Toddlers

For children 12 – 36 months on September 1st

children and teacher holding hands

Overview

This is a parent-child class where the caregiver (mother, father, grandparent or nanny) attends a weekly class with the child. The children’s program is filled with engaging activities designed especially for this period of development, with art activities, sensory experiences, imaginative play, large motor challenges, music time, and more! Parents have the opportunity to connect with other families, build supportive friendships, spend quality playtime with their children, and attend parent education sessions to learn about child development.

 

Watch this video to see our in-person class in action:

What will your child experience at our class?

We offer a well-rounded curriculum which stimulates all of your child’s senses, builds skills in all areas of development, and exposes them to an array of activities that will engage their curiosity and love of learning.

In-Person: We’ll have group time for songs, rhymes, and movement games. Plus we have large motor activities like tumbling mats, riding toys, and outdoor play. Children build small motor skills with puzzles, shape sorters, trains, and blocks. Imaginary play opportunities include dolls, toy kitchens, and dress-up clothes. Art experiences include play-dough, painting, collage, and drawing. The sensory table and water table allow for experimentation with scooping, pouring, measuring and mixing.

In our program your child will get many of the benefits they would get from taking art classes, music lessons, gym classes, and attending story time, all rolled together in one class. Toddlers learn best when they are interacting with familiar people in a nurturing setting, and there is a reliable, predictable routine.

During each week’s online class, a portion of our time will be child-focused “group time”, where we build the foundations of musical knowledge while we sing songs and try out rhythm instruments, we build the foundations of literacy with rhymes and stories, and we practice skills like paying attention to the teacher and taking turns. During class and in follow-up emails, teachers will also offer ideas for easy hands-on activities parents can do with their children at home, information about what the child is learning from each activity, and guidance in supporting your child’s development. Activity ideas will include large motor activities, small motor skills, art, and sensory play.

What will you get out of our class?

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

In online classes, parent education is held each week and one-on-one consultations with the parent educator are available by appointment. At in-person classes, each week half the parents meet with the parent educator. The other parents and the children’s teachers supervise the children while they continue to explore classroom activities. Your child is welcome to be at parent education with you, but we encourage children to come and play.

How to Register / Choosing a Class

To register, check the table below to find the item number of the class you want to enroll in, then go to our Online Registration.

Location: We offer toddler classes in Bellevue, Issaquah, Mercer Island, Renton, and online. (Click here for addresses, Map and Directions.)

Ages: We offer wobblers classes for young toddlers, 1’s for children who are 1 to 2 year old in September, 2’s for children who are 2 to 3 in September, and then several classes that are a blend of these age ranges. In the table below, you’ll see recommended ages for each class. The activities in that class are most appropriate for that age group. If your child is a little older than the range, that is typically fine. If it works better for your schedule, you can choose a class that your child is a little bit too young for, but you may find some of the activities are difficult for your child to be successful at.

Tuition: Each quarter, students pay $55.23 in college tuition – paid through the college system, plus lab fees ($205 for in-person classes and $130 for online classes) which are paid directly to the instructor. A second child from the same family will pay 50% less. Scholarships are available; a confidential application is made through the class instructor.

Questions: If you have any questions about a class, you can email the instructor. Click on the “contact” link in the table below.

Toddlers Schedule for Fall 2021 – Spring 2022

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Class LocationItem
#
Age on Sept. 1
Birthdate Range
ScheduleContactAvailability
Online Infant /
Wobbler / Toddler
70040 - 24 mo
9/19 - 8/21
W 12:30-2p
and/or
W 6-7:30p
Vicki SmolkeOpen
Campus Wob/1's70059 - 16 mo
5/20-12/20
Th 9:30-11:30aVicki SmolkeOpen
Mercer Island 1s, 2's701018 - 35 mo
9/18-3/20
W 9:30-11:30aCorvie and KristinWaitlist
Mercer Island 1's701112 - 23 mo
9/19-8/20
Th 9:30-11:30aSara TretheweyWaitlist
Eastgate 2's
Bellevue
701424 - 35 mo
9/18-8/19
T 10:00-12:00Barb HillWaitlist
N. Bellevue 1's701712 - 23 mo
9/19-8/20
T 9:30-11:30aJanelle DurhamOpen
Sunrise 2's
Renton
702324 - 35 mo
9/18-8/19
M 9:30-11:30aCorvie ThykkuttathilOpen
Issaquah 2's702924 - 35 mo
9/18-8/19
M 9:30-11:30aSara TretheweyWaitlist
Alpine 2's
(Snoqualmie)
703624 - 35 mo
9/18-8/19
W 9:30-11:30aSara TretheweyOpen
Online Arts
and Sciences
709330 mo-6 yrs
9/15- 2/19
Saturdays
3:30-4:30 pm
Janelle DurhamOpen

 

Toddler classes start in mid to 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. If you have questions about a particular class, you can click on the instructor’s name in the table above to send the instructor an email.

What Parents Say About this Class

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 shared personal stories about her own children, it helped remind me that she “gets it” and completely understands from a parent perspective.

This program was amazing and so useful to learn about child development in a community building fashion. Parents from diverse communities and backgrounds came together to learn and grow with their kids. From infant groups to parent toddler classes to co-ops this time was everlastingly valuable to me as a parent and provided so much age appropriate growth and stimulation for my child.

The Parent Education program was invaluable for me and my children in support in parenting and understanding my child’s cognitive and social development. The unique part of this program is the nurturing aspect of parents and children learning together in a supportive non judgmental environment.

Last Updated September 27, 2021