Landry Early Childhood Center

Little Dippers Younger Toddler Program

Program Overview 
The LECC’s Younger Toddler Program tends to the care and development of children one-to-two years old. Two-, three- and five-day schedules are offered to accommodate parents’ schedules. Childcare is available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The Younger Toddler classroom provides children with a safe, nurturing, child-centered space; children also enjoy playtime and exploration in the Rotunda, the heart of the Center, and a large outdoor playground.

Children enjoy many hands-on and engaging activities including sign language as a simple form of communication, artwork, reading and singing, and easy yoga steps for stretching and relaxation.  

LECC_YoungerToddlerCurriculum & Accreditation
The Landry Early Childhood Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Our curriculum respects individual learning styles and promotes growth in all areas of development: cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social.

Meeting these standards provides a curriculum of carefully balanced, developmentally appropriate practices for strong skills building. Skills development focuses on expanding vocabulary, increasing movement, learning to imitate other’s actions like stirring a pot or talking on a phone, exploring how things work, and problem solving by learning to do things independently.

In addition to specially designed, age-appropriate classrooms, the Center offers: 

The Rotunda, a large multipurpose room, provides a space for community-based activity and learning.

The teacher-designed George Reynik Memorial Playground engages children in outdoor play and the development of motor skills.

music enrichment program introduces students to musical instruments, music genres from multiple cultures, and movement and dance.

Observation rooms are available with one-way mirrors for unobtrusive observation by parents, students, therapists and staff members as part of Rivier University’s learning environment. 

A full-time, on-site registered nurse provides health assessment and care for children. Our nurse consults with families and also develops health and safety programs for the children.

Family Communication
Younger toddlers' teachers and staff keep in contact with families through Daily Connect, family bulletin boards, and a monthly newsletter. Daily Connect is an application that enables two-way communication between parents and LECC staff throughout the day via computer, tablet, or smartphone.

Each classroom features a family bulletin board with information on classroom and Center events, and a monthly newsletter describing each month’s learning goals, activities, and a list of books and songs that will be introduced to the children. Additionally, the Center Director regularly sends information and updates to parents via email.

Teaching Team and Student Interns
Lead/Mentor Teacher 
Karen Walsh
Master of Education, certification in Parenting Education
In addition to her tenure at the LECC, Mrs. Walsh has worked in public and private schools.

Associate Teacher
Ashley Lupien
B.A. in Early Childhood Education
Miss Lupien is a Rivier University graduate; she was a student teacher at the Center and completed a full-semester Administrative Capstone with the LECC administration. She was hired permanently upon graduation.

Rivier University Education Students
Under the supervision of Lead and Associate teachers, students from the Rivier University Education Department observe and work with LECC children as part of their coursework. During the semester, students may have opportunities to develop and implement activities and participate in scheduled Center activities.

Register Today: 
For enrollment and registration information, please contact us. To speak with Center Director Nancy Pynchon, call (603) 897-8240 or email