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Parent Toddler Exploration Program

Play, Learn, and Discover Together

Gillispie’s Parent Toddler Exploration Program (PTEP) offers fun-filled mornings for toddler-aged (20-36 months) children and moms/dads/caregivers.

This program offers hands-on experiences like sensory play and process art that allows children the opportunity to experience a wide range of expressive materials including clay, watercolors, tempera paints, light, shadow, and collage. Children will also learn how to build relationships through shared experiences and self-discovery as they interact with peers. You will be able to connect with other adults and enhance your parenting skills as you work side by side with your child in this nurturing environment.

Dr. Mindy Coates Smith, Gillispie School’s Director of Early Childhood, will be leading the classes. Dr. Smith has worked with children and families for almost 20 years, and has experience with age groups ranging from infants to teenagers. She enjoys bringing creativity to the classroom and walking alongside parents on their family’s journey.

Upcoming Session Information

Wednesdays, September 20 – November 8, 2023 – 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Registration opens at 12:00 p.m. on September 5, 2023.

Register here!

We are holding two winter sessions this year!

  • Wednesdays, January 17 – March 6, 2024 –  9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays, January 11 – March 7, 2024 – 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. (Please note, there is no class on February 15.)

Registration opens at 12:00 p.m. on December 11, 2023.

Wednesdays, March 13 – May 8, 2024 – 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
Registration opens at 12:00 p.m. on February 21, 2024.

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