February 10, 2020

Lauren@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com

Operations Specialist, Little Canada & Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:

B.A. Degree in Business Management from Luther College

M.Ed. Degree in Early Childhood Education from Concordia University

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2017*
*Employed part-time with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2011

“Making a difference in a young child’s life is something that is truly magical. I love meeting and watching families flourish through the years they stay with us. Children’s Discovery Academy has always been a cherished part of my life. I attended the entire program, from infancy through School-Age care. Now, I am thrilled to be continuing in my family’s business at Children’s Discovery!”

~Lauren

April 28, 2020

Ashley@ChildrensDiscoveryAcademy.com
Assistant Director, Vadnais Heights

Educational Background:
A.A.S. Degree in Childhood Development from St. Paul College

Employed with Children’s Discovery Academy since 2015

“I am so excited and grateful to be a part of the team at Children’s Discovery Academy! It is such a positive and wonderful place to work! I truly value all of the wonderful people I get to work with and families I meet.”

“Over the past 11 years, I have had the opportunity to work with many different ages of children. I have found working with children and families to be a truly rewarding experience.”

“A child has a special way of adding joy to every day.” ~Author Unknown

~Ashley

March 2, 2021

“I have a five-year-old and a two-year-old who attend CDA. They love going to school and it is evident the teachers genuinely care for them. Teacher Casi in Pre-K is a very skilled teacher who is clearly knowledgeable about children’s development. She clearly puts a lot of effort into her curriculum and is very adept at communicating with children and parents. We have noticed an incredible jump in social maturity and independence since our daughter has transferred to the Pre-K room. Our daughter turned five late in the year so we were worried she would be a bit bored spending…

March 2, 2021

“It’s always so hard to entrust your young kids to others so you can go to work. My husband and I had a couple of depressing experiences with other childcare centers, and I was beginning to worry that maybe my expectations were just too high. Then, a good friend referred us to Children’s Discovery and my whole life became so much easier. I was extremely relieved and grateful to have finally found peace of mind! My toddler loves her school and her teachers. They communicate every detail of the day, plus pictures of my kids having fun, through an app…

March 2, 2021

“When it comes to my boys, I strive to make sure they get the best I can offer them. A great deal of thought and research went into care provider options before interviewing and selecting Children’s Discovery. During the interview, follow-up, and enrollment the staff is excited to get to know you, include you and be the best they can be. I find this behavior to be top tier and well beyond their nearest competitor, New Horizon. My boys came with special nuances that required the extra mile, and Sam and Brit were more than willing to step in, stay…

March 2, 2021

“As a single parent, it was very important for me to choose a childcare provider that my child would love, as she attends full-time. The teachers and staff are amazing and understanding and readily share updates and tidbits about her day, and even photos on the DailyConnect app, which is huge for me. My child comes home every day spouting things she’s done with her teachers and friends, and new things she’s learned. Every morning she’s happy to go to school, which was never the case with some of our previous childcare providers. Also, in these weird covid-times, CDA is…

March 2, 2021

“Deciding to enroll our first baby at a daycare center was a really difficult decision for us but we could not be any happier that we did so at Children’s Discovery. As we came to know the staff, it quickly became obvious that they care about the children immensely. I’ll never forget having to pick my daughter up when she was sick one day and they were just holding her and rocking her, rubbing her back just as we would have done at home! The structure “school” provides has also really helped our daughter through the tough transitions (two naps…

March 2, 2021

“My husband and I visited another daycare before choosing to put a deposit on a spot in the infant room, almost 7 months before our baby would attend. As first-time parents, we didn’t know what to expect from daycare, but we are so happy with our choice! The staff in the infant room are wonderful and always greet us and our daughter with a smile. We love the ease of the mobile app which lets us know how she is doing throughout the day. The pictures they send show us just how much fun she is having!” Elissa from Little…

March 2, 2021

“I love the staff at CDA. They take such good care of my baby boy, he talks about his teachers being his friends!!! I have peace of mind at work knowing he’s in good hands. The daycare app they have is so so convenient for me because I love to see what he’s doing and they make sure to keep it updated every day! The directors Julie and Roxy stay very up to date with their emails and information about the center and their response time is amazing! I will definitely keep him here as long as I can! Big…

March 2, 2021

“Children’s Discovery Academy is a great place for our little ones to learn! They both started out in the infant room and are now in the Pre-k and Toddler rooms. They LOVE going to school each and every day. CDA has an excellent, evolving, and engaging curriculum in each of the classrooms. They incorporate music, hands-on, sensory, responsibility activities into each day. The extracurricular activities are awesome as well and my little ones keep track of each day of the week by which activity they’ll be doing! The teachers and director, Julie, are very responsive to any questions that we…

March 2, 2021

“I highly recommend Children’s Discovery Academy – Little Canada. They are well organized in what they do and have a great curriculum for the children. Sophie enjoys going so much that even on weekends she will sometimes say, “I’m ready to go to school!”. She loves looking at her daily pictures from her classroom and is so excited telling us about her day (or whatever we can decipher at her age). Bonus points go to their chef and the rotating menu they serve to all the kids. It allows them to try new foods and at least I know she…

March 2, 2021

“Avery has a great time at CDA. He really enjoys his teachers and the staff is great.” Ryan from Maplewood Father of Avery, Pre-Kindergarten

