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Discovery Preschool
899 Dorset Street
South BurlingtonVT 05403
(802) 860-4370

Ages: 3 - 5

Cost: Please call for current tuition rates

Parking: Yes

Features: NAEYC Accredited

Discovery Preschool is an NAEYC accredited, non-profit, non-denominational, parent cooperative preschool that provides a nurturing, play-based program for 3 to 5-year-olds, and has received 5 STARS through Vermont's Step Ahead Recognition System.  

Mission

The primary goal of Discovery Preschool is to treat each child as an individual who actively learns at their own pace and in their own style. The environment, activities and social interactions are designed to stimulate individuality, independence, positive self-esteem, creative expression, communication skills, cooperation, physical and spiritual awareness, concept development, respect for living things, and a desire to learn through exploration. Through integrated experiences in all areas of the curriculum, the Preschool helps foster the growth of the whole child - emotionally, socially, cognitively, physically and creatively. They do not differentiate between work and play. Every experience is an opportunity to learn. Learning is active rather than passive.

The Program

  • 16 children maximum per class
  • Two experienced early educators and one parent assistant each day
  • The head teachers hold degrees in education as well as licenses in early childhood education
  • Summer playgroups and at-home visit from teacher prior to school start
  • Two classrooms and outdoor play space, plus the use of a kitchen and a large play space for group activities
  • Field trips including families
  • A parent cooperative that fosters a strong sense of community
  • Follows the South Burlington school system calendar
 
Class Times
 

Explorers Class (3 years by Sept 1st)

 

  • Monday: 8am - 2pm
  • Wednesday: 8am - 2pm

 

 

Voyagers Class (4 years by Sept 1st)

 

  • Tuesday: 8am - 2pm
  • Thursday: 8am - 2pm

 

 

Optional Extra Day (multi-age)

 

  • Friday: 8am - 2pm

 

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Loloshues

  • 5

Reviewed on 06/06/2017

I have two boys. One 7 one almost 4. They both attended Discovery Preschool. My youngest is still there. How many preschools in this areas can say there head teacher as been there for like 14t years. Also how many schools are the parents always welcome. The parents run the school. From my experience the teachers go above and beyond to help your child. They do lots of different theme's. The have a very cool lift area with a slide indoors. They have a new playground. Everything at this school has been amazing....more

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Doodymk44@yahoo.com

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/12/2016

Discovery Preschool is fabulous! The co-op aspect of the school is so much fun, being a part of the day and volunteering in the class, you get to watch your child and others grow. The teachers are the best and really go above and beyond to make the learning environment top notch. It's a great community and we have really enjoyed gettig to know the other families.

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2xMom

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/16/2014

My children are enrolled at Discovery Preschool. The school has exceeded our family's expectations. The teachers are truly amazing. They are nurturing and dedicated to creating an inspiring learning environment for the children. Each and every time we arrive, the classroom has different activities set up and new things for the children to explore. I could not be happier that we chose this preschool!

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JAC

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/02/2013

Discovery has become such an important part of all 3 of my children's early years. It is an exceptional preschool program and an enriching experience for the whole family. It has been a wonderful way to stay connected with each of my children and involved in their learning as they begin to explore the world. I value the partnership with the teachers and families and the strong sense of community within the preschool.

The teachers are dedicated, enthusiastic, kind, and thoughtful and work hard to create a safe, friendly and child-centered environment in which to learn. They truly get to know and understand each child and appreciate individual differences. Communications are unsurpassable. The teachers go above and beyond to keep families well informed and give meaningful insight into each child's daily activities and learning. ...more

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mom3vt

  • 5

Reviewed on 08/01/2013

I highly recommend Discovery Preschool. The teachers are absolutely fantastic. My daughter was really shy and the teachers were very nurturing and gave her the time she needed to adjust. She came away from 2 years at Discovery very confident with a love and excitement for learning.

The school is a parent co-op which means there is a lot of involvement from all the families. You really feel like you are a part of a little community and everyone is so invested in the school and all the students there. As a parent you get to volunteer in the class several times a year and see first hand how all the children interact together. It is an opportunity you will treasure forever!

I am looking forward to sending my other 2 children to Discovery Preschool. If you are looking for a preschool for your 3-4 year old you should definitely look into Discovery Preschool.
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eel

  • 5

Reviewed on 07/26/2013

All three of my children have attended Discovery Preschool. My youngest will be in his final year starting this fall. What a fabulous school and small community to be a part of. I can't say enough good things about the school, teachers, and families. The teachers are so welcoming and attentive to each child's needs. This is especially important to our family since my son has several life threatening food allergies. Sending him to preschool for the first time under someone else's care was very scary for us. The teachers have been so understanding, careful, and involved in making sure our son has a positive, safe preschool experience. Discovery is a parent co op. It has been a great experience being so involved in our children's preschool experience. If you are looking for a fun, engaging preschool co op experience with creative, loving teachers, please check them out. ...more

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Mom of 2

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/21/2012

Both my daughters are currently in this school. We love the teachers, and being in the classroom a few times out of the year myself has been so much fun. My girls get super excited to have the mommy helper for the day. I am amazed at how involved the kids are in everything they do. My kids are happy here and I feel they are getting a great start to their education. I am so happy we found this school! Also thrilled at its low cost, and its a magnet school. Highly recommend. ...more

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05403

  • 5

Reviewed on 12/29/2011

My only child started at Discovery this fall, and he adores it... as do I! There is a lot of parent involvement, which I consider a very good thing. I really feel like I know what he's doing when he's at school for the day. And the teachers are excellent at updating you on your child's progress and development.

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3boyz

  • 5

Reviewed on 12/06/2011

Our oldest child attended Discovery and our 2nd is now in the three day class. Our third child will be there in the fall of 2012, too! What a wonderful school and community. The teachers are loving, attentive to each child and create a fun, interesting environment for the children. There are always creative set ups and projects happening in the room. It is play based, child centered, and just fits so well with how we parent. The teachers are fabulous and so welcoming to everyone who walks in the door. We have made some great new friends with the families attending the school. Everyone works together to make this school a wonderful place for young children. It feels like family at Discovery and I am so happy we chose Discovery when our children were ready for a preschool experience. ...more

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cpoor

  • 5

Reviewed on 01/10/2011

We could not be happier with Discovery Preschool. It is a wonderful thing to hear your son upset on his off days because he wants to be at school. He has fun while learning and playing. The teachers are fantastic. It feels like you become part of a family, all working together for our children. The space is set up to be so inviting and fun. Always changing to encourage imagination. A loft that is an office, hospital, kitchen, etc. My younger son will be 3 this summer and is excited to attend Discovery next fall....more

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