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The Gaviidae center is located in downtown Minneapolis in the Gaviidae Commons on the corner of 6th St and Nicollet Mall. Once inside Gaviidae you will find a hallway just to the right of Bruegger's Bagels. We are the first door on the right (Suite 135). You can park in the Gaviidae parking ramp. The entrance is on 6th St., just past the skyway and Bruegger's Bagels, on the right. There are two reserved spots for Bright Horizons along the right wall by the elevators. If those are full we can validate 30 minutes of parking in the lot.

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Our Toddler Program

A place for growing curious, happy and confident toddlers

Our space is built for active and inquisitive toddlers with environments made up of well-planned learning centers that allow for physical activity, child choice and self-directed play, small groups, and supportive teaching. There are reading nooks, sensory tables, great books, pretend play areas, baskets filled with dress-up and exploratory materials, musical instruments, and places to explore.

Learning experiences are planned to promote each toddler’s growing independence, to enhance social skills, and to build the confidence needed to reach their individual potential.

What Parents are Saying

Our greatest advocates are also our closest friends.

"The staff is so wonderful and caring. I know my child is in the best hands. "

Our Curriculum Components

Engaging opportunities for play and discovery.

  • Language Works Reading, singing, and engaging in conversation.
  • Math Counts Counting, sorting, and pattern identification.
  • Science Rocks Nature walks, gardening, and exploring sand, water, and other sensory tables.
  • ArtSmart Dramatic play, painting with hands and feet, manipulation of other materials and textiles.
  • Our World Diverse interactions with the center community.
  • Well Aware Movement activities as well as hand washing and other self-help skills.

Learning at Home

Bedtime Ritual

You Will Need:

Your baby

Directions:

Create a wind-down bedtime routine: a schedule of activities that will be the same every night and will become a ritual. For example, your child gets to pick out two books that you read to her, then you hug her and her teddy bear, then you say goodnight and turn out the lights. Come up with a routine unique to your family and your child.

Tip:

The earlier you start a bedtime ritual the more effective it will become. If possible, you should go through your ritual every night. Try to create rituals that are manageable in all settings and not too elaborate.


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