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The Children's Courtyard of Austin

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Supporting Our Community

As always, we’re proud to support our community. Learn more about our health and safety practices, including mask and staff vaccination policies. 

Did you know you may qualify for new child care benefits? Get the details about the 2021 stimulus package and how it can benefit working families.

Welcome to Our School

Welcome! We are The Children's Courtyard team located on William Cannon, an AdvancEd accredited private preschool in Austin, TX. We thrive to provide a safe, nurturing and education driven environment for our students.

We closely follow recommendations from state and local authorities, to maintain a clean, safe, healthy environment.

Our school offers Infant Child Care, Toddler, Early Preschool, Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten, and School-Age programs. We are a Texas Education Agency Preschool of Excellence designee, recognized for successfully preparing children for Kindergarten! We’re committed to providing simple ways to keep you connected throughout the day while your child is in our care. With live streaming video, you can view your child’s classroom from any device or computer. Plus, get real-time updates with our family communication app.

We have an open-door policy and are always available to speak with parents regarding the care and development of their children. Majority of our teachers have over five years of experience with The Children’s Courtyard. We have an incredible team of teachers who are educated, loving and creative. It is a true pleasure seeing them work with the children and helping them grow on a daily basis. We also have an on-site chef who creates homemade, healthy meals.

Since our school opened in 2001, we have provided a warm and welcoming learning environment for children and we would like you to become a part of our school family. Call us today to schedule a tour of The Children’s Courtyard at William Cannon!

Here's what people have to say

4.9 out of 5 stars
This has been the greatest daycare experience I’ve ever had. I feel supported as a parent and my child yells SCHOOL everyday when he arrives. He loves it.
We have really enjoyed our child's teachers. They have all been very engaging and caring.
Love the school. The director really loves her job and all the kids. She communicates very effectively and is very passionate about ensuring the staff that is hired is well qualified
Michelle and Sarah are outstanding with our infant 8 month old twins. We also are incredibly happy with Angelina and Abby, each of whom are great in communicating with us and supporting the staff in caring for our little ones. Couldn't be happier with the entire staff.
The communication is great. The teachers really care about the students.
Absolutely love Childrens Courtyard! My daughter has been here since 3 months old and it was a very easy transition because of her fantastic teachers! Can’t say enough great things about the staff and facilities.
I am so pleased with Childrens' Courtyard and have such a peace of mind with my child attending there. Her teachers have always been so loving and welcoming. The rooms are clean and I've been really impressed with all of the amazing activities as she has gotten older. I also appreciate the miscellaneous parent activities so we can spend some time with our kids there (Mother's Day breakfast, Mom's picnic,
Fall festival, etc.) Thank you for all you do to take care of our precious daughter - I know it's not always easy and I'm so appreciative. We especially really love Ms. Gwen.
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Professional and engaging staff. A safe environment. Healthy food.
We enjoyed tour and we feel comfort.
We have been very happy at the Children's Courtyard. Our daughter is happy there and the teachers and staff are kind and attentive.

Programs for All Ages

Electives Offered

Elective programs allow students to learn by exploring creative outlets that will help them advance in the future—while giving your family more free time on evenings and weekends. We offer:

Dance, Fitness, Soccer, Music, Yoga, Spanish, Phonics, Handwriting & Advanced Math

We’re proud to be accredited by Cognia!

Discover Our Montessori Classroom

In this classroom, your child will make discoveries and think independently, as we prepare them for the future. The authentic Montessori curriculum enables children to learn in their own way, at their own pace, through the practical application of sensory-based and self-directed activities. Our certified Montessori teacher spends significant time with each child, helping them discover unique talents and interests. Plus, a full complement of Montessori equipment offers tangible, hands-on learning opportunities to develop children’s skills and senses.

This mixed-aged classroom (for 3- to 6-year-olds) also helps children to develop social skills and challenges them to learn to work together—while being mindful of the best interests of others.

Ask your school director for additional details.

Open a window to your child's day.

Free live streaming video to your computer or mobile device.

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Tech + Tinker™

21st Century Learning Experiences

Our School-Age classroom is a perfect setting for productive, engaging mornings and afternoons, where children become thinkers, makers, and doers. Some enhancements in this classroom include:

  • iPads with keyboards and educational apps
  • Robots for coding challenges
  • Grow Fit-friendly video games that encourage collaboration and movement

Meet Our Staff

Desiree Lightsey, Director

Education: Associate's in Health Care Administration

Certifications: Austin Public Health Food Managers, CPR/First Aid, SIDS/Shaken Baby, Health and Safety, CDL

My name is Desiree Lightsey and I have been with the Children's Courtyard for five years and received my Directors License from HHSC in April 2019. I started off as an assistant teacher and worked my way up through all of the management positions. Taking on all of the different management roles has given me a deep insight in every aspect of the school, education and family communication. I am eager to thrive for excellence and ensure that all children in our school have the best education.

Meet Our Staff

Molly MacGuire, Associate Director

Education: BA in Elementary Education

Certifications: CPR/First Aid, SIDS/Shaken Baby, Health and Safety

My name is Molly MacGuire and I have been with the Children's Courtyard for 11 years. I am originally from New Hampshire and moved to Texas in 2007. I have my bachelor's degree in elementary education from Plymouth State University. I have been a teacher in several classrooms which has allowed me to expand my knowledge of the different age groups and educational programs we offer here. I am excited to start my new journey as the School-Age Manager.

Meet Our Staff

Katrina Tieman, Associate Director

Education: BAS Family and Child Development

Certifications: Texas HHSC Director License, CPR/First Aid, SIDS/Shaken Baby, Health and Safety

My name is Katrina Tieman, and I am the new associate director here at children's Courtyard! I have worked with children for several years including teaching preschool for fives years. I attended Texas state University where I earned my bachelors of applied science majoring in family and child development. I have lived in Texas all my life, growing up just down the road in New Braunfels. Working with families and improving my community are my main passions in life.

Visit Us Today

Schedule a tour online to visit with us today. We look forward to meeting you and your family.

Schedule a Tour or Request a Call

Local School Phone Number: 512.891.6500512.891.6500 License #: 819473