One Year Old Room
Age 1 (by October 15th)
Our youngest toddler program slowly and gently introduces children moving from the individual nature of infancy, to the joys of being part of a group. Our young toddler classroom has a maximum group size of ten children with three teachers. The curriculum in this classroom is designed to support young toddlers as they learn to master both expressive and receptive language, to play cooperatively with peers, and practice making their way in a world where they long for independence yet still require support from a loving, affectionate and trusted adult. Each child is allowed the space, support and time to develop newly acquired skills at their own pace with support and guidance from their teachers.
Lauren has lived all over the world, but mostly grew up in Texas. She has a Bachelor's degree in English & Women's Studies from Hope College and a Master's of Fine Arts degree in Poetry from Texas State University, and over 10 years of child care experience. She recently moved from Vermont, where she worked as an infant/toddler teacher at a Reggio-inspired preschool in the woods. Lauren is thrilled to have found a new home at the JCA and is looking forward to building relationships and helping the littlest ones grow into independent learners. She lives in Westbrook with her wife, Theresa, and their goofy dog, Oates.
Heidi lives in North Yarmouth with her husband Alan, and dog Kaci. She has a BA in English from the University of Maine, Orono. After raising her two boys, she started her career in the public school system, the last ten years as an Ed Tech working in special education. Heidi feels lucky to be doing what she loves every day and is excited about being at the JCA.
Exa is originally from the New England area, but is new to Portland. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston with a Bachelor in Fine Arts and loves incorporating her art background into the classroom. Exa has taught in museums, an elementary school, and a Jewish preschool prior to coming to the Goldman Family Preschool. When not teaching she loves baking, reading, and hanging out with her puppy.