Ready for Your Child to THRIVE?

From the moment you enter our school, you’ll feel the difference

Preschool & Daycare Serving Hampton Roads, VA

Every Team Member at Our
School is Engaged, Professional,
and Dare We Say, AWESOME!

Parents rave about the quality of our staff – both teachers and leaders.  Rather than toot our own horn, here’s some excerpts from real reviews about our program:

“The staff takes the time to talk to you and get to know your kid even if they are not in their classroom. The thing I love the best is that it feels like a family.”

““I was immediately greeted with friendly faces that put me at ease.”

“All of the staff here are absolutely amazing! Each and every one of them take time out of their busy schedule to really get to know your child and your family.”

“The teachers at First Discovery are truly amazing.  They are always helpful, cheerful and welcoming.”   

Personalized Lesson Plans Help
Your Child’s Learning Skyrocket

We consistently observe, track, and plan for your child’s emerging skills. Assessments are built into our program so that we tailor your child’s learning plan to what they need most. Your child is gently guided towards the next natural next step in their development, ensuring there are no gaps in their learning. This progression establishes a solid foundation for the cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical skills that they need for school and life.

A Curriculum That Encourages Innovation, Enthusiasm, and Creativity

Children learn through play by delving into the hands-on learning style of the Creative Curriculum®. For extra exciting fun and enlightening activities, we supplement their learning with another fantastic curriculum: the Funshine Express®. Every month your child explores new topics and a new theme. They experience a thoroughly engaging early education and a head start on exploring their passions.

Language Enrichments Such As
Weekly Spanish Lessons and
Daily Baby Sign Language

Your child learns to express themselves with baby sign language, giving them a jump-start on communicating what they want and need. Bilingualism is also a core part of our program, as exposing your baby to Spanish sounds and words further develop their brain and gives them a lasting dual-language advantage.

Soccer For Fitness, and Daily
Yoga for Focus, Self-Assuredness, Centering, and More

The mind-body benefits of yoga are manifold, which is why we invite your child to practice this form of movement every day. Through this activity, children learn to calm themselves; they develop focus and learn the basics of down-regulation for relaxation. We invite your child to exercise with free-play periods and hone specific sports skills like soccer too. Giving your child many opportunities to move means they behave better, think clearer, and learn more readily.

Nutritious Meals And Snacks
Provided at No Extra Cost To You

We provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks, so you can rest assured your child is getting the fuel they need while learning and at play. We are a peanut-free environment, and follow guidelines to help your child eat a healthy diet. Including balanced meals in tuition is another way we can support you and your family, and the well-being of your precious little one.

Creating Safety and Connection for Your Child with Conscious Discipline

Success and happiness in today’s world are as dependent on learning socio-emotional skills as it is on learning academics. Conscious Discipline is a world-renowned communication method that helps children through difficult times, such as tantrums and emotional outbursts. We teach children to regulate their emotions and deal with stressful situations by lovingly modeling a calm and centered state.

Experiential Learning with Fun
Field Trips and In-House Visitors

Part of your child’s experiential learning includes excursions to museums and taking in the arts, such as plays. We also host in-house visitors, like storytellers and musicians, to bring excitement to your child’s day-to-day. Giving your child these eye-opening experiences means broadening their horizons and introducing them to culture, history, the arts, and many different admirable professions.

Introducing Young Minds to
Science, Technology, Art, and Math with STEAM

In our preschool and pre-k programs, students work on two STEAM-themed projects every month, in addition to their regular learning schedule. The project themes change so your child can experience an in-depth exploration of the subject matter. These early “investigations” prompt your child to question and think in different ways, teaching them the critical thinking skills, creativity, and problem-solving that will drive their later successes.

Parents Are An Integral
Part of Our Community

By working closely with you, the parent, we strive for an authentic presence in your child’s life. Your child’s learning doesn’t start and stop at school; it is a continuous process that happens with you at home too. We work with each family to provide guidance, expertise, and support when we can. We believe in creating close connections, and that the First Discovery Children’s Academy community is an extended family.

