Location: South Austin
7202 Dee Street
Austin, TX 78745
Students served: Ages 6 weeks–6 years
Current enrollment: 50
Model/philosophy: Aspire is a hybrid Montessori school committed to providing quality, affordable child care in a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment. The program’s goals are to teach children to relate to others with respect, to value friendships, and to believe in themselves as successful individuals. Aspire does not discriminate on the basis of national origin, creed, disability, religion, or any other basis. The Aspire community believes that diverse backgrounds enrich the lives of its children and its staff.
Special features: Amazing back yard, gardening, early arrival and aftercare, immediate updates and parent/teacher communication via Brightwheel.
Schedule: Early arrival, 7am–8:30am; full day, 8:30am–3pm; aftercare, 3pm–6pm (all but Nido);
Nido (infants)room after-school, 3pm–5:15pm
Tuition: Rates and fees vary by age and options selected; for full details, see the school’s admissions page.
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Full disclosure: Alt Ed Austin founder Teri Sperry has ties with several of the schools listed on this site. Her child has attended two of them. She has friends and collaborators who direct, teach at, or are otherwise involved in others. Some programs choose to advertise from time to time on Alt Ed Austin as Sponsoring Partners. She firmly believes that all of the schools featured on this site (including the ones to which she has no personal connection and those from which she receives no advertising fees) are great choices for some kids, each for different reasons.