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First English Lutheran CDC

3001 Whitis Ave.
Austin, TX 78705

(512) 478-5424


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

The First English Lutheran Child Development Center is based on the principle that children learn best when they are active participants. Even the youngest children are given frequent opportunities to make choices about their play. All of the children choose among activities that encourage divergent thinking, stimulate creativity, and center on the needs of the individual child. Younger children are given chances to explore through a variety of mediums. They are also encouraged to expand their knowledge of their world through the use of sensory materials, cooking experiences, large motor activities, musical instruments, open-ended and manipulative toys, and a large shaded playground. In addition to the above mentioned activities, older children help set classroom rules, participate in monthly field trips, and provide suggestions for things they would like to try in the classroom. They build with wood working materials, develop projects and structures over a period of days. The children utilize costumes and props to enhance dramatic play and get involved in a number of ecological and charitable endeavors. Age appropriate reading, writing, and mathematical skills are fostered through a variety of activities.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

One of our greatest strengths is the quality of our teachers' interactions with children. Teachers get to know the children as individuals, and plan activities and classroom arrangements to accommodate the interests and developmental levels of their students.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to provide a quality childcare experience that helps your child develop physically, socially, and emotionally.

First English Lutheran Child Development Center, located next door to the University of Texas at Austin, has been serving the community since its opening in 1973. We are a child-centered, developmentally appropriate program that provides full day, year round care for children ages 18 months--5 years.
The First English Lutheran Child Development Center is a nurturing place that will care for your child, ensure his or her happiness, and teach him or her to interact with others socially. The center strives to create an atmosphere in which a child is respected as an individual. Experienced child care professionals will guide your child through learning and development.

Our Goals.......

Create an atmosphere in which each child is respected as an individual.
Understand that the development of the individual includes nurturing physical, emotional, and intellectual growth to promote the healthy functioning of a child.
Support physical and intellectual growth by providing nutritious meals, a safe and challenging play ground, and a curriculum that teaches children respect for their bodies and the bodies of others.
Build a secure environment based on trust in order to facilitate emotional development in children.
Help children learn to express their needs and feelings and learn to listen to the needs and feelings of others.
Retain skilled and caring staff by providing them adequate compensation, continuing education, opportunities for professional growth and a respectful workplace.

A Typical Day

Please visit our website for a virtual tour of our classrooms.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Sit on the board of trustees
  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school