Welcome to The Martin House!
We are very happy that you have chosen us to be a part of your child's life. We know that your child is the most important thing in your life and we take our responsibility very seriously.
The Martin House has a very humble background. We commenced operations in September, 1985, with an enrollment of 10 children, after our predecessor school (Forester-Holz) suspended operations. Peggy Turner and I had our hands full. Although things were running smoothly for the first few months, we confronted the Austin real estate bust of 1986. Many of our initial parents lost their jobs and as a result we almost had to close operations ourselves. However, we hung in there, and by the middle of 1987 we had expanded across the street from our original location.
We expanded once again in 1993 with our third location on Oakland Avenue. However, the technology downturn after the late 90s has forced us to consolidate all of our operations to the one location at 500 Oakland.
As sole owner of The Martin House, I take an extremely active role in the day-to-day operations. For years I taught my own classes, but several years ago I took a step back from teaching to spend more time with my young family. I continue to oversee the high standards of service that I believe are important. My ultimate objective is to make your day worry-free when it comes to your child's care. You can be assured, your child is receiving the finest care in West Austin.
The years have passed quickly and I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every challenge. Again, thank you for giving my staff the opportunity to be a part of your child's life. I promise, it will be a rewarding experience for all.
Our objective is to extend the very best care possible to your child. We seek to foster social, emotional and academic growth. In most cases, we staff in excess of legal minimum levels, so that it is possible to extend more frequent individual attention to your child.
We will strive to provide and environment that is nurturing and one that develops a strong sense of self worth. Our limited class sizes promote individuality and allow for frequent one-to-one interactions. We will strive to give children a strong foundation for learning - one that will stay with them throughout the remainder of their lives.
Finally, you will note that The Martin House is considerably smaller (i.e. less children) than most other licensed child care centers. This is not by accident. It is part of our philosophy that the limited size of the school promotes more individual attention and interaction with your child. We trust you will appreciate the relative smallness of our center and its home-like atmosphere.
Texas Rising Star Provider Accreditation
We are very proud that The Martin House was awarded a 3 star rating in July 2003 & after a lot of hard work achieved a 4 star rating in June 2004 from Workforce Solutions-Child Care Services. This award recognizes our teachers' diligent work to provide high quality services to the children at our facility. The accreditation process covered many areas such as staff training, group sizes, curriculum evaluation which includes early literacy & physical environment, health & safety procedures, & caregiver/child interactions. Workforce Solutions provides quaterly assessments/evaluations to help our teachers maintain our high quality status. After going through the re-accreditation process in June 2014, we were once again awarded a 4 star rating.
State Licensed: The Martin House is licensed by the state of Texas and is operated to meet, and in many cases exceed, the "Minimum Standards for Daycare Centers". A copy of these standards is on file for your review at anytime. The Martin House is routinely inspected by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services to ensure compliance with standards and record keeping procedures. A copy of our most recent inspections as always posted on the parent bulletin board. The TDPRS child abuse hotline number is 800 252 5400. The TDPRS website address is: www.tdprs.state.tx.us where you can find The Martin House's inspection history or the history of any day care center.