Discovery Days Child Care, Ages 3-5

Discovery Days offers kindergarten readiness & child care for your child while you work. The program prepares children for kindergarten by integrating literacy, math, science, social studies, art, social/emotional development, and physical development throughout its curriculum activities.

Discovery Days follows the school-year calendar. We are open for "Non School Day" services on most days that school is closed.

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Who: Children who are 3- or 4-years old by September 1 of the 2024-2025 school year, and mostly toilet-trained. (no pull-ups or diapers)

When: Open 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on school days and most non-school days from September 3, 2024 – June 6, 2025

Where: Conveniently located at our Early Childhood Centers at Centerview Elementary and the District Services Center

Flexible Scheduling: Three or five days per week, Monday through Friday. Full-day (7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) and Partial-day (9 a.m.-4:00 p.m.) options are available.

Breakfast, Lunch, and Afternoon Snack:  Breakfast and lunch are provided by SLP Schools' Nutrition Services Department on school days. When school is not in session, a bag lunch and beverage from home will be needed.  Breakfast on non school days and all afternoon snacks are provided by the Discovery Days program.

Spring Lake Park Schools is participating in the 2024 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.  See our Menu here.

Non School Days:  Most days when school is closed, Discovery Days is still open for care. These dates are NOT part of your regular contracted care. Families must register for the dates as needed. All care on Non School Days is provided at the Centerview location. A bag lunch and beverage from home will be needed.  Breakfast on non school days and all afternoon snacks are provided by the Discovery Days program.

Dates for Non School Days of 2024-2025 are: October 3, 4, 16, 17, December 2, 26, 27, 30, 31, February 13, 14, March 7, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 31.

Dates when Child Care is closed for 2024-2025: October 18, November 27, 28, 29, December 23, 24, 25, January 1, 20, February 17, March 17, April 18, May 26.

Summer Session:  Discovery Days is open for summer care! Scroll down to FAQs for more information. Registration opens Friday, March 1.

Registration: Registration for our Discovery Days program opens on Friday, March 1. Our spaces fill quickly. Do NOT wait to register if you would like a spot in our program.

Starting on or about March 10, registrations from current families will be reviewed in the order that they were received by our online system. In order for a registration to be processed, all Community Education program balances must be paid in full. Accounts with a balance overdue will not be processed.

Our Child Care programs have a limited number of full-time and part-time spots. Upon confirmation by our registration staff that there is a spot for your child, the registration will be processed and the registration fee will be collected. Registrants will receive an email confirmation that the registration is complete.

New this year - class lottery system: Due to limited space in some of our classes, a lottery system may be used. To be considered for the lottery drawing, please complete your registration (including bringing in all the required documents) by April 1. All registrations will be put on a waitlist. Any class that has more registrations than openings will be placed into a random lottery drawing. Confirmation emails will be sent out after April 1.

Questions: For questions about our program and its activities please call 763-600-5900

Discovery Days FAQ

Registration

Discovery Days registration will open March 1. Register early to avoid placement on a wait list.

Starting on or about March 10, registrations will be reviewed in the order that they were received by our online system. In order for a registration to be processed, all Community Education program balances must be paid in full. Accounts with a balance overdue will not be processed.

Our Child Care programs have a limited number of full-time and part-time spots. Upon confirmation by our registration staff that there is a spot for your child, the registration will be processed and the registration fee will be collected. Registrants will receive an email confirmation that the registration is complete.

For additional information about registration, please contact our Community Education offices at 763-600-5000 or stop by at 1415 81st Avenue NE, Spring Lake Park. Our office hours are 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.