General information

The Greenhouse Learning Center

The Greenhouse is a model center of quality in childcare and early education in Williamson County community (Round Rock TX, Hutto TX).

General Information:

  1. Vision

To support children and families and the community in developing and learning to their full potential and to be nationally recognized as an outstanding childcare center.

  1. Mission/Purpose

The Greenhouse Learning Center’s mission is to provide the Highest Quality Childcare and Educational Service that promotes and enhances each child’s development; while assuring the families of those children peace of mind in the care and service we provide. The Greenhouse Learning Center serves as a model school for the Williamson County community (Round Rock TX, Hutto TX) and offers affordable, high quality services to the community by providing the following:

  • Full day licensed child care and education program for infants, toddlers and preschool children

Program: Our developmentally appropriate program’s mission is to nurture each child’s growth and education in a stimulating environment that fosters active learning, support for the whole child, in a child friendly, well supervised loving environment.

We strive to:

  • Plan an emergent, play-based curriculum that offers rich experiences and interactions, supports all areas of development, assesses children over time, considers individual and group needs, considers the child’s social and cultural context, and prepares children for later school success
  • Create a learning community that will benefit our children, families, and staff in learning to value diversity
  • Partner with parents and other family members to find the support and resources they need to be informed advocates for their children

Staff: Our Teachers: All Greenhouse teachers and caregivers are expected to exemplify excellence and quality of service and care. They are professionals who adhere to the NAEYC Code of Ethics and current TDFPS Minimum Standards rules and regulations. All teachers/caregivers are current on state licensing requirements for professional development and participate in ongoing training such as CPR and first aid, administration of medication, SIDS, Shaken Baby Syndrome and brain development. In addition, annual professional development hours also include topics like guidance and discipline, ethics, diversity, growth and development, teamwork, abuse and neglect, curriculum, assessment and special needs.

We strive to:

  • Hire staff, based on strong educational and experiential background
  • Serve as models, trainers, and mentors to other staff, families, and the community
  • Gain education and experience through continuing professional development

Families

We strive to:

  • Build partnerships with families to foster optimal development of children and create a sense of community
  • Provide parenting support by offering educational opportunities and resources
  • Share information about child development while respecting each family’s unique culture
  • Create opportunities for families to learn about the value of play and its role in development and learning

The Community

We strive to:

  • Serve as a resource to the community
  • Model the importance of advocacy
  • Help to promote the field of child development and early childhood care and education as a profession to the community

Our Curriculum Philosophy – Our curriculum is based on our knowledge of the developmental process, the individual child’s needs and interests, and the child’s family culture. Our curriculum is “play based” and is integrated into routines and transitions; planned and spontaneous activities; indoor and outdoor play; interactions between children and between children and adults; child led and teacher directed activities; and implemented individually and in small groups and large groups. The curriculum focuses on the development of the “whole child”, that is, it considers all areas of development – physical, language, social-emotional, and cognitive. The curriculum also teaches concepts and develops skills that are meaningful to the child’s developmental understanding. Our preschool children are prepared for Kindergarten by being instructed according to the guidelines set forth by the Texas Education Agency and the Texas School Ready Grant.

For the most part, our teachers use a planning process that includes observation, assessment, developmental goals, developmentally appropriate practice and reflection. Based on this information, the curriculum emerges over time and guides how we set up the environment; the activities, experiences and interactions provided and the routines and schedules within the classroom. Our TSR trained preschool teachers build from curriculum provided by the TSR grant.

Our daily schedules allow for blocks of time for indoor and outdoor free-choice activities; small and large group activities; breakfast, snacks and lunch; clean-up, toileting and other routines. Classrooms are arranged in interest centers. Children are encouraged to move around the classroom at their own pace and select activities of interest. During this time, teachers interact with children to extend or enhance their play by asking questions, supporting problem-solving, offering ideas or materials, and observing or assessing what children know. Depending upon the age, some of the activities each day may be more teacher-directed or guided.

Program Goals:

The program strives to be a model of quality child care for our diverse community by:

  • Providing a responsive environment where children and adults feel supported and free to explore materials, ideas and feelings;
  • Fostering healthy self-esteem in each individual by respecting the individual’s needs, abilities, personality, and culture;
  • Fostering the development of each child’s social-emotional, cognitive, language, physical, and creative abilities through the use of developmentally appropriate activities and practices;
  • Providing a safe, clean environment that promotes safety, healthy practices, and an appreciation for nutritious food;
  • Working in partnership with parents to ensure that children are receiving the highest quality of care