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. Tracey Grabowski

Mrs. G. has been teaching at Tree of Life since 2006. She is a certified K-8 teacher, having received her teaching certificate in December 2004 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Mrs. G. lives in Shorewood with her husband, son and daughter.

“I enjoy helping children develop emotionally as well as educationally through play and exploration. The toddlers are always learning how to deal with challenge, frustration and social skills.”


Mrs. Liz Pappas

Mrs. P received a B.S. in Zoology from UW-Madison in 1999 and has worked in preschools and child care centers in Washington, D.C., Boulder, CO, San Francisco, CA and Whitefish Bay, WI.  She resides in Whitefish Bay with her husband, son and dog.

“I believe guiding children in the challenges and adventures of their first classroom experience is an incredibly rewarding journey.  The energy and enthusiasm of early childhood is unmatched and I am so grateful to be able to join the learning and fun 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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