Penguin Room

The Penguin Room is a full time infant classroom with ages ranging from 20 months to 3 years old.

King Penguins huddled together


The Penguin Room is designed to allow toddlers to discover their independence in a secure yet stimulating environment. The activities offered encourage the children to enjoy new experiences by building on what they are already comfortable with. The teachers are available in the room to encourage independence and self-help skills, and to share the “ah-hah” moments and the times when the children need comfort.

The Penguin Room works under the same philosophy and curriculum goals as the other rooms at NBCC. Our curriculum is specifically designed to enhance children natural development progression. In everything we do we aim to maintain our primary goal of being a child centered room. We observe the child's interests and curiosities and plan all of our activities around them.

Constant Communication

While your child is in the Penguin room we will be in constant communication. We have a large parent display board outside the room with information, we utilize the parent mailboxes, we also daily log the interests and activities of each child (a clipboard posted in/around the door), the white erase board will highlight the overall activities of the day and a video of your child will be sent every 12 days or so.

In the room, your child will have a few locations for their things from home. They will have a coat-hook in the hallway, a cubby in the room and an extra clothing bin in the bathroom. Children are welcome to bring in toys from home, which they can store on their hook or in their cubby.

Penguin Teachers

Liz Graziano

Penguin Room Assistant Teacher

  • Joined NBCC:
    March 2009
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    Play horses with Barbies, arts & crafts
What do you love most about working with children?

Children never cease to amaze me – they amaze me with their ideas, their creativity, their hearts, how they see the world, and those perfect "ah-ha!" moments when they learn something new.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

My compassion for my job and students, attentiveness to detail, dedication to the students regarding their well-being and education, and that I'm organized and put a lot of thought into my work.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I have a pretty big family, so I enjoy spending time with them and my friends outside of work. When I'm not spending time with family or friends, I like to exercise by taking walks, running, boxing and doing yoga.

Amber Bush

Penguin Room Lead Teacher

  • Joined NBCC:
    December 2012
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
What do you love most about working with children?

I love working with the 1-3 year old age group because there is so much learning going on at this age! My days working with these children are filled with lots of laughter, love and many “Ah-ha!” moments.

What are you complimented on most in your work?

The organization or my classroom and my potty training skills.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I have a big family with three nieces and one nephew. I spend as much time as possible with them. I also go to many art openings and events with my husband, Mark.

Claire Fletcher

Penguin Room Assistant Teacher

  • Joined NBCC:
    November 2014
  • Favorite Toy Growing Up:
    My bike or scooter
What do you love most about working with children?

The thing that I love the most about working with children is that you get to see first hand them learn and grow. Children pick up on things so quickly, and I find it extremely rewarding to be a part of them growing up! One thing in particular I really enjoy is reading with the children one on one and in a small group setting!

What are you complimented on most in your work?

I am complimented most on my warm interactions with the children, and ability to quickly form attachments with them. This has been something that has been really helpful in working as a substitute – moving around classrooms for the last two years.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to spend time with family and friends, travel, read and I am involved in a bible study that I really enjoy.


In the Penguin Room we practice the ideas in the following article daily. We encourage both self-help skills and choice making. There are a few things that you can do to help your child with this in the classroom.

Since many of their self-help skills are developed around dressing themselves, providing clothing and shoes that are simple for them to do on their own sets them up for success.

  • Shoes that are easy to slip on and have velcro straps seem to provide the greatest success and confidence building for toddlers.
  • Pants with elastic waistbands or simple snaps help children during potty turns and clothing changes.

Please read this article for more ways to help your toddler and the things we do to encourage independence in our room.

Potty Time & Modesty

We allow each child the opportunity to try the potty every time they get a diaper change. If the child is wet, they remove their own diaper standing up and we put on a clean diaper while they are still standing up. For BM diapers we use the changing table. Changing the children standing up allows for them to practice their self-help skills, which we believe, are so important for this stage of development.

We are aware and respect that young children are often open about their body and bodily functions. Children often wish to partially or fully disrobe while playing (they still need to wear underwear or a diaper) as well as taking potty turns together. While we understand this stage of development, we also understand the concerns of parents and have created guidelines to meet the needs of children and adults.

Penguin's learning through play!

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Independence & Saying Goodbye

There are lots of helpful resources online and on our Resources page on helpful ways for your child to foster independence. A wonderful article from is provided in the button below.

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Transitioning out of Diapers

Potty training can be a very tricky and sometimes frustrating process, so we help keep communication open and can start when you are ready at home. The American Academy of Pediatrics has more information below.

Potty Training Info

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Information Packet

Our Penguin Room information packet provides all of the necessary material you need to know about our room, whether enrolling a new child or how a process works.

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