The Toddler Program cares for children from 18 months to 3 years. Their growing skills require opportunities to experiment with a wide variety of materials and situations: from paint and paste to pegboards and playdough, from blocks and beads to bikes and balance beams, and from stories and songs to slides and swings. We recognize that toddlers are struggling with issues of dependence versus independence, which is why we provide both the security of structure and the freedom of making simple choices. We provide challenge and stimulation as these children become more and more self-sufficient. Through the use of age-appropriate toys and activities, we support and extend their emerging physical, intellectual, and social skills, ensuring that each receives the affection and nurturing that is essential for healthy development. We recognize learning is built into activities, but the pressure to learn is not. As their language skills increase, we pay special attention, providing many day-to-day opportunities to use this most vital new tool.