Full Day Childcare at The Discovery Center

Discovery Kids Club
Full-Day School Age Care

At The Discovery Center, your child will find safe, fun, and educationally-rich childcare experiences. Program formats have been re-imagined to support virtual learning on the days your child is not attending school in-person. Newly upgraded Wi-Fi throughout the Museum will ensure your child can access their virtual classes and coursework to meet their school objectives in their own designated work space.

Who Can Attend?

Children from any area school district between the ages of 5-12 are welcome to attend our program.

Program Hours

Monday – Friday  8AM – 6PM

(Effective Tuesday, September 8, 2020)

Rates and Payment

The monthly enrollment fee is $725/month or $362.50/bi-weekly if paying by check. For convenience, we also offer the opportunity to pay on-line by credit card (an additional 6.3% fee applies for on-line payments).

A one-time registration fee ($80) and activity fee ($20) are required to enroll your child.

These fees will only be refunded if The Discovery Center is unable to run the program because of closures related to COVID-19. You must pay both your registration fee and activity fee when you enroll your child.

Childcare subsidies through the Department of Social Services (DSS) will be accepted.

A Typical Day at The Discovery Center

Learning and adventure are waiting around every corner at the Discovery Center! Every morning, students will gather in their classrooms and settle into their work spaces. Our instructors will assist students getting into virtual classes or start coursework that has been assigned by their school teachers.

We realize that we cannot replace the child’s school experience but students will find a supportive, calm, and welcoming environment. Communication between our staff and parents will be prioritized so our instructors can assist your child in staying on top of their virtual learning throughout the week.

When students are not engaged in virtual learning, they’ll take part in all kinds of engaging activities. They’ll conduct hands-on experiments, create art, sing, and even dress up! During the fall, each day will include playtime in our hands-on children’s museum, award-winning Story Garden, or the woods of Ross Park. Structured games like gaga ball, hide and seek, and tag keep kids moving. Everyone will be back in their classrooms for pickup with plenty of stories to tell!

Social distancing and extensive safety protocols have been incorporated into your child’s school day and afterschool experience to ensure a safe and healthy academic year. As a program licensed through the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), The Discovery Center’s school age programs have always been highly regulated, ensuring the safety of every child in our care.

Our talented instructors are devoted to enhancing learning and adventure through projects, experiments, art, music, dance, creative expression, game play, outside adventures, and numerous hands-on activities. This school year’s program has been reimagined to promote more individualized experiences rather than group activities. Your child’s safety is our top priority.

And after months cooped up inside, your child will be able to spend sunny days learning and playing in our award-winning Story Garden and taking hikes on the trails within Ross Park. If it does rain, they will have plenty of time to explore the region’s one and only children’s museum. Limited museum hours throughout the school year will ensure that our school age students have the Museum all to themselves. What better place is there for your kids to spend their days when they aren't in school?

The Story Garden

School Supplies and Devices

Each child will be expected to bring their own learning devices (complete with cords and power supplies) and any other supplies needed to complete their assignments. They will also need to have accurate login information as well as any required passwords.

Food

Students need to bring lunch and snacks from home that do not need to be heated or refrigerated. Depending on each day’s weather and activities, we may eat in a classroom or in the Story Garden. We ask that all families be considerate of food allergies. We will email parents ahead of time if there is an allergy that they should be aware of.

Afterschool Care*

If your family is only in need of supportive learning for your children on the days they are attending school in-person, look no further. Children enrolled in Binghamton City School District, in grades K-5 have the option of enrolling in afterschool only programming. Bussing is available but transportation by the school district will need to be set-up by the family.

Afterschool care will be offered from 3PM – 6PM, Monday through Friday, when school is in session.

Just like our full day care option, your child will have the opportunity to do any assigned coursework, participate in a variety of socially distanced activities, and even participate in community services, community building, and leadership development.

* Programming will be available only when Binghamton City School District is offering in-person schooling. We anticipate beginning to operate this program on October 5, 2020.

Cancellation Policy

As an OFCS licensed program, The Discovery Center anticipates that we will be able to offer school age care as an essential service throughout the school year. We require two weeks’ notice if your child is not continuing their enrollment in the program.

Questions?

For more information or to enroll your child please contact:

Kristy Wales
Director of Education
The Discovery Center of the Southern Tier
60 Morgan Road
Binghamton, NY 13903
(607) 773-8661 ext. 209
directorofed@thediscoverycenter.org