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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Preschools

Mission: Discovery time is dedicated to guiding and nurturing students through an academically rigorous & innovative inquiry-based curriculum which enhances their natural curiosity and supports them as they develop into lifeling learners. Through deep learning, personal motivation and individual accountability, discovery time school equips each student with the skills and mindset necessary for becoming successful, responsible and caring citizens of our global community. Teachers encourage students to challenge themselves, make positive choices and mature to independence within our democratic system. Students develop a love of reading, research, languages, cultures, exploration and the arts in a safe and healthy environment that celebrates their gifts and strengthens their confidence. Discovery time school is an institution that supports family, community, equality, stewardship, individuality, servant leadership, academic excellence and the fine arts.

Target demographics: Licensed private academic school from Toddler through Preparatory School (K-8).

Geographic areas served: Bedford County, Pennsylvania

Programs: Private academic school for students from 3 years old to 6th grade, summer childcare provided to children ages 18 months old to 10 years old, & before and after school care to students ages 3 - 10 years old.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Dawn Z.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Sadly, "Bedford Mom" is misinformed. A "Charter School" is a taxpayer supported Public School. Discovery Time School has ever and always will be a non-profit private academic school. The Board's mission is to run a fiscally responsible, high quality institution that is committed to expanding its programs so that students of all ages have the opportunity to have an education where deep learning and joyful community are central to the school. It is unfortunate that many fear change and view it as a "tarnishing" of the past. We disagree. The change that is happening is proof of the solid foundation and methodology that the school was built on. It is run by volunteers who donate all of their time and talents to this goal. But, you don't have to believe me. Come and visit. Talk to our "little primary school students," and see if they think ours is a wasted effort. For all the energy some people put toward maligning honest and noble intentions, they would do better service to help out our hardworking staff and wonderful volunteers. Our most expensive programs (which would enable any child to attend from 6:30am-5:30pm Monday through Friday) cost $2.75 per hour. You can't even get a high school babysitter for that price. We are working on secure funding strategies to make it possible for any child to be able to attend regardless of their families income. Of course, these things take time--especially in a recession. But, we have faith in our mission. Reviews like "Bedford Mom's" are just going to be a part of our history. We welcome visitors any time. Go to www.discoverytime.net for more information, or call 814-623-2818 to schedule a tour.

Client Served

Rating: 3

The teachers and helpers at this school are wonderful. Unfortunately, the reputation that was built by many years of wonderful service as a top-notch preschool and kindergarten to our community is being tarnished by the desire by some members of this organization to become strictly a "charter school". They have recently decided (early 2011) to either not offer child care on non-school days or to offer limited hours. For working families, this is just not realistic. Even in the 3 yr old preschool program, your child is expected to only require care from 8:00-3:00 - "wrap-around" care is an additional fee on top of the monthly fee you already pay (which does not include any non-school days - if they offer childcare on those days, it costs an additional $22).

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Discovery Time Preschool and Kindergarten is an accredited private school in Bedford,PA that is able to offer scholarships through CCIS and Learning Lamp. Now in its 25th year of operations, Discovery Time emphasizes child-centered learning through active hands-on activities. Our teachers integrate lesson plans with monthly themes that emphasize a love of literacy and learning.