Toddler Program

17 months to 24 months

Your toddler’s early experience, and the bonds they form with their first learning experiences, deeply affect their future physical, cognitive, emotional and social development. At Compton Children’s Academy, we focus on this early period to establish their future success. We know that each child develops at their own pace. Our program is specifically designed to meet each child’s needs to nurture their abilities and help them grow.

We ensure your child receives the attention they deserve by providing each child with individual care. CCA assigns each child a continuity of care group allowing them to be catered by a senior teacher who will become familiar and tailor to their specific needs. Their teacher will provide you with a daily lesson plan so you can reinforce what they learn in the classroom at home. Your child will be able to learn closely with the other children assigned to the same teacher as well as the other children in the class, providing plenty of opportunity to develop social skills.

Our teachers in our toddler program are guided to interact with children and engage them on an educational and emotional level. At this age, toddlers are beginning to show interest in different activities. In the CCA Toddler Program, they have access to diverse activities that help them to experience learning through sensory play. They touch, explore, and interact with different educational toys aimed to enhance their learning experience.

A cornerstone of our educational philosophy at Compton Children’s Academy is the recognition that every child learns and develops at their own pace and in their own unique way. Our highly-trained teachers create lesson plans that are age and developmentally appropriate. The lesson plans are individualized to ensure your child receives the greatest results possible from our program. These plans help guide them through this early developmental stage by providing them with activities in art, language, music and movement.

Creativity and self-expression grow during this critical time in a child’s life. Each child has access to creativity stations that introduce concepts of age-appropriate independence. Dressing frames allow little ones to interact with Velcro. Toy lacing shoes introduce this concept of dressing, and allow the toddlers to interact with the concept. Sensory tables provide opportunities to play and learn with different materials such as sand and water.

To help in your child’s language development, CCA starts by teaching toddlers how basic sounds can be matched to letters. Large letters made of different materials help little ones to interact with these concepts tactilely: holding them, feeling the different letters, and becoming familiar with the shapes. In the CCA Toddler class, we also start to introduce Spanish in the form of songs and words.

Mealtime is an important element of the Toddler Classroom. At this age, children are learning to serve themselves, with the help of their teachers. Our family-style approach to dining allows the kids to sit together at a table and interact with one another and their teacher.

Natural experiences are also key to a child’s development at this age. Our toddlers experience gardening, which is a rich and wonderful way to learn about nature. They plant herbs and vegetables to learn about the plant lifecycles. After watching the plants grow from seeds they harvest the plants to enjoy in meals. This beginning-to-end experience gives the children a deep understanding of how food comes to them, and what’s involved along the way.

Our toddlers also have outdoor play time (weather-permitting) which gives them crucial time with fresh air and exploration skills. We are currently developing an outdoor curriculum to introduce more learning opportunities into the outdoor environment.

The foundations of potty training are also built in this classroom. The potty is introduced and children are encouraged to sit on it to become familiar with the sensation and grow comfortable with the process. We firmly believe that every child develops this skill at their own pace, and children in our classrooms are introduced at their comfort level.

Compton Children’s Academy is an extension of your family. We encourage open communication with our families to ensure that your child’s experiences with us academically and emotionally are guided by their caregivers.

We use Tadpoles to keep our families involved in the day-to-day activities of their children. Tadpoles is secure software that we use to write daily reports to you about your child’s experiences. This is exceptionally helpful for toddlers because it allows our families to gain insights and continue the education outside of the classroom.

We also have a secure video service for our families, Watch Me Grow. The Watch Me Grow cameras allow authorized families the ability to access an open-door-policy online. You can check in on your little one from your mobile device or desktop to view real-time HD streaming video of their classroom. This provides our families with an unprecedented peace of mind.

Toddler/Preschool Daily Schedule

6:30 – 8:00
Arrival/ washing hands / Morning Welcomes / Child Directed activates

8:00 – 8:30
Preparation for Morning breakfast / Breakfast

8:30 – 9:00
Learning center / Child Directed activates

9:00 – 9:30
Group Time One / Curriculum Implementation

9:30 – 10:00
AM Snack (Fruit)

10:00 – 10:30
Center Exploration / Gross Motor Activities

10:30 – 11:00
Outdoor Play / Large Motor Activities

11:00 – 11:30
Group Time Two / Curriculum Implementation

11:30 – 12:00
Preparation for Lunch / Lunch

12:00 – 2:00
Story Time / Rest

2:00 – 2:30
Afternoon Snack (Fruit)

2:30 – 3:00
Outdoor Play / Large Motor Activities

3:00 – 3:30
Group Time Three / Curriculum Implementation

3:30 – 4:00
Center Exploration / Gross Motor Activities

4:00 – 4:30
PM Snack

4:30 – 6:30
Learning center / Child Directed activates