Ages 18 months-3 years old
This is an exciting time when amazing strides are made in your child’s development. Language and other skills are at the ready, and with the right support, can flourish without limit. At this age, curiosity and a desire to try everything takes hold. Toddlers have boundless energy and are in constant motion. They want to play and then play some more. Our classroom and curriculum are designed to make the most of this energy rather than trying to hamper it. Learning takes place through the child’s spontaneous activities, guided by our professional faculty, so that through their play, art and music experiences, they build an understanding of language, math and other skills. They also learn what it is to be a friend and classmate through the direction of their teachers. Many milestones are achieved during this time, including toilet training. Our teachers will work closely with you as together we assist your child in attaining these important life skills.
Teacher, Toddler Room
Justyna Zakrzewska came to RCC having already gained a Masters degree in Economics from her home of Poland. She received both her Associates degree in Liberal Arts and her Early Childhood Certificate from RCC, and during her studies, conducted her fieldwork at Fun and Learn. Since graduating, she gained additional experience in another school as an Assistant Teacher in a toddler classroom before rejoining Fun and Learn as a faculty member. She is a 2014 recipient of the Terri Lynne Lokoff National Child Care Teacher Award. Justyna has many passions in her life, and working with children is one of them – she finds it to be a challenge and a never-ending adventure. Justyna finds Campus Fun and Learn to be a warm and nurturing environment. It is a high quality childcare center, with respect for the individual needs of every child. She likes that the faculty is so highly trained and educated to support children’s development and to provide a developmentally-appropriate learning experience. She is proud to work at Fun and Learn – she believes we are one of the best childcare centers in the country! Outside of work, Justyna enjoys time with friends, movies, reading, and outdoor activities.
Teacher, Toddler Room
Lourdes Rapelye has worked with
children for many years. She first came to Fun and Learn as a student in the Education Department at RCC, conducting her fieldwork with us. Since then she has completed her coursework towards her Child Development Associate. Lourdes works with children because they are enjoyable and pleasant to work with. Working with young children enables us to guide and sculpt their future. It gives Lourdes the ability to aid in their grown in a positive manner. Lourdes likes to develop strong bonds with the children to build the foundation they need to become lifelong learners. She works at Campus Fun and Learn because she strongly believes in our philosophy. We support the whole child, physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and creatively. It’s a high-quality child care center and she is proud to represent us and take part in spreading our core values to the children. She strongly feels it is a great environment for children to feel safe, excel and succeed. For enjoyment, Lourdes loves to spend time with her three children and two dogs. She is fascinated by nature and loves the outdoors. When she can she works on her garden, goes for walks, and enjoys reading.
Jarrett Ferreira, Teaching Assistant, Toddler Room
Tiana Culler, Teaching Assistant, Toddler Room
Melina Salvador, Teaching Assistant, Toddler Room
Kathy O’ Donnell, Teaching Assistant, Toddler Room