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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


Gillispie School is holding two sessions for the 21/22 school year:

Session 1: February 2-March 23, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. OR February 3-March 24, Thursdays, 9-10:30 a.m.

Session 2: Week of April 19 – Week of May 23, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, 9-10:30 a.m.

Cost: $500 per session

Please note: Safety protocols due to COVID-19 will be in place. All moms/dads/caregivers must show proof of vaccination and wear a mask during the class. If the adult in attendance would like to remove their mask, they are welcome to provide the results of a negative antigen test taken within 24 hours of each weekly class. Rain may cause a session to be canceled for the day if it is not possible to follow the necessary guidelines. Refunds will be issued at a prorated rate for any cancellations deemed necessary by the School.

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