Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina

Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina

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Day 1 of distance learning is going great, CDC friends! 😂
He loves singing his hand washing song!
Happy Mother’s Day!!!
Are we open tomorrow!? 🙏
Are we open tomorrow!? 🙏
Are we open tomorrow!? 🙏
Happy Teacher's Week to all of our teachers at CDC! Amelie loves you so much and we appreciate all you do!
When you take your 5 year old on an European vaca and he has this in his carry on 😍
Truly a lifetime experience here in Charleston! Hope everyone in the CDC family is safe, sound, and warm!
Good morning parents and staff of Children's Discovery Centers! As you may have just seen, both bridges are temporarily closed into Mount Pleasant. The majority of our staff members at both Park West and Venning live outside of Mt. Pleasant, so getting to school will not be possible until at least one of these is open. Due to this situation, both of our locations will be on a delayed opening of 7:30 a.m. instead of 6:30 a.m. Please email [email protected] with any urgent questions, otherwise we will see you later this morning. Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure the best possible care for your children today. Please check back for updates!
- Director of Park West
Will you be open tomorrow?
With love and gratitude,
Nana

Children's Discovery Center, a premier early care and education provider, respects the child, encourages learning through exploration, and supports the family within a creative, nurturing environment.

Children's Discovery Center was founded on a mission to cultivate and nurture young minds through the unique Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. Recognized around the world, this inquiry-based approach invites children to explore concepts by investigating, creating and collaboratively solving problems as a group. The teacher and children work together to design projects that encourage growth in

Operating as usual

Photos from Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina's post 05/13/2021

Today we welcomed back our Stretch and Grow team with lots of happy faces engaging in movement activities.

[05/10/21]   Happy Mother’s Day to all of our amazing moms!

Never forget that LOVE is the best thing we do. Love big, love messy, love loud. Slow down and cuddle your littles, even when they’re big. Abandon the lie of perfectionism. Learn from your kids and color outside the lines, and then stand in awe of the masterpiece you create. Smile knowing right now will taste even better as a memory. Declare goodness; the words you speak dictate the life in front of you. Remember that bad days come and go. When all else fails, dance it out. You are loved by a good God who calls you daughter. Tend to your own wounds as gently as you do the skinned knees and the jammed fingers and the hurt feelings. Be the friend you need, even when you’re busy. Hug people too long. Catch the tears of other moms, too. Speak up for those who don’t have a voice and your kids will do the same. Sit in the warmth that your baby will change the world someday.

Stand knowing that you can too.

Photos from Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina's post 05/07/2021

The new season has been a welcomed invitation to explore. Our toddlers have been inspired to get their hands dirty digging for worms and finding nature to further investigate!

Photos from Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina's post 04/27/2021

Being outside in the glorious sunshine will certainly put a smile on your face...no matter your age!

04/27/2021

Being outside in the glorious sunshine will certainly put a smile on your face...no matter your age!

Photos from Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina's post 04/26/2021

The most rewarding moments for educators are those that witness the discovery of something new in the world around them.

Photos from Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina's post 04/09/2021

Our friends in Toddler ABC crave opportunities to to explore our outdoor spaces. Whether gathering and sorting found artifacts to create nests and nature’s floor, or finding impromptu, student driven drawing experiences while playing. The richest, most beneficial learning for preschoolers comes through process and inquiry.

Photos from Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina's post 03/22/2021

Learning through play is essential for the growth and development of these young thinkers. Some of our friends are exploring textures and identifying descriptive items with guided teacher engagement. They are also practicing social skills and learning how to work together and problem solve.

Photos from Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina's post 03/09/2021

After an exploration of backyard birds, Preschool friends began asking what they eat and how they eat it. These inquiries lead them to take a closer look at how different style beaks have different functions, helping them to eat specific types of food. Students enjoyed illustrating the fruit eating beak of a toucan with colored sand.

03/03/2021

Our new Venning Assistant Director, Ms. Rachel has some new exciting news! Join us in congratulating her engagement with warm wishes.

Our new Venning Assistant Director, Ms. Rachel has some new exciting news! Join us in congratulating her engagement with warm wishes.

Photos from Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina's post 02/12/2021

Our friends are sharing the love around here. Lots of blessings, smiles, and friendships celebrated today and everyday. Happy Valentine’s Day!

01/18/2021

Our Pre-K class has been investigating the human body. While researching the respiratory system the children discovered that the esophagus mirrors the trachea which prompted the question: “What does the esophagus do?” We began to explore the digestive system by using various models we have around the classroom along with those from books in our library to create our own models of the intestines using clay.

01/13/2021

During daily tummy time exploration, our infants showed curiosity with smiles as they engaged in facial recognition. Adding various reflective elements helps to capture new interest and continue encouraging this vital skill.

12/08/2020

Our friends are excitedly spreading the Christmas spirit with tree display visits and project opportunities!

11/19/2020

Children are eager to start the day when presented with a morning provocation.

11/17/2020

Encouraging our infants to engage in critical visual, motor, and sensory development through tummy time. We love cheering them on and watching their proud smiles.

