Creating a company is strikingly similar to having a baby. There is a spark of an idea, endless dreams of how life will be, and the joys of picking a name. On the flip side of the coin, there are the nagging questions of how will we afford it, awkward congratulations from people, and growing pains and stretch marks. When it’s all said and done, you have a beautiful creation that you have chosen to bring into this world and you meet your new set of challenges of adapting to life with a newborn. Just as with children, there is an ever-evolving sensation of love mixed with the weight of responsibility that fills your life with a renewed sense of purpose.
Brainy Kids Place was conceived with the notion that every person (adult and child) should be empowered to live their best life. We saw how we could make childcare a place where our families felt safe entrusting us with their children every day. We believed in hiring staff that were excited to come to work and impact the lives of children and families. Everyday we see how powerful it is to take care of the staff who care for your children.
We have an expression at BKP; “I may be the brain, but y’all are the heart and soul.”
The “brain” behind Brainy Kids Place is me, Chelsea Reue. I am a mother of two beautiful children that never cease to amaze me and the wife of a paramedic. I dreamed of Brainy Kids Place while teaching kindergarten. I saw how little children were encouraged to play and use their imaginations to solve problems. Brain research is clear that children learn through hands on experiences, yet it is commonplace to see children expected to learn on the flat surface of a paper. When I had my own children, I was devastated by the thought of putting them in a preschool that simply was doing what everyone else did. I wanted to create a true haven for children to explore the world around them. As Miss Frizzle (my teacher hero) in Magic School Bus says, “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!” So I did. We found a home for Brainy Kids Place in Santa Fe, Texas and have been continually working to make it truly a one of a kind experience for our families and staff.
So, who’s the heart and soul? Our staff. There are two amazing women who have been at the heart and soul of Brainy Kids Place since day one. Mrs. Kristen Bridges is our director. She is a true believer in building a staff that is compassionate and well cared for. Her passion is children and she is excited to be starting her own family soon! Another key part of our soul is Mrs. Melanie McKinney, our Enrollment Specialist. She is a mother of three herself and loves to meet with parents and help ease their concerns about starting childcare. You can often find her giving extra love to our Brainy Infants.
We are always looking for fun new ideas and ways to make every person’s experience with Brainy Kids Place memorable. We believe you only get one childhood and it should be filled with love and happiness. (Of course, If you work at BKP you get a second chance at “childhood” every day!)
Brainy Kids Place is owned by Jason and Chelsea Reue, both with Bachelors degrees in Education. They have two preschool children and when it came time to choose a preschool, they just couldn’t find a perfect fit for their family. They purchased Little Texans Preschool and Super Kids Preschool in 2013 and did massive renovations to make the facilities new, clean, and child friendly. They are still to this day looking at ways to make Brainy Kids Place better, more fun, and give children more opportunities to grow and learn in a safe and nurturing environment. Some plans for the future include adding additional playgrounds and a garden.
Brainy Kids Place is committed to providing a safe, developmentally appropriate learning environment for children ages 6 weeks-12 years. Our staff will focus on the development of your child and ensure that their physical, social, emotional, and educational needs are met. We will help your child grow by using brain-based research to drive our curriculum.
Our Purpose and Commitment
Brainy Kids Place is a privately owned and operated early learning center devoted to quality early childhood education in a manner that provides individual care and direction for your child. The first years of your child’s life are very important and we promise to give your child the best developmentally appropriate early childhood experiences. Brainy Kids Place provides parents a place where you are comfortable and confident that your child is being cared for in the best possible way in your absence. We know and understand that it is hard to leave your children and that is why each and every staff member is dedicated to caring for your child as if they were their own. We operate with a commitment of compassion and moral obligation in an environment that is clean and developmentally stimulating. We continually encourage your child’s healthy growth and development and will guide your child to become a strong, self-confident individual.
What ages of children do you provide programs for?
Brainy Kids Place offers programs for children ages six weeks (Infant) to 12-years-old (School-age).