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Discovery Island Child Dev Center

24843 Commercial Ave, Orange Beach
Gulf Shores, AL 36561

(251) 974-5488


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

Discovery Island has employed a degree State pf Alabama licensed teacher since its beginning in 1998 for its P-K program

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Discovery Island Child Development Center was founded June of 1998. It is currently the only state licensed
center on Pleasure Island. It is a privately owned and incorporated daycare which operates on the principle of
not just meeting minimum standards set by the State of Alabama, but excelling in all areas.

The staff of Discovery Island takes the responsibility of caring and educating children very seriously and strives
to build and maintain a reputation of being one of the highest respected centers in Baldwin County. We work
with each child to instill a pride of accomplishment, a confidence of their individuality and ability, high
self-esteem, and respect for others. We believe that children thrive when encouraged to excel in an
environment where they are shown love and patience.

Being licensed by the State of Alabama assures the families who bring their children to Discovery Island that
there are governing agencies regulating and inspecting the Center to ensure a higher standard of care.
Discovery Island is regularly in contact with and inspected by agencies such as the Department of Human
Resources, The Baldwin County Health Department, the USDA, the Department of Education, the Immunization
Board, and the local Fire Department.

Our focus at DI is preparing your child to be successful when they leave to elementary school and to love
learning. Our experienced, creative, and talented staff make learning fun for your child.

Since its first year open in 1998 Discovery Island has employed a degreed State of Alabama teacher for the 4/5
Pre-K class proving their commitment to your child's learning.

Discovery Island is also the proud recipient of free books that are given to each child in the Center to take home
three times each year from the Reading is Fundamental Grant that has been awarded to Early Childhood
Directions in Mobile, Alabama. DI has been participating in the grant and reading challenge for the past 6
years and is one of the few Centers in Baldwin County invited to receive from this grant.

A Typical Day

7 am to 8 am - Breakfast
8 am to 9 am - Outside free play
9 am to 9:15 am - Circle time
9:15 am to 9:45 am - Curriculum and supportive art project
9:45 - 10 am - Free play
11 am - 11:30 am - Lunch
11:30am - 11:45am - Brush teeth and prepare for naptime
11:45am - 12pm - Storytime
12pm - 2:30pm - Naptime
2:30pm - 2:45pm - Snacktime
2:45pm - 4:00pm - Teacher led activity or Free Play
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Outside free play
5:00pm - 5:30pm - Free play
5:30pm - 6pm - Books or Puzzles

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school