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Day By Day Child Development Center - Eagan

1565 Cliff Road, Suite 9
Saint Paul, MN 55122

(651) 405-8005


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Day by Day Child Development Center has been "Building Bright Futures" since 1996. This locally owned and family operated licensed early childhood center provides care for infants 6 weeks old up to children entering Kindergarten. The center recently relocated to a BRAND NEW facility in Thomas Lake Center.

We proudly provide a small, family friendly atmosphere at one location with competitive tuition rates for full and part-time schedules. Drop-in care is available for those families that are registered and available on a space available basis. Day by Day Child Development Center offers small group sizes with low student to teacher ratios.

The center is licensed for 60 children (12 infants, 14 toddlers, 14 young preschoolers, and 20 older preschoolers/Prekindergarten) through both the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Minnesota Department of Health.

The licensed early childhood educated staff are committed to provide each child the necessary skills so that they can develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Every child is treated with dignity, respect, and is valued as a unique person capable of worthy ideas and actions.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

At Day by Day Child Development Center each child develops physically, intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Day by Day is a place that recognizes each unique child and their individual growth. Our staff is dedicated to caring and nurturing each child, while providing stimulating experiences that will help each child to develop to their fullest potential.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Preschool/Prekindergarten class has an instructor taught computer class weekly. Music and Movement classes will be held weekly for all children 16 months to Kindergarten. This is an instructor taught 30 min weekly class.

From the Director:

The center offers infants individualized attention and care with the flexibility to follow each child's individual schedule. Baby sign language is utilized to enhance language and social interaction. Schedules and routines are slowly phased in for older infants to help make the transition to the next classroom at 16 months successful. All classrooms follow a structured weekly theme/curriculum that incorporates age appropriate and culturally aware activities that include letter and number recognition, fine and gross motor skills, art, music, books, dramatic play, and science. Our structured teacher created curriculum offers classroom experiences that develop self-control, cooperation and communication yet still allows for flexibility among each individual child's needs. The skills taught in each classroom build upon prior experiences to enable the child to meet age appropriate developmental milestones. Our Kindergarten Readiness Program is designed to develop the necessary skills as well as builds on the development of social, emotional, and motor skills to ensure that each child that graduates from our program is ready for the challenges they will face in Kindergarten and beyond. Kindergarten Readiness skill specifically include alphabet recognition of upper and lower case letters, letter sounds, writing, and all the necessary pre-reading skills,. Number recognition, counting, writing, and basic math skills are also taught. The Kindergarten Readiness program stresses the importance of problem solving skills to help each child develop and master the necessary self-help skills necessary to be successful in life. In all classrooms, activities teach and reinforce the ideas of respect, responsibility, and accountability amongst oneself, friends, parents, teachers, and property. These include both teacher lead structured and child lead unstructured activities that focus on intellectual thinking, individual and cooperative play; development of social, emotional, self-help, and problem solving skills; utilizing sensory, science, blocks, manipulatives, books, music and dramatic play activities.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Since our mission is to provide a positive learning experience for all children to grow and develop to their fullest potential. To respect each child by actively listening, loving, caring and teaching. To make our early child development center an extension of your home by respecting each parent by listening to your concerns, problem solving, caring and loving their child. In addition, to encourage each staff member by developing, listening, caring, and valuing their ideas.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Parents are given daily journals detailing what took place during their child’s day. Weekly themes are posted and sent home with each child discussing what will be taught. Monthly each classroom does a bulletin update and the Director does a center wide newsletter. Parents have the ability to approach their child's teacher, and/or the director at any time. Formal conferences are scheduled two times per year with the parents and the child's lead teacher.

We have just added the ability for parents to e-mail their child's classroom teacher.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

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

Modes of Communication

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


Separation is Handled through:

  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on

Handling Separation: From the Director

The anxieties a child may feel at drop-off time are completely normal -- and so are the parents'! It's encouraging for parents to know that there are many positive (and peaceful) ways to say goodbye at school that will help build a child's confidence. We encourage children to visit us before they start to help ease the transition