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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 three sessions for the 22/23 school year:

Session 1: September 28 – November 16, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. (Registration open now! Waitlist also available.)

Session 2: January 18 – March 8, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m.

Session 3: March 15 – May 10, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m. (no class on March 29th)

Cost: $500 per session

Registration for each session opens a few weeks prior to the session start date. 

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