Preschool + Child Care

 

Discovery Days offers kindergarten readiness for your child and child care 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, except we remain open on most days that school is closed.

Who: Children who are 3- or 4-years old by September 1 of the 2019-2020 school year

When: Open 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on school days and most non-school days from September 3, 2019 – June 5, 2020 (dates subject to change)

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

Flexible Scheduling: Three to five days per week, Monday through Friday. Full-day (7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.) and School-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.

Discovery Days Program Rates:

  • Five days a week: 
    • Full Day (7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $220 per week
    • School Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.): $195 per week
  • Three or Four Days a Week:
    • Full Day (7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $55 per day
    • School Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.): $50 per day 

Registration: Registration for our Discovery Days program opens on Friday, February 1. Our spaces fill quickly. Do NOT wait to register if you would like a spot in our program. Current families will receive priority from February 1 through February 14.

Starting on or about February 15, 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.

Questions: For questions about our program and its activities please call 763-600-5050

Program Details

Daily Schedule

Children in Discovery Days will typically participate in the following schedule on a daily basis, however the schedule in each classroom may vary slightly.

  • Choices in opening room (large muscle room, outside and/or projects offered)
  • Breakfast
  • Morning stretch, music and movement
  • Morning meeting
  • Reading and writing time
  • Morning snack
  • Recess
  • Lunch
  • Personal time
  • Quiet choices
  • Afternoon meeting
  • Centers in room
  • Choice time
  • Snack time
  • Choices in room (large muscle room, outside and/or projects offered)

Frequently Asked Questions

What does my student need to bring on the first day?

  • A change of clothes. Shirt, pants, underwear and socks to leave in your child’s locker in case of accidents/spills.
  • Appropriate outdoor clothing - we go outside daily
  • A morning snack. We eat a small snack mid-morning between breakfast and lunch
  • Items for personal time (see below)

Should students have a blanket for rest time? 
Yes, there is personal time after lunch devoted to resting. Children are encouraged to rest their bodies; they do not have to nap. They will have their own cots to rest on so if they would like to bring a blanket, pillow and/or stuffed animal, they may. You can keep these items in your child’s locker. Please bring them home on a regular basis to wash.

Does my child need a snack? 
Yes, please bring a morning snack for your child from home. An afternoon snack will be provided.

What is served for breakfast and lunch and is there a menu?
Breakfast and lunch are catered to Discovery Days from the high school cafeteria. At this time, only one choice is offered for each; there is not an alternate. If there is something on the menu your child will not eat, you may send a cold lunch from home. (Note:  Parents will need to send a bag lunch and beverage on non school days for the Spring Lake Park Schools as the kitchens are closed on these days.)

  • Breakfast is served from 7:45-8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch is served at 12 p.m.

Should I send sunscreen with my student?
If you have a preschool or kindergarten student, please apply sunscreen on your child in the morning before arriving. As of November 1, 2018, our program was Certified by the Minnesota Department of Human Services as required by new federal laws.  Under Certification requirements, we cannot apply sunscreen for your child without written permission and a labeled bottle of sunscreen from home.  Please send a labeled bottle of sunscreen for your child and complete a Non-prescription Medication permission slip to give us authorization to apply it.

Discovery Days Program Rates

  • Five days a week: 
    • Full Day (7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $220 per week
    • School Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.): $195 per week
  • Three or Four Days a Week:
    • Full Day (7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $55 per day
    • School Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.): $50 per day 

Summer 2019 Discovery Days

Preschool: Full-time or part-time, open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for children who were three years of age on August 31, 2018 and who are toilet-trained.

Pre-Kindergarten: Full-time or part-time, open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for children who were four years of age on August 31, 2018

When and where: Monday, June 10 – Friday, August 23 (closed Thursday-Friday, July 4-5) at Park Terrace Elementary School, 8301 Terrace Road, Spring Lake Park

Program hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (participants break into home-room groups by age for daily activities)

Drop-off: 7-9 a.m.; Pick-up: 4-5:30 p.m.

W.O.W: Students will enjoy several “Wheels on Wednesday” events by blocking off a parking lot to ride our wheels! Your children may bring their bikes, scooters, rollerblades or anything with wheels!

Breakfast, Lunch, and Afternoon Snack:  Breakfast and lunch are provided by SLP Schools' Summer Food Program, Monday through Thursday. A bag lunch and beverage from home will be needed on Fridays.  Friday breakfast and all afternoon snacks are provided by the Discovery Days program.

Weekly Special Events: Our summer will be exciting with on-site events and a few off-site field trips. Participants are provided with a t-shirt to wear on all field trips for quick identification when exploring new places. All events are included in tuition.

Eligibility: Discovery Days - Summer Session is open to preschool children who were three years old on August 31, 2018 and who are toilet-trained.

Contract options and rates for summer 2019 (open for care from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

  • Full-time Care (7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.): Minimum of 43 days - $44 per day
  • Part-time Care (7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.): 25 to 42 days - $55 per day
  • Part-time Care (7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.): Less than 25 days - $60 per day 
  • School Day options (9 a.m.-4 p.m.): $39 and $50 per day

Registration opens on Friday, February 1. Our spaces fill quickly. Do NOT wait to register if you would like a spot in our program. Current families will receive priority from February 1 through February 14.

Starting on or about February 15, 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. 

Summer Champions

Anyone can be a champion! With our "Summer Champions" weekly themes, students will engage in activities throughout the summer to reflect on the qualities that make one a champion and the lessons we can learn from champions of sport, games, performing arts, business and more. In addition to these activities, we will challenge our minds and bodies to grow stronger with kindergarten readiness learning, outdoor games, on-site events and field trips to exciting, fun sites.

Summer Dates and Themes

All events and field trips are on Fridays, unless otherwise noted.

June 10-14 – American Ninja Warrior – Pump It Up at Plymouth - Bus leaves at 9 a.m. and returns about 12:30 p.m.

June 17-21 – MasterChef Junior – Pizza Making on-site

June 24-28 – Double Dare – Eagle's Nest - Bus leaves at 9:30 a.m. and returns about 12:30 p.m.

July 1-3 – Deal or No Deal – Water Fun on-site on Tuesday

July 8-12 – The Masked Singer – Willy Wonka at Stages Theater - Bus leaves at 8:45 a.m. and returns about 12:30 p.m.

July 15-19 – Jeopardy – Magic Show on-site

July 22-26 – Shark Tank – Bruce the Bug Guy on-site

July 29-August 2 – Minute to Win It – New Vision Theater (The Lion King or Toy Story 4) - Bus leaves at 9 a.m. and returns about 12:30 p.m.

August 5-9 – America's Got Talent – The Teddy Bear Band on-site

August 12-16 – Survivor – Rich Wieber BMX Stunt Show on-site

August 19-23 – The Amazing Race – Summer Celebration on-site Thursday

*Activities, events and field trips subject to change.

Registration

Discovery Days registration is now open! Register early to avoid placement on a wait list.

Registration opens on Friday, February 1. Our spaces fill quickly. Do NOT wait to register if you would like a spot in our program. Current families will receive priority from February 1 through February 14.

Starting on or about February 15, 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. 

Click here to register.