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About Us

Located in Elk River, Minnesota, Dawn of Discovery provides affordable, high-quality childcare to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Not all childcare centers are created equally. As a family-owned business, Dawn of Discovery offers a bright, clean, and comfortable environment with the benefits of a structured educational setting. From our classrooms to our outdoor play area, we make every effort to ensure independence and self-confidence in your child.

While childcare can be hard work, watching your child learn and grow is the passion of all of the staff at Dawn of Discovery. Getting to know local families and bonding with their children makes it all worthwhile. Dawn of Discovery is proud to offer siblings a family discount!

Not only does Dawn of Discovery accommodate your child’s needs and learning style, we strive to accommodate parents! Conveniently located right off Highway 169, we are open from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm Monday-Friday and accept a broad spectrum of payment options.


Our Mission

Few things in life are more breathtaking than a sunrise. As brilliant colors streak across the sky and light up the planet, they prepare the world for a new day filled with potential.

In the same way, few things are more special to a parent than their child’s first laugh, first words, and first steps. As a childcare center, we are privileged to take care of your child as they discover themselves and the exciting world around them.

At Dawn of Discovery, our goal is to promote emotional, intellectual, social, and physical development in each child in a safe and nurturing manner. From six weeks to five years old, our infant, toddler and preschool curriculum is designed to offer your child a wonderful experience and ensure they are developing to their full potential.


Child Safety

As a licensed childcare center, your child is in safe hands at Dawn of Discovery. From morning drop-off to evening pick-up, we guarantee a happy and healthy experience for your child. Our safety measures include:

  • Thorough cleaning of all classrooms and toys every day.
  • Secured entry on all doors to deny access to unauthorized visitors.
  • Background checks on all staff members.
  • Regular visits by city and state officials.
  • Frequent inspections by teachers to check for safety hazards.
  • Monthly Fire drills and in summer months tornado drills.

In addition to these precautions, all of our directors, teachers, assistants and aides are CPR and First Aid-certified and AHT/SUID trained.

We've been with DOD for almost a year and our kids love it! The staff is awesome and welcoming every morning. Our kids have learned so much from their curriculum. It's amazing. Would for sure recommend them to other families in the area!