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Welcome to Grace Garden
Child Development Center!


We are now enrolling for the 2022-2023 school year!

 You can find more information about Grace Garden at ggaustin.org

About Us

Located at Saint John's United Methodist Church, Grace Garden Child Development Center opened in 2004 as a place of learning for children aged 18 months - Pre-K. We provide a nurturing and supportive environment in a Christian environment. At Grace Garden, children learn through developmentally appropriate activities and feel confident in taking on new challenges. Our loving and enthusiastic staff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program. They are dedicated to enriching the lives of children and strive for excellence in all they do.

Directions:
2140 Allandale Road
Austin, TX 78756
512-371-5822

Grace Garden is a ministry of Saint John's United Methodist Church, located in north central Austin (mid-town) near the intersection of Burnet Road and Koenig/Allandale/2222. We're just north of HEB and south of Lamar Middle School. We're nestled among the Allandale, Brentwood, Crestview, and Rosedale neighborhoods. From MoPac, exit at 2222 and drive east toward Burnet; from U.S. 183, exit at Burnet and drive south toward Koenig Lane.

Admission and Hours

Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Many parents are concerned when their children aren't practicing letters and numbers. They feel that completing paper and pencil exercises will most effectively prepare their children for elementary school. We could give your children workbooks. We could make them memorize the alphabet. We could drill them. We could test them. But if we do, your children may lose something very important. Children who are rushed into reading and writing too soon miss important steps in learning and may suffer later on because they lack the foundation they need for using language. Children who are taught to read before they are ready may be able to sound out and recognize words, but they may also have little understanding of what they are reading.

If they haven't been given time to play, they won't have explored objects enough to know what words (like "hard, harder, hardest") mean. If they aren't allowed to string beads, button, dress up, cut, paste, pour, and draw, they won't develop the small muscle skills they need for writing.

Because math involves more than memorizing facts (like 2+2=4) and because it involves logical thinking, children shouldn't be pushed into paper and pencil arithmetic too soon. To acquire the foundation for logical thinking, children need many opportunities to count objects, sort them into piles, and add some to a pile and take some away. It is by playing games like these that they learn to truly understand addition, subtraction, division, and multiplication. Without these concrete experiences, children may give correct answers but probably won't understand what they are doing and why.

If children are rushed into academic subjects too soon, they may lose their enthusiasm for learning and lose their sense of themselves as learners. If children are told what to learn and memorize by their teacher, they may become more passive and dependent learners, and be less excited about learning something new. Children who are given plenty of time to play, however, learn to ask their own questions and figure out their own answers. They are responsible for their own learning. They see themselves as explorers, discoverers, problem solvers, and inventors.

Parent Info

Located at Saint John's United Methodist Church, Grace Garden Child Development Center opened in 2004 as a place of learning for children aged 18 months - Pre-K. We provide a nurturing and supportive environment in a Christian environment. At Grace Garden, children learn through developmentally appropriate activities and feel confident in taking on new challenges. Our loving and enthusiastic staff brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our program. They are dedicated to enriching the lives of children and strive for excellence in all they do. 


Enrollment 

A completed enrollment packet, including a current record of immunizations, is required prior to your child's first day at Grace Garden.

Click here to download a 2022-2023 enrollment packet


Snacks and Lunch

SNACK
Parents will provide a healthful snack for their child each day. Please bring snacks in a labelled container and place it in the snack bin each morning. Snacks will be served between 10:00 and 10:30 each morning.

LUNCHES
Grace Garden is committed to good nutrition as an integral part of the early childhood experience. Not only do children benefit physically, but they are also learning the principles of good nutrition. Our center does not provide lunches to the children. Parents are responsible for meeting the nutritional value and for meeting the child's daily food needs.

We appreciate your cooperation in sending non-perishable foods in your child's labeled lunch container. Please include milk, 100% natural fruit juice, or water as your child's beverage. Metal rimmed containers (ex. fruit cups, Vienna sausages) are prohibited because of the sharp edge.

Bottles, pacifiers, cups and all lunch and snack containers must be labeled with the child's first and last name.

Please be aware of food-related choking in young children. Grapes, hot dogs, apples, popcorn and carrots are all potential dangers. If you do send these foods in your child's lunch, be sure to cut them into small pieces.

For your convenience, we have included a list of nutritional lunch and snack ideas below.

NUTRITIONAL LUNCH AND SNACK IDEAS:

Fresh fruit: oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, or apple wedges (peeled for younger children), pineapple chunks, banana slices, seedless grapes (cut in quarters lengthwise for toddlers and twos), seedless watermelon chunks cantaloupe or other melons. Try apple wedges with cheese spread, fruit kabobs (use spaghetti noodles instead of a toothpick), peaches, pears, plums, strawberries or kiwi slices.

Dried Fruit: apricots, banana chips, prunes stuffed with cream cheese, cranberries, raisins, apples and pineapples.

Vegetables: carrots (cooked and cubed for little ones), celery (stuffed with cream cheese and raisins), cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes (cut in quarters for toddlers and twos), or fresh, canned or cooked zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower, peas, corn or green beans. Add ranch or other salad dressings for dipping vegetables. Try using a variety of cutting techniques to give vegetables an appealing appearance.

Proteins: hard boiled eggs (peeled), pieces of turkey, chicken, ham, or beef (sliced or cubed), cubes or slices of natural cheese (string cheese is a favorite among preschoolers), cream cheese, pimento cheese, or tuna.

Grains: bagels, natural fruit bars, rice cakes, bread sticks, tortillas, crackers, sandwich bread (spread with protein), unsweetened cereal, seeds, Goldfish, or pasta (with or with out sauce).


Parent Participating and Fundraising

Parent participation

*Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, parent participation at school may be temporarily limited.

Parents and teachers work in partnership for the greatest development of each child. Parents are needed to plan and coordinate events during the school year to help Grace Garden grow and be the unique program that it is. We have many ways parents can volunteer in our program.

Parent participation opportunities fall into two categories:
One-Time Events and Ongoing Events.

One-time Events:
Thanksgiving Feast Team
Breakfast with Santa Team
Sweetheart Dance Team
Teacher Appreciation Luncheon Team

 

Ongoing Events:
Room Parents
Fundraising Team
Garden Team

  

Grace Garden Parents

If interested in serving in any of these areas, please send us an email.

Fundraising at Grace Garden

Grace Garden is able to offer a first-rate, affordable preschool education because of the generous financial support of our families and friends. To ensure that the school continues its rich tradition, we engage in a few fundraising efforts throughout the year, including:

No-Frills Fundraising
Every year, our fundraising committee encourages families to contribute an extra tuition payment. A “no-frills” way to raise additional financial support for the school, the effort helps Grace Garden pay for scholarships, continuing education for our teachers, and additional programming for our students.

Grace Garden Staff

We are proud of our teachers at Grace Garden. Not only do they possess a wealth of experience, but they are also incredibly committed to our school.