Welcome to Children's Discovery Center!

At our Austin preschool, we create a learning environment that fosters independence, divergent thinking, creativity, and a love for learning that lasts a lifetime. We believe that learning happens when it is meaningful for each child. Learning must occur in a natural way so that it is seen as play and not memorization, worksheets and meaningless drills. Our play based curriculum allows children the freedom to grow in their own unique way. Our classrooms use many natural or open ended materials and spend much of our day outside. With three seperate locations serving North and South Austin, Children's Discovery Center is a touch of nature conveniently located in your area!

Discover our 3 beautiful Austin preschool locations

Children's Discovery Center Northwest | A nature-based preschool in Austin, Texas

The Discovery School, often refered to as CDC Northwest, is located on a six wooded acres bordering the Balcones Canyonlands Preserveof on a never-to-be developed bird sanctuary!

Children's Discovery Center Central | A nature-based preschool in Austin, Texas

Children's Discovery Center Central is located in historic Hyde Park, just blocks from the Univeristy of Texas, in a Victorian style house with naturally lit classrooms inside and large pecan tree shaded playgrounds outside.

Children's Discovery Center South | A nature-based preschool in Austin, Texas

Children's Discovery Center South is located on a large, oak-shaded lot on the edge of Stephenson Nature Preserve in South Austin.

Check out our classrooms

Children's Discovery Center's classrooms range from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. Creating ascetic environments to draw in and engage children, we use our classroom and the world around us as our "third teacher". At our Austin preschools you will see many projects set up around the classrooms and playgrounds, as well as children engaging is dramatic play, sensory, literacy, arithmetic, music, solo play, group play and so much more.

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Children's Discovery Center is an Austin preschool founded in 1979 and reestablished in 1991. Starting in a house in the middle of a neighborhood, CDC has expanded to three exciting, nature-based centers.




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Our philosophy is based on the image of the child. Combining teachings of some the greatest educators of our times, CDC uses a progressive style of teaching to empower our children to be the person they want to be.



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Want to know what other people are saying about Children's Discovery Center? Check any of our social media pages:

CDC Central - Yelp, Facebook

CDC South - Yelp, Facebook




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When looking for the right Austin preschool for your child a million questions may pop into your head. We have gone ahead and answered a few of the basic questions about our center.




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CDC Events

CDC Events

February 17th

Closed for President's Day

Children's Discovery Center and The Discovery School will be closed Monday, 2/17 for the federal holiday.

March 16th - 20th

Closed for Spring Break

Children's Discovery Center and The Discovery School are closed for Spring Break Monday, 3/16 thru Friday, 3/20. 

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Family Resources

Annual Staff Development Training


Once every year we bring together all three CDC campuses for a special training. We bring in the best trainer we can afford to inspire and enhance our staff. The cost of this training can be anywhere between $1,500 to $8,000. This is one of the MANY trainings that CDC hosts or attends.


The field of early childhood education is constantly evolving. Educators reflect on their teaching strategies and the effect of their work and form new ideas about child development. At Children's Discovery Center we like to keep our staff ahead of the curve. Exploring new approaches brought to the world of education by progressive thinkers. Training is essential to having a staff that is both engaged and active in searching out best practices in the early childhood field.

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