time, from October to May, by contacting the instructor listed on the schedule.

How to Register and Tuition Information

To register for a class, go to our online registration form.

Tuition cost is $234 per quarter (fall, winter, and spring), except for the two-day-per-week Young 3’s class, which is $470 per quarter (fall, winter and spring), and the two-day-per-week Alpine 2nd Year Toddlers Co-op, which is $115 per month. Parent Education Program fees include parents’ Bellevue College tuition as well as tuition for the children’s program.  Scholarships are available to registered families in need; confidential application is made through the class instructor.

Specific priority for One Day Classes: A second child from the same family will pay 50% less.

2nd Year Toddler Class Schedule for 2015-16

Class LocationItem#BirthdateDay & TimeContact
Sammamish 1st and 2nd Year Toddlers70076/13 - 2/14T 9:30-11:30aWendy Hatheway
Mercer Island 1st and 2nd Year Toddlers70103/13 - 3/14W 9:30-11:30aWendy Hatheway
Eastgate 2nd Year Toddlers70149/12 - 8/13T 9:30-11:30aWendy Hatheway
North Bellevue 1st and 2nd Year Toddlers70224/13 - 8/14T 5:45-7:45pWendy Hatheway
Renton 2nd Year Toddlers
70239/12 - 8/13Th 9:30-11:30aWendy Hatheway
Mercer Island 2nd Year Toddlers70279/12 - 8/13T 9:30-11:30aWendy Hatheway
Issaquah 2nd Year Toddlers70299/12 - 8/13M 9:30-11:30aWendy Hatheway
Crossroads Bellevue 2nd Year Toddlers70309/12 - 8/13W 9:30-11:30aWendy Hatheway
Crossroads Bellevue 2nd Year Toddlers70319/12 - 8/13Th 9:30-11:30aWendy Hatheway
Sammamish 2nd Year Toddlers70349/12 - 8/13Th 9:30-11:30aWendy Hatheway
Two-Day Sammamish Young 3s70359/12 - 5/13W & F 9:30-11:30a
(two day class meets both days)
Wendy Hatheway
Two-Day Alpine 2nd Year Toddler Co-op 7036For children who are 2 - 3 1/2 years oldT & Th 9:30-11:30a (two day class meets both days). Operates under our 'co-op" model.Angela
Note: 2nd Year Toddler classes start in late September and run through May each school year.

Please note that class times, days, locations and tuition are subject to change. However, we do not anticipate changes at this time.