What is your child learning at daycare? When you drop your child off at the center, you know that the loving teachers will supervise and care for her. But that's not all. Child care centers are also places where early learning happens. Even though it might seem like your little one is spending the day building with blocks, finger painting, and doing all sorts of activities that you would think of as simple child's play, she's actually developing essential skills that will help her now and later on.