Caterpillars (24 mos – 36 mos)

Curiosity drives an older toddler to explore new things, broadening the view of their growing world. At AM2PM Childcare Learning Center, we balance learning with nurturing and playtime. Our caring, intuitive, and knowledgeable staff will guide your two-year-old through this exciting stage, encouraging growth as physical, intellectual, communicative, creative, and social beings. Activities are teacher-directed but child-inspired.


  • Can recall information over a longer period of time without contextual clues
  • Can reenact a sequence of events observed at an earlier time
  • Can link past and present activities
  • Can engage in pretend play involving several sequenced steps and assigned roles
  • Can show understanding that numbers represent quantity
  • Can use number words to indicate the quantity in small sets of objects (one, two, three)
  • Can demonstrate an understanding that adding to increases the number of objects in a group
  • Can place objects in one-to-one correspondence during play
  • Can begin to use words such as bigger, smaller and longer


  • Can show understanding of simple requests and statements
  • Can show interest in and use new or unfamiliar words in conversation and play
  • Can combine words to express more complex ideas or requests
  • Can (with support) describe experiences with people, places and things
  • Can use words that indicate position
  • Can show appreciation for reading books, telling stories and singing
  • Can demonstrate an understanding of the meaning of stories and information in books
  • Can use pictures to describe and predict stories and information
  • Can distinguish between letters and words in a text
  • Can distinguish between sounds that are the same
  • Can (with support) recognize familiar logos and environmental print
  • Can (with support) recognize own name in print
  • Can begin to use thumb and fingers (five-finger grasp) of one hand to hold a writing tool
  • Can make marks "scribble writing” to represent objects and ideas


  • Can follow simple one-step directions
  • Can follow through with a given task
  • Can start with simple self-help skills: washing hands, putting toys away, pushing in chair, etc.
  • Flexing Little Muscles. Our classrooms provide a safe place for growing bodies to explore and discover the world. Balance, coordination, and motor skills are developed in playtime and social interaction.
  • Mental Fundamentals. AM2PM’s teachers will help your two-year-old stretch his or her cognitive abilities through a variety of stimulating activities that teach colors, counting, and categorizing. These and other learning tools will help build a strong foundation as your child broadens his or her intellectual horizons.
  • Word Play. A firm foundation in language leads to success as a reader. Our teaching approach nourishes early literacy by focusing on basic words and phrases, naming familiar objects, and comprehending instructions.
  • Artistic Logistics. Encouraging the natural abilities and talents within each child is one way AM2PM helps your child become well-rounded. Drawing, music, and dance encourage self-expression and enrich the classroom experience.
  • Let’s Be Friends. Self-awareness becomes pronounced as more time is spent around others. Supervised group play helps a child learn the value of sharing and cooperation. Playing slow, simple, and non-threatening competitive games and singing songs are examples of the group activities we employ at AM2PM to encourage the formation of friendships at this critical stage of growth.
  • Structure with Freedom, and Vice Versa. Sensory, motor, perceptual, and language skills are introduced through materials and activities that are both child-centered and teacher-directed. We recognize that the process rather than the product fosters a sense of accomplishment and pride. Based on the theory that children learn best through activity and application, classroom routines encourage active involvement, meaningful experimentation, and reinforcement through repetition. We have designed schedules that balance structure and free choice with active and quiet times.
  • Positive encouragement for conflict resolution, including gentle redirection and modeling of positive behavior.

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