PHOENIX, NY – To better reflect the various Early Education programs for children, the former Discovery Day Care now has a new name, Discovery Learning Center and a new logo that reflects what Discovery Learning Center is all about.
Discovery Learning Center has early learning environments for children ages 18 months through 12 years.
All of the classrooms emphasize learning through hands-on experiences.
The new name represents the various types of education programs available for children.
According to center manager Julie Boyd, it is the quality of the learning experience that sets Discovery Learning Center apart.
“We make learning fun,” said Boyd. “It’s a very hands-on experience. Our new logo reflects that idea, as children are shown outside exploring, discovering and learning. Whether it’s playing outside, caring for our garden, discovering the wonders of science or engaging in cooking activities, we understand that children learn best by doing and having first hand experiences.”
“We incorporate learning into every activity we do. Our educators, all of which meet or exceed state requirements, follow a researched based curriculum that creates a safe environment where children can explore independently with adult support. It allows them to learn through first hand experience and is based on the children’s needs and interests. Our educators work very closely with the parents to ensure that their child’s needs are being met,” Boyd added.
In addition to the classroom environment, staff at Discovery Learning Center focus on developing the children’s independent and self-help skills as well as their social and emotional development.
Meals, which are low in fat, sodium and sugar, are prepared on site and served to the children family style.
Children learn to serve themselves and learn about portion size, proper manners, and the food groups.
Boyd added that active involvement from the parents is encouraged. Parents are invited to participate in luncheons and are always welcome in the classroom. Staff members greet parents every day and keep them informed of their child’s daily progress, concerns and accomplishments.
“We recognize that parents are their children’s first teacher. We partner with them on everything from toilet training to transitioning to Kindergarten and with access to all of OCO’s services we can help to advocate for them if requested,” said Boyd.
Discovery Learning Center is focused on school readiness.
Parent involvement even played a role in Discovery’s new logo.
Steve Lesinski, of Empire Signage, a parent of one the children enrolled at Discovery Learning Center, designed the center’s new logo.
“We’re thankful to Steve for creating our new logo. It’s a playful design that captures the spirit of Discovery Learning Center; to help children grow and learn in an age-appropriate setting,” Boyd said.
Part of OCO’s Education, Discovery Learning Center is open Monday through Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and houses six classrooms; Toddler for children age 18 to 36 months, all day Pre-School for children ages 3 to 5, a before and after school classroom for youth ages to 5 to 12, two Head Start rooms for children ages 3 to 5, and a UPK classroom for children ages 4 and 5.
A summer camp for youth ages 5 to 12 will be held Monday through Friday beginning July 6 and continuing through August 28.
For more information on Discovery Learning Center you may visit the center during regular hours for a tour of the facility, contact the office at 315-695-4838, or visit www.oco.org