Creating a Home Away from Home
Upstream Learning Preschool houses approximately 75 students. We get asked weekly about expansion, adding classrooms, increasing enrollment and our answer stands the same as it has since we opened in 2011, “We could not create the individualized student experiences or provide the level of attention that we feel is key to this age group if we ran a school of 250 students.” Our hope is to be your child’s family away from home. The teachers and staff will all know you and your child; your child will know all of the staff. Please come tour our facility! We’d love to make your family part of ours!
Building Christian Character
At the foundation of Upstream Learning Preschool are three main tenets that are represented by our symbol, the fleur de lis–Faith, Family and Education. Through daily prayer at meal times, songs, and curriculum, we work to instill the principles of Christian character into our students. We learn about the fruits of the spirit such as kindness, gentleness, and self control. We talk about loving each other and taking care of our world. Our goal is to expose the children in our care to life skills and personality traits that will be valuable long after their preschool years.
Local, Family Owned & Operated
In 2011, Kevin and I were much like you. We had a toddler and a four year old and were seeking the best childcare or daycare center we could find. My fifteen years in public education had taught me what our kids were going to need to know and be able to do to be competitive and successful in Kindergarten. We weren’t able to find a place that met our need…so the dream of Upstream Learning Preschool was born. Because we own the school and are not run by a corporate office or part of a chain, we are able to decision make based on our school, students and teachers. We can be responsive to student interest in curriculum and help meet family needs that may be more intensive. Kevin and I raised our own children in this school. It will be our pleasure to raise yours in the same way with you as our most important partners.
Children ages 0-5 will learn more these formative years than at any other time in their education. Most schools and daycares have children in their care for 8-9 hours per day. Our goal at Upstream Learning is to ensure that we use those hours in the most effective way possible. We design our own curriculum based on the Texas Pre-Kindergarten Guidelines and the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Kindergarten. We utilize programs such as Jolly Phonics and Handwriting Without Tears to supplement our high interest units. Come join us and watch some of our curriculum in action! Our kids are amazing and we know yours is too!
Meet Our Director
Dr. Emily Reichert
Upstream Learning is fully owned and operated by Emily Reichert. As a lifetime student and educator, Emily worked for over 12 years in public education as an elementary, middle, and high school teacher. She served as an administrator for an elementary campus serving over 1,200 Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade students. Emily most recently served as the leader of all professional learning for a local school district employing over 5,000 teachers and staff.
As a high school student, Emily worked and volunteered in local preschools. Her love of children and their learning started at that time. In a continuous effort to learn professionally in the area of education, Emily earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University. After teaching elementary school, she attended Arizona State University where she received her Master of Education in Administration and Supervision degree. Returning to Texas, Emily continued teaching at the middle and high school levels. She moved into administration where she began her doctoral work in the area of School Improvement through Texas State University. Upon graduation, Emily has continued to work at the university level as an adjunct professor in the School of Education with Master of Instructional Leadership students.
As a wife and mother of two young daughters, the quality of preschool learning environments is not only an area of passion, but a calling. Emily’s interest in opening a preschool resulted from her work in professional learning with preschool teachers in the Williamson County area. This level of education is the point where the most significant impact can be made for children. It is Emily’s personal goal to operate a student-centered, highly engaging, and learning focused preschool for children in Williamson County.