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The Children’s Discovery Center (CDC) is a 501 (c) 3 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 serve children ages 2-5.

We are funded through six sources:

  1. Parent Tuition Fees
  2. Town of Pinedale, Wyoming
  3. Sublette County, Wyoming
  4. Grants
  5. Fundraisers
  6. Donations


Mission Statement

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
  • Speech-Language

The philosophy of Children’s Discovery Center is based on the image of the child. We see the individual child as having the right to a quality education. We respect that the child is the co-constructor of knowledge. This means that the children’s interests and their innate curiosity help choreograph our curriculum. We support the children’s exploration of their environment as natural researchers, and their need to be interactive learners. We provide children with the tools and resources necessary to explore and discover the world around them while having fun every day. Through hands on activities and learning centers, teachers facilitate and encourage exploration and learning at all ability levels. Children explore music and movement, math, science, art, language, literacy, and computers, all while growing their imaginations through dramatic play.

We offer children a rich environment for learning and the provocation to take another look.  Our philosophy combines some of the teachings of the greatest educators of our times — Maria Montessori and, Reggio Emilia.  Our environment is structured so our curriculum is child-centered which implies that learning is both child initiated and teacher facilitated. We focus on the process of learning in all its intricacies, not just the end result or the product. The learner must be trusted and supported to follow the creative processes without worry of what the finished product may be.

At the Children’s Discovery Center, we are dedicated to allowing children the freedom to explore the world, while constructing age appropriate challenges, and supportive inspiration.

“Giving our children a good start is imperative when we want to talk about how our schools perform as far as quality education. The fact that the kids at the CDC spend time in our community helping out, and visiting with our seniors, participating in the Arts, learning about conservation and the importance of growing your own food and caring for animals that also provide food, is becoming more and more important in this world of instant gratification and digital speed. I love this school and what it’s all about, how it’s teaching our kids to become stewards for our planet, and teaching them the fundamentals they will need in kindergarten.” — CDC Parent

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.