March 2, 2021

“So glad we found CDA. We love them and our kids love it there.  Everyone is professional, friendly and you can tell they genuinely care. The communication is great, with an easy app and photos daily. The curriculum is amazing and the kids learn so much every day. If I could give them more than 5 stars I would. ” Rachel from White Bear Lake Mother of Evie, Toddler

March 2, 2021

“Jude came to CDA when he was 18 months old, and still not walking – we were worried he’d be a butt scooter for life. He’s also naturally shy despite being in a daycare center since he was 5 months old. Within just a few weeks at CDA something just seemed to click – he felt more comfortable and started testing his boundaries more, to the point that he was walking confidently (instead of only with a walking toy) after about 3 weeks. The open and flexible feeling of CDA with just the right amount of structure made his transition…

March 2, 2021

“I’m very impressed with everything Children’s Discovery has to offer. From cleanliness to nutrition and the excellent educational curriculum. Both my daughters are very happy!” Zachary from Mahtomedi Father of Ava and Anna, Toddler and Infant

March 2, 2021

“Our four-year-old Louie has learned so much this past year at CDA. We are so grateful for the fabulous teachers, and safe, caring environment of Children’s Discovery Academy. During these times of so much uncertainty, it is invaluable to our family to have such a wonderful place to bring our precious child to while we are busy at work. Can not recommend this place more highly!!” Rebecca from St. Paul Mother of Louie, Pre-Kindergarten

March 2, 2021

“We have been so happy with our experience at CDA, and the best part is that our daughter loves it too! The staff are so caring and there is great communication with them. We love the updates on Daily Connect! We also love that meals are provided, there are extracurricular options, and the vacation policy is a huge bonus. We feel like there is a great balance of having fun and playing, but also great learning activities.” Amanda from Roseville Mother of Madison, Pre-Kindergarten

March 2, 2021

“We have been attending Children’s Discovery Academy for over two years now. I feel very confident and safe with my children here. Especially during a pandemic, I am very thankful for all the precautions and extra steps that the teachers and staff take to make sure everyone is safe. Teachers and staff wear masks and temperatures are taken when kids are dropped off at school. During these challenging times, my kids are still getting the best care and education they can. The teachers are upbeat, positive, and genuinely love what they do. I love watching my kids grow and flourish…

March 2, 2021

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“CDA’s teachers are all great! Overall our kids really like their classes and have a lot of fun. Teachers are all really involved and helpful. One thing to note is that all preschoolers (about age 3+) need to be potty trained so if you’ve got a kid that isn’t trained or has a lot of accidents that can be tough since no pull-ups are allowed. Overall it’s a great center though, teachers do their best to make sure the kids are learning and have what they need to be happy and healthy!” Kelly from Roseville Mother of Daxton and Maeve,…

March 2, 2021

“Eli loves going to preschool every day and that’s because of the wonderful teachers and staff. CDA is little community filled with love for all the kids. They have been wonderful at teaching my kids life skills as well as preparing them for school. I’m grateful for the teachers and staff at CDA.” Tasha from Little Canada Mother of Eli, Preschool

March 2, 2021

“I have brought all three of my children here. They have an excellent curriculum and activities. The teachers genuinely care about the children and help facilitate and encourage a love of play and learning. With Covid, the school has done an amazing job of communicating and helping to keep everyone safe.” Melanie from Shoreview Mother of William, Preschool

March 2, 2021

“When I was pregnant with my first I toured and instantly loved CDA. Unfortunately, there were no infant openings at the time. We settled on another center but I still hoped I could get him in. Fast forward a few years and we made the switch. It was clear we made the right decision quickly. He was so happy, chatty, and excited after daycare. We welcomed our second son in July and he attends CDA as well. I love seeing him smile when he sees his teachers because I know he’s happy and well take care of. CDA has the…

March 2, 2021

“We were referred to Children’s Discovery by another CDA family and could not be happier! We came from a different preschool and are continuously impressed by CDA. The teachers in both the preschool and pre-kindergarten rooms have truly embraced our kids for who they are. The education they are receiving is exceptional and the enrichment activities available are great! Soccer shots, Tumble Fun Bus, and Play, Tap and Go music class are just some that our kids have loved! We would definitely recommend CDA to any family!” Mallory from Minneapolis Mother of Alex and Theo, Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool

March 2, 2021

“CDA was a welcomed relief for our family when we moved to MN during the summer of 2020. With the additional stress of the Covid pandemic, we wanted a school that took appropriate precautions, while allowing our kids to continue to develop and grow. CDA has the perfect balance we needed. One of our kids is in the Infant room. Kristi and her team are amazing! Our son loves going to school and we have peace of mind knowing they are taking great care of him. Our second child is in the Preschool class. Sam and her team keep our…

March 2, 2021

“Our baby was born few weeks after the Pandemic started. Despite being very happy with our choice of daycare, we were extremely nervous to send him outside the home. Ultimately he went and it’s been great. There have been a few cases amongst the teachers in different rooms but nothing has spread to the children due to diligent cleaning and mask-wearing policies. We probably don’t know the teachers as well as we would in a non-pandemic world but we know the class leads fairly well and feel that they do a great job with our son. They are extremely accommodating;…