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.
Meghan is from Portland, Maine. She graduated from the University of Maine with a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Development and Family Relations. After graduating Meghan worked at a Montessori school where she started as a toddler teacher then three years later became the assistant director. Meghan is excited to join the JCA team and excited to be part of the two year old classroom! When not teaching Meghan loves spending time with her dog, Molly.
Alexandria Piper joined our team in summer 2021! She grew up in Phoenix, AZ, and moved to Maine with her family in 2011. Recently, graduated from Plymouth State University with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education and moved back home to Scarborough, ME. She has experience working in NAEYC accredited childcare programs and strongly believes in high-quality early childhood care and education.
Kristina came to the JCA Preschool upon moving to Portland. Prior to her job here Kristina taught at the JCC Early Center in Hingham MA. Kristina has a Bachelors of Fire Arts from Lesley University and is excited to bring her creativity and love of the arts to the children in her care.