History


"The Discovery Center…

my place to be

creative…
challenged…
a friend…
caring…
goofy…
active…
thoughtful…

but most of all…

myself."

— Jacki Miller

The Discovery Center has been located on the west side of Ann Arbor since its founding in 1974. Jacki Miller began her dream of providing high-quality early childhood programs at the center’s original location on North Maple Road. In 1984, the center moved to its current facility on South Maple Road that was designed and built to house our programs. The new building gave us the opportunity to expand the center’s offerings to three full-day preschool classrooms, a half-day preschool program, and a new kindergarten program. In 2003, we renovated and further expanded our facilities with the addition of a new large motor/gym space, basement storage area, larger parking lot, and fourth full-day preschool classroom.

Jacki Miller

Jacki Miller

The Discovery Center has been an accredited program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children since 1993. The Miller family continues to own and operate The Discovery Center in collaboration with the administrative and teaching staff of the center.

In 1990, the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) established the Jacquelyn Miller Endowment in memory of The Discovery Center’s founder and former Michigan AEYC president. The endowment awards grants for innovative projects in early childhood education in two areas that were of particular interest to Jacki: (1) children and the arts, and (2) play environments for young children. The owners and staff of The Discovery Center are active in fundraising for the endowment and assist in its administration.