Location: South Austin
Bouldin Creek Neighborhood
Students served: Ages 18 months–10 years. Now enrolling!
Model/philosophy: Austin Children's Garden offers a natural and creative learning environment for preschoolers and homeschoolers. The programs are guided by passionate lifelong educators who take time and pride in a thoughtful, experiential curriculum of integrated academics, social-emotional wisdom, and meaningful activities that support the growth of the whole child. ACG draws from the best in current educational research and holistic models of child development to inspire a deep-rooted love of learning and nurture the magical joy and wonder of childhood. See their blog for more details of their learning experiences!
Special features: Beautiful and warm home-based environment; fully licensed, certified teachers; small class size; flexible part-time or full-time options; large and lush educational organic gardens and bunnies; healthy cooking classes; organic/locally sourced snacks and lunches; Hola Yoga bilingual kids yoga classes; process-based art; STEAM and project-based learning; music & movement; science experiments; conscious discipline; mindfulness activities; and lots of nature-based free play!
Schedule: 12-month program with regular holiday breaks.
Monday–Friday Morning Program 8:45am –12:30pm 1, 2 ,3, 4, or 5 days per week; early dropoff 8am to 8:45am
Extended Day 12:30pm–2pm Monday–Friday
Afternoon Program 2pm–5:30pm 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5 days
1 day/week: Mornings $180/month; Afternoons $155/month
2 days/week: Mornings $360/month; Afternoons $310/month
3 days/week: Mornings $540/month; Afternoons $465/month
4 days/week: Mornings $720/month; Afternoons $620/month
5 days/week: Mornings $900/month; Afternoons $775/month
See website for more details.
Contact: Morna Harnden, Co-Director & Teacher | 512-695-3703 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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