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Little Hands is located at 2755 Sanders Road Northbrook IL - the closest intersection is Willow/Palatine and Sanders Road or Willow and the 294 S/N ramps. The center is directly off 294 S/N at the Willow exit. The center is inside the Allstate campus. Enter in the Allstate campus either off Willow or Sanders Road.

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Our Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers/twos with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and outdoor places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler/twos’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential and prepare for preschool and beyond.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"Thank you so much for all of the love you give to Charlotte every day! She LOVES you both so much and we are very thankful that she is able to spend her days in the care of such warm, kind and understanding teachers. Thank you for all that you have taught her and for being such a blessing to us!"

Our Curriculum Components

The building blocks to balanced education.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Learning at Home

Picture Blocks

You Will Need:

Empty cardboard boxes (cereal, shoeboxes, oatmeal boxes, etc.), photographs of familiar people or things, glue, contact paper

Directions:

Glue pictures to the boxes and then cover them with clear contact paper. Encourage your baby to build with, stack, knock over, and look at the boxes and pictures.

Tip:

Talk about who or what you see in the pictures. Say things like, “Who is that? Is that mommy?” and “There’s Daddy.” Infants will only play with a few blocks at a time, so you only need four or five. It is helpful for them to be similar in size and small enough to hold easily. Older children will like more variety and have better motor control to stack different sizes.


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