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St. Martin Early Learning Center
Toddler Classroom

St. Martin Early Learning Center


"This was the best decision we ever made." - Mom of 2 SMELC students

Toddler Care:
Some of our busiest students are our one- and two- year-olds! These children are explorers, and we must guide them safely in their exploration. Staffed at either a 1:5 or 1:6 ratio, we work very hard with our students on self -help skills, communication skills, social skills, and motor skills. Our Highscope curriculum for toddlers is designed to provide a variety of experiences and to work to meet the needs of each child as an individual. Very few activities are “group” activities; we provide as much one-on-one interaction as possible. We encourage parents to keep us up to date regarding all aspects of their child’s care at home so that we can provide as much consistency as possible while the students are at the center.

Continuity of Care:
This model of teaching sets us apart from other Erie County centers.  Each child stays with the same group of children and teachers from the time they enter SMELC until they reach Pre-School age. They will then move to a new class at a time that mimics the transition to school. This helps teachers and families to develop a close bond that allows for better child development and family care.  As teachers get to know families and their needs, they assist with referrals to our other programs or other area agencies.

A Day at the Center:
6:30-8:30AM: Center opens; supervised free play
8:30-9:30AM: Breakfast
9:30-11:15AM: Infant, Toddler, Preschool programs
11:15-12:15: Lunch
12:30-2:30PM: Quiet Time
2:30-3:15PM: Snack
3:15-5:30PM: Supervised free play
5:30PM: Center closes

More Info/To Enroll:
Contact Kelly at 814-454-1675 or

Financial Assistance:
The Early Learning Resource Center offers childcare assistance for those who qualify.