The Toddler Program

The Toddler Program serves 2- to 3-year-olds. Parents are welcome to visit the toddler classes in the fall before the year that their child would attend. Priority for the Nearly 3s class is given to families who have attended Toddler Time the previous year. Admission is on a rolling basis, and families are usually notified in early January after their application has been received and they have visited the program.

Toddler Time is a one-day-per-week program for children approximately 21-31 months by Sept. 1. Parents (or caregivers) attend with their children, and they meet on Wednesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Nearly 3s is for children who are at least 31 months old by Sept. 1 and meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. The goal of the class is to help toddlers master separating from their caregivers so that they feel comfortable in the classroom without their caregivers being present. To help make the separation process as smooth as possible, parents and caregivers are asked to stay for the first few classes and are welcome to stay beyond that if beneficial for their child. Adults are expected to stay on site for children not yet fully toilet trained. In the Spring, this program also adds Friday classes.

Both programs are staffed by a teacher and undergraduate assistants.

"Wednesdays with Jan and the other toddler parents is my favorite time of the week. I feel heard when I share my concerns and I can laugh at myself sometimes." —Carolyn Klinghoffer

Fees for 2022-23

Toddler Time Wed., 10-11:30 a.m. $1,705
Nearly 3s/3s Tue., Thu., 9:15-11:15 a.m. (adding Fri. second semester) $4,056
(dates/rates tentative and subject to change)    

Parents interested in the Toddler Program should contact Amanda Ulrich by email ( or at 610-526-7913.



Stacey Helmers

Stacey Helmers​, a teacher in the Nearly 3s Preschool classroom, is a graduate of Lafayette College (B.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (M.G.A.) and has been with the Thorne School since 2011. shelmers@brynmawr.edu610-526-7913



Sarah Kinsella, a teacher in the Nearly 3s Preschool classroom, is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A.) and Teachers College, Columbia University (M.A.). She taught kindergarten and second grade in New York City for eight years. Having been part of the Thorne community as a parent for two years, Sarah joined the Thorne faculty in 2015. ​ • 610-526-7913​


Jan Linowitz
Jan Linowitz (Ed.D, Harvard University, 1986) is the psycho-educational consultant to the kindergarten and nursery school programs. Prior to coming to Bryn Mawr, she was a lecturer in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Development at Penn's Graduate School of Education and has worked in a variety of educational and clinical settings with children and parents. She has also led the Wednesday morning Toddler Program for toddlers and their parents/caregivers since 2005. Two of her sons are Thorne graduates. • 610-526-7913