By Amy Schechter

The hardest moment of any parent’s life is entrusting their child to the care of others. However, MaryAnn Di Leo and Peggy Ballweg, co-owners and operators of Discovery Point Riverview Childcare and Preschool which serves the SouthShore community, are aware of that feeling as parents of young children themselves. That is why they and their staff commit to providing exceptional childcare that feels like an extension of your family. Di Leo explains their vision, “Because we are family owned, we approach this business from a parent’s perspective.” Every child is viewed as one of their own, so they strive to provide a safe, enriching environment to help each blossom to their full potential.

They offer unique age-appropriate programs from infants to school-aged children with the goal of fostering a lifelong love of learning. In addition to the creative curriculum, students have access to ABCmouse.com’s Early Learning Academy to hone their computer skills while growing their brains. Children also participate in extracurricular activities like dance, karate, Zumba, and theater to get them moving if they are not spending time on one of their multiple playgrounds. Discovery Point hopes to create well-rounded individuals, so they focus on mind and body, including providing nutritious lunches and snacks.

Families have two convenient locations from which to choose on Symmes Road or Summerfield Crossing Boulevard. Space is still available for fall voluntary pre-Kindergarten as well as before and after care for local elementary schools including Sessums, Collins, Summerfield Elementary, Summerfield Crossing, and SouthShore Academy. Call for information regarding space for infants and toddlers. A special 10 percent off tuition discount is available to active and veteran military, and there is also a program for Hillsborough County school teachers where parents do not have to pay during holidays and breaks when teachers are off work.

For more information or to schedule a no obligations tour of the facility, call 671-1800 (Symmes Rd.) or 671-0900. To find out more about the Symmes location, visit www.discoverypoint.com/symmes/. To find out more information about the Summerfield Crossing Blvd. location, visit www.discoverypoint.com/summerfield/ or find either of them on Facebook. Discovery Point is located at 11719 Symmes Rd. in Riverview and 13011 Summerfield Crossing Blvd. in Riverview.