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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 joined the Dawn of Discovery family almost 2 years ago. Our son started in the Preschool 1 room and our daughter started in Toddler 1. We recently moved out of the area and needed to find something closer to home but both our kids LOVED all their teachers at Dawn of Discovery.
I give them 5 stars because my son was diagnosed with ASD; Aspergers and Sensory Processing Disorder - while Dawn of Discovery ended up not being the ideal environment for him because of his special needs all of the teachers and directors were VERY courteous and professional on working on a plan with us to help our monkey and kept in good communications with us on when he was having hard days.
Dawn of Discovery always has fun things going on in the classrooms for kids. Our daughter's favorite thing in the world is all things oceans after Miss Shanna did a unit in her classroom and she was so proud of the octopus she made!
Miss Jess, Miss Mandy, Miss Shayla, Miss Hailey, Miss Lexi, Miss Taylor and more will all be missed by our family!!
Miss Jenna, Miss Patty, and Miss Andrea were all wonderful to work with as far as communicating with us on things going on with the kids. We loved the app we got to use in checking in on the kids throughout the day.
Had we not moved we would have stayed with Dawn of Discovery until Kindergarten time. We are so grateful we found Dawn of DIscovery and that our kids were lucky enough to have the great teachers that they did.
THANK YOU DAWN OF DISCOVERY!!!