St. Joseph’s Catholic School

St. Joseph’s Catholic School’s Discovery Center

Waconia Preschool

About Us

Lake Area Discovery Center is a high-quality, NAEYC accredited Christian-based Preschool/Child care Program serving families at 13 metro locations, offering affordable/flexible full and half-day schedules for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. Four-Year-Degreed Licensed teachers engage the “whole-child” in welcoming, stimulating classrooms designed to meet the needs of young children.

In the heart of downtown Waconia sits St. Joseph Catholic Church and School; LADC’s 8th partner. This school partnership provides a unique opportunity to “buddy” with students in the elementary school and benefit from their wonderful facilities.

Site Director Angie Hilgers has taught with LADC since 2014 at both St. Joe's and St. Bart's LADC in Wayzata. She is excited to lead the Discovery Center team!

LADC Staff Member Angela Hilgers
Angela Hilgers

Contact Details

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41 E 1st St
Waconia, MN 55387 United States
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Available Classes

Discovery/Kinderstart Preschool Classes

3,4,5 Years Old

A hands on class-room experience for the pre-kindergarten child. Activities are designed to further the students’ Kindergarten readiness skills, highlighting one-on-one time with teachers, and social experiences. Includes weekly experiences in Music, Spanish, Math, Literacy, Science, Large Muscle, Art and more! Included in the weekly curriculum are both Letter of the Week and Unit Theme-based lessons. All lead teachers are 4 year degree/pre-primary certified teachers with MN teaching licenses. All snacks are provided by the program. Children are expected to be toilet-trained. Teacher/Student Ratio 10:1. Families may choose a 2, 3, 4 or 5 day option in the morning, afternoon or full day. PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL 3 DAY OPTIONS MUST INCLUDE A MONDAY OR FRIDAY.
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Lunch Bunch Buddies

All Ages

Cold and Hot Lunch options are provided every day for children attending through 12:30pm. Lunches are well-balanced and nutritional, following the guidelines provided by the MN Department of Education. (Excepting Infant Program, whose breast milk/formula is provided by the family. Snacks for older infants/toddlers are provided by LADC.)
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Extended Care

All Ages

Children experience care in a nurturing environment, filled with creative activities, large muscle time and music with LADC teachers. Breakfast and After School Snack is provided by the program. Breakfast is served for children attending before 8:00am; After School Snack is served at 4:00pm.
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Additional Childcare Days

All Ages

Childcare is offered on days regular school is closed and is included in Inclusive Tuition Rate schedules; included in Weekly Tuition Rate schedules; Monthly Tuition Rate schedules may check for availability to attend for an additional tuition fee. (ie: Winter/Spring Breaks; Teacher Workshop Days)
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