The Children’s Discovery Center (CDC) is a non-profit organization administered by a Board of Directors. We are a state licensed childcare facility with a preschool curriculum. CDC operates year round with a school session from September through May and a summer session from June through August.
We are funded through six sources:
The Children’s Discovery Center provides a quality affordable early education and childcare program with a focus on environment and community. Our mission is to maintain a safe, healthy, affordable and nurturing environment where the developmental and educational needs of children are addressed while providing engagement with the natural world, where nature is an integral, joyful part of daily learning.
The Children’s Discovery Center is responsive to the changing needs of the children, parents, staff and community. We strive to maintain a safe, healthy and nurturing environment where the developmental needs of the children are addressed. For the parents, we strive to keep the program affordable and available. For staff, we strive to provide an atmosphere that will attract and retain well-trained personnel, by maintaining appropriate working conditions. We encourage a sense of cooperation and open communication among members of the preschool community.
Philosophy & Goals
The staff of the CDC believes children learn best by doing, creating, and exploring. Developing an interest and joy in active learning is our center’s goal. Children see play as merely fun, but we view it as a crucial tool in the child’s development. We guide these needs by providing an age appropriate program in which we work with the specific needs of individual children in the areas of:
- Social/Emotional Development
- Fine and Gross Motor Skills
- Cognitive Development
We offer a variety of programs, for different ages, a year round schedule, a nutritional food program, gardening, and extended hours to accommodate working families.
Our core programs include:
- Ages 2-3
- Developing positive attitudes toward school among children and parents.The introduction to school will establish a positive association with school and create a new generation of life-long learners. Through play, music and movement, and fun, the children have the opportunity to learn and grow. By nurturing the parent – teacher – student relationship, learning becomes an integrated aspect of the children’s lives.
- Ages 3-5
- Providing significant gains in cognitive development. Preparing students to be successful lifelong learners in a natural, play based environment.
- Ages 2-9
- Developing the capacities for creativity, problem-solving, and emotional and intellectual development through exploration of nature.
After School Enrichment Program
- Ages 5-9
- Providing for parents, across the county options to better balance their work and caregiver responsibilities without putting their children’s well-being or their own jobs at risk.
- Providing good nutrition and plenty of physical activity for young child’s growth and development. Establishing healthy behaviors that have a lifelong impact on the child’s quality of life.
- Developing nutritional choices and recognizing where food comes from.
- Developing the skills to prepare food.
- Cooking with Preschool Children
Gardening provides different forms of engagement for children, including designing, planting, and maintaining gardens; harvesting, preparing, and sharing food; working cooperatively in groups; learning about science and nutrition; and creating art and stories inspired by gardens.
- The Children’s Discovery Center intergenerational program is a partnership with the Sublette Center, fostering learning opportunities and emotional connections between genrations. The children involved benefit from extra nurturing and attention, and seniors benefit from the sense of being needed and appreciated. We also feel it is important to expose children to information about age and developmental stages of life. Our goal is to build positive relationships that break down negative stereotypes about the elderly and create life-long friendships.
Environmental Education/Animal Husbundry
- Teaches students to respect their natural world by using methods that encourage sensory exploration and experiential learning in a farm-and-wilderness environment. With age-appropriate scientific investigation and recognition of the interconnectedness of living things helps us understand that our own actions affect life all around us. Our programs are designed to promote both discovery and continuing curiosity for the environment.
As a licensed childcare facility, the CDC strictly adheres to the Wyoming Child Care Licensing Rules. Please refer to the licensing manual for more information.