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Children's Discovery Ctr

433 East Little Canada Road
Saint Paul, MN 55117

(651) 484-4931


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

One to one attention. Testing to see where they are in their development, group children according to ability.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that each child is unique and special.

We believe in focusing on the WHOLE CHILD.

We believe that a positive, loving approach is the foundation for developing high self-esteem and a rewarding learning experience.

We believe that a child's positive self worth is a combination of intellectual, physical, social, and emotional development.

We believe that experienced SPECIALISTS in early childhood development, who truly love children, are essential for an exceptional program.

We believe in stimulating, specially designed programs, which provide a balance and variety of group activities, individual attention, and creative free time.

We believe in providing the best in facilities, teaching materials, and resources; including classrooms, infant nursery, indoor play systems, and outdoor park-like fenced activity areas.

We believe in a full spectrum of concepts and activities, from learning to play cooperatively, building friendships, sharing, taking turns, understanding respect for others, large and small muscle development, creative play, exploring the arts, music, language, and more.

We believe in providing a safe, clean, caring environment. In turn, an overall feeling of confidence and comfort is experienced.

We are dedicated to providing the very best: Where Discovery is Learning."

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

6:30-7:15 Free Play in the Pre-Kindergarten Room
7:15-8:30 Quiet Activities: Puzzles, coloring, manipulative toys.
8:30-9:00 Breakfast
9:00-9:30 Group Time: Letter of the week, calendar, explaination of the day, language activities. Bathroom.
9:30-10:15 - Gym or outside time.
10:15-10:30 Group Time: Language Activites.
10:30-10:45 Morning Snack
10:45-11:45 Small Groups
11:45-12:00 Group Time: Star of the weeks, music, weather and review of the day.
12:00 - 12:20 Lunch
12:20-12:45 Transition activity and bathroom.
12:45-3:00 Nap/Quiet Time
3:00-3:15 Bathroom and Afternoon Snack
3:15-4:00 Gym or outside time
4:00-4:20 Group Time: Language Activity
4:20-5:00 Discovery Time
5:00-5:45 Free Play/Room Clean up
5:45-6:15 Stations in the Pre-Kindergarten Room

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Bi-annual conferences. Weekly newsletters.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Parents in classroom early on