The term toddler is widely used to incorporate the period of early childhood after infancy until age 3. Children under 3 in group care are sometimes separated by age into separate rooms—rooms for infants who “graduate” into rooms designed for 1-year-olds, who transition to rooms for 2-year-olds. Alternatively, toddlers are found in multiage groupings of birth to 3-year-olds. Whatever the configuration, toddler rooms are spaces purposefully planned for the care and education of these very young learners. Toddler rooms are found in full- and part-time care settings including family child care homes, community child care centers, nursery schools, preschool programs, child care ministries, and Early Head Start programs, as well as community programs supporting families and children, such as YMCAs, family resource and literacy centers, ...

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