1st Year Toddler

For: Children that are 1-year-old by August 31.Picture of little girl playing with a toy.


This is a parent-child class where the caregiver (mom, dad, grandparent or nanny) attends a weekly 2-hour class with the child. First-year toddlers are between 13 and 24 months when classes begin in late September. As the class continues through the following spring, parents will notice many changes in their children. They will go from wobblers or toddlers to skilled walkers and runners. In language skills, they will go from saying a handful of words to knowing 250 – 500 words and stringing together basic sentences! They will be moving from solitary play toward social play with others.

What will your child experience at our class?

There are new faces, exciting choices and fun hands-on activities in a classroom designed especially for this period of development. Play-dough and finger paint to touch, vehicles to ride, water to pour, toys to manipulate, obstacles to climb, and songs to sing at music time.


View the video to learn more about our first-year toddler classes.

What will you get out of our class?

Class includes Parent Education, which covers topics like early learning, discipline, tantrums, language development, potty training, and preschool choice. The parent educator leads the discussion, offers helpful resources and offers expert advice tailored to your unique family. Parents share experiences, offer support, and build friendships as they ride the roller coast of life with a toddler.

You will attend parent ed every other week. Your child is welcome to attend with you, but is encouraged to spend time in the children’s classrooms with the children’s teacher(s) and the other parents. He will soon discover that the kids’ room designed for him by the children’s teachers is a much more interesting place to be. This gives him a chance to practice separating from you – an important skill for preschool.

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Locations: Bellevue, Mercer Island, and Sammamish.  Click on the class name below to see a map.

What Our Students Say About this Class and Our Educators

“Thank you for an awesome year of preschool and parent ed. [My partner] and I both learned so much! The parent ed topics were all very relevant to us and our current challenges. I appreciate how [the parent educator] shares personal stories about her own children, it helped remind me that she “gets it” and completely understands from a parent perspective.”


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 $248 per quarter (fall, winter, and spring).  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; a confidential application is made through the class instructor.


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

1st Year Toddler Class Schedule for 2019-20

Class LocationItem#BirthdateDay & TimeContact
Sammamish 1st Year Toddlers70061/18 - 10/18M 10:00a-12:00pBarb Hill
Sammamish 1st and 2nd Year Toddlers70076/17 - 2/18T 9:30-11:30aStephanie Sloan
Mercer Island 1st and 2nd Year Toddlers70103/17 - 3/18W 9:30-11:30aCubba Reese
Mercer Island 1st Year Toddlers70119/17 - 8/18Th 9:30-11:30aMary Gentry
North Bellevue 1st and 2nd Year Toddlers70163/17 - 3/18F 9:30-11:30aJanelle Durham
North Bellevue 1st Year Toddlers70179/17 - 8/18T 9:30-11:30aLisa Allen
North Bellevue 1st Year Toddlers70189/17 - 8/18W 9:30-11:30aLisa Allen
North Bellevue 1st Year Toddlers70199/17 - 8/18Th 9:45-11:45aKathryn Cerretani
Evening North Bellevue 1st and 2nd Year Toddlers70224/17 - 8/18T eve 5:45-7:45pJanelle Durham
Note: 1st Year Toddler classes start in late September and run through May. Families are encouraged to enroll for the full school year for the maximum benefit. However, families can join at any time, if space is available in a class. Register Today!

Last Updated May 25, 2019