Discovery Link

Valdez Discovery Link Contact Information

Deanna Gomez

Program Specialist at Valdez

For Discovery Link

Cell: 720-692-7988

Office: 720-424-3332


About Discovery Link

We believe that after school programming is not enough, it has to be high quality after school programming. Extended Learning is engaged in a quality improvement program that is supported by practices that are research based and have shown to be effective and impactful.  We work in partnership with the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality that has been the leader in this work since 2008.

This youth development approach works to create a safe, supportive and productive environment for kids.  We believe it is a youth developer’s job to create a space where youth needs are met, to provide fun and engaging learning activities, and to create a place where kids can thrive.

Discovery Link is a licensed child care program offered at select Denver Public Schools, including Valdez Elementary. Valdez is a Discovery Link is a center based site serving children ages 3-12. Our child care centers are staffed with qualified professionals trained in the areas of CPR, First Aid, activity planning and behavior management.

Discovery Link is Denver Public Schools’ official afterschool program. We offer quality programming before and after school, during school breaks and on school dismissal days at over 40 sites across the district.  Program operation: Early Riser program 6:30am – 9:00am, and the after school program 3:45pm – 6:00pm.  Discovery Link will offer full-day camp on non student contact days and break camps. Camps are available at most sites. October 26, 27; November 3; November 20, 21; December 26, 27; January 2,3,4,5; February 20; March 26,27, 28, 29; and April 2. No programming provided on December 22 due to historically low number and February 2 due to staff professional development. 

Discovery Link Programs:

Early Riser: This early morning program offers a relaxed atmosphere that helps children make a positive transition into their school day. Early Riser activities include reading time, homework help, arts and crafts, recreation games, and outdoor play. Children are taken to the lunchroom for breakfast at 8:20am. Children are dismissed to their teachers or classroom at 9:00am.

After School: after school offers fun and innovative programming that includes learning, play, and opportunities to try new things that supplement and expand the children’s school day.  These programs are designed to meet the unique needs of the students and community of each specific site. Each afternoon includes a nutritious snack and outdoor or gym play depending on the weather. Children also choose from a variety of activities including homework help, science projects, arts and crafts, character building, dramatic play, technology and recreational games.