HISTORY OF DEER VALLEY ACADEMY When Deer Valley Resort opened its doors as a ski resort in December 1981, it included an innovative concept at that time -- a state-licensed child care facility for guests' non-skiing children. In an article in the guest newsletter, Deer Tales, dated November 1981, it was explained that "Deer Valley's Child Care Center will offer more than just a 'babysitting service.' Special developmental programs are being designed for the children so that their stay at the Center will be a learning experience as well as an enjoyable one."
The Child Care Center has been operating ever since during the winter ski seasons from December to April. However, there was a growing interest from local families to extend our child care services to a full-time, year-round facility. When a major child care center in the area closed in 2005, reducing the number of options available for parents needing regular day care, Deer Valley recognized an opportunity to enhance both business and community involvement -- and Deer Valley Academy was established.
The Academy opened its doors in September 2006 to children ages two months to four years, and follows the Park City School District school calendar. It is a separate operation from the winter Child Care Center, which still caters to guests who need care for their non-skiing children. During the overlapping winter months, infants and toddlers from both programs share age-appropriate rooms while the Academy pre-schoolers have their own dedicated rooms separate from the winter Child Care program.
The Academy is managed by the Skier Services Children's Programs Manager and her staff, some of whom also work with the winter children's ski programs and Summer Adventure Camp. This team has the educational background, organizational and leadership skills and relevant work experience and creativity necessary to effectively develop and perform the duties of a state-licensed child care and pre-school operation.
Deer Valley Academy's Mission Statement is that it will, "...in partnership with participating parents, ensure that all children enrolled receive a solid foundation for future educational success."
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