Young Children Program

Ages 2-3

3  days a week options

9:00am – 3:00pm

Before & after school extended care available

New class starting January 9, 2017


2016-2017 Tuition Contract

2016-2017 Enrollment Package

This PDF contains all the forms needed for enrollment, including State of California required health forms. (32mb – 17 pages)


DSCF1416Our approach reflects the Montessori belief that children learn best by doing. All classroom materials are accessible, attractive, safe, and geared for a child’s success. The safe, loving, gentle atmosphere puts children and parents at ease and makes for a trusting, spontaneous transition to school.

We are committed to providing our young children with engaging, meaningful activities which:

  • Provide experiences that stimulate the senses
  • Enrich the child’s vocabulary and understanding of language
  • Provide time for the child to repeat and master activities as long as it is productive
  • Teach our children how to use tools in the specific environment such as eating utensils, brooms, sponges, etc.
  • Give children the opportunity to gain a sense of self esteem, self worth, and self confidence

Our Teachers give young children responsive, individualized attention to help them build their skills in these five important areas:

  • Sensory and Perception
  • Self-Help
  • Language
  • Physical and Motor Skills
  • Social and Emotional Growth


Our Program celebrates the Creating Compassionate Cultures approach through the practice of Daily Rituals, the unique way we relate to the children, exploring the Seven Steps (to Knowledge, Strength and Compassion), and how we integrate these principles into all that we do.

The Daily Rituals are simple activities and practices that expand our awareness of our inner world, while developing our empathy and compassion. The ‘Namaste Attitude,’ relating to the heart of child as not separate from our own, is a transformative practice that cultivates deep respect for the child, while guiding the children through challenging emotions and social interactions.

The Seven Steps methodology is a step-by-step, comprehensive approach to awakening compassion through wisdom developed over the past 20 years at Tara Redwood School.

These steps are
1) Mindful Intention
2) Interconnection
3) Change
4) Perception
5) Transformative Emotions
6) Empathy
7) Compassion

With older children, this cyclic progression toward a more compassionate attitude evolves naturally through an all-encompassing approach. For the children at the Tara Young Children Program, we introduce these principles as we come to discover them in our world, offering labels to what the children know quite well through experience, and laying a foundation for future understanding. As their experience and reasoning develops, each at their own pace, we begin to link these principles together naturally uncovering the ecology of compassionate relationship to oneself, our friends and the world.


8:45am – 2:45pm

The schedule for a full-day toddler class is relaxed — there is the luxury of more time for work, outdoor exploration, food preparation, art activities, and an early afternoon nap.  Arrival and pick-up routines are well planned to ease the transition for toddlers and parents.

Normally there will be some overlap in staffing, as some staff members arrive early in morning and leave in the early afternoon, and/or for lunch breaks, while others arrive later and stay until the last child is picked up. Whoever remains until day’s end will be prepared to communicate with the parents about how the day has gone.

Particularly with this age group, communication and collaboration with parents is essential. We work in partnership and provide support to make the toddler years productive and happy for the entire family.


The Young Children’s Classroom is for children ages 20 months to 3 DSCF1496years of age. You may choose from three, four, or five days per week options.

As your child nears or becomes age three, he or she will start to give us signs that he or she is ready to move up. Language skills will start to develop rapidly; enthusiasm for independence in self-care and other work will grow. At this time your child will be ready for the primary class group ages 3-5 at Tara. If your child turns three before June of the year your toddler begins the program, he/she will remain in the Toddler class with his peers until June and then will move up to the one of the two primary classes.


Young Children Program Tuition Breakdown

2 Days/week-12 months: $600.00 per month

3 Days/week-12 months: $900.00 per month

4 days/week-12 months: $1,120 per month

5 days/week-12 months: $1,400 per month


New Family enrollment $800
Returning Family yearly enrollment- $550.00 per child, 15% sibling-discount $468.00

Returning – Year Round Pre-School/Young Children’s family’s annual registration fee:
$350 per child, Sibling discount 15% $297.00.

Before and Afterschool Care

Morning care – $8.00 per day
Afternoon Care – $15.00 per day

Additional Fees

Materials Fee $350.0

School Hours

8:30am – 3:00pm
Village Campus
8:30am – 3:00pm
Preschool until 5:30pm
Elementary until 5:30pm

Preschool School Calendar
2017 – 2018

Elementary School Calendar
2017 – 2018

2017 -2018 Elementary School Calendar

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