At this age

2 years

When I play, I learn..

Play with me. It helps me learn. -Read me stories -Sing songs like "London Bridge" and "Ring around the Rosie" -Let me help you around the house -Help me learn names of people, colors, feelings, animals, plants and other things -Listen to me -I notice what comes "first, next, last" when routines are followed

Help me be healthy

Look for signs that I am ready to start using the toilet. I will let you know I am ready by: -Telling you "I am wet" or "I have to use the potty" -Pulling my pants up and down -Understanding bathroom directions (ex."go to the bathroom" or "wipe") I get hungry often: I usually eat 3 meals and 2-3 snacks daily Snacks that are good for me include cheese, yogurt, juice, cereal, vegetables, & fruit I am learning what foods taste like

Help me be safe

-When cooking on the stove, turn pot handles to center of stove. -When I have an accident, such as burning my fingers on a hot oven, help me understand what happened. -Throw out any broken toys or toys with sharp edges.

Help me learn

-Make up a song or story using my name -Draw and color simple shapes with large crayons with me -I can do 3-6 piece puzzles -I like to build with blocks -Give me a paintbrush, a newspaper, and a dish of colored water -I still don't understand sharing, but like to be with other children sometimes -I may show anger by slapping, biting, and hitting -I am beginning to learn the meaning of "soon" and am learning to wait

Watch for me to

-Learn to develop a sense of who I am -Run and jump -Say my own name -Stand and balance -Put on some clothes -Point to a picture and name something -Say two-word phrases like "play ball" or "want drink" -Ask you questions -Brush my teeth with your help You may also notice I also: -Say new words -Eat the same good food you eat -Ask to go to the toilet sometimes

3 years

I am not a baby anymore...

This year marks the end of baby/toddlerhood and the beginning of early childhood. I am more independent now and have a better understanding of myself. I can make simple choices, like to please adults, get easily excited, and have mastered the basics of speech and language. I am beginning to play with other children and sometimes can become jealous and am still learning to share and take turns.

Help me be healthy

At this checkup: I will be weighed and measured I will have my hearing and vision checked I may have a blood test I may be checked for lead poisening The doctor or nurse will want to know what new things I can do Now that my teeth are in, it's time to schedule my first visit to the dentist

Help me be safe

-Try to keep all plants out of my reach -Keep trash inside a place I cannot get to it -Make sure swings and slide are sturdy for me to use

Help me learn

-Take me to the library to check out books -Show me how to take things apart and put them back together -Take me outside to play -Teach me how to describe how things feel -Write down stories I tell to read them back to me -Play a game with me of matching colors -Help me learn to pick up my toys -Take me to a play group Help me learn to do what you want: When I need to do something, tell me and show me what I should do I need to know that sometimes the answer is "no" Yelling or spanking will not help me learn what you want me to do Praise me for doing what you want me to do

Watch for me to

-Gain control of finger-hand activities -Enjoy fast-moving activities -Possibly have an imaginary friend -Like to be the boss -Experience more tension as I become more independent -Point to and tell you about the pictures in my favorite books -Throw a ball overhand -Talk in sentences



  • Children caught up on immunizations from 18 months to four years only need yearly flu shots.


  • Kan-Be-Healthy physicals can be completed at 24, 27, 30, 33 and 36 months of age.  

  • Medicaid is the insurance that pays for Kan-Be-Healthy’s.  

  • For families with commercial insurance, physicals can be completed at 2 years and 3 years.


Services & Resources

Reno County Early Head Start

Provides high quality services to age 3 while promoting a community culture that respects the diversity of families; has preschool services 518 North Washington Hutchinson, KS 620-615-5782

Parents As Teachers

Home visitation program that serves families within the USD 308, 309, and 313 districts with children ages 0-5 years old that have not yet entered Kindergarten. Services are free and provide child development and parenting information to families through home visits, group connections, and screenings. Prenatal mothers are also served throughout pregnancy to prepare for bringing baby home. Call the office to enroll. 330 Charles Street Hutchinson, KS 67501 620-615-5771

Healthy Families Hutchinson

Provides in home services until a child is 3 to 5 years old; strengthens families and assists parents who are overburdened by stress 400 West 2nd Avenue, Suite D 620-664-5000

Reno County Infant Toddler Program

Provides early intervention services up to age 3 to children who have developmental delays or disabilities; has preschool services 303 East Bigger Hutchinson, KS 620-615-5863


Featured Classes and Events


Hutch Rec Enrichment Activities

start for 2 and up


Hutchinson Public Library

Bluebird Books storytime

10:30am on Saturdays

Hutch Rec Swim Lessons

Salt City Splash for 6+ mo


YMCA Swim Lessons

6+ mo

Week of the Young Child events

annually in April

YMCA gymnastics

Starting when child can walk


Toy Depot on Main Street

Local Parks

Reno County Museum

Hutchinson Zoo

Hutch Rec

Sand Hills State Park

Blue Bird Books

Third Thursday Events

Family Children's Theatre

Hutchinson Splash Pads

Salt City Splash

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Are we ready for preschool?

For many parents, deciding where to send your child to preschool is the first big education decision. You may be wondering if you should send your child at age 2, or wait until age 3 or 4. Or what kind of program may be best for both your child and your family situation.

Reno County has a diverse set of options that cover many ages, full-time and part-time, and different times of day.

We are often asked what the difference is between preschool and Pre-K. Preschool is a term generally used to refer to children's programs prior to Kindergarten. Pre-K usually, but not always, refers to the year immediately before Kindergarten.  However both terms are used interchangeably so it is important for parents to ask what ages are served in the program that they are choosing for their child.

How do we know which preschool is right for us?

Parents should decide what factors are most important to them as they choose a preschool or pre-kindergarten program for their child.  These factors will vary considerably from family to family but it is a good idea to have a list of questions available as families start looking for preschool.  Families should always visit a program that they are interested in before they enroll a child. Some suggested questions:

  • Is the facility licensed by the appropriate state agency?

  • What are the qualifications of the teachers?

  • What is the adult to child ratio in each room?

  • What options do I as a parent have for choosing my child's attendance schedule at preschool?

  • What curriculum is used and what areas of development are emphasized? (motor, cognitive, language, social/emotional, etc.)

  • Is the primary purpose of your program child care or education?  How much experience do your caregivers have (in child care programs).

  • Do you have a school safety/emergency plan?

  • How are behavior issues handled in your school?

  • May I visit my child while he is attending?  May I visit unannounced?

  • How may I, as a parent, be involved in the education of my child?  What opportunities are there for me to be involved at school?

  • How do the classroom teachers monitor progress?  How is progress reported to the parents?

  • Do the programs priorities match your priorities for your child?

The above questions are suggestions.  They should be tailored to the priorities of the family.  But don't be afraid to bring any questions or concerns to the attention of your child's teacher or the program administrators.  As a parent you are your child's first and best teacher and your involvement in his/her education throughout his early childhood years is key to a successful preschool/pre-kindergarten experience.