OUR PROGRAM FEATURES

Discovery Time Learning Center provides much more than just child care and daycare services. When you join our program, you join a school community committed to supporting and empowering the chidren and families that we serve. 

Here are just a few things that make our program unique:

Safe and Modern Facility

  • Your child's safety and security​ is important to us. Our facility has the highest childcare safety precautions including features such as security cameras, telephones in every room, and a secure entry system at our school's entrance.

  • Our experienced teachers are highly trained and certified. We can't say it enough - we have the best teachers anywhere. They are highly trained, both with the certifications that they hold and with the ongoing professional development they complete each year.  In fact, in 2015 our teachers on average completed triple the amount of training required by Virginia licensing. Our teachers are extremely caring and compassionate. We won’t have it any other way at Discovery Time. This is more than a job for our team - it’s an opportunity for us to share our life's passion.

  • Our parent-accessible classroom webcams allow you to watch live video of your child learning, playing, and interacting throughout the day. Parents can login securely from a computer or WatchMeGrow's mobile app while on the go.  We will approve your access on your first day of care and you'll be to connect with your child's day!

  • We offer on-site and electronic parent communication. In addition to learning about your child's day at afternoon pick-up, our teachers document your child's daily development in an electronic portfolio that is accessible to you using our secure, mobile app. Our parents enjoy receiving pictures of their child and messages about their child's day on their smart phone or in their email. 

Family Convenicences and Involvement

  • You will love our Saturday Parents' Night Out. Throughout the year, parents' night out is offered to give our families time to complete last minute holiday shopping, enjoy a dinner date, or simply to have a few quiet hours at home. These events typically take place one Saturday each month from 4:30 to 8:30. 

  • Your child will enjoy a nutritious catered breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack daily.  A vegetarian option is available on days when meat is to be served and an allergen menu is provided each month. Our families enjoy  catered meals which makes getting ready for school each morning a breeze. ​*Due to the extreme nature of allergic reactions to nuts, we do not serve any nut-containing products at Discovery Time Learning Center.

  • We offer family involvement opportunities to promote our parents are partners philosophy. Our open door policy means that you can visit at anytime! We also invite you to take part in our special events at school. Our school calendar is also provided each January so that you'll know about our family fun events far in advance. Our most popular events include our Fall Festival, Field Trips to the Zoo and Pumpkin Patch, Summer Field Day, and Class Valentine's Day Parties.

Extra - Curricular Activities​ 

  • Music for Life ​ - Our Music for Life music program teacher visits every classroom each week  to immerse little musicians in a varied musical experience.  Children have opportunities to sing, sign, dance, listen, and play instruments from all over the world. Children in our preschool program are offered the additional opportunity to begin piano lessons and love performing at our Spring Music Recital.

  • PowerTots and Gymnastics ​ - In our weekly gymnastics class, children are exposed to a range of special motor skills with a clear emphasis on the joy of movement, evident by Ms. Kelly's energetic enthusiasm. The PowerTots program is designed to encourage whole body exercise, including development in strength, flexibility, and coordination for children 18 months and older. 

  • Excite Soccer Program​: Each week, Coach Kay from Excite Soccer visits children 2 and older for an exciting outdoor soccer class. Excite Soccer offers a balanced and creative approach to coaching to enhance your child’s overall growth and well-being.  Children learn individual skills and teamwork and are encouraged to develop their physical, mental, and social abilities through exciting soccer activities

  • Flexible Enrollment Options - In addition to our full time program, we are pleased to offer a part-time two day and three day program for children 16 months old and older. Drop-in and back-up care is available for children 2 and older based on space availability. Both programs  offer care over a full-day. Families interested in drop-in care must preregister for our program.

Our Community Involvement

  • Community Giveback - Discovery Time is proud to receive recognition from Alexandria's Early Childhood Education Coop Program, Alexandria'a Workforce Development Center, and Springfield's WBDC. One of our greatest accomplishments has been our recognition for providing scholarship support to graduating seniors at T.C. Williams High School through Project Discovery and The Scholarship Fund of Alexandria. To date, Discovery Time has provided more than $20,000 in merit and needs based scholarships since opening in 2014.

Parent Testimonial

"I love the teachers, the inclusion of families, the holiday activities, the variety of activities offered, and the effort the staff went through to get us back to school even when city schools were closed. It was truly a big help and very appreciated."

 

---Two Year Old Parent

(2016 Family Feedback Survey)

 

Parent Testimonial

"I am in love with my child's current teachers and the teachers in the future classrooms. The curriculum and balance of learning and play is impressive. My child is not even two years old and can count to 10 and recognize colors and letters in the alphabet. PNO is a blessing to us."

 

---Toddler Parent

(2016 Family Feedback Survey)

 

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