Voted Best Daycare & Preschool in Alexandria!

Empowering Children to be Their Very Best!

Two Convenient Locations in Del Ray and Potomac Yard!

 Discovery Time Learning Center | 1509 Leslie Avenue | Alexandria, VA 22301 

Discovery Time Learning Academy | 420 Hume Avenue | Alexandria, VA 22301


Welcome to Discovery Time Learning Center

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About Us

Our Program Is Nationally Accredited

Established in 2014, we are dedicated to providing high quality early childhood education to infants, toddlers and preschoolers in our daycare and preschool program in Alexandria, VA using our research-based curriculum and highly trained teaching team. Discovery Time was founded with a mission to support families, guide discoveries and empower children to be their very best! 

We encourage parent involvement at all age levels and offer a variety of parent-oriented activities throughout the year. In addition, we have an open door policy and secure classroom cameras that allow parents to view their child from anywhere at anytime. 

  Our program is open Monday through Friday and offers full-time care and part-time care options at two convenient Alexandria locations in Del Ray and Potomac Yard.

Current Openings 

(Updated June 2024)

Full-Time Openings: Infants (1), Toddlers (1) Twos (2) Preschool/PreK (2)

Part-Time Openings: Two Year Old: MWF Part-Time Opening (1) 

Our Awesome Team

Meet Our Teachers

One Team, One Dream

One Team, One Dream

At Discovery Time we believe that our teaching team is one of our greatest assets. In addition, to completing 3 times the amount of required annual training each year, our team is known for passionately caring for our children and building bonds with our families. The Discovery Time team truly becomes extended family for the children that we serve. Each of our teachers have special gifts and talents that they bring to the team and these many different talents allows us to give our best to our children and families each day! 

        Congratulations to the DTLC Team for earning ‘Alexandria’s Best Daycare’ Award in Zebra Reader’s Choice Awards 
– January 2020 

Our Program Features

Why Choose Our Centers


Safe and Secure Center with Certified Training

Your child's safety is our #1 priority. Our facility has the highest program safety precautions including on-site security cameras, telephones in every room, a secure entry system at our schools entrance, CPR & MAT certified staff, monthly practice of safety drills, and ongoing program health and safety training for our team.


Classroom Cameras

Our parent-accessible classroom cameras help parents stay connected to their child during the day. You will be able to watch live video of oyur child learning, playing, and interacting throughout the day by logging in securely from a computer or WatchMeGrow's mobile app while on the go.


Passionate Teachers

We can’t say it enough – we have the best teachers anywhere! Our teachers are extremely caring, compassionate, and committed and we wouldn’t have it any other way. In 2023, our teachers completed triple the amount of training required by state licensing. This is more than a job – it’s an opportunity to share our life’s passion.


Saturday Parents' Night Out

You will love our Saturday Parents’ Night Out. Throughout the year, Parents’ Night Out is offered to give our families time to complete last minute holiday shopping, enjoy a dinner date, or simply to have a few quiet hours at home. These events typically take place one Saturday each month from 4:30 to 8:30 PM.


Nationally Recognized Hands-On Curriculum

Learning should be fun and at Discovery Time, it is! Our Nationally Recognized Curriculum allows children to explore and make discoveries as they balance both play and structured learning time. We also partner with PowerTots and a local organization for Gymnastics Enrichment and Soccer. 


Parent Involvement

In addition to maintaining an open door policy, we invite our families to take part in special events at our school. Our most popular events include our Fall Festival & Costume Parade, Mystery Reader Visits, Field Trips to the Zoo and Pumpkin Patch, Summer Field Day, and Class Holiday Parties.

. . . Plus we offer nutritious catered meals for children 16 months and older, flexible part-time (16+) and full-time options, PowerTots Gymnastics and Soccer Enrichment. Stay connected with your child’s day through our digital app for daily updates, photos, and communication from your child’s teacher.

Discovery Time Learning Center is ranked as a 2021, 2022 and 2023 top and best daycare and preschool in Alexandria, VA in Northern Virginia Magazine. Congratulations to our entire team at our Del Ray location!

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Our Core Values

Family Partnership

We work to know the 'little' and 'grown up' customers that we serve personally. We are on a mission to meet and exceed their expectations.

Toddler playing with toys at daycare


We are honest and consistent in our words and actions. We consistenlty follow policies set forth so that we are always working to do the right thing.

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Positivity and Optimism

We are excited about each day. We energetically present ourselves with enthusiam at all times, even when it's tough, Our attitude, words, and actions inspire others to be great!

Have Fun!

We love what we do! We entertain ourselves and others using the classroom as our stage. As a team, we value and celebrate our work together.

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Contact Us

Discovery Time Learning Center
(DTLC - Del Ray)
1509 Leslie Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

Discovery Time Learning Academy
(DTLA - Potomac Yard / National Landing)
420 Hume Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22301

Admissions: (703) 930 - 9043