How many children are in the class?
We are a small group of 6 children and one teacher.
Where are you located?
We are located in South Austin, near the intersection of Manchaca & Slaughter Lane.
Is the program licensed or registered with the State of Texas?
We are a Registered Family Home with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, permit #1670190. There are a few exceptions that make this different from a Licensed Childcare program. To obtain this Registered Family Home status, a TDFPS Inspector conducts a thorough review of our home and program, inspecting for adherence to safety standards and best practices in home childcare according to state guidelines which can be found here. We regularly maintain a file of required records and our home is available for TDFPS Inspection during all operating hours. Inspections are unannounced and conducted intermittently.
Does my child need to be toilet trained?
Yes. As much as we believe in meeting the child where they are at developmentally, especially when it comes to this important milestone, it is logistically impractical for one teacher to devote a large part of the day to assisting with toilet learning while still being able to provide safe and attentive care to the rest of the group. We don't believe in pressuring a child to be potty trained before they are ready, but it is important that you begin the process of enrolling your child after they have learned to use the toilet independently.
What is your policy on Immunizations?
We will not enroll a child who is not vaccinated or current on their vaccinations according to the Texas DSHS Immunization Schedule, which can be found here. Medical reasons for exemption that occur over the course of enrollment will be considered on a case-by-case basis. This policy is in place due to the nature of our program being located within our home.
Are meals provided by the school?
School provides a morning snack and parents provide a picnic lunch daily. We enjoy our lunch outdoors most days, so please keep this in mind when choosing what to pack (for example, a thermos to keep food warm, or an apple instead of applesauce.) See our current snack offerings here. It is important to note that we are a Peanut/Tree Nut free campus for the 2019-2020 School Year/Summer.
Does the school offer extended days?
We do not currently offer extended days. Our regular school day runs from 9 am - 2:15 pm, with summer hours varying.
What is your policy on caregiver visits to the school?
Tours for prospective Corazón families are offered outside of school hours. Caregivers of current Corazón students are welcome to visit anytime, with no appointment necessary. Join us for lunch, for a walk to the park, or come early for a story. As a courtesy to napping children, we ask that you please be mindful of our quiet rest time.
How do you communicate with caregivers?
Daily communication at drop off and pick up is always invited. Regular updates on our upcoming activities will be sent via email. Photos and summaries of the projects we've completed will be posted regularly on our password-protected blog. Conferences are held in the Fall and Spring, where caregivers and teacher come together to share ideas and observations regarding your child's experience at Corazón, as well as to plan for supporting their next developmental stages.
Do you have pets?
Yes, we currently have 2 dogs but no classroom pets. Our furry friends, Ollie and Cooper, will remain tucked away out of sight during our school day, but it is important that you know about them in case of any allergies to pet dander.