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



Claire Chang
Claire ChangAssistant Teacher
Claire Chang is starting her second year as an Assistant Teacher in the Little Kids classroom. A native New Yorker, she always knew that she wanted to work with children and attended New York University, where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Child Development and Education. Claire loves reading stories and enjoys building bonds through books, songs, and sensory activities. She is so excited to join the Purple Circle community for her second year and can’t wait to see what this year has in store! Claire’s hours are 8:30am – 4:00pm.
Sanghamitra (Tina) Mukherjee
Sanghamitra (Tina) MukherjeeAssistant 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 ten+ years. Tina earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Calcutta University in India. She’s expanded 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.
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.

Purple Circle is Accepting Applications for All Age Groups for 2023/2024

Click below to learn more about our application process and to view the online membership application in full