11/05/2020

Fall Festival 2020 Venning Road

11/04/2020

PW Fall Festival 2020

10/29/2020

Children in Infant C have been exploring sounds in nature. While listening to water sounds, children were presented with images, water based materials and artifacts to create their own water inspired sensory bottles.

10/27/2020

Our own backyards are a constant source of exploration and discovery. Preschool B children have been learning about the many facets of nature that we can encounter walking outdoors. Personal yard images inspired children to collect nature elements and create their own yard parcels.

10/23/2020

Investigating nature can lead to both textural and creative discoveries as shown by our toddler class.

10/20/2020

Through an investigation of nature’s floor, Toddler F found inspiration in the different patterns and lines found in leaves and plants. To expand on this interest, children created brushes and mark making tools with nature.

10/16/2020

Tomorrow we come together to send off Ms. Angela in style. After over 6 years of serving the Infants at CDC and being our Infant B lead teacher, she has decided to retire. Her warm spirit, infectious laugh and kind heart will be missed. Enjoy your retirement Ms. Angela!

09/15/2020

Nature’s floor is always a source of inspiration for our young learners. Recently, our PreToddlers went outside to paint what they observed. Varying paint brushes were offered to create different markings for their exploration.

09/02/2020

With a unique Kindergarten experience on the horizon, what better way to send them off than with a unique field trip. Our Venning Pre K class was all smiles riding over to the Park West center to see their new virtual learning classroom and meet their teachers. They finished with a splash pad day, popsicles, and lots of smiles!

08/19/2020

The sunshine is a beautiful invitation to explore outdoors. Our friends have been enjoying the fresh air and open space to run, play, and discover.

06/23/2020

Indoor experiments and exploration isn’t where our discovery experience ends. Our school age children also enjoy water play outside. There were definitely some fun collaborations happening outside too!

06/17/2020

Authentic experiences drive curiosity. Infant C children were invited to engage in our sensory garden. They were able to use their senses to explore plants in a variety of garden beds. This natural inquiry gave them new opportunities to touch, smell, see and tend to plants. We were lucky enough to witness some very exciting learning through hands on study with young learners!

06/09/2020

To continue learning about the habitat in which ocean animals reside, Ms Pearls class added a sensory table for investigation. This table was created to inspire learning through new hands on opportunity. Sensory play facilitates exploration and naturally promotes the use of scientific processes while they engage, create and collaborate.

06/05/2020

Water days are here at our Park West location! Children will have the opportunity to splash, play, and enjoy the stimulating properties of water.

05/25/2020

We hope you enjoy the long weekend and take time to honor our country and those who have fought for it.

05/20/2020

Welcoming more children back into our buildings each day brings us so much joy. Their smiles, curiosity, laughter and camaraderie reminds us of the good in the world. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us!

05/18/2020

There are things in life that connect us all... no matter the distance... music, dance, and art all hold great value through the Reggio Emilia philosophy. It is evident in these sweet tiny dancers’ spirit. Thank you #dancemovesofcharleston

05/09/2020

Seeing and celebrating our CDC moms, curb side with a parade of love, laughs, and a few tears... The perfect way to kick off Mother’s Day Weekend! Thank you for letting us love the ones who call you mom. ❤️

05/09/2020

Seeing and celebrating our CDC moms, curb side with a parade of love, laughs, and a few tears... The perfect way to kick off Mother’s Day Weekend! Thank you for letting us love the ones who call you mom. ❤️

Our Story

The educational philosophy is based on the methods and practices of early education centers in Reggio Emilia, Italy - which was identified as having the “best early childhood program in the world” by Newsweek in 1991. This unique educational philosophy empowers children and encourages physical, emotional, creative and intellectual growth. It focuses on early and primary education and parents are a vital component of this philosophy. The Reggio Emilia approach to teaching young children puts the natural development of children as well as the close relationships that they share with their environment at the center of its philosophy.

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Seeing and celebrating our CDC moms, curb side with a parade of love, laughs, and a few tears... The perfect way to kick...
Seeing and celebrating our CDC moms, curb side with a parade of love, laughs, and a few tears... The perfect way to kick...
Seeing children working at home to integrate learning processes is something we love seeing. Fitz and Nora conducted an ...
Hoping the luck of the Irish keeps us all healthy! We will be welcoming you in the lobby for drop off and pick up today ...
Thankful our students take the knowledge they learn at school home to share with their family.
With the new school year quickly approaching, our Venning Pre-K student’s have been preparing for kindergarten. They enj...
And now, it is very hard for US to believe your children are leaving us at Venning! You have entrusted the most importan...
While learning about sunflowers, children in Preschool A viewed the famous Sunflower painting by Monet. Children were ex...
When you worry...Jesus rescues!
Our first day of VBS was a success!

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Monday 6:30am - 6:15pm
Tuesday 6:30am - 6:15pm
Wednesday 6:30am - 6:15pm
Thursday 6:30am - 6:15pm
Friday 6:30am - 6:15pm