Toddler Program

Toddler crawling and playing in classroom

Your toddler is on the move and becoming more active and independent as they begin exploring the world around them. Our Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Creatively Shine®, helps inspire curiosity and imagination in a way that is unique to your toddler’s individual interests. 

To do this, our toddler classrooms are designed to encourage purposeful play where our teachers guide your child through age-appropriate learning experiences that prepare them with the knowledge they need to be confident as they grow.

Our preschool teachers work to foster skills like listening, counting, writing, and following simple instructions. They also foster skills like pushing and pulling, sorting objects by color and size and stacking objects. 

Our Proprietary Reggio Emilia-Inspired Curriculum

Creatively Shine®

Our Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum, Creatively Shine®, is based on the latest research and trends to prepare your children for their educational careers, equipping them with cognitive, social, emotional, physical, and language skills.

At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool® we believe a child’s work is play. We teach your children age-appropriate lessons, manners, and social skills all through creative and purposeful play. We believe children who enjoy learning at a young age will carry it with them throughout their lives.

Each month we have original projects, provide each classroom with new materials that reflect the monthly theme and provide related activities to support the individual concepts of the “whole child.”

We have been at Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool since their opening last fall and our 14 month old is thriving. We couldn't be happier with our decision to enroll. The curriculum is exceptional (Reggio Emilia inspired - cognitive, social, emotional, language and physical skills), the food/nutrition quality is the best we've seen in the area, and the entire staff loves on our daughter every day!"

Parent Resources

Child Development Stages

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Early Childhood Education Matters

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Establishing Rules for Your Toddler

Toddlers can be tough—kids can be tough, teenagers too, but establishing rules for your toddler early promotes better behavior moving forward. Rules make doing the things parents like to do with their children fun and safe, whether that’s playing at a park, visiting toy stores, or even just having a nice breakfast at home.


Our curriculum is based on the research of the most renowned education experts.

12-18 Months Developmental Milestones
  • Carries large toys or several toys while walking

  • Scribbles spontaneously 

  • Pulls toys behind while walking 

  • Begins to run stiffly 

  • Turns over container to pour out contents

  • Says several single words

  • Follows simple one-step instructions

  • Repeats words overheard in conversations 

19-24 Months Developmental Milestones
  • Walks into ball 

  • Climbs onto and down from furniture unsupported 

  • Walks up and down stairs holding on to support

  • Building tower of four blocks or more 

  • Points to object or pictures

  • Uses two-word sentences

  • Recognizes names of familiar people, objects and body parts 

  • Walks alone 

  • Finds objects even when hidden under 2 or 3 covers

  • Begins to sort shapes and colors 

  • Begins make-believe play

  • Imitates behavior of others, especially adults and older children 

  • Increasingly enthusiastic about company or other children

  • Demonstrates increasing independence 

  • Begins to show defiant behavior

Explore our Educational Programs

Infant Educational Program

Infant Program (6 weeks – 1 year)

Our highly trained infant teachers partner with you to ensure your baby’s developmental needs are met every step along the way. Our nursery staff create predictable routines and nurturing classroom environments that foster social and emotional development in your baby.  

Toddler Educational Program

Toddler Program (1-2 years)

Our toddler classrooms are designed to encourage purposeful play where our teachers guide your child through age-appropriate learning experiences that prepare them with the knowledge they need to be confident as they grow.

Early Preschool Educational Program

Early Preschool Program (2-3 years)

Your child’s preschool teacher and our classroom create a nurturing, home-like classroom environment where your toddler is treated as a capable individual, whose opinions, actions and thoughts are respected and valued.

Preschool Educational Program

Preschool Program (3-4 years)

We design our preschool classrooms with developmental milestones in mind and equip each classroom with age-appropriate, educational toys to help continue inspiring your preschoolers curiosity and desire to learn and engage with their classmates and their environment.

Pre-Kindergarten Educational Program

Pre-K Program (4-5 years)

It is our mission to prepare your child for a successful year in the wonderful world of kindergarten. Our skilled pre-K teachers help build essential skills by carefully crafting engaging activities that balance instructed learning and purposeful play.

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