Our Programs - Toddlers
The Toddler Program, for children ages 2 to 3, is designed to assist the child in taking important first steps away from home into a nurturing, supportive and stimulating school environment. Children develop independence and respect for others, as well as acquire sensory, motor, practical life, language, pre-reading and pre-math skills.
Within the Toddler Room, the toddler-sized furniture, as well as the specially designed Montessori materials for this age group, provide an environment young children can explore with a sense of mastery. Activities are designed to promote self-care, develop gross and fine motor skills, foster increasing concentration and ability to absorb and follow multi-step directions and to develop social skills.
Young Toddler students learn to work independently in the classroom, taking materials from the shelves, completing the steps of their work and then returning the materials to the shelves. As they progress through the year, they begin to work collaboratively with friends and teachers.
Our Toddler community has a strong need to be in perpetual motion. They constantly work on their gross and fine motor skills walking through the classroom, climbing stairs, using ramps and finding material that piques their interest. Our Toddler classrooms are big and open so that the children within can explore all day long, both indoors and using our side or backyard. Children here take care of birds and fish, water plants, make friends, and most importantly learn how to take care of themselves outside of their homes. Practical Life work is everything to a Toddler, gaining more and more independence and autonomy as they learn to dress, feed, go potty and ultimately enjoy work on their own.
Education Director - Katherine Correa Acosta
Katherine graduated from CUNY - Staten Island with a BA in Early Childhood Education and has been a teacher for the past five years. She interned and worked at a Montessori-based school in Staten Island where she discovered the philosophy and loved the feeling of giving children the freedom and respect necessary to grow independently. She was born and raised in Brooklyn and has lived here all her life with three sisters that she still considers her best friends. Her family is originally from the Dominican Republic and she visits her extended family there quite often. She is herself athletic and believes in creating environments for children in the Primary classroom to experience many different opportunities to use and improve on their gross motor skills. Many iterations of her Primary classroom look like mazes or obstacle courses designed to give children opportunities to walk around and explore.
Toddler Teacher and Coordinator - Kim
Kim graduated from Queens College with a BA In Sociology focused on the Modern Urban Community. She has been at C'E for the past three years, and has been a trained Montessori teacher and a Lead in the Toddler classroom for the last two. She grew up a star volleyball player for her high school and college and brings lessons, warm-ups and games learned during that experience into our Toddler classroom and Extended Care program. She had previously worked helping children in Corona, Queens as part of a foundation called STACKS run by the New York City Public Libraries to bring more children into the library community through fun after school activities and tutoring programs. She is (proudly) from Queens originally and has lived in and around New York City all of her life, her roots and extended family are from Ecuador. She is C'E's go-to teacher for training new staff in having fun on the playground.