2 1/2 Year-Old Drop-off Program

This is a wonderful option for children who do not meet the October 1st cut-off date and turn 3 between October 1st and March 31st.  This class is a drop-off class on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9:15-11:15 AM where parents/guardians co-op throughout the year.

Our 2 ½ year-old program is designed to help children develop a positive attitude toward the school environment, and to encourage independence from parent/caregiver by participating in teacher-directed activities.


Goals and Objectives


Socialization is one of the most important skills learned in early childhood. In the 2 ½ year-old program, our teachers guide the children in activities that promote self-awareness and positive self-image. They also focus on developing awareness of feelings of others and the importance of sharing. The children have the benefit of experiencing their first teacher-directed activities with the comfort of Mom in the room. The exposure to routines and to listening and following directions helps the transition to the second half of the year when the class becomes a drop-off program.

Intellectual Development

This is your child’s first opportunity to explore their environment in a school setting. The children are encouraged to experiment and discover using their senses to observe the weather, look for hidden objects, and listen to directions. The children practice name and letter recognition each class with super-star activities. In addition, our teachers promote development of self-help skills through age appropriate activities, such as crafts, puzzles, and sorting games that result in a sense of achievement.

Physical Development

Development of gross motor skills is extremely important in early childhood and it is essential for further development of fine motor skills. Our teachers help facilitate the development and coordination of gross motor skills through daily circle activities that include songs and movement routines. Fine motor development is exercised during craft time using scissors, crayons, markers and paint. During class, children are encouraged to discover joy in movement while being aware of limits and safety factors and to demonstrate expressive growth through movement.

Sample Daily Schedule


9:15 – 9:25 AM Arrival:
Teacher greets children and fine motor activities are set up on tables.

9:25-9:40 AM Circle Time:
Welcome songs and movement activities, stories, finger plays and simple learning experiences, for example: seasons, holidays, shapes, and colors, name and letter identification

9:40-10:25 AM Free Play/Teacher Directive:
Explore, share, play and interact with others, Simple thematic craft activities for the children to focus on fine motor skills and creativity

10:25-10:30 AM Clean up:
Discover cooperation and become aware that everything has a place

10:30-10:35 AM Wash Hands:
Learning about taking care of yourself

10:35-10:45 AM Snack:
Socialization and sharing time

10:45-11:00 AM Second Circle Time:
Movement Songs and games

11:00-11:15 AM Gross Motor:
Outdoor play or indoor movement activities if inclement weather

11:15 AM

Learning Tree Preschool is a non-profit, integrated auxiliary of the United Methodist Church of Red Bank. We are an Early Childhood Learning Center licensed by the State of New Jersey, Department of Human Services, and Bureau of Licensing. Learning Tree Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, age, or disability in the processes of admissions, educational programs or employment.