Your child’s safety is always
at the forefront of our minds

We know how invaluable it is to have peace of mind while you are away from your child. For this reason, we secure our properties, and our yard is fenced in, so no one can wander in and out. Our outside access doors are locked and can only be opened via fob key access, which is provided solely to staff and families at the school. We also have CCTV cameras to monitor our property and match over your child throughout the day.

Exceptional Cleanliness Means Safeguarding Your Child’s Health

Your child’s health is crucial to their happiness and performance. Our classrooms are kept immaculate by in-house cleaning staff, staving off common childhood ailments. Our classrooms are sterilized, swept, mopped, and vacuumed, five nights a week. Children learn hygienic practices, such as cleaning up their space and themselves after playtime and washing hands before meals and after toileting.

our locations


3560 Chester St.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452

Indian River

5355 Lila Ln.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464

Oyster Point

338 Oyster Point Rd.
Newport News, VA 23602

parent reviews

The staff at First Discovery is truly wonderful, caring and patient. They accepted our son with open arms and made him feel safe, loved and confident. His teachers were always willing to speak with us about his day during pick up time. We were always please with the way he was treated and felt that they really had his best interest at heart. I would highly recommend First Discovery to anyone looking for a positive, encouraging environment for their child(ren).

Shannon Wells

This child care is absolutely AMAZING ! My daughter had a rough time being pretty much her first child care she has ever been in however , they take great care of her & she is constantly engaging in fun activities ( which I know is hard to come up with activities for a one year old ) the staff is beyond amazing & you can tell they all genuinely care about the children ! They take care of the parents as well with complimentary breakfast here & there & coffee . They keep the kids on a daily schedule & great healthy meals are provided . They also have GREAT communication & security . I LOVE THIS FACILITY !

Burr Lee

We toured numerous schools before we stepped foot inside First Discovery. From the second we walked in and were greeted by Miss Jessica, we knew this was the right place for our son. All of the staff here are absolutely amazing! Each and every one of them take time out of their busy schedule to really get to know your child and your family.  I never have to worry because I know that my son is well taken care of and loved by all of the Infant Teachers. The First Discovery Family is amazing, and we wouldn’t take our son anywhere else!

The Moyer Family

What can I say about First Discovery, first and foremost this place is god sent. The environment and vibe of the is place is always positive and welcoming. I have a daughter who has been going here since she was 2 yrs old and now she is 5 and she loves it here . When she first started and was very shy always walking around with her blanket now she walks in full of energy and ready for the day. I don't give credit to just one teacher but all of them. This is the hardest job working with children but when you look at the classrooms and the teachers you wouldn't think it was. I want to say thank you to all the teacher at First Discovery for making this a home for my family.

April Crump

My son has been attending first discovery since he was six weeks old. It has been a wonderful experience. The staff takes the time to talk to you and get to know your kid even if they are not in their classroom. The staff is well trained and experienced. They are dedicated to your child’s development. The thing I love the best is that it feels like a family. A whole set of teachers helping you along the way, always ready to give advice if you need it. I am so glad I found them for childcare for my child and would definitely recommend them to anyone who asks!

Jennifer Tanner

I can't express enough how much we love First Discovery. I never knew how unhappy my daughter was with her previous sitter until she started going to FD. She has blossomed so much and she looks forward to going every day. The teachers and all the staff are amazing. It's definitely reassuring knowing your child is somewhere safe and they are happy.

Theerese Tisor

We love First Discovery Child Development Center. Our son has been going there since he was as infant. The staff are so loving, kind, gentle, patient and encouraging. He has learned so much. At almost 3 years old, he LOVES learning and is progressing so well! Thank you, First Discovery Child Development Center Staff and Leadership, for all that you do to make FDCDC such a great place for our children to learn, play and grow!

Jody Herrington Gettys

My son started back in February (he is 2 1/2) & he has flourished being at First Discovery! He talks up a storm. He is a lot less shy & plays great with others. He learns so much through the Funshine activities & playing with his friends. So happy I made the choice to bring him here!

Victoria Callender

explore our programs


6 weeks - 16 months


17 months - 2 years


2 - 4 years


4 years


5 - 12 years

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