The toddler program at St. Michael's is for children ages 16-33 months. It has been carefully designed to help children develop in all areas: social/emotional, fine and gross motor skills, spiritual, and cognitive. Classroom schedules are created with this in mind, with a combination of teacher-directed activities as well as plenty of exploratory learning time. Research shows that children learn best from play, and our program and classrooms have been designed with this in mind. Toddler classes are kept at a maximum size of 10 toddlers with 2 staff so that the toddlers are able to get more individualized attention. A typical day in any of our toddler rooms includes free play/center time, art, sensory, morning snack, outside time, gym time, circle time (story, songs, finger plays), lunch, nap, afternoon snack, and of course plenty of hugs! Toddler assessments are done twice a year in the fall and spring, and parents are offered parent-teacher conferences at that time. Weekly newsletters are sent out each Friday via email so parents know what is happening in the classroom while they are not there. Daily sheets are also filled out and sent home each day as well so parents know what their toddler did and how their day was, and include information on daily activities, eating, napping, and diaper changes.