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Emerson Academy Child Development Center

1 Valley View Dr
Round Rock, TX 78664

(512) 252-0400


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

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

From the Director:

Each of our classroom environments has a schedule that allows for both independent play and structured learning. Emerson strives to keep children engaged and growing through our theme-based activities that focus on social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development for each child.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Emerson Academy's philosophy is to provide individualized early education for ALL children, and our program supports this. We have very low ratios which allow for more personalized attention and care. Because we are an inclusive center, our curriculum is necessarily adaptable for children of varying abilities. Our teachers work with the family and the child on individual goals for growth, and the child's progress is monitored and discussed with parents regularly through meetings, notes, and our quarterly parent-teacher conferences.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The mission of Emerson Academy Child Development Center is to create an inclusive learning community where ALL children have access to innovative, developmentally appropriate, research-based teaching practices and educational opportunities that support each child's unique stages of development.

A Typical Day

A Sample Schedule:

7:00 - 8:30 Arrival*
Greet peers, Exploratory play

8:30 Toileting and Self-Help
Potty training (or diapering) and
self-care skills (hand washing)

9:00 Group Time*
Language, motor and cognitive development

9:30 Motor Activity*
Alternate between fine motor in classroom and gross motor in motor room

10:00 Morning Snack**
includes toileting, diapering, self-care

10:30 Outside Play*
Gross motor and social skills

11:15 Toileting and Self-Help

11:45 Lunch and Tooth Brushing
Self-care and fine motor skills

12:15 Rest time
Story/nap/quiet play

2:30 Toileting, snack and self-care**

3:00 Learning Centers and small group instruction*
Cognitive, social/emotional, language and motor development

4:00 Toileting and Self-Care

4:30 Outside Play*

5:00 - 6:00 Pick-up
Greet parents/caregivers, Exploratory play

* Direct Instruction
** Two Nutritional Snacks are provided daily

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Emerson Academy is focused on providing holistic education where everyone - the teachers, family, therapists, etc. - is involved in the process. Our directors are available on a daily basis to talk with parents and help in any way they can. Emerson Academy communicates with the parents via email, notes and letters, direct conversations, and through our school Blog, which is updated several times per week. We hold quarterly parent-teacher conferences, provide information about other services and organizations available to our parents, and have close relationship with school districts.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • 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
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year