Little Kids (Age 2)

As our infants transition into the Toddler Classroom, a primary caregiving system continues to support the Toddlers. Purple Circle’s Pedagogy of Care respects the child’s need to be in an environment that provides a relationship-based approach. A sense of trust conveys a message to toddlers that they can venture out to learn without fear.

Through the use of materials and exploration of the outdoors, toddlers recognize cause and effect and develop spacial and mathematical awareness, as well as engage in science, social studies, language and literacy play based activities. Our toddlers explore the daily opportunities of block building, dramatic play, art, music, sand and water play, story time and outdoor play.

Purple Circle offers families the following Monday through Friday programs, year round, providing four options parents can choose from to meet their unique needs:

  • 8:30am – 1:50pm
  • 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • 8:30am – 6:00pm
  • 2:10pm – 6:00pm

There is also an early morning drop-off option available each day at 8:00am.

The Classroom



Sanghamitra (Tina) Mukherjee
Sanghamitra (Tina) MukherjeeGroup Teacher
Sanghamitra Mukherjee, best known as Tina, joined Purple Circle in 1997 as an assistant teacher in the Middle Kids 2 classroom. She has resided as an assistant teacher in the Little Kids classroom for the last eleven years. Tina earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Calcutta University in India. She expands upon her early childhood education experience through audited courses at Westchester Community College over the past 6 years. Tina’s experience has led to a passion in the documentation of young children. During this process, Tina collects children’s work through sets of photographs, all the while recording their words and stories for a complete view of the child’s work from start to finish. Tina’s hours are 8:30am –2:30pm.
Selene Balbuena
Selene BalbuenaAssistant Teacher
Selene Balbuena was born in Mexico and raised in the United States. This is Selene’s second year at Purple Circle. She is bilingual speaking Spanish and English. She started at various programs like the Ideal School of Manhattan as well as the International Academy of New York. Selene started as an Assistant Teacher at the International Academy of New York. At the Ideal School of Manhattan she assisted preparing lunch for the students and for all of the staff daily. She worked in various educational places before beginning her Fieldwork towards her CDA in the early childhood education with children from birth to ages 5. She is so excited to be a part of the Purple Circle community and can’t wait to see what this year has in store. Selene’s hours are from 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Katya Spiro
Katya SpiroLate Day / Assistant Teacher
Katya Spiro, better known as Kat is originally from Tucson, Arizona and says the Desert sunset will always be the best! She went to college in Vermont and got her associate degree in Liberal Arts and afterwards moved to the East Coast.
She worked earlier at Purple Circle but moved to Maryland for two years. She is now back again and happy to be part of the Purple Circle community. Caring for young children and watching them grow and learn about the world is one of her passions, aside from working out and traveling with friends. Her hours are 10am-6pm.

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