Little Hands is a place to learn, play, and discover together; a place where you’ll find support, family friendships, and partners in parenting; a safe place where you and your child will feel like you belong. As a parent and child co-op program located in Belmont, we help parents learn and grow alongside their children.
At Little Hands, parents learn and have fun, too! There is nothing like working together, as a village, as a team, to help children learn and grow, and to help parents sharpen their parenting skills and find support. Parents enjoy teacher-led parent education discussions, and also help at stations to nurture, coach, and learn from all of the children.
BABY - FRIDAY AM
DAY/TIME: Friday mornings 9:15 to 11:15am
AGES: 6 to 13 months (Birthday: 8/1/19 to 3/1/20)
Parents attend once per week with their child in our baby class. This class is a pure delight. As little ones go from sitting to crawling to walking, they have an entire “neighborhood” of families supporting them in the classroom. And parents find tons of support, too, as this community pulls together to help one another in this challenging stage of the parenting journey. The baby class starts a little slower as parents and babies learn to separate, trust and explore. And don’t worry about naptime - it always works out - really! Parents participate in teacher led discussions which focus on child development and parenting strategies every 3 weeks.
BABY/TODDLER - THURSDAY AM
DAY TIME: Thursday mornings 9:15am to 11:15am
AGES: 12 to 18 months (Birthday: 3/1/19 to 9/1/19)
Parents attend once a week with their children in our baby/toddler class. These younger one-year olds are a fabulous mix - some just taking steps and some ready to conquer the world. The class offers lots of adventure as these kiddos are given ample opportunity to explore and try new things in a safe and age-appropriate environment. The children get a taste of water play and fun sensory experiences, time to develop their large motor skills, and the opportunity to engage in lots of parallel play. Parents find great support as the children develop through some joyful and challenging stages! Parents participate in teacher led discussions which focus on child development and parenting strategies every 3 weeks.
YOUNGER TODDLER - WEDNESDAY AM
DAY/TIME: Wednesday mornings 9:15am to 11:15am
AGES: 17 to 22 months (Birthday: 11/1/18 to 4/1/19)
Parents attend class with their child once a week. Our younger toddler class is filled with charming one-year olds who are ready to explore our indoor and outdoor learning spaces, challenge their large motor skills, and engage in lots of parallel play. The supportive classroom community provides a superb space for toddlers and parents to socialize, develop, and grow. This class regularly has inviting activities and sensory experiences with playdough, sand, water-play, music, art, and so much more. Parents participate in teacher led discussions which focus on child development and parenting strategies every 3 weeks
OLDER TODDLER - TUESDAY AM
DAY/TIME: Tuesday mornings 9:15am to 11:15
AGES: 20 to 26 months (Birthday: 7/1/18 to 1/1/19)
Parents and children attend class together once per week. These older toddlers are busy learning through play as they challenge their growing bodies and minds while exploring their interests in our indoor and outdoor spaces. Climbing, riding, painting, building, singing, and exploring sensory activities including water, sand, playdough, and more, fill their mornings as they form first friendships and develop emerging social skills. Parents participate in teacher led discussions which focus on child development and parenting strategies every 3 weeks.
TERRIFIC TWO'S - TUES / THURS
DAY/TIME: Tuesday and Thursday mornings 9:15 to 11:15am
AGES: Must be 2 by September 1
Parents attend once per week, and children attend twice per week in our Two’s class. Parents attend both Tuesday and Thursday for three weeks, and drop off begins in Week #4. (Note: Drop off is not mandatory. Children who are not ready or able to be dropped off will need a parent to stay until a successful transition can be made.) There is nothing quite like being a two-year-old! During this year, we, together, have the privilege of playing and learning alongside the children as they move from toddlerhood to becoming preschoolers. It’s a year when parents need support, too, and as a class we work through the “terrific two’s” together. These two-year-olds also get to experience a “new space” because our older classes take place in the back with our bigger classroom and expansive play structure. So much to do, explore, learn, pretend, create and more – our Two’s program has it all. Parents share in teacher-led class discussions every 3 weeks.
THREE’S & FOUR’S - MON / WED / FRI
DAY/TIME: Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings 9:00 to Noon
AGES: Must be 3 or 4 by September 1
Parents attend once per week, and children attend three times per week in our Three’s/Four’s class. Drop off begins in Week #2. (Note: Drop off is not mandatory. Also, children who are not ready or able to be dropped off will need a parent to stay until a successful transition can be made.) Our three and four year olds enjoy all the fun of our Little Hands classes with some added preschool opportunities. They learn through discovery and play as they spend time creating, imagining, cooperating, participating in group activities, and making new friends. Lots of science, reading, baking, and special projects make learning so much fun! In our new extended format, children will enjoy a lunch together at the end of class (brown bag lunch provided by the parent). In lieu of in-class discussions, parents in the Three’s/Four’s Class enjoy 3 evening parent education discussions throughout the school year.
FAMILY - WEDNESDAY PM
DAY/TIME: Wednesday evenings 5:15pm to 7:15am
AGES: 6 months thru 4 years (siblings up to age 5)
Parents attend once per week with their child in our Wednesday evening Family Class. This wonderful class is the perfect fit for working families that are unable to enjoy the benefits of co-oping during the day. The mixed age range is also great for families with siblings. The Wednesday PM class is also a favorite for parents who just want one extra class per week or who are involved in other daytime programs. Families in this class share dinner instead of snack - it’s like a little family reunion each week! The mixed ages allow for a wonderful dynamic between kids, and families build a true sense of community and friendship! Parents participate in teacher led discussions which focus on child development and parenting strategies every 3 weeks.
Our rooms, play areas, toys and weekly activities are specifically selected for their little hands and growing minds.