Austin Play Garden strives to promote social, emotional and intellectual growth through a rich environment emphasizing exploration, imagination, interaction, and communication.  Our program is purposeful: the materials, curriculum, space, methods, and teacher attention are determined based on the best interest of the children.  This produces teachers that are more focused on their students’ needs.  They will make daily plans that respond to the needs and interest of students while promoting a variety of developmentally appropriate activities.

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We have mixed age classrooms because we believe it is optimal for children to have a consistent caregiver over a long time period. It is also beneficial for younger children to learn from older children, modeling play and other development goals. We also believe that smaller class sizes allow for more individualized care and attention.
Austin Play Garden is open 12 months out of the year. We are closed for one week in July. Austin Play Garden will follow AISD’s calendar for breaks, school closings, inclement weather, staff development days and holidays. Austin Play Garden is open from 8:15-2:30 and offers after school care from 2:30-5:30.
APG does not provide meals for students. We understand that many families have specific preferences for what they feed their children and want to honor those choices. For this reason, we feel that it would be too difficult to create a menu that would work for all the children in our care. We ask that you send a lunch each day. APG will provide a daily snack. At the start of each Month, we will provide a snack menu. If you do not want the snack we provide on a particular day, you can simply send your own.

If a child has a food allergy we will notify the classroom and ask that parents not send that food with their child. APG will also make sure our snacks do not include that food item.

While research on brain development is in its infancy, it is believed that play shapes the structural design of the brain. We know that secure attachments and stimulation are significant aspects of brain development; play provides active exploration that assists in building and strengthening brain pathways. Play creates a brain that has increased ‘flexibility and improved potential for learning later in life’ (Lester & Russell, 2008, p. 9).