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DISCOVERY VILLAGE

A Unique, Quality Childcare Center and Preschool

DISCOVERY VILLAGE IS UNIQUE!

The care of a village, creativity of an art studio, and discovery of a science lab await children at Discovery Village. Serving children from six weeks to five years, Discovery Village is a premier Childcare Center and Preschool.  We provide high quality full-time, year-round childcare and learning.

Classic and contemporary research and experience come alive in our playful approach. Academic, social emotional, physical, and character development is embedded in play and projects stemming from children’s wonder and curiosity. We enhance learning with  quality enrichment including Spanish, Sign Language, Art, Science, and so much more. As a result of our thoughtful approach, children are prepared for success and well being in Kindergarten and beyond.

Discovery Village - a unique childcare center and preschool
Discovery Village - a premier childcare center and preschool

Discovery Village is inspired by impactful educational philosophies of the 20th century – Montessori, Waldorf, and especially Reggio. Building from those approaches, Discovery Village designs anew what is possible in a childcare center.

During the Covid-19 pandemic Discovery Village remained open for families that needed to rely on our care. Those challenging days of crisis brought renewal. We revitalized our approach to learning and care to address the demands and possibilities of our times. Constraints from new health protocols fueled creativity. Protests over racial inequity and injustice deepened our values based learning. Well being and connection to others, both similar and different from ourselves, emerged as core to our program. We committed to being a haven of hope in a world needing healing, yet also filled with wonder and possibility.

Discovery Village is licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. We are a member of the Child Care Council of Westchester.

DISCOVERY VILLAGE: COVID HEALTH AND SAFETY PROTOCOL

YOUR CHILD’S HEALTH AND SAFETY DURING TIMES OF PANDEMIC AND BEYOND

Discovery Village is committed to providing an environment that is safe and nurturing, creative and calm. We serve as a haven of hope and happiness in a world filled with challenge. At Discovery Village, we have carefully interwoven both the mandatory and recommended health and safety guidelines. This includes guidelines from the CDC, Department of Health, and Office of Children and Family Services. We do so in a playful and non-stressful manner.

Health and Safety

Discovery Village's Three Pillars:

‘R‘ELATIONSHIPS, ‘E‘XPERIENCES, ‘V‘ALUES

REV it up with Discovery Village!

Relationships

I DON’T THINK ONE PARENT CAN RAISE A CHILD. I DON’T THINK TWO PARENTS CAN RAISE A CHILD. YOU REALLY NEED THE WHOLE VILLAGE.

Toni Morrison; Novelist, Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winner

At the heart of Discovery Village Childcare Center and Preschool lie the relationships between our villagers: children, teachers, and families. Our village model emphasizes taking time to be with one another, developing caring, appreciative, respectful bonds. We emphasize the joy and responsibility of being a villager. This includes substantial attention to developing the social emotional skills needed to care for ourselves and others. Well being is central to our approach with  focus on healthy lifestyle choices. We additionally emphasize inclusive care for others regardless of background. Branching out beyond those in our supportive village, we demonstrate care for the broader community, and for our planet. We become actively involved in projects locally and globally to make a positive impact.

Relationships at Discovery Village
Experiential learning at Discovery Village

EXPERIENCES

WE IMAGINE A SCHOOL IN WHICH STUDENTS AND TEACHERS EXCITEDLY AND JOYFULLY STRETCH THEMSELVES TO THEIR LIMITS IN PURSUIT OF PROJECTS BUILT ON THEIR VISION.

Seymour Papert; MIT mathematician, computer scientist, and educator

Our young villagers learn by doing, pursuing their interests through play and projects. Learning is integrated into explorations stemming from children’s curiosity. We incorporate language arts, math, science, the arts, cultural studies, physical education, social-emotional learning and so much more. Children’s projects decorate our classrooms and hallways, as children design and redesign our space, making it uniquely their own. Village wide celebrations immerse children in joyous exploration and fun, creative self expression, and meaningful social action.

VALUES

INTELLIGENCE PLUS CHARACTER – THAT IS THE GOAL OF TRUE EDUCATION.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Discovery Village offers care and learning that is deeply grounded in our core values:

  • Caring, Connecting, Creating, and Contributing
  • Well-Being

In a caring village environment, children actively explore their own unique ways of making a positive impact.  Children develop social emotional skills, inner resources, and qualities of character vital for a lifetime of well being and contribution. This includes learning skills of self care, care for others, care for communities, and care for our planet.

Values and Social-Emotional Learning

Serving Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow, Irvington, Elmsford, White Plains and the Surrounding Areas in Westchester and Rockland Counties.