Bluebonnet parents can trust in the safety and security of their children while they are at school. The facility and grounds are locked and entry is gained only by a unique code for each parent and employee.
Bluebonnet goes the extra mile for safety of children. The facility is monitored by a fire/burglar alarm company 24/7, and the front desk is equipped with a panic button that, when pushed, will bring the police in a few short minutes. Telephones are in each classroom for easy communication with parents and for emergencies. All teachers are trained in first-aid and CPR.
Bluebonnet of Cedar Park has incorporated into its building a special reinforced storm room large enough for all children and staff in case of strong winds. Equipped with steel shutters and door, battery-powered lighting, reinforced ceilings and extra strong walls bolted to the foundation, this room was built based on a design developed by Texas Tech University and commissioned by the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA). Fire and storm drills are practiced on a regular basis and Bluebonnet has a alternate evacuation site close to our facility for use incase we needed to evacuate the building for a long period of time.
Why an accredited program is a better place
for your child?
Bluebonnet Schools follow higher standards than TX Dept. of Family and Protective Services. Bluebonnet School of Cedar Park has voluntarily sought accreditation with NAEYC and NAC, both nationally recognized and rigorous, and is the only facility in Texas accredited by both. The Cedar Park facility has been accredited since 2004 with NAEYC and since 2007 with NAC.
Bluebonnet School believes that the process of accreditation, of carefully assessing our procedures, especially our interactions with children and parents with two different agencies keeps us doubly careful in all we do. In NAEYC and NAC accredited facilities, parents will see demanding safety and sanitation practices, frequent warm interactions between teachers and children, smaller groups sizes, well-trained teachers, regular two-way communication with families, nutritious meals and effective administration. Bluebonnet School of Canyon Creek intends to become accredited as soon as possible.
Do you allow parents to visit the classroom?
Our school has an “Open Door Policy, which means you can come to visit any time. We encourage you to visit the classroom with your child for short periods of time if possible during the transition time into the new classroom. We have many special events that parents are encouraged to attend.
How will I communicate with my teacher?
Teacher conferences are held quarterly throughout the year. Teachers also have phones in their rooms so you can call at any time, and of course you can view your child via the ParentWatch cameras at any time.
What types of optional enrichment classes does Bluebonnet offer?
Because our parents often want to provide a wide range of experiences for their children, Bluebonnet offers a wide variety of classes outside the standard curriculum.
Our enrichment classes are often considered a convenience for parents, allowing children to take advantage of these classes during the week while at Bluebonnet. Specific classes available may vary by season and availability of our teachers. Swim lessons in our on-site pool at Cedar Park, are taught in two-week sessions during the warm months by a Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor on our staff. Also offered are classes in violin, piano and guitar taught by our resident music teacher, a classically trained violinist. Mandarin is offered to our youngsters by native speaker on our staff.
Carefully selected and monitored outside vendors of other programs have been invited to offer their classes at Bluebonnet. They include SoccerShots, KinderDance (dance and cheer), SportBall (general sports skills), Gigglybytes (computer classes), and Kung Fu (karate). Payment is made directly to these vendors. Ask at the front desk for those currently available.
Is music a part of the Bluebonnet program?
All our preschool children starting from age 18 months in our early toddler receive classroom lessons from our staff music teacher. Depending upon the age of the child, these youngsters learn well-known songs, hear music and are exposed to different rhythms, and experience music from other cultures. They experience live music that varies from violin, guitar and piano. Music and its rhythmic patterns are recognized as building blocks to learning math; while language skills are strengthened by learning and repeating the song lyrics.
Music is very much a part of the classroom routine, with songs and recorded music frequently a part of each teacher’s planned activities. Also, classical music is played daily in each class.
Is foreign language taught at Bluebonnet?
Beginning with our two-year-old toddler classes, all our preschool children are given Spanish lessons taught by our on staff native Spanish-speaking teacher. Children are taught songs, conversational phrases and games in Spanish. Children under the age of five are in a stage of brain development which make their brains particularly adept at learning different languages. Many of our youngsters are able to converse and sound like native Spanish speakers.
It is not unusual for a child to enroll at Bluebonnet with few or little English skills at all. Part of Bluebonnet’s protocol is to request words from the parents the child understands for basic needs, if the teacher does not speak it. Bluebonnet’s staff is from many cultures, and it may be possible for us to provide the child or family with a translator for easier communication. Children are adept at learning new languages, far more able to learn in a short time than are adults.
What about snacks and lunch at Bluebonnet School?
At Bluebonnet School we are very conscious that nutritious foods enhance the performance and good health of your child. Our food program emphasizes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and a balanced selection from all food groups is served. Children are provided a snack in the morning and in the afternoon in addition to their hot lunch, all prepared in our commercial kitchen by our own chef. The price of meals is included in the tuition. Because so many children have nut allergies, we are a nut-free environment. We serve a vegetarian menu to our vegetarian children.
Infant bottles and baby food is provided by parents, and, as they begin to each table food, older infants choose appropriate foods from out regular menu. Toddlers are provided special variations of our regular menu appropriate for children under 3.
What about discipline?
We believe that appropriate discipline involves teaching a child what is expected. With this in mind, redirection and positive reinforcement are used in the classroom. Discipline is tailored to the individual needs of the child. Positive language, role modeling and shadowing are often used by teachers to teach appropriate behaviors.
How does your Internet viewing of the classrooms work?
The Cedar Park school currently has ParentWatch, and Canyon Creek will have the service soon.
ParentWatch provides the enrollment, technical support and the encryption of our secure Internet viewing system. Two cameras are mounted in most rooms, enabling the viewer to view the classroom from two different angles. This free service is live-action, so you’re seeing what the child is doing while they are doing it.
The privilege of viewing Bluebonnet classrooms over the Internet is limited only to those people approved by the enrolling parent. As many as six accounts per child may be set up, enabling parents, people at work, grandparents, and out of state relatives to all view the child’s classroom independently.
To get onto the system, a parent of an enrolled child first signs up with ParentWatch by registering on their website. ParentWatch then e-mails Bluebonnet, confirming this is a valid request, and we respond by telling ParentWatch to which classrooms the family needs access.
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How does your wait list work?
It is often difficult for Bluebonnet to know just when your child will be tapped for admission from our wait list. Our wait list is first come/ first serve. Parents with children already in the school do have first priority on the wait list. Often openings occur when current families move from the community or change employment. Because our parents typically give notice at the beginning of their child’s last month, we usually know at the beginning of a month if there will be a spot the following month. At best, this allows us about a month to fill a spot. This is also the reason that most openings occur at the first of the month, rather in the middle of the month.
If you would like to place your child on the Bluebonnet wait list, simply click here to download this Form and mail it to us with a $25 application fee.
If I am interested in enrolling, what is the next step?
The first step is to call the school to set up a time to visit us, tours are available throughout the day. We encourage you to bring your child with you.
On your visit, you will see our beautifully equipped classrooms and campus, view the curriculum, and meet our excellent, highly qualified staff.
Applications for enrollment can be downloaded from the Rates page of our site.