"Children learn as they play. More importantly, in play, children learn how to learn." - O.Fred Donaldson

 
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Now Enrolling!

Our program is a home-based preschool serving ages 3.5 - 5. We are currently enrolling on a first-come, first-served basis. Click below to find out about our Registration specials!

About Corazón

From Lulu Bautista, Owner / Lead Teacher

Corazón is the Spanish word for Heart. It is also an homage to my daughter, Cora. The last 5 years of working in early childhood education while parenting a young child have brought me an intimate understanding of patience, humility, and wonder of the world around us. It was our experiences in various preschool settings that led me on a journey to execute my vision - a vision shared by many preschool teachers - of creating a space that feels like home, where children can explore and learn using an inquiry-based method, where play leads to discovery. Our curriculum takes inspiration from Nature, from the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning, and from Children's Yoga and Mindfulness. 

We are a home-based preschool tucked at the end of a street in a quiet South Austin neighborhood, serving children ages 3.5 to 5. Our indoor space is set up as an invitation to play in various corners of the child's world - creating, building, observing, pretending, writing, reading, singing, and laughing are all a big part of our day. Our outdoor classroom gives us opportunity to move, climb, run, hunt for snails, watch the clouds, get messy and keep our bodies in tune with the natural world. 

The children and their families are truly what make our program unique. Each new bright idea, each step we take, is inspired by you! As the early years of learning are so important for the years of learning to come, we hope that you make your home with us at Corazón.

Meet the Teacher

Although one of my very first summer jobs was working in a childcare center in my hometown of San Antonio, Texas, it is safe to say that I took the roundabout way at finding my passion - early childhood development. After graduating from Texas State University in 2006 with a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication, I explored different career paths until 2012, when I took the opportunity to step back and assess the common threads connecting each of my professional experiences, and what I loved about each of those jobs. It was during this time I discovered that I was drawn to development and guidance, especially as it related to working with families and children. I began working for the YMCA of Austin as a Site Director for After-School and Summer Camp programs at the elementary school level. I became fascinated with the world of Early Childhood Development when I was selected to spearhead implementation of the YMCA's new grant-funded Early Learning Readiness program, which focused directly on engaging caregivers in navigating the early years of development with the children in their care. It was this up close observation of babies learning to walk, toddlers learning to talk, and preschoolers learning to navigate social relationships that propelled me to dive headfirst into my own experience as a parent and caregiver. While working at the preschool level and raising my own young daughter, I went back to school, working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education and becoming certified in the field of Children's Yoga and Mindfulness. Through that collective experience I began to develop the vision for what is now Corazón, but is also a vision I carry with me through any child care setting I encounter: to place a high value on play-based learning with a major emphasis on the natural world around us; where children are given the chance to explore social and emotional connections, acquire language and literacy skills, and develop motor skills in a well-prepared environment that will set the stage for a lifetime of learning.

Fun Fact 01.

My favorite prehistoric creature is the Parasaurolophus, a plant-eating dinosaur which used the crest on its head as a tool for communication, like a horn!

Fun Fact 02.

Until a few years ago, I was incapable of keeping plants alive. With much hard work and determination, I developed a green thumb, and now I am the head landscaper and gardener for our home!

Fun Fact 03.

I am a big fan of stop-motion animation, and it is a dream of mine to one day visit a stop-motion animation studio. Laika Animation, here I come!

Fun Fact 04.

I took my first plane flight at age 19. While I don't think I'll be brave enough to ever really skydive, one of the most fun things I've ever done was indoor skydiving right here in Austin. I can actually say that I've flown like a bird!

 
 
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A Lulu in her natural environment...

Sitting on tiny furniture, outside on a beautiful day, with a tiny friend close by. (In this case my daughter, Cora, at age 18 months.)