To value and guide the child’s curiosity and joy of learning
To create an environment which says “Touch – try it if you like!”
To revere play as the true work of children
To revere laughter as the music of the soul
To encourage creativity, imagination, and diverse thinking
To facilitate independent behavior and problem solving skills
To provide a safe loving atmosphere where positive self-esteem flourishes
To encourage caring, accepting, and loving interactions
To value cultural diversity and promote anti-bias thinking
To encourage memory and listening skills
To provide developmentally appropriate curriculum which is in large part determined by each child’s emerging interests
To always be committed to the needs of the child first
Established in 1979, the program at Discovery Learning Center has always been one that values the natural development growth process of each child. All children learn in the same basic ways, progressing through the same stages, but not necessarily at the same age. We care less about a child’s chronological age, but care greatly about their developmental stage. At DLC we have always been committed to the developmental growth of the child. Our developmental program has multi-age grouping, allows children to make choices, problem solve, and offers a variety of chances for children to move about in an environment which offers attractive, interesting, and stimulating materials. The child learns and progresses through individualized responses to the environment. We must be open, flexible, and always willing to experiment with the environment, for as a child grows, so must their surroundings.
A child needs adults in their environment who respect their ability to create and who provide the means for them to do so. We must be consistent in our respect for the child’s ability to make choices and to function independently. By doing so, we help to develop a creative, divergent problem-solver and a unique human being.
Owner/founder: Linda Silva, MS Child Development
Excerpted from the preschool's website