Toddlertime Nursery School and St. Michael's Church have formed a new partnership.

Toddlertime will be conducted a new program called Social Butterflies at St. Michael's beginning in September.

Social Butterflies is a two-hour dropoff program for children 22 to 36 months old designed to enhance social skills, such as communication and problem solving, before children enter preschool.

The children's play will be open-ended and facilitated by two teachers who will focus on social interactions, transitioning and successful separation from caregiver in a play-based environment.

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"This is an important time in a toddler's life where they move through the stages of play," said Carolyn Williams, director at Toddlertime. "Social Butterflies is designed to make toddlers successful in this transition."

Toddlertime Nursery School has been conducting classes at the Congregational Church, located directly across the street from St. Michael's, for 33 years.

Toddlertime will continue to hold preschool and camp programs for children ages 2 to 6 at the Congregational Church.

The expansion is due to the success of the twos program at Toddlertime and the demand from parents for additional programs.

"We have spent several years looking for a way to serve the demand for additional twos programs and we are thrilled to have found it right in our backyard," Williams said. "We are looking forward to working with St. Michael's Church, who has welcomed us enthusiastically."

Toddlertime was founded in 1980 by Karen Veitch as a program for 2-year-olds but later expanded to include 3- and 4-year-olds.

In 2009, Toddlertime was purchased by Barbara Davis and Williams, who added a program for 5-year-olds who are taking an additional year of preschool.

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