TODDLER

1 - 2 years

Our Toddlers Are On The Move And Eager To Learn How Things Work.

Supported by our loving, caring teachers, this increasing curiosity can flourish in a completely new world of opportunity and growth.

TODDLER

1-2 years

Our toddlers are on the move and eager to learn how things work.

Supported by our loving, caring teachers, this increasing curiosity can flourish in a completely new world of opportunity and growth.

Creating Positive Relationships

Our caregivers strive to create positive relationships with each child by being a caregiver the child can trust and interact with comfortably. This is a time of transition that can be both emotional and exciting. As a toddler’s world expands, new skills, vocabulary and knowledge are needed to balance their abilities. Our Caregivers foster this growth through supportive, gentle encouragement.

Close Family Connections

We work closely each family and toddler to make the transition as smooth and consistent as possible by acknowledging that every child’s learning ability and development are unique and individual. Sleeping on cots, weaning off bottles, exploring new table foods and following a classroom schedule are some of the many exciting changes your toddler will experience. Our parent app allows continuous up to date information about your child’s day including milestones, feedings, diapering and other fun activities. This added feature is only one of the ways we stay connected with our families.

Supportive, Individual, Small Group Activities

Our Rising Star curriculum provides individual and small group activities with a lot of flexibility and mobility. Having a teacher near the children during every activity provides a stable learning environment for positive play and interaction.

Fun Learning To Foster Development And Growth

Our Rising Stars will find many developmentally appropriate toys and games that they can interact with as they explore their room. The changes in our Rising Stars’ physical abilities and communication skills are staggering. Seeing your little one’s mobility transition from crawling to walking is exciting and opens many new doors to one’s learning awareness.

Verbal And Sign Language Communication With The Introduction Of Spanish

Our daily use of sign language continues to flourish in the Rising Stars curriculum, allowing amazing communication between caregivers and children. In addition, basic introduction of simple Spanish words opens early understanding and recognition to our bilingual enrichment program.

Calm, Encouraging, Safely Guided Teaching

Building strong connections with teachers and peers, modeling appropriate behaviors and talking about emotions are only a few of the social skills your growing toddler will experiences. Weekly, themed lesson plans provide hands-on activities including cognitive, social-emotional, language and physical development as well as activities that foster creativity with dramatic play, block play and art.

An Environment Specifically Designed For Young Toddlers Only Compliments Our Amazing Care

Our child friendly, eco themed classrooms create a world like no other. Filled with an assortment of educational toys and equipment our curriculum-centered play areas allow your curious toddler the opportunity to safely explore and learn. Classrooms are specifically designed for toddlers with child height features and open spaces. Separate eating areas help keep the classroom sanitary and ensure that your young toddler has a clean environment to grow.

Rising Star Interactions

Our Rising Star Interactions Promotes a bond with you and your toddler helping them put their best little foot forward while lovingly guiding them towards more independence.

Toddler Interaction Photos

During this time of transition, it is important that our Rising Stars be provided with a learning environment that encourages exploration and mobility. Our teachers are aware of this need and strive to create an environment where your child’s social and emotional development is nurtured. Below is a sampling of the many ways this is accomplished:

  • Building a trusting relationship with their teachers
  • Continuing to use Sign Language to encourage communication
  • Creating a safe and secure environment allowing open exploration and independence
  • Introducing structured activities in small group centers
  • Successfully transitioning from infant to toddler abilities, including taking single naps, sleeping on cots, eating table food, drinking from sippy cups, and participation in group activities
  • Daily communication to help ensure a partnership between home and school

Developmental Goals And Milestones For

Our Rising Stars

Our Rising Star curriculum goals support teachers as they provide daily activities and routines that support our toddlers’ ability to navigate and interact with their expanding world. We are dedicated to providing your little one with a bright foundation for a lifetime of happy learning.

Communication

  • Points to familiar objects and pictures
  • Makes non-verbal requests
  • Uses one-word sentences
  • Uses 5-20 words
  • Understands simple one-step directions
  • Discusses simple pictures

Literacy

  • Listens to a short story
  • Participates in simple rhymes and songs
  • Enjoys listening to nursery rhymes

Social Skills

  • Plays beside others
  • Attaches to primary caregiver
  • Imitates behaviors of others
  • Demonstrates increasing independence
  • Displays emotions
  • Follows rules with assistance
  • Recognizes self in mirror

Social and Environmental Studies

  • Recognizes family members voice
  • Participates in family and classroom routines
  • Helps in simple clean-up routines
  • Recognizes appropriate places to discard trash
  • Uses natural objects for play

Math and Manipulative

  • Remembers where things belong
  • Matches pairs
  • Finds simply hidden objects
  • Begins to sort objects by categories
  • Participates in counting rhymes
  • Begins to name basic shapes and colors
  • Develops vocabulary to describe an object’s size

