About Us 

Pint-Size Playhouse is an award-winning Licensed Home Preschool, located in South Austin. We’ve created an amazing preschool program that has received state and local awards for our values, quality, and dedication to young children.  Our home daycare focuses on the whole child, providing high-quality child care in an eco-friendly learning environment. We feel that we are an extension of each child's family. We want to partner with families and feel like a "second home" to our students. 



  • We are a Licensed Home Preschool ~ Licensed and regulated through Texas Health and Human Services (formerly known as Texas Department of Family and Protective Services)​

  • Certified Wildlife Habitat® ~ National Wildlife Federation. Our preschool’s sustainable outdoor play yard is like having an outdoor classroom. Children help garden, feed birds, learn about compost, and hone in on their innate curiosity and creativity surrounding nature.


  •  Eco-Friendly School ~ 

  • Non-toxic cleaning products and no aerosols.

  • Natural plant-based hand soaps and one-time use cloth hand towels.

  • Stainless steel cups. 

  • Non-toxic art materials- crayons, paints, playdough, etc.

  • Recycling- plastics, glass, paper, and cardboard.

  • Only organic pesticides used in play yard and only when needed.


  • Healthy Snack menu created by Nutritionist, Misti Buie ~ Balanced Foodies. Misti created a healthy, kid-friendly, snack menu exclusively for Pint-Size Playhouse. Misti focuses on overall health and wellness, as well as shaping healthy eating habits with wholesome foods.

  • Enrichment Classes: (Paused for COVID safe practices)

    1. Shine Your Light Yoga - Ms. Elisabeth has designed a 30-minute relaxing yoga and meditation class for young children.  She teaches balance, peace,  stretching,  relaxing,  and listening to your body. Ms. Elisabeth visits  to our preschool once a month.

    2. Music Time with Ms. Charmaine - Ms. Charmaine is an astounding pianist and voice coach. She has created a 30-minute, age-appropriate, interactive, educational, music and movement class to select preschools. She visits our preschool twice a month.


"I firmly believe my mission is to give parents peace of mind as they work to support their families,

by offering affordable, high-quality child care and education !" 

~Nicole Perez

Nicole Perez
Owner/Director/Lead Teacher


Nicole is a wife, mother, and teacher! She is an early childhood development professional with over 20 years of coaching and teaching experience. Nicole has always had a passion for teaching children and connecting with parents. In 1995, she became a Certified Parent Educator through Texas Association of School Boards and helped facilitate parenting classes all over Texas. In the summer of 2005, Nicole opened her first child care program, Kids n’ Company Child Care. Two years later, she opened her second school, Pint-Size Playhouse - Licensed Home Preschool. She earned a Child Development Associate Credential through Austin Community College and is a qualified Texas Child Care Director. Nicole meets or exceeds the mandatory child development and professional development continuing education hours every year, by attending workshops, conferences, online courses, and local trainings.

Nicole believes raising children takes a village. Building strong partnerships and open-communication between parents has helped create a remarkable preschool community and school family at Pint-Size Playhouse. It bridges the connection between school and home, which has an extremely important affect on her student's social/emotional growth and development.

Your child

is My student,

that automatically

makes us a team!”


In 2009, Nicole was named ‘Central Texas Outstanding Caregiver’ by PBS-KLRU-Austin. Nicole was also honored the same year, by the State of Texas and Representative Valinda Bolton, during the second annual Texas Child Care Awards Ceremony for her dedication, compassion, and undeniable gift of working with young children in the Capital City.

In 2011, Nicole and the Pint-Size Playhouse were selected by The University of Texas at Austin, Early Childhood Development Department to participate in an educational training video for UT Early Child Development students.


In 2013, Nicole was selected as the ‘Texas Spotlight Provider’ by Texas Department of Child and Protective Services and was featured in a full-page article for their Data Books and Reports.  


Nicole and Pint-Size Playhouse have also been featured in several local magazines, newspapers, and KVUE News for having a high-quality preschool program. Nicole is also a member of several child care associations, NAFCC, NAEYC, AELL, and CCPGA.