The Discovery Center

Kalamazoo, MI | 269-372-0007

A Happy Learning Experience

Toddler care


A maximum of 12 children between the ages of 18 months and 2 ½ years with a better than 1:4 teacher to child ratio are cared for by loving, experienced staff, including 2 degreed lead teachers, who plan and implement activities appropriate to the age group. Teachers stimulate curiosity, joy and interest in learning, help children to gain independence, and celebrate milestones. Observational notes as well as developmental charts are kept daily.


• Experiences in art, simple science, cooking, music, language, life skills, small motor, dramatic play, and music broaden horizons and are offered every day.

• Twice, daily gym time is available to develop large motor skills.

• Toddlers are taken outside twice a day when weather permits.

• Children are coached to begin to respect themselves, others and the environment.

• Fresh, home cooked meals and snacks provided.

• Diapers, wipes and OTC lotions or creams provided.

• Toilet training with help of parents when developmental markers appear.

• Visits by parents and guardians are always welcomed and encouraged.


Hands-on activities and materials are varied so that the child uses his/her senses to manipulate, explore, discover, and learn.

Dear Discovery Center Teachers:


... Four years ago, I gave you a fourteen month old toddler. You have been significant in raising her into a vibrant, intelligent, gentle child who is anxious (and by all accounts ready) to begin a new era of her life as a school child.


I have learned much from all of you as I observe your gentle patience, consistent encouragement and positive discipline approach. I will never forget when Amy was beginning transition and I was nervous about the challenges of "being a big kid." I observed a boy at breakfast one morning spill his milk. Another child blurted the event to the teacher and I could see embarrassment and shame shroud the face of the child who spilled. For a second, my heart broke with him. The teacher calmly responded "that's OK, he knows how to clean up his own mess." I observed the child's face transforming as he grinned and seemed to swell with pride. He marched to retrieve paper towels, cleaned up the mess and independently poured himself a fresh cup of milk. I was reminded of the great importance in the emotional development of our children through the mostly seemingly insignificant events that happen throughout the day. None of you seem to forget that. You have treated Amy with respect and dignity while you have helped her develop intellectually and emotionally.


-Jennifer, Mark and Amy Heidel