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Stepping Stone School
Securing quality child care is at the very top of every parent’s list of priorities. Founded in Austin by a mother like you, Stepping Stone School is a stable growing family of private schools committed to creating better education for a better world. With 43 years of experience delivering quality care, Stepping Stone School is considered by leading industry experts to be a national model of excellence.
Our Nationally Recognized Curriculum offers a deep, meaningful understanding of each child’s specific developmental needs. This visionary approach to Early Care and Education includes the highest safety and cleanliness standards, state-of-the-art campuses, kindness & empathy, manners & etiquette and S.T.R.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Relationships, Engineering, Art, Math) curriculums.
You will see why Stepping Stone School has been voted Austin’s Best Childcare for 24 years! We are dedicated to supporting the development of the whole child while strengthening families, enhancing lives and setting and maintaining the highest standards for Early Care and Education!
YMCA :: Extend-A-Care
The Extend-A-Care YMCA offers preschool and after school education & care programs for children from infants and PreK through Grade 5, serving more than 4,000 youth annually. Our Infant Care & Preschool programs meet children’s individual needs by offering cognitively, socially, and physically enriching curricula. All EACY Infant & Preschool programs follow guidelines and curriculum for Texas Rising Star, Texas School Ready and Big Day Scholastic. Y After school provides opportunities for physical, social, emotional and cognitive learning experiences and support, at more than 70 licensed sites in Austin ISD, Hays CISD, Round Rock ISD, Manor ISD, and area charter schools. Y programs include character development activities, art, creative play, social emotional learning and outdoor physical activity. Open to kids age 6 weeks-12 years. Financial assistance is available. Visit www.eacymca.org or call for more information.
Contact info: (512) 236-YMCA (9622)
Basis Charter Schools
The consistent level of success achieved by BASIS Charter School students stems directly from our passionate subject-expert teachers and their use of the BASIS Charter School Curriculum. The signature of our learning community is the combination of creativity, innovation, and disciplined experimentation that is powered by traditional content knowledge. We are steadfastly dedicated to celebrating and passing on a love of learning, and a shared understanding of the value of critical thinking, responsibility, and motivation to all our students. That is what the BASIS Charter School Curriculum and every one of our teachers in every one of our schools truly represent.
BASIS Texas Charter Schools set and monitor high standards, to transform American education. Our students outperform their peers across the world.
World-class Tuition-free, grades K-12. To learn more: enrollBASISTX.com
Although learning looks different these days, our commitment to scholars does not. We are committed to providing all scholars with a quality education – remote or in person. Austin Achieve Public Schools is a tuition-free, open-enrollment public charter school preparing Austin youth to attend and excel at the nation’s top universities.
Through a combination of rigorous academics and a strong emphasis on whole-child development, our scholars cultivate the necessary academic, social, and emotional skills to succeed in college and beyond.
To learn more or to enroll, please visit austinachieve.org/enroll.
Our belief of quality over quantity is reflected in our class size, as they are small to give individualized attention to each student. Also, we will be learning about growing vegetables and herbs in our very own community garden. The goal of the program is to implement healthy, holistic habits, tapping into the children’s inherent curiosity and receptivity. Together, we will create a safe and comfortable space filled with hours of pure peaceful fun!At Little Sunshine’s Playhouse and Preschool we believe that a child’s work is PLAY! We teach children lessons, manners, and social skills all through creative and preplanned play. We know that if children enjoy learning at a young age it will carry with them throughout their lives! Creatively Shine™ guides our teachers through each day, enriching the classroom environment, building each child’s self-esteem, facilitating smooth transitions between activities and creating a literacy-rich and multi-cultural environment where each child will be comfortable to explore.
We believe that all children are capable of reaching their full potential when given the proper tools and opportunities. Each monthly subscription has activities and concepts that are conveniently broken up for you over a four week period. The activities are work at your own pace and are designed for you to be able to use and work on as your child masters them. Each box contains an array of hands on activities, crafts, and worksheets that you can work on with your child with as much or as little assistance as you see fit for their individual pace and level of development. Every box has a set of focus skills so each month you will have new and exciting material to work with.The purpose of Riverbend Christian School is to provide a loving, Christian environment in which each child can develop fully in all domains of life. The child’s first school experience is a foundation for future attitudes and success, so RBCS strives to make each child feel positive and excited about school, self and learning. Through hands-on play experiences, we encourage higher-level thinking and problem solving, while providing an appropriate educational setting for your child. Play is a child’s work. It is the vehicle for developing emotional, social, physical, cognitive, and language skills. In a warm, loving environment, your child will be given opportunities to play, explore and develop independence, while being introduced to a variety of math, science, art, sensory and language activities.All Saints' Episcopal Day School is a private, accredited preschool for children ages 2 through Kindergarten. Established in 1946, All Saints' is known for its array of academic and enrichment programs, a strong and adaptable play-based curriculum, a caring and committed faculty, and welcoming and supportive school community. All Saints' focuses on educating the Whole Child, with programs including library, music, visual arts, Spanish, social-emotional learning, chapel, and community service. Adjacent to the University of Texas, All Saints' is centrally located and accessible from a majority of Austin neighborhoods. Before and After School Care are available, as well as After School Enrichment Programs. Everything in the All Saints’ Episcopal Day School community, classrooms, programs, and explorations are meant to create minds that think, hearts that love, and hands that helpHelping Hands Montessori Services is a local business created by Talitha Green in 2007. It's mission is to serve families, parents and schools by bridging the home and school life and by "bringing Montessori to You". Talitha specializes in Montessori home consulting and will help create a Montessori prepared environment in your home. She is also the owner and director of HHMS Montessori home-school, a public speaker and private tutor for grades K-6. She holds a masters degree in Education from Loyola College in Maryland as well as her Primary and Elementary AMI Diplomas.For over 40 years Stepping Stone School has been dedicated to providing premier private education and care to Central Texas families. Through the pandemic, Stepping Stone School has consistently applied the principles of the school’s nationally recognized curriculum while practicing superior hygiene routines at all 20 campuses it currently operates, as well as implementing school age learning pods.
Although learning looks different these days, our commitment to scholars does not. We are committed to providing all scholars with a quality education - remote or in person. Austin Achieve Public Schools is a tuition-free, open-enrollment public charter school preparing Austin youth to attend and excel at the nation’s top universities.International School of Texas provides a comprehensive education that is inquiry-based and internationally-minded, enabling children to become life-long learners. IST students are knowledgeable, empathetic and caring global citizens, inspired to take action and solve problems for the betterment of themselves, others and the world around them.