Our Approach

Program & Policy Rationale

Discovery Early Learning & Care values the four foundations of How Does Learning Happen?
Ontario’s Pedagogy for the Early Years.

In our relationships with each other we strive to consider the
Foundations of the Ministry of Education’s pedagogical document including:

  • Belonging

  • Engagement

  • Expression

  • Well-Being

  • Children Families Educators

Our Foundations

The Foundations present themselves in “Goals for Children”and “Expectations for Programs”
and it is within each of these that we acknowledge what children, parents and Discovery Early Learning & Care teams
deserve with regards to learning, growing, and caring for young children and ourselves:

  • Foundations
  • Goals for Children
  • Expectations for Programs
  • Belonging
  • Every child has a sense of belonging when he or she is connected to others and contributes to their world.
  • Early childhood programs cultivate authentic, caring relationships and connections to create a sense of belonging among and between children, adults, and the world around them.
  • Engagement
  • Every child is an active and engaged learner who explores the world with body, mind, and senses.
  • Early childhood programs provide environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative, and meaningful exploration, play, and inquiry.
  • Well-Being
  • Every child is developing a sense of self, health, and well-being.
  • Early childhood programs nurture children’s healthy development and support their growing sense of self.
  • Expression
  • Every child is a capable communicator who expresses himself or herself in many ways.
  • Early childhood programs foster communication and expression in all forms.

Belonging

Goals for Children

Every child has a sense of belonging when he or she is connected to others and contributes to their world.

Expectations for Programs

Early childhood programs cultivate authentic, caring relationships and connections to create a sense of belonging among and between children, adults, and the world around them.

Engagement

Goals for Children

Every child is an active and engaged learner who explores the world with body, mind, and senses.

Expectations for Programs

Early childhood programs provide environments and experiences to engage children in active, creative, and meaningful exploration, play, and inquiry.

Well-Being

Goals for Children

Every child is developing a sense of self, health, and well-being.

Expectations for Programs

Early childhood programs nurture children’s healthy development and support their growing sense of self.

Expression

Goals for Children

Every child is a capable communicator who expresses himself or herself in many ways.

Expectations for Programs

Early childhood programs foster communication and expression in all forms.

The full statement on our Program and Policy Rationale can be downloaded here.

Leadership Team

  • Tracy Saarikoski BA, RECE, AECEO.C
    Executive Director, Main Site
  • Lacey Carroll BSc, RECE
    Program Supervisor, Main Site
  • Tamara Taillefer RECE
    Program Supervisor, Holy Trinity Site
  • Jessica Carroll
    Executive Administrator, Main Site
  • Christina Sitko RECE
    Program Supervisor, St. Paul Site
  • Tina Madore RECE
    Program Supervisor, St. John Site

Board of Directors 2016-2019

Discovery Early Learning & Care would like to thank parents/guardians, community members, staff and all other supporters for their commitment to the children in our community.

The Board of Directors is dedicated to the safe, professional, and growing practice of early childhood education and will continue to give a voice to those who are leaders in our daycares through trust, accountability and integrity.

We encourage a culture of continuously improving. As a commitment to creating a better working and operating environment we want you to connect with our Chair of the Board and express any comments, concerns and compliments.

Danielle Kowal
President/Chairperson

Danielle has a Bachelor of Science degree coupled with a Masters in Business Administration. She has worked in the mining sector for 20 years, including four years working and living abroad. Her most recent position involves managing the Safety and Training department of her organization. She has a passion for learning and new experiences which she feels is a great fit with the Discovery Early Learning & Care vision and values. She is the parent of a toddler and sees the benefits of early childhood education first hand. Danielle is excited to be part of the voice for all children, parents and guardians of Discovery Early Learning & Care.

Alison Caruso
Vice-Chairperson

Alison has a background in education which has given her over 10 years’ experience working with various not-for-profit organizations and a diverse population of both youth and adults. Her involvement with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Thunder Bay has created a life-long commitment to the success of community members, regardless of age and economic status. She is currently working in the post-secondary sector providing avenues to support both the success of students and staff alike.

