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Early Childhood Division
The Roots program for ages 16–24 months celebrates the way toddlers learn best: through the art of play and wonderment. 

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As Corlears students enter the all-important elementary years, it’s all about making connections and building independence.

Building the foundation kids need to fall in love with learning and gain confidence for everything to come.

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A TRANSFORMATIONAL VISION
The Corlears 50th Anniversary Campaign

In 2018, Corlears celebrated its 50th anniversary. In honor of this significant milestone, Corlears School embarked on a 5-year, $4 million campaign that goes beyond our physical structure; this campaign is focused on our heart. Over the past five years, Corlears has been building a truly innovative and transformational vision that is growing a new model for what a private school made just for young children can be.

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Toddler Classes
16–24 Months

The Roots program at Corlears School celebrates the way toddlers learn best: through the art of play and wonderment.
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Interested in enrolling your child for the 2024–25 year? Join us for a Roots-focused virtual information session on April 17 from 12:30–1:30 p.m. to learn more about what your little one will experience as a Corlears student. The session will be followed by a Q&A. Register here.

Program Overview

The Roots toddler program focuses on the growth of toddlers who are building confidence within new environments. By relying on grown-ups beyond their own family members to meet their needs, toddlers form trusting relationships with their teachers and develop the courage to take play-based leaps beyond their comfort zone. In tandem, toddlers will build security to play with others and develop a sense of belonging to a community. This gentle approach paves the way for healthy separation from the child’s primary caregiver and influences their capacity to build friendships with peers.

The main goals of our Roots class are for your child to feel a sense of comfort, belonging, and independence in their first school environment. The curriculum is rooted in the experience of separating from a loved one and attaching to the classroom teacher. Class begins at 90 minutes, with caregivers working alongside their child and the classroom teacher.

 Gradually, caregivers phase out of the classroom space entirely, and students are to confidently stay for the duration of a lengthened drop-off class.

Our class, also called “Gentle Separation,” ensures toddlers ages 16–24 months get a strong start in key developmental areas by:

  1. Promoting learning through the art of play, in spaces designed intentionally for them 
  2. Creating experiences for children to exercise their natural sense of wonderment within safe, nurturing environments
  3. Focusing on the power of relationships with peers and benefits of socialization outside of the home
Ariel laughing with one of her Roots students

Why Choose Seedlings at Corlears?

How to Apply to Roots

By enrolling your child in the Roots program, your family is joining a school community dedicated to the education of young children. Start your child's school journey at Corlears by filling out the Roots application.

Have questions? Schedule a call with Admissions Director Meredith Orloff

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Why Choose Corlears?

Our deliberate and constructed curriculum is developmentally driven and designed to foster independence, responsibility, and self-advocacy. Parents and caregivers are supported by our child development-focused educators, compassionately guiding toddlers as they form healthy new attachments.

Toddlers in our Roots classes learn skills related to language, math, science, art, and daily living, while also enhancing fine, gross motor, and sensory development. Every child in our Roots program will have the opportunity to engage in hands-on learning activities, including:

  • Physical: Climbing play structures in the yard, running outdoors, jumping, hopping, riding a bike, throwing a ball, dancing, playing in the gym.
  • Language, literacy and linguistics: Singing songs, storytelling, rhyming, being read to, writing, drawing.
  • Mathematical and scientific thinking: Playing with manipulatives like puzzles, building blocks, play kitchen, counting objects, measuring and comparing sizes, shapes, height and length.
  • Social-dramatic play: Responding to and interacting with peers, teachers, and caregivers as they reenact lived experiences and engage in imaginative, dramatic play areas.
  • Sensory: Playing with textured objects like sand, water, paint, clay, fabric, and soft climbing structures.

Corlears School's Early Childhood Philosophy

"Early childhood education is of utmost importance to the foundational construct of growth, learning and achievement for the youngest of learners. Educational opportunities for the burgeoning child represent a critical cornerstone at which every encounter, engagement, and experience holds meaning and significance.

"Our youngest of children enter the world motivated by interest, emotion, and curiosity. Children are eager to engage — with others and the environment — to contemplate and consider, as well as create and experiment. It is these same characteristics that manifest for the ever-inquisitive child as an abundance of knowledge, skill sets, attitudes, and responsiveness as they develop and prosper. This is the result of cultivating intentional, motivational, and meaningful learning activities where children can thrive, learn, and grow, which paves the pathway to lifelong achievement and educational success."
Colleen Goddard Corlears School
Colleen Goddard, Ph.D.Early Childhood Division Director

Inside the Roots Classroom

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Roots students at the sand bin
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storytime in the Roots classroom
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2023–24 Roots Tuition

2-Day Gentle Separation (T/Th)

$10,500

3-Day Gentle Separation (M/W/F)

$15,000

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