St. Mark's Campus, Age 1 and 2

The toddler years are full of activity and learning opportunities as these little ones are already beginning to develop into confident learners. Their relationships and experiences during the early years of life have a significant impact on their overall growth and development.

Teachers on the St. Mark's Campus lovingly enhance their ELP students’ budding inquisitiveness, critical thinking, and problem solving skills through a curriculum designed with purposeful language development, hands-on learning experiences, and social opportunities.

Intentional and Play-based

Our play-based program provides a safe and nurturing environment to attempt new things.

    • Daily lessons focus on all the sensory motor areas (sight, hearing, touch, smell, and taste).
    • Every child participates in art which coordinates with our thematic units stimulating gross- and fine-motor skills.
    • New vocabulary and rich conversational language is infused throughout each day.
    • Dedicated playground with age-appropriate equipment that promotes motor skills, exploration, and social development.

Our dedicated staff knows toddlers need interactive, responsive, and intentional teaching. We regularly provide training for our teaching staff, learning of new theories, best practices, and formative brain development strategies to ensure we provide a strong foundation in early childhood education. 

The Early Learning Program on the St. Mark's Campus also helps you know what to expect from your child throughout the year by offering a developmentally appropriate assessment (the Ages and Stages Questionnaire, or ASQ), parent education opportunities, and being in regular communication with you about your child's development.

Class Options

  • Three or five days of the week

Depending on the schedule you choose, your child will participate in several of our enrichment classes including Library, Movement (ELP 2 only), Music, and Spanish.

Extended Day Program

  • Early Morning: 7:15 - 7:55 a.m.
  • Afternoon Options:
    • 12:00 - 3:15 p.m.
    • 12:00 - 6:00 p.m. (students can be picked up any time between 3:15 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Students staying past 12:00 p.m. will eat lunch and nap during their time with us. 
  • Those who stay beyond 3:15 p.m. will experience additional projects, play, and an afternoon snack.

We don't stop at the academic year, though! Rising ELP 2 children are welcome to enroll in our Camp CREATE Summer Program available during the nine weeks of summer.

Sample Schedule

7:15 a.m. - Early Morning Drop-off

8:10 a.m. - School begins

8:30 a.m. - Classroom activities

9:00 a.m. - Playground time 

10:00 a.m. - Snack

10:30 a.m. - Enrichment class

11:00 a.m. - Classroom activities

12:00 p.m. - Dismissal OR lunch and nap

3:15 - 6:00 p.m. - Dismissal OR Extended Day Activities & Playground

Accreditations

The Early Learning Program is accredited by the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) -- the mark of quality in early childhood education.

ELP teachers and assistants have diverse backgrounds, certifications, and extensive teaching experience. In addition to workshops in continuing education for both teachers and assistants, all employees are trained annually in infant, child, and adult CPR and First Aid, and the Episcopal Diocese Safeguarding God's Children course.