Toddler Program at Hilltop Child Development Center

Hilltop has four Toddler classrooms designed to offer a nurturing, exciting, and educational day for children 1 to 2 years old:

  • Bumblebee Room
  • Turtle Room
  • Caterpillar Room
  • Hummingbird Room

Each classroom is staffed with two full-time Teachers, as well as several part-time aides throughout the day. The teaching staff strives to maintain a warm, comforting and loving environment for our toddler children.

Toddlers participate in a well-rounded, play-centered curriculum drawing from many areas of development, including:

  • Language and Memory
  • Large and Small Motor Skills
  • Dramatic Play
  • Art and Sensory
  • Health and Safety
  • Music
  • Pre-Literacy
  • Pre-Math
  • Pre-Science

These rooms will also focus heavily all year long on self-help, independence and social development. Children will gain experience and knowledge through both child-initiated and teacher-directed activities with a strong emphasis on curiosity, exploration, and fun!

To enter a toddler room, children must be 12 months old by Aug. 1 of the school year in which they begin. They must also be able to feed themselves and go without a bottle or a morning nap. Ratio is 1 adult per 5 children with a total of 10 children per room.


Accredited since 1987 by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
KU student, staff, and faculty families receive priority on the waiting list
Sliding fee schedule and scholarship fee subsidies
Warm, loving care coupled with developmentally appropriate curriculum
KU families from across the nation and world bring diversity to Hilltop classrooms
Lead teachers hold degrees in child development, early childhood education, or elementary education

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