2 Years

Tips, Tricks & Resources

What to Expect

Try to keep up with your child’s rapid movements and brain development! Expect them to remember the names of familiar people and follow simple instructions. Additionally, expect your toddler to run around (and fall down!) and throw objects overhand. Scroll down to learn more about free or low-cost EarlyLearn Child Care, which is available for up to 10 hours per day!

Events

Bring your little one to Tot Time!

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Come play, learn, and make new friends! NYC Parks offers structured tots programs for children 6 months to 4 years old.

Toddler Creative Movement

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Through creative movement, tots develop motor skills, reach educational milestones, and learn about communication and problem-solving.

Bilingual Story Time

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Hola! Families will enjoy 20 fun-filled minutes as they learn Spanish through stories and music, followed by 25 minutes of play-dough sensory time or craft. 

Programs

Child care for babies & toddlers

EarlyLearn NYC Child Care

NYC Administration for Children's Services

Free or low-cost care for children.

Early education for three-year-olds

3-K for All (3-K)

NYC Department of Education

3-K for All is free, full-day, high-quality education for New York City 3-year-olds, starting in School Districts 4, 5, 7, 16, 23, and 27.

Milestones

How your child plays, learns, speaks, and acts offers important clues about their development.

What most 2 year olds do at this age:

  • Social

    • Copy others, especially adults and older children
    • Get excited when with other children
    • Show more and more independence
    • Do what they have been told not to
    • Play mainly beside other children, but begin to include other children
  • Communication

    • Point to things or pictures when they are named
    • Know names of familiar people and body parts
    • Say sentences with 2 to 4 words
    • Follow simple instructions
    • Repeat words overheard in conversation
  • Learning

    • Find things even when hidden under two or three covers
    • Begin to sort shapes and colors
    • Complete sentences and rhymes in familiar books
    • Play simple make-believe games
    • Build towers with four or more blocks
    • May start to prefer one hand over the other
    • Can follow two-step instructions such as “pick up your shoes and put them in a closet”
    • Can name items in a picture book such as a cat, bird, or dog
  • Physical Development

    • Can stand on tiptoes
    • Begin to run
    • Climb onto and down from furniture without help
    • Walk up and down stairs holding on
    • Can throw ball overhand
    • Can make or copy straight lines and circles
  • Health

    • Have 3 ounces of grains daily
    • Have 1 cup of vegetables daily
    • Have 1 cup of fruits daily
    • Have 2 cups of milk daily
    • Have 2 ounces of meat and beans daily
    • Have at least 30 minutes of adult-led physical activity
    • Sleep about 12-14 hours per day
    • Have one or two daytime naps
    • Are on schedule with shots

Act early by talking to a doctor, teacher, or social worker if your child:

    • Doesn’t use 2-word phrases (for example, “drink milk”)
    • Doesn’t know what to do with common things, like a brush, spoon, or fork
    • Doesn’t copy actions and words
    • Doesn’t follow simple instructions
    • Doesn’t walk steadily