What Parents Are Saying . . .

To Mrs.. D and all the other student teachers at Little Tots,

I want to let you all know how much my husband and I love that our son, Bryce was able to attend Little Tots pre-school. When Bryce started school he was not used to interacting with kids his own age and had problems with stuttering and speaking in the third person. Since his time at Little Tots, he know longer stutters and does not refer to himself third person when he speaks. We find that when he is home he is singing songs and teaching my husband and I activities that he has learned at school. He is much better with sharing and has made some really good friends and looks forward to his days at school when he can see them again. There are some things he has shown me that I didn't even know he knew,and I am impressed with the level of knowledge he has at only three years old.


Our Beginning

img-bettypics0001Little Tot Nursery School, Inc. was founded in 1968 by Betty J. Petronis. Mrs. Petronis operated the Nursery out of her home until 1974 when it moved to its permanent location on the corner of 5th avenue and 114th street in Troy, New York. Mrs. Petronis held both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Education.

For 34 years, she instilled the love of learning in to the hearts of hundreds of children. In this section of our website you can view several pictures and newspaper articles written over the first 34 years of the school's history.

I am sure you will be just as impressed and inspired by Mrs. Petronis as I was. Because she taught me to love learning when I was her student, I now am able to continue the Little Tot tradition for many more years to come! Enjoy the photos and news articles.








The Hop-A-Thon

The Hop-A-Thon was an annual event for Little Tot students. By counting how many hops the children did, this annual event raised thousands of dollars for the Muscular Dystrophy Association!








Day Light Savings Time...What's that?

"Betty Petronis shows 4-year old Jason Legnard, son of Edward and Linda Ledgnard of Lansinburgh, how to turn the clock back so that he and his family will be on time when they awake Sunday morning. Daylight savings time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday. Don't forget to turn your clock back one hour tonight before going to bed."

- Troy Record








A Trip to a Shoe Shop!


"Youngsters from the Little Tot Nursery School in Troy recently visited Robert Gagliardi's leather and shoe repaid shop. In photo at left, gagilardi explains shoe repairs to the class; in the center photo, he helps four year old Erin Scheff make a design in leather; adna at right, he displays a leather design to the youngsters. "I showed them how to hold craft tools and shine shoes and let them use a rawhide hammer", Gagliardi said. How many youngsters visited his shop? "I think there were about 36 of them," Gagliardi said, "because that's how many Sugar Daddies I gave out".

- Troy Record




Nursery Schools:
More than Just Play

This article was written in the 70's. It talks about the importance of Nursery School, and how children LEARN through play and a high quality curriculum.
















Nursery Schools - More than Play (Part 2)


Little Tot Graduation 1974


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