Sensory, Science and Technology

  • Uses senses to explore environment
  • Shows curiosity
  • Explores cause and effect relationships
  • Make observations
  • Uses simple words to ask questions about the environment

Art, Music and Dramatic Play

  • Participating in musical experiences through gestures and movement
  • Producing music with simple instrument and singing songs
  • Clapping hand to familiar music
  • Using a variety of tools to make marks
  • Participating in a variety of tactile/sensory experiences
  • Engaging in pretend play with or without peers

Large Motor Development

  • Moves around the room
  • Walks with feet wide
  • Jumps in place
  • Bends at waist
  • Moves to the beat of the music

Small Motor Development

  • Uses a spoon to scoop
  • Strings large beads
  • Crumbles paper
  • Laces large beads
  • Stacks large blocks

Health and Safety

  • Indicates wet or soiled diaper with words or gestures
  • Washing and drying hands with assistance
  • Shows signs of healthy development

Communication

  • Points to familiar objects and pictures
  • Makes non-verbal requests
  • Uses one-word sentences
  • Uses 5-20 words
  • Understands simple one-step directions
  • Discusses simple pictures

Literacy

  • Listens to a short story
  • Participates in simple rhymes and songs
  • Enjoys listening to nursery rhymes

Social Skills

  • Plays beside others
  • Attaches to primary caregiver
  • Imitates behaviors of others
  • Demonstrates increasing independence
  • Displays emotions
  • Follows rules with assistance
  • Recognizes self in mirror

Social and Environmental Studies

  • Recognizes family members voice
  • Participates in family and classroom routines
  • Helps in simple clean-up routines
  • Recognizes appropriate places to discard trash
  • Uses natural objects for play

Math and Manipulative

  • Remembers where things belong
  • Matches pairs
  • Finds simply hidden objects
  • Begins to sort objects by categories
  • Participates in counting rhymes
  • Begins to name basic shapes and colors
  • Develops vocabulary to describe an object’s size

Sensory, Science and Technology

  • Uses senses to explore environment
  • Shows curiosity
  • Explores cause and effect relationships
  • Make observations
  • Uses simple words to ask questions about the environment

Art, Music and Dramatic Play

  • Participating in musical experiences through gestures and movement
  • Producing music with simple instrument and singing songs
  • Clapping hand to familiar music
  • Using a variety of tools to make marks
  • Participating in a variety of tactile/sensory experiences
  • Engaging in pretend play with or without peers

Large Motor Development

  • Moves around the room
  • Walks with feet wide
  • Jumps in place
  • Bends at waist
  • Moves to the beat of the music

Small Motor Development

  • Uses a spoon to scoop
  • Strings large beads
  • Crumbles paper
  • Laces large beads
  • Stacks large blocks

Health and Safety

  • Indicates wet or soiled diaper with words or gestures
  • Washing and drying hands with assistance
  • Shows signs of healthy development
What Our Parents Are Saying...

As a parent, there's nothing more reassuring than to see your child confidently walk to their classroom and almost forget to hug you goodbye because they're ready to play and learn. That's what Bright Star has given our family in such a short time, and that's what they give every family. Everyone - the directors, the admin staff, the teachers, the chef, the nurse, and even the amazing maintenance man...they all care deeply about their job and their role in creating the perfect learning environment for my son. And as for us as parents, they are transparent and dedicated to making us feel like we're a part of their family too. There's an app that allows us to check in and see pictures and little anecdotes about the day. It allows us to know what he's learning, so we can sing the same songs, sign the same signs, and genuinely feel like we were a part of his day. There's even an ESA, which my son loves because who doesn't love dogs!? Every time I see someone in search of a daycare I recommend Bright Star. They gave us the most precious gift a working parent could ever ask for: a happy son and the knowledge that he's loved and cared for even when we're not there. Thank you, Bright Star. We love you guys.

Beth C.

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It was a very hard decision to go from staying at home with my kids to returning to the workforce. My biggest concern was how my kids (2 years and 5 months) would handle the transition. Thanks to the wonderful staff, from the principal to cooks to teachers, my children have had a wonderful, loving experience. The level of attention to positive, personal interactions and the quality of curriculum are unprecedented. My kids know they are loved. I've seen their emotional and physical skills grow- I know they are getting lots of attention and support. My 2 year old cracks me up with all his new things he's learned and observations from school. My now 8 month old feels safe with all her teachers and loves to snuggle and play with them. I am able to go to work each day knowing my children are in amazing hands. It's such a relief. Bright Star is a blessing in our lives.

Orquidea B.

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My wife and I were in need of a daycare that would serve a multitude of roles for our grandchildren that came to live with us rather unexpectedly. We visited one school before Bright Star Academy and wasn't impressed. Then came Bright Star. we meet Sydney the principle and knew right away this is where our grandkids were going to attend. Our grand daughter has feel in love with Ms. Stacey one of the administrators and hers teachers. We would highly recommend BRIGHTSTAR ACADAMY to any one who wants a great experience for their children.

Ken T.

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