Our Program 

Innovative Learning | Physical and Emotional Health | Family-Centered Engagement

NAEYC Accredited

We are among only 8% of centers in the US accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the nation’s most rigorous early childhood accrediting body. 


Monthly Tuition

$1,200 Age 0-18 months
$1,130 Age 19-36 months
$950 Age 37+ months

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Classrooms and Ages

Sunflowers Room
Infants age 6 weeks until walking (usually one year old)

Ratio - 2:8 Teacher/Student

Lots of loving interactions between caretakers and infants. Lesson plans include continual individual assessments of what the infant needs to learn next. Opportunities for one-on-one verbal interaction. Encouragement to try new things, grasping. Tasting new foods. Key focus is to build trust between infant and caregiver.

 

Dewdrops Room
Age 12-24 months

Ratio - 2:8 Teacher/Student

Primary tasks are to learn to eat at a table (rather than a high chair), use spoons, follow schedules like napping once a day with the group rather than as needed like in the Sunflowers Room, and learn to enjoy outside activities. We need to expose the children to lots of spoken language. Safety, relationship, and trust are key.

                                                               

Tadpoles Room
Age 12-24 months

Ratio - 2:8 Teacher/Student

  Primary tasks are to learn to eat at a table (rather than a high chair), use spoons, follow schedules like           napping once a day with the group rather than as needed like in the Sunflower and Bluebonnet Rooms, and   learn to enjoy outside activities. We need to expose the children to lots of spoken language.                           Safety, relationship, and trust are key.

 

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Grasshoppers Room
Age 24-36 months

Ratio - 2:8 Teacher/Student

Begin playing in groups, imaginative play, interest in books. Understands language, but own vocalizations are few and often difficult to discern. Introduced to crayons and art activities, rhymes, taking turns. This is really an important time to try to draw out language from the children.

 

Honeybees Room
Age 24-36 months

Ratio - 2:8 Teacher/Student

Younger twos are generally enrolled in this classroom. A strong focus on is put on language acquisition, beginning to play together, early phases of symbolic play, and rhymes and songs.

 

 

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Songbirds Room
Age 36-48 months

Ratio - 2:16 Teacher/Student

Strongly emerging language. Group activities possible. Art and sensory activities are very important (working with sand, water, play dough). Children start problem solving how things fit together, pouring from one container into another, experimenting with concepts such as more/less, bigger/smaller, etc. Building blocks and puzzles develop math skills. Observations and sorting lay the foundations for science. True “investigative play” happens here. A great place for volunteers who can work with children to expand their                                                                  understanding and use of the language.

 

Mockingbirds Room
Age 36-48 months

Ratio - 2:14 Teacher/Student

Lots of exploration of the natural world. Dress up supplies spark imaginative play. Lots of art materials induce creativity. Math skills begin emerging through puzzles and building blocks.

 

 

Shining Stars Room
Age 48 months +

Ratio - 2:17 Teacher/Student

Lots of pre-literacy activities, a print-rich environment. Great imaginative play and dress-up. Uses a variety of art materials. Science expands into data collection. Beginning to understand cause and effect. Citizenship and safety are stressed. Children play together and form friendships. Our role is to structure the environment so that the children learn through play in every possible interaction and activity. DLM curriculum. This classroom is now an official pre-K classroom of the Austin Independent School District                                                                      through a unique partnership.

 

Playground

Lots of outdoor activities on three expertly designed playgrounds enhance your child’s experience at Mainspring Schools.