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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.

Registration for the 2020/21 school year sessions are currently on hold. Please see the info below on our new Gillispie at H.O.M.E. program.



New this year, we are offering a special program called Gillispie at H.O.M.E.

While PTEP registration is on hold of the 2020-21 school year, Gillispie at H.O.M.E. (Hands-On Mindful Exploration) is a lively distance cohort experience for our littlest learners. We invite you to join this interactive community of children and parents for a unique home-learning adventure.

Learn more and register online for this special program at www.gillispie.org/home

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