Two Year Old Room
Age 2 (by October 15)
Our Toddler program maintains a four-to-one ratio with a maximum group size of twelve, and is designed to provide an opportunity for toddlers to explore while addressing the very specific needs, challenges, and delights of this particular age group. There is an emphasis on freedom of movement and gross/fine motor development as well as the child to child interactions. The children in this group are becoming more aware of each other and social play is becoming more complex. The teachers support these interactions. The daily curriculum offers toddlers opportunities to explore the environment according to their capabilities, interests and developmental needs.
Holly Hoffman grew up in Southern Connecticut but calls Portland her home. She has had experience as an outdoor educator, teacher, and professional childcare provider and is excited to be part of the nursery room team! She has a degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont and also holds a certificate in Environmental Education from Cornell University. During her free time, she enjoys going on her own personal outdoor adventures in the mountains of Maine, enjoying the local food scene, and making in the fiber arts.
Abir Mohamed lives in Portland, Maine, and recently graduated with her BA from the University of Southern Maine. She has a variety of experience working in family childcare center environments and as a patient support service dispatcher at Maine Medical Center. Abir enjoys discovering and playing along with toddlers and has worked with children ages 1-11 years old. She is passionate about building strong connections with and understanding the needs of the families and children she cares for to provide exceptional care.
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.
Emma has lived in Maine her whole life. She started volunteering at children’s camps in the local area and discovered her passion for teaching and helping others. She recently received her Social Work degree from SMCC in hopes of guiding and supporting children everywhere. Emma is thrilled to be a part of the JCA team!