Toddler Class

Children that will be 2 years old by September 1st of the school year are eligible for our Toddler program.

Our teachers understand that the toddler program is likely the first school experience for their students and they take special care to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment.  Through a play based curriculum the children will learn how to interact cooperatively and with kindness towards peers, develop positive attitudes toward learning and a love of school, gain self-esteem and develop independence through age-appropriate hands-on learning experiences.

Class size is limited to 12 students which allows us to maintain a 1:6 teacher / student ratio.  Each class also benefits from the presence of a parent helper which further increases our adult /student ratio to 1:4.


Tuesday / Thursday – 8:45am – 11:30am
Monday / Wednesday / Friday  8:45am – 11:30am


Mrs. Mariella Cialdini

Mrs. C. comes to Tree of Life by way of Italy. She was born and raised in a small village in the wonderful southern region of Basilicata. Mrs. C. graduated from the University of Bologna – the oldest university in Europe – in teaching and earned a Master Degree in Spanish Language and Literature.  She has taught in the Bologna public school system and several cities across the world. Most recently, she taught courses at UWM. Mrs. C. lives in Milwaukee with husband and her two children. 

“I am very excited to meet all of the families at Tree of Life and see how their children grow. I am ready for a great year full of learning and adventure in the Sunshine Room.”


  • Welcome / Free Choice Play
  • Large Motor Activity – outdoor playground or indoor playroom
  • Group singing, hand washing, snack *
  • Independent reading
  • Circle time, “Hello” song, theme related story
  • Music & Movement – get the “wiggles” out
  • Art & Sensory activities, free play
  • Special story
  • Good-bye song


NAEYC Accredited

Tree of Life Christian Preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This prestigious recognition is achieved by only five percent of early childhood programs and signifies that our program meets national standards of excellence.

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Tree of Life is a non-profit ministry of the United Methodist Church of Whitefish Bay. We welcome families and children of all faiths as it is not a prerequisite to belong to the church to attend Tree of Life Preschool.

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