Explore and Discover (E&D) was founded in 2002 by a group of parents with the common goal of creating a high-quality infant-toddler program in Northwest Denver. Goals for E&D included offering flexible scheduling, a strong community focus as well as parent education and social connection opportunities for the families it serves.
E&D is now an established early education facility with a known reputation for high-quality infant-toddler care in the Highlands area. E&D is a nonprofit program that provides licensed childcare for infants and toddlers ages 6 weeks to 36 months. Our curriculum is modeled after the Reggio Emilia Approach to the Education of Young Children, which encourages children to actively explore their environment and express themselves through the use of materials all within a rich social setting. This approach offers exciting and innovative ways to teach young children and emphasizes active learning, social interaction and a positive learning environment. (See Reggio Emilia Approach for more detailed information).
The mission of Explore and Discover is to provide infants and toddlers with a nurturing and engaging environment that promotes whole-child learning and development. Explore and Discover had four primary goals:
- To structure a sustainable, high-quality childcare program that is based on the developmental needs of children from six weeks to 36 months of age.
- To provide a program that supports a family’s decision to use part-time and full-time childcare.
- To build a program, through the cooperation efforts of parents and community members, that has stable staffing, a consistent educational approach and ongoing support for parents.
- To strive for diversity and cultural acknowledgment.
The E&D advisory board consists of parents and the program director. Working within a set of operating bylaws, the advisory board oversees the operation and administration of the program and coordinates and implements recommendations by various cooperative committees.