Our Programs

Make toddler exploration safe, fun, 

and an integral part of early childhood education

Toddlers love to learn and explore. They are always on the go, and always challenging their newly discovered mobility. At JamTowne, we encourage them in a stimulating but safe environment, just right for us to protect, educate, and nurture your toddler.

We have seven important areas of development that we focus on:

1. Socialization

2. Fine Motor Skills

3. Gross Motor Skills

4. Audio-Visual Discrimination

5. Cognitive Development

6. Emotional Development

7. Self-Care Development

Below, we have provided examples of what your child will be learning and how they will be growing at JAMTowne in their age group. 


learning & Growth goals

1. Socialization                                                                 5. Cognitive Development                                                                      

     - Sharing toys/equipment                                                  - Beginning to pretend play

     - Begin sitting/spending time in small groups               - Playing with dolls, toys, stuffed animals

     - Imitating good behaviors                                                - Enjoys a book being read to them

     - Using 3-4 word sentences                                              - Beginning to follow 1-2 step instructions

     - Starting to interact with others

2. Fine motor skills                                                          6. Emotional Development  

     - Putting together large piece puzzles                             - Showing initial signs of caring and empathy

     - Stringing large beads                                                       - Still in "all mine" stage

     - Using a cookie cutter with play dough                          - Still easily frustrated when things do not go their way

     - Beginning coloring with large crayons                          - Separation is able to fade away

     - Begin finger painting

3. Gross motor skills                                                         7. Self-Help Skills

     - Climbing stairs one at a time                                          - Beginning to dress/undress

     - Walking on tiptoes                                                            - Beginning to show interest in the toilet

     - Jumping off low steps                                                     - Drinking from an open cup

     - Kicking & catching a ball                                                  - Eating with a utensil

                                                                                                     - Washing and drying hands

4. Audio-Visual Discrimination

     - Naming objects in a book

     - Enjoys using books on their own

     - Begin naming 4-6 body parts

     - Begin to recognize primary colors

3s & 4s


1. Socialization                                                                5. Cognitive Skills

     - Sharing toys/equipment                                                 - Understanding taking turns

     - Taking turns                                                                      - Knowing and recognizing first and last name

     - Participating in group time                                             - Knowing phone number and address

     - Relating to teachers and classmates                           - Recognizing written numerals

     - Participating in sharing time                                          - Reciting the alphabet, recognizing letters and sounds

     - Interacting with other children on their own                - Listening to and following 1, 2, & 3 step instructions

     - Working in small groups

     - Listen without interrupting                                         

     - Respecting others personal space


2. Fine motor skills                                                          6. Emotional Development

     - Controlling crayons, pencils, and scissors                   - Separating easily from adults

     - Cutting on lines                                                                 - Adjusting to sudden changes in plans or routine

     - Working small and large puzzles                                   - Not seeking excessive attention

     - Participating in finger plays                                            - Appropriate frustration level

     - Tracing and writing name on lined paper                     - Positive self-image

3. Gross motor skills                                                        7. Self-Care Development

     - Using large equipment                                                     - Taking care of toilet needs

     - Playing games that involve                                              - Washing hands

       running, jumping, skipping, etc.                                       - Putting on coat

     - Throwing, catching, bouncing a ball                               - Zipping, buttoning, and snapping

     - Alternating feet on stairs                                                  - Using a tissue. 

     - Playing games with parachutes

       and bean bags

4. Audio-Visual Discrimination

     - Following directions

     - Listening to stories

     - Participating in felt board activties

     - Recognizing colors, shapes, and vocabulary