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 About Us 

Pint-Size Playhouse is an award-winning Licensed Home Preschool, located in South Austin since 2007. 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 preschool 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 are given the opprotunity to hone in on their innate curiosity and creativity surrounding nature.


  •  Eco-Friendly School ~ 

  • Non-toxic cleaning products.

  • Natural plant-based hand soaps.

  • Filtered water.

  • 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:

    1. Bliss Kid Yoga - Ms. Jordan has designed a 30-minute relaxing yoga and meditation class for young children.  She teaches balance, peace, stretching, relaxing, and mindfulness. Ms. Jordan visits once a month. 

    2. Ms. Emma's Music and Movement - Ms. Emma is the creator of Music and Movement classes for Austin Public Library. Her classes help develop body and spatial awareness, listening skills, social skills, creativity, and musicality (rhythm, phrasing, tempo.) Ms. Emma visits twice a month. 

    3. Mr. Sean's Music - Mr. Sean's music classes are jam packed with 40 minutes of dancing, singing, exploring sounds, rhythm, instruments, gross motor, coordination, social/emotional components, improvising, creative expression, listening skills, and body control. Mr. Sean visits twice a month.


"I firmly believe my mission is to give parents peace of mind as they work to support their families,
by offering high-quality early education in a safe, fun-spirited, play-based 
learning environment!" 

~Nicole Perez

Nicole Perez
Owner/Director/Lead Teacher


Nicole is a wife, mother, and teacher! She is an early childhood development professional with over 25 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 continuing education hours every year.

"I believe raising children takes a village. It's tough being a parent sometimes, but even on its hardest day, it's still the most rewarding experience ever! Years ago when I began creating Pint-Size Playhouse Preschool for families, I envisioned a playful school where children could learn through play and where parents felt just as welcome, safe, and cherished as the children. Our remarkable school community is the result of our teachers, parents, and students building supportive and respectful partnerships with each other." 

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 and early educational organizations, NAFCC, NAEYC, AELL, Fairydust Teachings, and The Circle Outdoor Classrooms.

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