​3 Year Old Program

Social Skills:

  • playing simple games 
  • cooperative play
  • basic grooming and hygiene (hand washing, brushing hair, dressing)

Gross Motor Skills:

  • kicking and throwing a ball
  • using stairs without support
  • balancing on one foot

Fine Motor Skills:

  • accurately drawing shapes
  • using scissors
  • tracing capital letters

Cognitive Skills:

  • correctly naming colors
  • understanding the concept of counting
  • matching letters with their sounds
  • recognizing environmental sounds
  • follows and understand simple, two step directions

Toddler Program

Social Skills :
  • following basic instructions
  • ​learning to play with others
  • expressing emotions
  • concepts like sharing, kindness, and friendship
  • becoming comfortable with being separated from Mom/Dad/Guardian
Gross Motor Skills:
  • walking and running confidently
  • using stairs
  • ​dancing
Fine Motor Skills:
  • holding a pencil or crayon
  • building towers with blocks
  • using a fork and spoon

Cognitive Skills:

  • simple puzzle solving
  • listening to stories
  • encouraging imaginative play





The Learning Depot Child Development Center is owned and operated by Ocean Springs native, Karla Owens.  She received her Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Development from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1986, and opened the Learning Depot in 1992.


"I've always had a passion for raising children.  The choices we make today for them will affect the world for the rest of their lives, and ours.  That's why we place a strong emphasis on education. We see ourselves as more than just daycare; this truly is a place for learning."



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The Learning Depot


Four Year Old Program

Social Skills:

  • listening to others with understanding
  • accepts attention, affection, and appreciation
  • developing skills of patience
  • learning to control emotions like frustration and anger

Gross Motor Skills:

  • jumping and climbing
  • standing/jumping on one foot
  • beginning to move in rhythm to music

Fine Motor Skills:

  • the ability to write most letters capitalized and lowercase
  • able to use a wide variety of drawing/writing tools
  • practicing lacing, folding, and cutting
  • buttoning and zipping clothes

Cognitive Skills:

  • learning the alphabet and the beginning skills of sight reading
  • increasingly complex vocabulary and language skills
  • counting to 100 and recognizing numbers 1-20
  • recognition of household items
  • developing awareness of cause and effect
  • beginning to differentiate reality and fantasy