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Summer Discovery
Let's Explore

SSDS is excited to soar through SUMMER

with play and exploration through stories and books!

Summer Discovery Registration is now closed. 

Summer Discovery 2023 will run for a total of 6 one week sessions. Each themed week we will explore books and stories with fun movement, community-related educational activities including games, art projects, songs, friendly interactions, outside adventures, and open-play creativity.


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Session Themes

To promote creativity and learning, we have designed each weekly session with a focus on different book and story themes.

Imagination & ExplorationJune 20th - June 23rd

As we listen to stories, imagine the possibilities of places to explore and the adventures to go on. Will you travel to the moon in a rocket made for one or two? Ride a unicorn or maybe a dinosaur? Is it raining? Are there rainbows? Who will you meet? The possibilities are endless, just use your IMAGINATION!

Bravery & CourageJune 26th - June 30th

Elmer the Elephant, Ferdinand the Bull, Colorful Chameleon, Carmela Full of Wishes......what brave character will you be? Or maybe you will be your own courageous self? How will you harness your courage and others courage, too? Listen and play along while we enjoy stories of brave characters near and far.

Joy & LoveJuly 5th- July 7th

Can't wait to spread love and joy? How will you make a difference in someone's day? Will you share a smile, a wave, or will you make a picture for a friend? Come explore stories with us to find out the many ways to share love and kindness in the world! And let's have fun coming up with our own creative ideas, too!

FriendshipJuly 10th - July 14th

Journey along with us as we make new friends and grow friendships with current friends. There are so many heartwarming stories about friendships and the beauty of cherished friendships. We can't wait to be super friends with you!

Collaboration & TeamworkJuly 17th - July 21st

Making friends -- even better -- working together with friends! Can't wait to team up to collaborate, build, create, and solve problems. The more we get together the happier we will be!

Empathy & CompassionJuly 24th - July 28th

Come explore emotions alike and take notice of your friends' emotions! Are they sad? Are they happy? How do you feel? The same? Different? Let's feel all the feels and journey together to explore stories about being compassionate and empathetic. Can't wait to celebrate all of us and our feelings!

Eligibility & Details

Summer Discovery is open to students who are enrolled in the ’22-23 school year + their siblings who are registered for the ’23-24 school year: ages 2-5, must turn 2 by May 1st, 2023. Unlike our school year program, our Summer Discovery program does not require parent participation.

Summer Discovery ’23 will run for a total of 6 one week sessions: 

  • Session 1: Imagination & Exploration (June 20 – June 23)
  • Session 2: Bravery & Courage (June 26 – June 30)
  • Session 3: Joy & Love (July 5- July 7)
  • Session 4: Friendship (July 10 – July 14)
  • Session 5: Collaboration & Teamwork (July 17 – July 21)
  • Session 6: Empathy & Compassion (July 24 – July 28)

The drop off time for all sessions is at 9 am and there is the option to apply for 1 pm or 3 pm pick up time. The cost for our 1 pm programming is $315/week and the 3 pm programming is $420/week. Please note: for summer weeks with holidays, the cost per week will be prorated.

  • There will be no Summer Discovery on Monday, June 19 (Juneteenth).
  • There will be no Summer Discovery on  Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd and 4th (Fourth of July).

Important Notes about Payment & New Lottery Process: This year for the first time, SSDS will run a lottery for Summer Discovery. Current enrolled families who would like to join us for our summer program must complete a Summer Discovery Lottery Application through our family portal to be included in our random lottery selection. An invitation to our Summer Discovery Lottery Application will be sent on January 11 via our Jovial Family Portal System and will close on January 18th. We will notify families on January 20th of their lottery results and selected families will have until Tuesday, January 24th to pay all relevant costs for any selected week/s to secure their spot for our summer program. 

Schedule & Fees
Summer Discovery (6 one-week sessions available)Jun 20 - Jul 28, 2023M-F9:00 am - 1:00 pm$315/Session
All dollar amounts rounded