Kevin Roy
Treasurer

Kevin Roy graduated from George Brown College in Toronto in 2009 and has worked in various management positions, most recently in the Financial Services Industry. Being from Sudbury, Kevin believes very strongly in community and as such, sits on the board of the Sudbury-Manitoulin Children’s Foundation. Kevin continues to volunteer with different organizations, not-for profits, and charities along with his family. Kevin is married and with three young and active children. Kevin is thrilled to join the Board of Discovery Early Learning and Care, working alongside the wonderful board that is already in place.

Jeff Marsh
Secretary

Jeff is a local businessman and investor in the City of Sudbury. He was born and raised in the community and since married with 3 children. He is community driven through work and extracurricular activities by actively sitting on various boards, fundraising & charitable work. He is proud to have contributed with the structuring of the Discovery Early Learning & Care Board and continuing as an active board member.

Jennifer Beers
Director

Jennifer is a proud parent, raising her children in the Garson community. She has lived in the greater Sudbury area for 10 years, but is originally from Manitoulin Island. She works for the government in an outreach position within the community, as well as being an active union steward. Jennifer is also involved with parent council for St. John Catholic school. Jennifer and her family enjoy living in the north and the many outdoor activities available here, including our fantastic beaches, walking trails and cottage life.

Adriana Martin
Director

Adriana has been a Board member since the summer of 2016, and is also a member of the Boards Fundraising Committee and Nominating Committee.

Adriana is a Sudbury Native who spent 6 years living in the Niagara region, where she attained a Biology Degree and Education Degree from Brock University in St.Catharines, ON. During this time she became a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and gained years of experience in the elementary classroom setting.

Adriana is currently working within the Industrial Equipment Industry in the Mining field. Her experiences range from accounting, finance, inspections and scheduling. Adriana moved back to her hometown to start her family and enjoy all the activities and benefits the North has to offer. She currently has a son who is enrolled in our program and enjoys listening to his daily stories regarding his fun-filled experiences with the amazing Staff at this facility. Adriana is proud to be involved with the innovative team at Discovery Early Learning & Care and welcomes you to inquire about joining the Board.

Julie Antler
Director

Julie Antler has a diploma from Cambrian College in Business Accounting and has over 10 years experience in public accounting. She is a parent to two children that attend Discovery Early Learning & Care.

Amanda Baker
Director

Amanda is originally from London, Ontario, where she studied earth science and received a Bachelor of Science degree. Her work in the mining industry has taken her to Canada’s north and is what brought her to Sudbury in 2010, a city that quickly felt like home for her. She has two children that attend Discovery Early Learning & Care and is grateful for the nurturing educators who make it possible to head to work with confidence her children are well cared for.

Victoria Ciezadlo
Director

Victoria was previously an RECE who spent 10 years working with young children. She is very much aware of how important early learning is and how a positive environment with strong adult scaffolding can make the difference between an average day and an exceptional one. Now a mother of two, she is pleased to step into a different role within this organization and the community. She is looking forward to helping this already amazing childcare continue to grow and evolve.

Frank Mahon
Director

Frank has worked with children and families for the past 40 years in the areas of child and youth work, social work and child care. He is the managing director of “L and F Mahon Consulting Services” and works with many municipalities and child care centres throughout the province providing, strategic planning, team building and human resources management. Throughout his career, Frank has been a member of several Boards of Directors and enjoys working with child care centres in order to strengthen our community.

Deana Ferguson
Director

Deana has a professional background in Business Administration and Accounting, and has over 17 years of experience working within the Federal and Provincial governments. Previously, Deana has also worked with the executive boards of various community organizations; including Autism Ontario. Deana is excited to join the Discovery Early Learning & Care team. She is passionate about community growth and development, and is looking forward to bringing her diverse skill set and experience to serve alongside this board of directors. Deana currently resides in Sudbury with her husband and son.

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