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Our toddler program is based on the belief that the process is what is crucial, not the outcome. The qualified, patient and energetic staff ensures a safe environment in which a multitude of new activities and experiences are introduced.

Our goal is to foster and stimulate their journey from:

toddling running
parallel play interactive play
babbles intelligible speech
needing help wanting help
reactive thinking rational thinking
demands requests


  1. Ratio: 1 adult for 5 children
  2. P.M. Snacks
  3. Milk at lunch/ juice with snacks

7:00 - 8:00  Breakfast & Free Play
8:00 - 9:30 Small Group Activity/Diapers
9:30 - 9:45 Snack
9:45 - 10:30 Center Time (circle, project)
10:30 - 11:15 Outside Play
11:15 - 12:30 Lunch/ Diapers
12:30 - 2:30 Nap
2:30 - 3:30 Quiet Time/ Diapers
3:30 - 3:45 Snack
3:45 - 5:00 Outside Play/ Gross Motor Activity
4:45 - 5:00 Diapers
5:00 - 6:00 Free Play


1. All lunches must be eaten as prepared. (no microwave is available).
2. Breakfast will be allowed until 8:00 AM only.
3. Items requiring the use of a spoon are to be left at home unless the child has the ability to use spoons.
4. All cups must have sippy lids.
5. No raisins, uncut grapes, popcorn, uncut hot-dogs, marshmallows, nuts, seeds, gum, dried fruit, cough drops, candy. 6. While eating, all children are asked to remain seated at a table.


1. All toddlers will receive a cot sheet (to be taken home weekly).
2. Only security items will be allowed on the cot.
3. Small blankets welcomed- no sleeping bags, comforters or standard-size pillows.
4. Children receive one-on-one attention at naptime when they are patted to sleep.
5. Approximate naptime- 12:30 - 2:30.
6. Children are allowed to wake up on their own.

What is a Toddler? 

Webster defines a toddler as " one that toddles". At Wigwam we know there is more to a toddler than the way they walk. This time is the most difficult yet most rewarding stage in a child's development.  From 18 months to 2-1/2 years of age a toddler experiences the full range of social, emotional, and personality growth.  Learning comes from hands-on exposure which means three steps forward and two steps back. While trying to master their world, toddlers continually test reality.  Our objective is to catch them when they fall, hug them when they succeed, encourage them when they are unsure, and give them boundaries when they go too far. By providing a secure, nurturing, loving environment our toddlers become confident, unique three year olds.

What Can Parents Do?
Watch and wait and listen
As I learn and grow

Know when to let me have my way
And when to tell me, "No!" 

Help me when I need you
But it's OK to let me cry. 

I'll never learn to do things If I never get to try! 
Give me your time, not your treasures,

Read me a story or two.
And remember that being my parents Is a most special job to do! 

Terry Lynn Graham


  • Hourly: one box of wipes (80 count) for each child every other month.
  • Plan 23: one box of wipes (80 count) for each child per month.
  • Plan 35, 45, and 60: two boxes of wipes (80 count) for each child per month.

Projects coordinate with our weekly themes and develop sensory awareness and exploration. These may include:

  • painting (brush, finger, marble)
  • coloring (crayons, chalk, markers)
  • gluing
  • stringing (macaroni, beads)
  • folding -play (whipped cream, rice, peanut butter, spaghetti, pudding)
  • Gross Motor
    • dancing
    • instruments
    • jumping
    • rolling
    • climbing
    • tunnel play
    • circle games
    • more fun ways to use our bodies
  • Free Play - Teachers place themselves in various areas of the room while children are able to choose freely between many different toys.  They may play individually, with another child or with a teacher.
  • Circle Time - This is a group activity where teachers and children talk about the theme, read stories, play name games, do finger plays, and sing songs; all in an attempt to develop language skills, new words and stories using the flannel board, puppets, picture box and other manipulatives.
  • Fine Motor
    • dumping and filling
    • puzzles
    • clothespin play
    • coloring
    • playdough
    • stacking
    • sorting
    • much, much more

We provide services at this facility without regard to your race, color, religious creed, handicap, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, or LEP.

All information is subject to change.
For further information see handbook or call (215) 256-1222


Full Time:

  • Plan 60 - 206.00/2 activity fees
    Up to 60 hours per week
    Earn 5 vacation coupons after 6 mths.
  • Plan 45 - $186.00 /2 activity fees
    Up to 45 hours per week
    Earn 5 vacation coupons after 6 mths. 

Part Time:

  • Plan 35 - $170.00/2 activity fees
    Up to 35 hours per week
    Earn 5 vacation coupons after 12 mths.
  • Plan 23 - 125.00/1 activity fee
    Up to 23 hours per week
    Earn 5 vacation coupons after 12 mths.

Hourly- $6.00 per hour

  • $10.00 cot sheet/per event activity fee
  • Up to 10 hours per week
  • Subject to availability
  • Tuition due monthly
  • Not eligible for vacation

(Rates subject to change every May)

* Hot lunch on Mondays and Thursdays available at cost.  Please order in classroom.

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