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 2016-2017

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.

Chris MacInnis
Secretary/Treasurer

Chris MacInnis is the Treasurer / Secretary for Discovery Early Learning & Care. He holds a B.Sc. in both biology and geology and is a practicing member in good standing with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO). Chris has two young children who have both attended Discovery Early Learning & Care over the years with whom he loves to hike, fish and sail with in their spare time.

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.

Jeff Marsh
Director

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.

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.

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