Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina

Children's Discovery Center of South Carolina


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 physical, emotional, creative and intellectual development. The teacher facilitates higher level thinking with the child, and acts as a resource and guide of learning in the classroom.

Mission: Children’s Discovery Center’s mission is to be a leading early child care and education provider in South Carolina, that respects children, encourages learning through exploration and supports our families within a creative, nurturing, Christian environment.

Operating as usual

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

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

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.

Fall Festival 2020 Venning Road

Fall Festival 2020 Venning Road

PW Fall Festival 2020

PW Fall Festival 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.

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.

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

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.

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!

Children show such excitement when the environment around them changes. They were thrilled to be able to explore our new fall decor and we couldn’t help but take some pictures to welcome fall!

As we commence a new academic school year, Preschool B students are exploring themselves in their new environment. During their daily project time, they were presented with mirrors, oil pastels, and watercolor to create self portraits. Teachers continue to encourage self awareness, identification, and fine motor skills preparing them for writing.

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.

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!

To further their learning of flowers and the layers within potted plants, children created their own flower pots! Children molded with paper mache and painted individual pots. Recycled materials were manipulated and pressed into the pots to represent the layers of roots, soil and plants.

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.

Our youngest friends curiosities of natural textures have inspired a variety of sensory investigations. Encouraging language development describing these textures have yielded smiles, giggles, and new sounds!

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!

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!

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.

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

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

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!

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

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. ❤️

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. ❤️

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. ❤️

Thank you Lauren for the work you do at Roper Downtown. We are thankful to have Marion at CDC!

[05/06/20]   At CDC we love our nurses! We know this time has been challenging and we can’t thank you enough for stepping up to the front lines to keep our families safe and healthy. We would like to publicly honor you, so we ask you to please post a picture of you and your CDC cutie to our page!

Seeing children working at home to integrate learning processes is something we love seeing. Fitz and Nora conducted an experiment and graph for wind from our at home plans. Great work you two!

CDC loves celebrating our virtuous Earth everyday…so Earth Day was a celebration we could gladly get behind! Seeing children explore with color and wonder is what makes our days so special.

Color mixing and artistic expression are wonderful learning tools. By letting children experiment and investigate colors, they learn how new things can be formed. Using color as an enhancement with nature is a hands on experiences that uses multiple senses to create a meaningful creation. We love seeing Eli using color with leaves!

Happy Earth Day! As we celebrate our Earth and learn about ways to protect it, we hope you get outside and enjoy this glorious day. We can’t wait to see what you can create with items from nature today! Looks like Anna Grace is off to a great start!

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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Monday 06:30 - 18:15
Tuesday 06:30 - 18:15
Wednesday 06:30 - 18:15
Thursday 06:30 - 18:15
Friday 06:30 - 18:15
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