Past Year Brings National Growth for Toledo-Based Child care Provider

With more than three decades of experience nurturing and teaching children in the Toledo area, Children’s Discovery Center expanded its operation outside of the Ohio market. This past August, the nationally ranked Top 50 child care provider opened a 12,000-square foot facility in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina – a suburb of the admired Southern city of Charleston, South Carolina.

The new location sets the pathway for the Ohio-based provider to become a national child care provider. Located less than 15 miles from downtown Charleston, the center becomes the corporation’s eighth location, with the other seven covering the Toledo market.

Each of the company’s centers feature distinctive interior design and local elements. The South Carolina location is no different, including sea-life themes and Lowcountry decorations. This particular center also features a replica of the iconic Cooper River Bridge – a life-size structure inside the center’s discovery room that serves as a focal point of the center and a play area for children.

Groundbreaking for the center was held in early spring of last year and by August, the center was welcoming children and families. The center has capacity to serve nearly 200 children between the ages of 6 weeks to 5 years old.

“We knew growth outside the Toledo area was in our future,” says Lois Rosenberry, the company’s founder and CEO. “When the opportunity to expand to Charleston presented itself, we knew immediately it was the perfect place to start our national footprint.”

Rosenberry attributes part of the selection process of the new location to Charleston’s economic growth and an obvious need for high-quality child care providers. All signs pointed to the fact that the need was there.

“We were at capacity almost immediately after opening our doors,” explains Katie Carter, the South Carolina center’s director. “With the relocation of Boeing to the area and the area’s constant growth, it was obvious very quickly how much the community appreciated us opening our doors.”

Just like each center in the Ohio market, the South Carolina facility offers the world-renowned Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. Notably, Children’s Discovery Center was the first to bring the award-winning structure to the SC community.

With state-of-the-art security and technology, Children’s Discovery Center utilizes video conferencing across hundreds of miles to provide training, consulting and oversight. Rosenberry says its imperative that a model be followed in order to guarantee a quality educational environment to parents and families.

“Our team in Ohio has been doing this for more than 30 years,” says Rosenberry. “Consistency is huge for me so it’s important that our team up here stay closely connected to our team in South Carolina.”

“We want to ensure that our families in South Carolina experience the same level of care that our Ohio families have experienced for so many years.”

Children’s Discovery Center began in 1982 in Maumee and employs more than 150 people, serving 1,400 children. The center’s administration also runs Discovery Express School, a chartered non-public school located in Holland that offers kindergarten through 4th grade.

Update from the Children’s Discovery Center Atelier

Dear Parents,

End of Year Art

There are several updates that I’d like to share with you as we begin the new year!

First of all, let me review some of our projects and concepts from the end of 2013.

As the Pre-K children focused their interests on treasure and pirates, and the Preschoolers were exploring nature, I was able to teach them about radial symmetry and color temperature.

The students in the Pre-K class were really creative in making their own treasure out of a wide range of found materials. With their pieces of treasure, they created a mosaic in air-dry clay with radial symmetry as their direction for design, starting in the middle and then working their way outward. Then their treasure collections were painted with gold glitter to make them extra shiny!

End of Year ArtWhile still working through their Pirate project, I was able to introduce printmaking techniques to the Pre-K class. There had been a lot of conversation about treasure maps, so we observed a variety of examples and came up with a plan to create maps for themselves. They observed water, a compass, creatures in the water, an island, and of course an X to mark the spot. Students were given Styrofoam “linoleum plates” that could be “carved” with the pencil lines. They drew (carved) their islands and then using a breyer to roll on their ink, printed their islands onto their maps. The children truly paid close attention to detail while working on this project.

End of Year ArtAs the Pre-K class transitioned to their Christmas project, I took the opportunity to focus on color temperature and observational still life drawings. Students enjoyed picking out a still life of warm colors (reds, oranges and yellows) and cool colors (greens, blues and purples). One of my favorite techniques for young children is drawing with oil pastels and then painting over them with watercolors. The oil pastel lines resist the water and pop through the paint.

The Preschoolers explored color temperature as we looked at the weather and created a wall-hanging, linking cool and warm colored weather collages with a rainbow of pipe-cleaners.End of Year Art Using tissue paper and glue to cover their papers, students then added oil pastels over the textured surface to create the illusion of heat and rain drops. Some students even found random small objects around the atelier to add as a “big rain drop.”

I was able to enjoy some printmaking with the preschoolers as well – covering the bottoms of muffin tins and bubble wrap with paint. Students printed monoprints one week and then added embellishments around the graphic circles, referring to the radial symmetry of flowers.

Year End ArtLastly, we had lots of fun creating Christmas ornaments out of model magic, cookie cutters, burlap and glitter!

And of course everyone contributed to the group projects preparing for the Christmas program. Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh were beautifully created using a wide range of materials! The students LOVE a free for all in the atelier with glue, markers, glitter, scissors, fabric, you name it!

With all of this reflection on a wonderful first semester in the atelier, it is with heavy heart that I must leave my teaching position at CDC to focus my creative energies elsewhere. As a working artist myself, it has become clear that I need more time in my own studio for the time being.

Your children have been precious, energetic, passionate blessings to me (and my entire family) since August. I have loved every minute of time spent with them, watching their creative energies flow into beautiful, imaginative little masterpieces.

Year End ArtThankfully, my son Wesley will continue to attend CDC and I will remain a part of the family at this unique and wonderful school. I look forward to following the children’s progress through the rest of this year and am thrilled to pass the atelierista torch onto a dear friend of mine, Amy Sargent. Majoring in sculpture in college, having countless years experience in various children’s ministries, an artist husband and three precious little girls, Amy will surely be an AMAZING blessing to your children’s artistic education at CDC.

God bless you and your families,

Beth Williams

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