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Mainspring Schools

1100 W Live Oak St., Austin, TX

Starting at $1195/mo


We are among the 8% of centers in the US accredited by NAEYC, the nation's most rigorous early childhood accrediting body. Our method is based on three main beliefs: low child-to-teacher ratios, child-directed learning, and a focus on instilling strong executive function skills.

We also love bringing in a variety of experiences for our children including art, dance and music classes!


We have a full time kitchen staff that creates menus and meals according to USDA guidelines and nutrition standards. Additionally, we order much of our produce from local farms and have small gardens on every playground so the children can see where food really comes from! Playground time is sacred at our school as well, because we feel that physical development and an appreciation for nature is incredibly important these days when so many of our children are more and more becoming attached to screens!

Mainspring has been and will continue to be on the forefront of the movement to increase the amount of social and emotional skills learning in early childhood education. So many of our children come from difficult backgrounds and trauma, that we feel it is of paramount importance to create a safe, consistent and loving environment. We also use methods and curricula from Conscious Discipline and the Trust-Based Relational Intervention program out of TCU.


Mainspring offers parent education seminars on topics like nutrition, discipline and helping children succeed in school, as well as parenting support group and available counseling.


Our families come from all over Austin and represent different backgrounds, ethnicities and socio-economic levels (75% of our students receive tuition subsidies). We believe this diversity is crucial to developing self-aware, well-rounded children.
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FAQs for finding preschools in Austin

What types of preschool can I find in Austin, TX?
There are two main types of preschool programs you can send your kids to in Austin, TX. The first is a full-time preschool program that usually works well for parents working full-time shifts. The second is a part-time preschool program where you can enroll your child for 2-3 days per week and typically choose between a morning or afternoon shift. A part-time preschool can be a great option if you want to ease the transition of this new learning experience for your child. You can also check your options in Austin, TX for traditional preschool centers, or private home-based preschools.
What should I look for in a good preschool program in Austin, TX?
When you begin looking for preschools in Austin, TX ask about the ratio of learning time to supervised play time so you can get a good sense of whether you believe your child's needs will be met. From there, ask about what a typical day consists of, what the safety protocols are and how discipline will be handled. Also, make sure to check directly with the preschool for information about their local licensing and credentials in Austin, TX.
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There are currently 17 preschools in Austin, TX on and you can filter these local results by distance from your zip code. From there, you can compare between preschool programs by traditional facility-based preschools and private, in-home preschools. Be sure to check reviews from other families in Austin, TX who have previously sent their kids to any of the preschools you are interested in.