Socialization and Independence

DCP’s parent-toddler class is a great way for children to socialize with peers and gain independence while having the comfort of a parent near by. Separation from the parent is gently introduced and gives parents the opportunity to meet for discussions on child development issues, educational topics and other relevant parenting topics, as well as to socialize.

Children’s activities, art projects and songs are often tied to an open-ended theme. The kitchen, dress-up area, sand and water tables are all mainstays for the classroom in addition to a variety of toys. Children find a new selection of things to explore during each class, while being able to continue to play with their favorites.

In the parent education portion of the class, parents find many opportunities for support and discussion. Many new and seasoned parents find this class to be a valuable resource and the beginning of strong and lasting friendships.

    • Forum for discussing challenges, highs, lows and questions about parenthood with people who are experiencing these same things in real time.
    • Thought provoking discussions on temperament, parenting styles and discipline.
    • Guest speakers on specific topics such as development and nutrition.
    • Lighter subjects such as family traditions, funny stories & what to do when you are inside with a toddler on another cold day in February!

See the tuition schedule for specific class rates.


Ages Served

12-23 months as of September 1st
Parents can be any age 🙂

Class Days/Times

Fridays Only
8:30a – 10:30a
11:00a – 1:00p
1:30p – 3:30p

Teacher:Child Ratio

2 adults:12 children
(during breakouts)


By the end of the year, children become familiar with and participate in class routines, engage in purposeful play and create a play routine for their day at school. They become comfortable with other adults caring for them and gain enjoyment from the group setting. Independence grows and social skills begin to develop.


Child-time Themes
  • Body Parts
  • Shapes and Colors
  • Seasons
  • Concepts (hard/soft, hot/cold, smooth/bumpy)
Parent-time Themes
  • Potty Training
  • Introduction of a new sibling
  • Nutrition
  • Adjusting to Parenthood

 Class Routine

Typical Class Routine for Children
  • Free-Choice Play Time
  • Circle Time
  • Outdoor Play
  • Snack Time
  • Play Time
Typical Class Routine for Parents
  • Free-Choice Play Time w/ Child
  • Circle Time w/ Child
  • Outdoor Play w/ Child
  • Snack Time
  • Parent Time