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St. Mark Children's Day Out

601 W. Braker Lane
Austin, TX 78753-3042

(512) 836-9073


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
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  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught Spanish on Thursday mornings...

From the Director:

We are a play based program with weekly themes and monthly concentration of colors, letters, and numbers. The teachers led the activities where children are the focus, always seeking new ways to make learning a fun and enriching environment.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The teachers in our program are former/current parents who understand that the best way to reach a child is nurturing and caring for them while helping them reach their maximum potential in preparation for not only kindergarten, but life.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We are a Christian based preschool that has served the North/Central Austin area for over 20 years. We are a licensed day care, adhering to the guidelines and laws set by Child Protective Services. We really concentrate on helping your child advance socially, academically, and spiritually during their years with us, always recognizing that every child is a unique gift of God.

A Typical Day

9:00 Arrive at school for free play in centers and sensory activities, chapel
10 snack. art and circle time
11 - 12 playground
12 lunch
12:30 rest time until pick up at 2
All children are required to rest for 30 minutes. If they choose not to sleep, they are allowed to get up, move to a room for quiet play while their peers sleep.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Our school offers monthly newsletters, weekly emails, and almost daily emails about events and reminders. We also host an Open House in August for our fall students to meet their teacher and classmates prior to the start of school. Our teachers perform assessments in January to help gauge a child's progress in relation to other children of their chronological age, understanding the each child develops individually to gain his/her own potential.

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
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Email
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

We encourage parents to visit the school before their child's first day and offer the opportunity to stay for a few minutes on their child's first day of school. We do not suggest that parents stay at school with the child past a few minutes as it is disruptive to the other students whose parents are not in attendance. We insist that parents hug, comfort, and reassure their child at drop-off taking special care to reassure their child that they are loved and that the parent will return at the end of the day.