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. Children receive breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack each day. 

Who: Children who are 3- or 4-years old by September 1 of the 2018-2019 school year

When: Open 7 a.m.–5:30 p.m. on school days and most non-school days from September 4, 2018 – June 6, 2019 (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 p.m.) options are available.

Discovery Days Program Rates:

  • Five days a week: 
    • Full Day (7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $210 per week
    • School Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.): $185 per week
  • Three or Four Days a Week:
    • Full Day (7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $52.25 per day
    • School Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.): $47.25 per day 

Registration: When you complete the online application, you will be put on a “pending approval status” until we've reviewed your account. Your credit card will not be charged the registration fee until your child is confirmed in the program. You will receive an email confirmation. If you have questions about registration please call 763-600-5000.

Registration for 2018-2019 is open. Register early to avoid placement on a wait list.

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. 

  • 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. Staff has SPF 30 to use for re-application in the afternoon. If you would rather your child use their own sunscreen, please send a labeled bottle. 

Discovery Days Program Rates

  • Five days a week: 
    • Full Day (7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $210 per week
    • School Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.): $185 per week
  • Three or Four Days a Week:
    • Full Day (7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.): $52.25 per day
    • School Day (9 a.m. – 4 p.m.): $47.25 per day 

Summer 2018 Discovery Days

Preschool: Full-time or part-time, open 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m. for children three years of age by June 1, 2018 who are toilet-trained.

Pre-Kindergarten: Full-time or part-time, open 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children who will enter kindergarten in September of 2018.

When and where: Monday, June 11 – Friday, August 24 (closed Wednesday, July 4) 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: Meals are included in tuition. Menus will be available. A bag lunch and beverage from home is also okay.

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 age 3-5 years who are toilet-trained.

Contract options and rates for summer 2018 (open for care from 7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.)

  • Full-time Care (7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.): Minimum of 44 days - $42 per day
  • Part-time Care (7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.): 25 to 43 days - $52.25 per day
  • Part-time Care (7 a.m.-5:30 p.m.): Less than 25 days - $57.25 per day 
  • School Day options (9 a.m.-4 p.m.): $37, $47.25 and $52.25 per day

Registration is open. Register early to avoid placement on a wait list. 

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 Trek Themes

Everyone loves a hero! With our HEROES - Brave and Bold weekly themes, students will engage in activities throughout the summer to reflect on the qualities that make one a hero and the lessons we can learn from heroes of the past and present, both real and fictional, extraordinary and ordinary. 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 Trek Dates and Themes

June 11-15 – Super Heroes – "The Incredibles II" at Mounds View theatre

June 18-22 – Sports Heroes – BMX Bike Show on-site on Thursday

June 25-29 – Community Heroes – Firefighters and EMTs on-site

July 2-3 & 5-6 – Heroes of American History – Barbecue and Water on-site

July 9-13 – The Science of Super Heroes – Pump-It-Up at Plymouth

July 16-20 – Storybook Heroes – Bruce the Bug Guy on-site

July 23-27 – Vexing Villains – "The Wizard of Oz" at Steppingstone Theatre

July 30-August 3 – Fairy Tales and Folk Heroes – Magic Show on-site

August 6-10 – Mighty Heroes of Myth – Eagles Nest in New Brighton

August 13-17 – Heroes of Tomorrow – RAD Zoo on-site

August 20-24 – Be the Hero in Your Life – Summer Celebration on-site

*Subject to change based on availability

2018-2019 Registration

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

Click here to register.