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Ages 6 Months to 18 Months*

Your toddfant is constantly learning – rolling toward and reaching for a block, exploring its weight and texture with their hands, testing its hardness with their mouth. We know you long to be there for all of these moments of learning but when you can't, we are here to help.

At the St. Charles Children's Learning Center, your toddfant will be provided with a primary caregiver, someone dedicated to caring for your child and helping them explore their world in a safe, caring environment.

Our specially trained caregivers will provide your toddfant with the same care and love you give them every day.  We will communicate with you to ensure your child is meeting learning milestones while you are working on your own education, career, or other family related duties.

At the St. Charles Children’s Learning Center we know that every smile, every babble, and every step is a milestone on your child’s path towards life-long learning.

Toddfant Activities:

  • Stroller Walks around the College Campus
  • Finger-plays and Other Games
  • Art – fat crayons, paper, hand and foot painting
  • Free Play – playtime with other toddfants and caregiver
  • Reading, Singing, Sign Language
  • Weekly Themed Activities

Toddfant Learning Paths - Play:

  • Physical – crawls; changes positions such as from sitting to crawling; stands with and without support; uses pincher grasp; carries objects; holds and uses crayons; stacks blocks; holds own bottle, cup, and spoon; uses fingers to eat most food
  • Emotional – shows independence; helps with feeding and dressing self; begins to learn "no" and obey those commands
  • Social – initiates interactions with others; may be shy or anxious around new people; initiates play; possessive of people and materials
  • Cognitive – establishes object permanence; imitates others actions; begins learning that others cause actions
  • Language – responds to name and other familiar words; repeats syllables and words (ex. bye-bye, mama, dada); repeats and practices words

Primary Caregiver Role:

  • Utilizes the Creative Curriculum® as the basis for learning.  This curriculum is based on interaction with people and occurs naturally during the two main activities of the day - caregiving and free play.
  • Provides opportunities to learn through free play, singing, storytelling, self-help skills development, manipulative play, gross motor play, and other age-appropriate activities
  • Observes and assesses your child's needs and likes/dislikes so that activities meet individual and group learning milestones
  • Introduces basic concepts and enhances the learning experience as your child expresses interest and curiosity
  • Encourages your child to be an initiator, an explorer, and a self-learner
  • Works as your partner, communicating with you about your child's daily development and education
  • Offers tips on how to reinforce learning at home and recognizes that you are the most important person in your child's learning
  • Provides a physically safe, cognitively challenging, and emotionally nurturing environment
  • Provides consistency and clearly defined limits

Toddfant Care Rates:

Student Parents**
Staff, Faculty, Community Parents

Weekly Rate

* Age ranges may vary slightly as children are transitioned to the next age/classroom level after reaching key developmental milestones and as spaces are available.
** Student Parents Rate available with enrollment in six (6) credit hours per semester.

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