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.
Olivia is a substitute and Aftercare teacher. She recently graduated from Southern Maine Community College with my associates degree in Early Childhood Education. For the past 6 years she has been working as a nanny in both Maine and Australia. She spent the last year at SMCC student teaching in the Pre-K room and is looking forward to working with the children and getting to know all their unique personalities.
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.
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.