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Infant and Toddler

Most of our infant/toddler classrooms are arranged into looping cohorts. Looping allows children that begin together their infant year to have the same teachers and peers for three years until preschool. Our infant/toddler classrooms operate year-round and enrollment occurs in August.


Teachers feel that this Magda Gerber quote best sums up their philosophy about the infant and toddler years: “An authentic child is one who feels secure, autonomous, and competent. When we help a child to feel secure, feel appreciated, feel that ‘somebody is deeply, truly interested in me,’ by the way we just look, the way we just listen, we influence that child’s whole personality, the way that child sees life.”

Kathryn Humber, Demonstration Teacher Angela Carino, Assistant Teacher


Hickory (Non-Looping Older Toddlers)

“For a young toddler, every day is a new opportunity to discover something new, to elicit joy from the simple act of finding what we consider the most mundane objects.” —Lizzie & Amy, Former Infant/Toddler Looping Teachers

Lauran Gieske, Demonstration Teacher Natalie Griffith, Assistant Teacher



“The Sycamore children are curious, competent, ambitious, creative, inquisitive, independent, eager, silly, talkative. They are writers, artists, chefs, storytellers, researchers, builders, gardeners, scientists, risk takers, protagonists, and leaders.” —Samantha Deal

“Trust a child to strengthen his learning abilities through natural self-directed exploration” —Janet Lansbury                                                                                                            

Jess Capps, Demonstration Teacher Elizabeth Braddock, Assistant Teacher



“Our older toddlers are exuberant, confident, capable, competent, strong-willed, and fun! Each day brings new challenges and knowledge as we are constantly working to create shared understanding within our learning community in response to the dynamic nature of this age. We strive to create and maintain a safe, appropriate and beautiful learning environment based on our direct observations and interactions with our whole group and the children as individuals.” —Becca & Dilyn

Becca Jenkins, Demonstration Teacher Dilyn Hauck, Assistant Teacher