Young Toddlers Unit
Many incoming parents ask us what we “teach” at age one, aside from getting a decent nap and mealtime schedule. Our answer is that no part of our day goes by without a purpose. A toddler can learn self-care and independent skills by finding their own diaper during changing time, scrubbing soap onto their hands while they wash, or using a paper towel to help clean the table before and after meals. We discuss colors, shapes, textures and feelings during art, then go on to build roadways and zoos in the block center. Mealtime is not just for trying new vegetables; it is our social hour! Sometimes we ask questions of the children about their morning or what we saw on our walk, and sometimes we just sit back and watch the conversations and songs start up on their own. The year of development between age 1 and 2 can mark so many milestones: walking, talking, social skills, and independence abound! Each child is their own individual person and will reach different milestones at different rates and through different paths. We have all chosen to be a part of the Young Toddler Unit because we love to foster these skills and cannot wait to help your child grow into that unique individual that they are becoming. We believe that open and honest communication is an integral part of our daily interactions with parents. We work together as a unit and hope that you feel comfortable with all of the Younger Toddler teachers, even if your child’s primary teacher is not available during drop off or pick up. Our classrooms spend a lot of time together at the beginning and end of day, as well as nearly all day long when the weather is permitting!
Amber, Young Toddler Lead Teacher
My name is Amber Storm. I have been in childcare since 2014. I grew up in northern Iowa, then moved to Kansas City, Missouri. Now I am living in Wisconsin. I started working with kids and fell in love with watching them grow every day. I hope to go back to school to get my Associates in Early Education. I love being outside and going on new adventures. My two favorites quotes are: “It takes a big heart to shape little minds.” and “The fact that you worry about being a good teacher, means that you already are one.”
Tanisha, Young Toddler Support Teacher
Hello my name is Tanisha. I was born and raised in Madison Wi. I am very family oriented, I have 2 children – both boys. I have worked in childcare for 8 years. I love working with children because I find so much joy in knowing I have impacted their life, and seeing how much they have developed. My two favorite children quotes are “A person’s a person, no matter how small”, and “Don’t cry because its over. Smile because it happened.”