New Program for 2-Year-Old Children to Begin in September 2014 at Community Preschool of Whitefish Bay

Dec. 16, 2013

Community Preschool (CPS) of Whitefish Bay will begin offering a new Toddler Class for two-year-olds in September 2014 to complement its existing program for three-year-old children. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:15 to 11:30 and will enroll 12 students.

“Our Toddler Class came about at the request of parents who would like their toddlers to experience the group atmosphere, the collaborative community, and the supportive learning and play environment unique to a cooperative preschool,” said Beth Durant, a veteran CPS teacher. “In many cases, preschool is a child’s first time away from home and their first opportunity to really meet other children.”

Like existing CPS programs, the Toddler Class will be cooperative. Parents will enjoy the unique chance to work alongside teachers during class to provide a 1:4 adult-to-child classroom ratio.

“I felt it was important for me as a parent to participate actively in my child’s first school experience, and our cooperative preschool allows me to be present in the classroom from time to time to participate and to share in the experience and family feel of learning with my child,” said Julie Gilpin, CPS Board President. “We are not a day-care, but a cooperative educational preschool experience.”

The new Toddler Class is built upon the same foundations as the current CPS Preschool Program, which has been running continuously for 43 years.

“We have the space, we have the resources, and we have a successful program for three-year-old children,” said Nora Klee, CPS Board Member and Toddler Class Coordinator. “We recognized there is demand for an enriching program for younger children, and we felt that providing a Toddler Class for our community is something we can do really well.”

According to Klee, the focus of the new Toddler Class will be for the children to play and enjoy social interactions.

“Some may feel two-year-olds are too young for a school experience,” Klee said. “However, our Toddler Class is not focused on academics. Instead, the children will meet new friends and have fun without parents needing to commit to a full-day program or a daycare environment.”

Klee said that the program also presents a great opportunity for families with multiple children to engage with the community.

“Both older and younger siblings will be able to enroll in CPS,” Klee said. “It’s a great option for moms to help engage their kids in a social and educational community.”

The newly-equipped CPS toddler classroom will be showcased at a school-wide Open House on January 11, 2014 from 10 am to 12 noon. Interested parents are invited to bring their children to visit the facility and to play. At Open House, parents will meet the CPS board members, visit with the new Toddler Class teachers, and have any questions about the program answered.

“The word ‘community’ in our name is what it’s all about,” Durant said. “At CPS, we provide a community-driven education, which provides the most supportive start to initiate a child’s lifetime of learning.”

CPS is seeking dedicated teachers for the Toddler Class. Interested candidates are still welcome to apply. Please contact Nora Klee at or 617.755.4132.

Community Preschool of Whitefish Bay is a non-profit parent cooperative preschool, which provides families with the opportunity to be an integral part of their child’s first school experience.

For further information or to set up a photo opportunity, please contact:

Sharon Traum, Publicity Chair
Phone: 617.504.4056

Beth Durant, Teacher
Phone: 414.352.9373

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