Little Sparks

Location: West Central Austin
Students served: 2–6 year olds / Pre-K / Kindergarten / General and Special Education
Current enrollment: 20; maximum of 24
Model/philosophy: Little Sparks is a licensed, low-ratio preschool program that embraces inclusion and diversity. Little Sparks celebrates each individual child and supports their development through natural teaching opportunities and a play-based approach to learning.
Special features: Little Sparks teachers are highly qualified and passionate educators with extensive experience and education in child development and early childhood education. Each classroom is led by a teacher with a bachelor's or master's degree in education or a related field. In order to provide individualized learning for all children, Little Sparks ensures a maximum ratio of one teacher for six children. Each classroom also has the benefit of including highly trained therapists to facilitate the inclusion of all children.
Schedule: Year-round schedule; enroll at any time when space is available. 2-, 3-, and 5-day options with part-day (8:30am–2:30pm) or full-day (8:30am–5:00pm) schedules available. Early drop-off also available.
Tuition: Competitive tuition rates. Tuition is based on part-time or full-time enrollment.
Contact: Shelly Sully, Director | 512-900-1425 | Shelly@spark-learning.com

The Magnolia School

Location: Lake Travis area
2903 Ranch Road 620 North
Austin, TX 78734
Students served: Ages 3–12 (through 6th grade content)
Current enrollment: 90 (capacity of 100)
Model/philosophy: Self-paced, individualized, and fun learning; students are grouped by their academic level and taught in groups of varied sizes; lessons are adjusted to meet each child's learning style and are fun so children want to come to school and enjoy learning
Special features: Open year-round, from 7:30am to 5:30pm; parents are welcome to drop off and pick up kids anytime during open hours; 3-week academic boosters available in summer
Tuition: $10,150 ($1,015 monthly Aug–May); summer camps priced separately
Contact: Glenn Carter | 512-266-9620 | info@TheMagnoliaSchoolATX.com

Spark Learning

Location: West Central Austin
Students served: Therapeutic kindergarten program for children needing special education support
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for Fall 2019; maximum enrollment of 6 students to ensure low ratios
Model/philosophy: Spark Learning improves life for children of all ages with autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, PDD, and other special needs by providing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy through personalized treatment programs. The Kinder Sparks program offers a Kindergarten classroom experience in a therapeutic setting to help children learn readiness, social, and behavioral skills to prepare for elementary school.
Special features: Both group and individual intervention is provided in a naturalistic classroom setting with a passionate, highly trained team.
Schedule: 8am–2pm Monday–Friday, with aftercare available
Tuition: Program cost will be provided at the time of a consultation.
Contact: Shelly Sully, Director | 512-900-1425 | Shelly@spark-learning.com

Speech-Language-Play

Location: North-Central Austin
(located in a private home)
8310 Tecumseh Drive
Austin, TX 78753
Students served: Ages 2–5; specializing in children with communication delays; all children, including siblings, are welcome.
Current enrollment: Now enrolling for 2018–2019, with a maximum of 6 students in each playgroup.
Model/philosophy: The "Social Kids!" mission is to help children with communication delays build rewarding peer relationships through play.  We are fortunate that the current research is reminding us of the importance of unstructured play for all children.  However, children with communication impairments can find themselves without a "voice" in play interactions. At "Social Kids!" the professional communication support is present to ensure everyone has a chance to learn through undirected group and paired play.
Special features: Specialized playgroup sessions filled with fun unstructured play opportunities in 3 specially designed play areas: one indoor playroom, one outdoor playroom, and an outdoor fenced-in natural space; some play activities are staged following a weekly social skills theme; the instructor facilitates communication in group play and paired play as appropriate, following the children's lead, rather than directing the play;  playgroups also include a structured cooking activity, lunch time, and small pet care; consultations with private speech therapy are included to incorporate carry-over of speech-language and social skills goals into the playgroup environment.
Schedule: 9am–1pm, with additional hours available, Mon/Wed or Tues/Thurs, year-round
Tuition: $400 per month for twice-weekly enrollment
Contact: Anne Remme, MS, CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Owner of Speech-Language-Play | annecatherine@speech-language-play.com | www.speech-language-play | www.facebook.com/speech.language.play