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The Center is located on Drexel Avenue between 56th and 57th streets. It is on the Hyde Park Campus of the University of Chicago. One block north of Comer Children's Hospital.

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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 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’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 all for taking such good care of our big girl! We are always amazed at how much she is learning and all of the new abilities she exhibits when she comes home. She talks about all of you all the time and we know she is in great hands. Thank you again!"

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

Tissue Box Sock Pull

You Will Need:

Empty tissue box, socks

Directions:

Fill an empty tissue box with socks and show your child how to pull the socks out of the box. Then, let them try on their own.

Tip:

Old/mismatched socks have a variety of uses: you can create a sorting game and have your child categorize them by color or texture or create puppets out of them with your child and later put on a puppet show.


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