Location: South Austin
Near Slaughter & Manchaca
Students served: Ages 2–5 years
Current enrollment: 10; currently enrolling for summer of 2019
Model/philosophy: Pint-Size Playhouse is a play-based and relationship-building preschool program with a touch of traditional learning spread throughout the day. They like to think of themselves as a playful learning community. Pint-Size Playhouse has brought together some of the best and most powerful parts of many different philosophies and approaches to early childhood education, creating their own vision of what they want their licensed-home preschool program to look like. The preschool offers an environment where children can explore values and experience differences while bringing them together with similar interests. Pint-Size Playhouse teaches empathy, patience, compassion, self regulation, conflict resolution, problem solving, and kindness.
Special features: Award-winning licensed home preschool; Certified Eco-Friendly School – Eco-Healthy Child Care®; Certified Wildlife Habitat® – National Wildlife Federation; enrichment classes: yoga and Music & Movement
Schedule: 7am–5:30pm Monday–Friday; year-round; follows AISD calendar
Tuition: Starting at $730 per month
Contact: Nicole Perez, Owner/Director | 512-282-6644 | email@example.com
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