17 to 24 months
Staff to Child Ratio: 1 to 7

Transitioning from Infants to Toddlers

Tailored specifically for children 17-24 months, Stepping Stones’ Waddler room bridges the gap between Infants and Toddlers. Your child is ready for new and exciting challenges, but not necessarily with a room full of almost 3 year olds! Your child learns many things in the first two years of their life! The attention, support and encouragement a child receives during these years directly impacts the rate of language acquisition, social skills development, as well as his/her overall health and well-being.

  • Waddlers need plenty of room to run, play and explore. Our classrooms are spacious, bright and encourage learning in all areas.


  • A wide variety of educational activities allow Waddlers to have fun and develop new skills each day.
What do Waddlers learn and do at Stepping Stones?

Art Activities

Waddlers develop fine-motor skills, learn colors, shapes and size relationships.

Dramatic Play Activities

Allows children to act out different scenarios with props and costumes. This is a great way for children to practice life skills, develop social interactions, build vocabulary and express creativity!

Block Play

Waddlers work with many different concepts, such as shape, size, spatial relationships, balance, organization, cause and effect and classification. Problem solving and creativity are also promoted in block play.

Circle Time

Group time activities include things like calendar, weather, counting, music, letters and more! It is all designed to simulate thinking, increase social skills and expand attention spans.

Fine Motor Activities

Small muscle development and coordination. Activities include puzzles, lacing beads, coloring with crayons and cutting with child scissors.

Music Activities

Waddlers love music and it promotes listening skills, creative expression and social skills. Children can explore sound, volume, tempo and rhythm.

Story Time

Waddlers develop an appreciation and enjoyment for books. Reading increases vocabulary, comprehension skills and encourages them to use their imagination.

Large Motor Activities

Our large outdoor playground and Large Motor Room allow our Waddlers an opportunity to use their muscles - biking, running, jumping, climbing, swinging and more!

Sensory Exploration

Messy play is important for young children, giving them endless ways to develop and learn. Sensory tables help develop and improve fine motor skills and concentration. They use all their senses to discover and explore their environment.

Sign Language

Waddlers are still at the age where communication of thoughts and feelings is difficult. They do not yet have the words to express themselves. Sign Language starts in our infant room and continues through early preschool. It provides children an alternative way to communicate, if needed.

Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds

Waddlers need to be physically active; it’s how they explore and learn about the world around them. This includes singing, dancing, indoor games, outdoor play and more. Meals are freshly made by our in-house chef following a healthy menu focused on fresh ingredients and our LANA program, and all meals and snacks are eaten family style. Children sit with their teacher and classmates; learn the give and take of conversation, practice table manners and how to serve themselves.

Enrichment for Waddlers

In addition to our curriculum, Stepping Stones believes all children should have the opportunity to participate in enrichment classes and activities. Our program is all-inclusive; meaning enrichment is provided free of charge. Enrichment for Waddlers includes American Sign Lanugage, Music Class and more!