FAQ Parent Tots Class

Answers to the questions most frequently asked about our Parent/Tots Program can be found in the information below. Of course, if there is anything else you would like to know please don’t hesitate to contact us. We would love to hear from you!

Two-Year Old Program at Mary Meyer School: Background

At Mary Meyer School, we have long held a weekly two-year old class full of exploration that was open to siblings of current or former Mary Meyer School students. For the 2022-2023 school year we are thrilled to be opening up spaces for this program for application to all families interested and eligible. We welcome your application!

Mary Meyer School is a play-based preschool based in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago since 1943. We are a NAEYC accredited school that inspires children to encounter the world with joy, curiosity and confidence. Clad in backpacks and excited anticipation, the children at Mary Meyer School climb the stairs to the little schoolhouse and enter a magical land of wonder and discovery, budding self sufficiency, first friendships, limitless imagination, delighted giggles, intriguing books, artistic masterpieces, beautiful messes, warm hugs and the beginning of a lifetime of finding joy in learning.

What are the program details and purpose?

The Mary Meyer School Two-Year-Old Class offers new experiences and wonderful activities for children ages 21-33 months old in our purposeful, play-based environment. The program provides varied opportunities for each child to connect, play and learn as fully as possible in the comfort of the beloved brownstone schoolhouse that is our home. Children and their accompanying grown-up share and play in a tot friendly environment of equipment and materials that are used freely and creatively with adult support and guidance. A variety of purposeful play-based activities including music, movement, creative play, art and stories take place both indoors and outdoors in the Mary Meyer School Playgarden.

Our program is based on supporting the child’s developmental desire to explore. Debra Wechter, the Two-Year Old Class Teacher and Head Teacher in our Morning and Afternoon Classes at Mary Meyer School, organizes and plans activities which help to accomplish this task. The environment has been designed to provide a rich atmosphere where children can play and discover at their own pace.

Who is Eligible?

To be eligible for consideration for the 2022-2023 Two-Year Old program, children must be born between December 2, 2019 and December 1, 2020.

What are the Class Dates and Times?

Weekly on Tuesdays: 4:00-5:15PM
September 2022 – May 2023
30 Weeks

What is the Cost for this program?

Tuition for the 2022-2023 School Year: $2,023. A $500 deposit and a fully completed registration form will be required upon acceptance of an offered space.

How many spaces will be available in the Two-Year Old Program?

Class enrollment is limited to no more than 12 students + one grown-up to accompany each student.

How may I apply for my child?

Our online application can be found HERE or visit www.marymeyer.org/twoyearoldclass. Applications + non-refundable application fee of $40. Admissions decisions will be emailed by April 1, 2022. We may still have limited space in our Two Year Old Program. Consider applying today or contact us with questions.

Will entry into the Two-Year Old Program at Mary Meyer School guarantee my child entry into the Morning or Afternoon Program?

While participating in the Mary Meyer School Two-Year Old program gives families a unique window into school-life at Mary Meyer School and provides students a familiarity and comfort with our philosophy and approach to early childhood education, enrollment in the Mary Meyer School Two-Year Old Program does not provide priority enrollment into the Mary Meyer School Morning or Afternoon Classes for the 2023-2024 school year.

What are the Covid-19 Health & Safety Protocols in place at Mary Meyer School?

Mary Meyer School has a comprehensive health & safety plan to address the Covid-19 pandemic. For purposes of the Two-Year old program, at this time,, all participants age 2 or older are required to wear masks for the duration of the program unless otherwise noted. Adults accompanying each student are required to show proof of full vaccination.

Who may I contact with questions?

We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you may have! Please reach out to us at info@marymeyer.org or contact the schoolhouse directly at 773.549.0870.

Apply today!