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Tigard Playschool offers new class for 2-year-olds

An open house is set for Wednesday, May 2, to provide more information
by: Submitted photo, LEARNING MADE FUN — Tigard Playschool teacher Trudy Sang, who will teach a new class for 2-year-olds, works with Collin Parker, 2½, who is the son of Jill Parker, president of the organization.

TIGARD - There is so much for little kids to learn these days, and Tigard Playschool is meeting the challenge.

The co-op preschool, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2008, is offering a new class for 2-year-olds next fall.

'There are very few preschools in the area that offer classes for 2-year-olds,' said Jill Parker, president of Tigard Playschool. 'There are many day-care providers, but I believe we're offering a service many parents out there are looking for, because many stay-at-home parents do not want their child in a day-care but would be receptive to a preschool environment.'

Trudy Sang, who has been teaching the program for 2-year-olds at Tigard Playschool for almost five years, will teach the new class next fall.

Sang, who has a master's degree in education with a focus on early education, has been teaching youngsters since the late 1970s.

'This new class came from the parents,' she said. 'They said they wished there was something for the little guys.'

The school's parent-cooperative model 'is not just for the little ones but also for the parents,' Sang said. 'Two- and 3-year-olds offer some interesting developmental challenges. They are transitioning from 2 to 3, and it is a stressful time for parents.'

The class will offer the parents who participate in the class an opportunity to network while the kids participate in something consistent, according to Sang.

'The parents can see they are not alone in dealing with the challenges of this age,' she said. 'We'll be doing sensory stimulation in the class. They grow so much between 2 and 4, and teachers need to adapt to them, such as putting the easel paper where their little hands can reach it.

'Two-year-olds are such explorers, and we want to build on that atmosphere of discovery. I'm excited when I get to deal with these kinds of programs. The parents are part of my teaching team. They get ideas here on how to interact with their kids and do new things. It's a bonding time for the parents and kids in the class, and they're doing new things together.'

For children to participate in the new class, they must be 2 years old by Sept. 1, but they do not have to be potty trained.

On Wednesday, May 2, from 3 to 4 p.m., Tigard Playschool is holding an open house and registration for the new class for 2-year-olds. The preschool holds classes at Tigard United Methodist Church, 9845 S.W. Walnut Place, which is where the event will take place.

People with children ages 3 to 5 also can attend the event to sign up for classes. Families are invited to meet the instructors, view the classrooms and talk with enrolled families about the preschool.

For the 2007-08 school year, the classes for 2-year-olds meet Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and cost $65 per month. Classes for 3-year-olds meet Tuesday and Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and cost $81.

Two mixed-age classes are available at $120 per month: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

A pre-K class also meets Monday through Thursday from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for $156 per month.

The preschool offers a lunch-bunch program twice a week for a nominal charge. Children can stay at school from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for activities, lunch and recess.

For more information, visit www.tigardplayschool.com or call 503-639-8110.