While your child is in our care they will go though many developmental stages that will help them grow and learn new tasks in their lives. Toddlers thrive in a safe and predictable environment. We work diligently to offer an appropriately structured classroom environment with daily group circle time and simple class rules, while still meeting the individual needs of each child. We utilize any opportunity for outside play and adventures. Older toddles become masters of climbing, jumping, and running. Toddlers learn by exploring their environment and this often results in dirty clothes, shoes, and bodies, so please expect this each day.
Milestones: using a spoon, plate, and cup; napping on a cot; and washing their own hands and brushing their teeth.
Parents will receive a daily Lift-Off sheet that will inform you of your child’s activities for that day and invitations and notes regarding classroom opportunities. Outside the room you will find a parent information board that will inform you of our daily schedule, menus, along with information about our weekly curriculum.
*NOTE: Children are placed in classes based on development not age.
Donna has Associates degrees in Liberal Arts and General Studies from Texas Tech/El Paso Community College, and she has been a teacher at The Launching Pad for over 16 years! Donna feels very blessed to have a family that she loves very much. Her favorite thing to do is spend time with her family and work toward being the best wife, mom, mother-in-law, grandma, and fur mommy she can be. Donna loves to try new things, watch movies/shows, swim, garden, and cook. She's pretty easy-going and gets excited about simple things - and loves that her granddaughter thinks she's funny.
"I love all the different stages of a child's life, but I have loved and nurtured the Older Toddlers for most of my years here. This age is very loving, fun, and always excited to learn. I take pride in getting these little ones ready for the Two's Class!"
Mak has her CDA from Caddo Kiowa Tech Center. Although she has been at The Launching Pad a short time, she has been working in child care for over 12 years! Mak has been married for 5 years and they have a beautiful daughter, Piper, and a beloved puppy, Miller. She loves to read and watch anything with OSU.
"I love watching children learn and advance. It brings me joy to know I helped with that!"