Owner and Director, Danielle DeSano-Smith, opened It's A Small World (ISW) as an in-home child care facility in 1992. Although ISW began as a summer camp for school aged children, in the fall of 1992, we quickly realized the need for quality infant and toddler care in the community and stayed open to offer a year round program. Danielle's husband, Jay Smith, joined her shortly before the birth of their first child in 1996. In 2005, Danielle and Jay opened the Explorer Club (school aged program) in its current location and then later merged their in home day care to the same location of The Explorer Club in 2008. Jay and Danielle are previous South Arbor Parents and understand and support the demands of South Arbor Academy. Our program is dedicated to providing families with a place where their child can thrive in all developmental areas in addition to their school day. The Explorer Club transports the children to and from school by bus.
Our program has been designed to enhance the whole child in a positive atmosphere of warmth and caring. Through our constant awareness of child development and consistency, our goal is to meet the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs that are unique to each child. Children learn through their daily experiences and routines to make decisions, to carry out responsibilities, to express him or herself creatively and to discover friendships. Children are exposed to music, movement, art, science, reading, dramatic play, life skills, blocks, outdoor play and manipulative experiences. Themes and activities are planned around the interests of each group of children and staff. We believe a daily schedule helps to provide a familiar flow to each day. It balances learning, active and quiet play with child and teacher directed activities within various learning centers and sessions. We strive to achieve these goals through the partnership of child, parent, staff, school and community.