"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child's soul."
". . .each time one prematurely teaches a child something he could have discovered for himself, that child is kept from inventing it and, consequently, from understanding it completely."
"The nursery school is a place where children are given back some of the things modern life has tended to take away from them."
-Edith M. Dowley, Founding Director of Bing Nursery School
The Two-Year-Old Program encourages the growth of independence and social awareness, sensory exploration, the development of physical skills and language development. Children play in a planned indoor and outdoor environment designed to provide a variety of materials to explore. During the quarter, a parent or other consistent caregiver is expected to remain in the classroom with the child until the teaching staff indicates that a separation from this primary adult is appropriate and can be comfortably accomplished. Once a child is comfortable in the group environment, seeking out teachers for support and developing increased peer social skills, the teachers and parents may plan for parent-child separation on an individualized basis. The time frame for accomplishing this separation can vary from a few days to several months.