Our Mission

The Mission of Woodinville Toddler Group:

  • Enrich parenting skills
  • Provide a developmental curriculum
  • Play, learn, and explore
  • Build a community of support

Woodinville Toddler Group is based on the philosophy that children learn best through play! We offer activities to use all senses, to problem-solve and learn through exploration. Our program reinforces cognitive skills through the activities provided in our enriched environment (games to promote language and color recognition, counting when building with blocks, making predictions with science experiments, creativity in use of materials). Our weekly circle time offers structure to promote listening and self-regulation skills, and includes additional cognitive skill development through rhythm and repetition.

About Us

Woodinville Toddler Group is a place where parents and their infants or toddlers can create, learn, and explore...together!  As a cooperative parenting education program, our goal is to build a community of support between parents and to provide an enriched environment where toddlers can engage in play and creativity with their peers.  Our in-class parenting discussions and additional outside parenting education events provide you with support and knowledge for your journey as a parent.  Numerous family events bring parents and children together to celebrate connection and community.

At Woodinville Toddler Group, we look forward to exploring the wonderful world of infant toddlerhood with you and your family! 

Woodinville Toddler Group (WTG) is a non-profit parenting education cooperative program affiliated with Lake Washington Institute of Technology, serving Eastside families since 1989.

Parents who join become students of Lake Washington Institute of Technology and will receive college credit.

We offer weekly classes where you and your child will: 

  • Spend time together in play
  • Learn at in-class parent education
  • Make new friends

Community Activities

Building a sense of community is integral to Woodinville Toddler Group. We provide opportunities to participate in many other activities outside of our regular classes and parent education events. Some of these additional activities are Family Fun Night, Preschool Information Night, the Celebrate Woodinville Parade, Programs for Special Guests and the All-School Picnic.

Our Teaching Philosophy

Woodinville Toddler Group instructors facilitate parent education, develop the children's curriculum, provide support to families, and offer overall leadership to the program. However, you are the real teachers of your child, and we are here to assist you on your journey. Woodinville Toddler Group provides the two of you an opportunity to play, to explore and to get to know other families in our area.

Benefits For Parents

  • An occasion to spend special time with your child
  • The opportunity to problem-solve parenting concerns with other parents and a highly-qualified early childhood parent educator
  • Evening presentations by educational speakers
  • Access to our parent education library and community resources
  • Volunteer opportunities to serve on the governing board of directors
  • A community atmosphere of caring and support
  • As a student with LWIT, you are entitled to a student ID card which earns many student discounts!

Benefits For Students

Explore a developmentally appropriate environment with a parent, as well as engage in:

  • Free play with other children the same age
  • Art activities
  • Small and large motor activities
  • Movement and music
  • Singing and stories
  • Circle time with parents and peers
  • Group snack time
  • Outdoor play

Our Teachers

The instructors are responsible for weekly parent education, creating and implementing the weekly curriculum, purchasing supplies, attending board meetings and overseeing the overall operation of WTG. Although the instructors provide leadership and information, you as parents are the real teachers of your child!

Each teacher has a Bachelor and Master's Degree and are employed by Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Both have been parents in toddler co-op programs and bring real-life experiences to the classroom.

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Sara Bennier

Sara has been a part of Woodinville Toddler Group since 2013, bringing both of her daughters through the program. She has served in a variety of roles including substitute teacher, VP/Registrar (2 years), Class Coordinator, Set-Up Parent, and Monthly Cleaner.  Before joining WTG, she worked as an elementary school teacher in the Lake Washington School District.  She continues to work as a private tutor, helping children from Pre-K through High School in a variety of academic areas.

Sara holds a Bachelors in Elementary Education (Summa Cum Laude), and is continually expanding her formal education to stay current with early childhood development and parenting philosophies. In her free time, Sara and her family like to explore local parks, beaches, museums... pretty much wherever the road may take them!

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Amy Flinn

Amy has a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA and a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Penn State. She taught preschool for 4 years in Louisiana before moving home to Seattle shortly before the birth of her oldest son. 

Amy is an alumnus and former board member of WTG.  She attended for one year with her middle son, and three years with her youngest. For the last three years she has been a class coordinator for our program. She is also on the PTA boards at both of her older sons' schools.

Amy lives in Woodinville with her husband Matt, and her three boys. Drew is 12, Luke is 10, and Sam is 3. In her free time (ha!) she enjoys sports and reading.

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