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Nicholson Early Childhood Education Center

12233 RR 620 N Suite 201
Cedar Park, TX 78613

(512) 243-6539


We are a private half-day preschool program serving children 18 months to 5 years. Our school day is 8:30-12:30 with an optional "Nap & Snack" until 3:00. Call or come by for a tour!

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based

From the Director:

At Nicholson Early Childhood Education Center, we use developmentally appropriate teaching methods that are based on the research in early childhood education. Our program goals for children include early literacy, math, concept development, social skills, and self-regulation. We promote development in all of these areas through open-ended experiences and hands-on learning activities. Above all else, we want our children to enjoy their time at preschool and develop positive associations with the concept of school. This is just the first step in their academic careers and our goal is to provide the foundations. Preschool is a place where children get to play, learn, make friends, and get ready for kindergarten!

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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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
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
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
  • 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

From the Director:

We utilize an emergent curriculum to respond to children's unique learning needs. Our lesson plans start with a concept and grow from there. Our teachers begin with the children's interests and then create their learning plans by designing activities that tie the concept to our learing goals.