Early Childhood

Preschool students play with shaving cream at The Parish School, sensory play

Early intervention for a lifetime of learning

Children born with any developmental delay are at risk for falling behind academically. That is why early intervention is so important. At The Parish School, we’re experts in providing a strong foundation for your young learner. We develop the communication, academic, social and behavioral skills needed to succeed and thrive in school and in life.

Our early childhood program addresses the needs of children as young as 2 years of age, and is guided by best practices as outlined by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

What do our classes look like?

Classes are grouped to include students of varying ages and developmental levels. All children of the same chronological age rarely perform at the same level. By grouping children according to levels, we build on developmental skills. Multi-age/multi-level groupings allow students to learn from other peer models while also having the opportunity to be a model for other children.

Early Childhood students are placed into the following class levels based upon our assessments:

  • Emerging Language (Ages 2 – 3 years)
    Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Preschool (Ages 3 – 4 years)
    Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Pre-primary (Ages 4 – 5 years)
    Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The following optional programs are also available:

  • Early Morning Drop-Off
    Monday – Friday from 8 – 8:45 a.m.
  • Extended Day
    Monday – Thursday afterschool until 4:30 p.m.

Our Unique Approach

Pre-Academic Curriculum - The Creative Curriculum®

Aligned to Texas State Early Learning Guidelines and individualized for each student, The Creative Curriculum® uses a studies approach, which features hands-on, inquiry-based learning experiences to teach pre-academic and readiness skills across all major areas of development and subjects – including reading and math.

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech-language pathologists integrate communication and language therapy into all areas of the curriculum. They plan and implement a therapy care plan for each child that encourages
growth of essential communication skills.

Social-Emotional Language & Learning Program (SELLP)

This whole-child approach is a school-wide model of support that incorporates intervention strategies that build skills across developmental areas and promote successful group learning,
self-regulation, independence and resilience.

Purposeful Play

Children play as a means of exploring and researching the world around them. We believe that child-centered, multi-sensory experiences through play fosters curiosity and wonder, and builds
important skills for life and learning.

Nature-Based Learning

Daily nature-based learning opportunities facilitate children’s intellectual, social and emotional development through direct, hands-on engagement with our environment.

Occupational Therapy

An occupational therapist promotes development of sensory, gross motor and fine motor skills through in-class support and group lessons.

Integrated Arts and Sciences

Full-time specialists lead weekly classes for children to explore creativity and expression through music, theater, art, library and nature studies.

Contact Us

Anne Powers, MA, CCC-SLP
Director of Early Childhood
713.467.4696 x.167

Every day, Arie goes to school and has a huge smile when he enters his classroom. He may not say it yet, but he LOVES it there and that is because of you all. Please know that every day you are doing amazing work for families like ours!"

- Julie & Daniel