Preschool Program

The Discovery School (TDS) at the Bay Area Discovery Museum (BADM) is a high-quality, museum-based preschool that focuses on developing children’s creative problem-solving through a STEM-rich, innovative practice that responds to children’s unique curiosities, questions, and interests. The school is aligned with the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s (BADM) research division, the Center for Childhood Creativity, which provides evidence-based expertise in children’s creativity development. The school leverages its many resources—including its museum location and national park setting—to foster children’s natural curiosity and introduce them to the knowledge and approaches to learning they’ll need to thrive both in school and as lifelong creative problem solvers.

Our preschool program is broken up into two groups based on age: 3 & 4 Years Preschool Class and 4 & 5 Years Preschool Class. Both programs run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday – Friday. Extended care is available Monday – Friday mornings from 8-9 a.m. and afternoon care is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-4 p.m.

The Application Process for 2019-2020 School Year is now open. Applications are due by February 15, 2019.

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Our Approach

The Discovery School is a Reggio-inspired preschool program, and our work is backed by the latest early learning research findings from the Center for Childhood Creativity, the research division of the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Our program offers children the freedom to pursue their passions through guided play and inquiry. Our goal is to spark, in each of our students, a lifelong passion for exploration, learning, and creative problem solving.

Creative Problem-Solvers…

  • Are Curious
  • Come Up with Ideas and Try Them Out
  • Make Thoughtful Decisions
  • Communicate Thinking
  • Take Risks and Persist Through Challenge
  • Learn to Collaborate
  • Build STEM Knowledge

Your Preschooler's Day at School

A day in our preschool program is packed with a variety of hands-on activities that encourage learning through creativity. Children at TDS have the opportunity to go from exploring with clay one day, to building in our unique Fab Lab Makerspace the next. Learning takes place in our classrooms, of course, but also throughout the museum, and on our extensive grounds.

Our daily preschool hours are 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Extended Care is available Monday-Friday morning from 8-9 a.m. and in the afternoons on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 1-4 p.m.

An example of our daily flow includes:

  • Arrival
  • Morning Meeting with a story, songs, and/or creative movement
  • Explore the classrooms and museum
  • Small group work
  • Snack
  • Outside time
  • Lunch
  • Closing Meeting with a story, songs, and/or creative movement

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2019/2020 School Year

3 & 4 Years Preschool Class 2019-20

Days: 5 days, Monday – Friday
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Age: 3 years old by September 1, 2019
Tuition: $14,860; Deposit $2,000


4 & 5 Years Preschool Class 2019-20

Days: 5 days, Monday – Friday
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Age: 4 years old by September 1, 2019
Tuition: $14,860; Deposit $2,000


Extended Care Available

Mornings: Monday through Friday | 8 – 9 a.m.
Afternoons: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday | 1 – 4 p.m.

Tour Dates for Preschool 2019-2020

Winter Tour Dates

Monday, January 14, 2019      10 – 11 a.m.

Monday, January 28, 2019      10– 11 a.m.

Monday, February 11, 2019     10 – 11 a.m.

We ask that parents please only sign up for a tour if your child will be 3 by September 1 , 2019.

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If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email us at tdsenrollment@badm.org.