Our School

Quality Learning + Convenient Location

Discovery School House is conveniently located on Route 9 in Cherry Valley, MA (on the West side of Worcester – See Map) and is committed to providing the best child care programs in the area. We are licensed by the state of Massachusetts and have caring and experienced teachers who make teaching their classroom their number one priority each and every day.

Our philosophy is simple – Create a safe, healthy and positive atmosphere for your child to learn and grow. We foster situations that help build self esteem, promote physical fitness, encourage creative thinking, and develop socially in a quality child care setting.

Free Gymnastics and Much More

We are owned and operated by Giguere Gymnastics, which gives us the unique opportunity to provide free gymnastics classes to every child who attends, and in the summer we additionally provide free swim lessons. Fitness is a vital part of a child’s development and we are proud to be the only child care facility in the area that can offer this benefit to our children.

We don’t just stop at being a top-notch child care facility, we also offer a Summer Program, an after school program next door at Giguere, free fitness room and classes for parents, and special events throughout the year. A great location, top-notch learning, free gymnastics and swimming – Discovery School House is truly special, schedule a visit and find out for yourself.

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Accreditation

Fully Licensed

Discovery School House prides itself on being a leading child care provider in Worcester county and surrounding communities. It is licensed by the State of Massachusetts – Executive Office of Education as an Early Education & Care (EEC) Program. What does an EEC license mean?

  • Programs must be healthy, be safe and offer activities that help your child develop and grow.
  • Providers have training in first aid and are CPR certified.
  • Providers have specialized training in child development and curriculum implementation.
  • Programs must maintain appropriate ratios of teachers to children.
  • All employees are required to undergo a criminal background check.

You can learn more about the Massachusetts ECC license, and read about The Five Key Quality Components to Look For in a Child Care Facility.

Comprehensive Curriculums

Our curriculum is created using The Massachusetts Early Learning Standards and Guidelines set forth by The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. This curriculum provides activities which teach responsibility and leadership skills, provides education through hands on “fun” experiences, creates an appreciation of the environment and incorporates information about the content in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology that preschool children can learn. Our home-like setting creates a comforting atmosphere that contributes to a better learning experience.

Discovery School House services children fifteen months through 7 years of age. Discovery is open fifty two weeks a year from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. We welcome parent input in the development of our program. We have an open door policy; you are welcome to visit any time while your child is here.

Young child climbing up stairs on an outdoor plastic playhouse.

Our Teachers

Headshot of Owner Operator David Giguere.

David Giguere – Owner, Operator

David has been involved with Gigueres since its conception. Established by his parents in 1973, he coached through his young adult years, and took over the business in the 1988. Over the years, he spearheaded several expansions, building the facility into the twelve program sport facility is it today; easily one of the premier children sports facilities in the New England area.

In 2016 Dave launched a new endeavor with his daughter, Caraline Giguere and good friend Eric Matta: Ultimate Obstacles in West Boylston, Ma. UO has quickly developed into one of the largest and highest quality Indoor Ninja Warrior and OCR training centers in New England. Together, they are working on franchising UO.

Headshot of Owner Operator Paul McCarthy.

Paul McCarthy – Boys Team Coach

After a rather lackluster career as a high school gymnast, Paul started part-time at Gigueres in 1979 while attending UMass/Amherst, and went directly into coaching full-time upon graduation with his BS in P.E. Serving as Team
Director, Head Coach, and Preschool Program Director, David Giguere and he purchased the gym in 1988; subsequently tripling the size of the facility and opening Discovery Schoolhouse. He has received recognition for helping coach hundreds of athletes to State, Regional, National, and Collegiate prominence in the Women’s, Men’s, and Trampoline disciplines of USA Gymnastics. Since retiring as MassUSAG State and School Committee Chair, he mentors entrepreneurs, volunteers within his community, coaches the Boys Team here at Gigueres, and enjoys getting beat at golf by his adult son.

Headshot of Discovery School Director Robyn Paine.

Robyn Paine – Discovery Director

Robyn has been a part of the Discovery School House family since 2009. She is certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care as a Lead Preschool Teacher, Infant/Toddler Teacher and is Director 1 Certified. Robyn is also part of The Central Massachusetts Director Associations and is first aid and CPR certified. Robyn received her early childhood education from Quinsigamond Community College and Worcester State University. Robyn has primarily been our lead PreK teacher for the past 11 years and has recently taken on the role as Director.

Kathy Boucher

Kathy has been working in the Early Childhood Field for over twenty years. Teaching is one of her true passions. She has worked at Discovery since September of 2009. She is currently working on her degree in Early Childhood Education and is Lead Teacher and Director certified.

Kristie Prachniak

Kristie has been working at Discovery School House since 2005. She worked for three years as the lead preschool teacher and has been the lead toddler teacher since we opened our toddler room. Kristie graduated from Becker College in 2000 with a bachelor’s in psychology with a minor in early childhood education and has been working in the education field for the past 16 years.

JoAnn Cuddeback

JoAnn joined our program in November of 2013. She has Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has worked with young children for many years and has worked with both school age and preschool age children in our program.

Katelyn Jyringi

Katelyn began working at Discovery in May of 2015. She worked part time in the afternoon and has joined our staff full time this year as a Toddler teacher. She is pursuing a degree in Occupational Therapy from Quinsigamond Community College.

Tanya Barron

Michelle McKeen

Gina Basili

Child playing with a collection of toy dinosaurs inside the Discovery School.

Our Approach to Learning

Our Philosophy

Discovery School House strives to create a safe, healthy and positive atmosphere which will allow children to grow and learn. Our main goals are to create situations that help build self-esteem, encourage creative thinking and develop social interaction.

Giguere Gymnastics (our parent company) is excited to offer Cherry Valley and the surrounding communities one of the best early education and care programs anywhere. First, instructed gymnastics are included in the program. Gymnastics is by far one of the best gross motor activities for children.

Creative Curriculum in a Nurturing Environment

Our curriculum is created using The Massachusetts Early Learning Standards and Guidelines set forth by The Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care. This curriculum provides activities which teach responsibility and leadership skills, provides education through hands-on “fun” experiences, creates an appreciation of the environment and incorporates information about the content in literacy, math, science, social studies, the arts and technology that preschool children can learn. Our home-like setting creates a comforting atmosphere that contributes to a better learning experience.

Discovery School House services children fifteen months through 7 years of age. Discovery is open fifty two weeks a year from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. We welcome parent input in the development of our program. We have an open door policy; you are welcome to visit any time while your child is here.

Transparent image of a flower and core skills learned at the Discovery School.
Child in the Gigueres Discovery School looking at viewer through a magnifying glass and holding a toy truck.