The ECP toddler program provides a warm, nurturing atmosphere in which educators engage and talk with children as they care for their needs and teach through play. Toddlers are encouraged to develop independence while maintaining a personal and community sense of security. Planning for this age group includes many sensory, language development, social, fine and gross motor skill activities. Educators expand upon each child's knowledge base and help them to internalize the skills of observing, gathering information, inquiring, and improving communication. Connections to art, music, movement, and nature are built during this process, as well as a beginning sense of helping others.