Beehive Parent Child Center

Preschool in Houston, TX 77005

3756 University BLVD
Houston, TX 77005
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In the early 1970s West University resident and early childhood educator Ann Wallin acted on her vision of creating a preschool where her children and neighborhood friends could enhance their development and parents could enrich their parenting skills. She and her friend Marcia Wall obtained permission from her church St. Andrews Presbyterian Church to use their classrooms to pilot their idea. However when St. Andrews chose to adopt a more traditional preschool model for their comprehensive early childhood program Beehive was without a home.

The Beehive Parent-Child Center Inc. opened its doors in its present location in October 1973. Ann worked with the City of West University Place and the Houston Independent School District officials for over a year in order to obtain the necessary permission and funding to move Beehive to the campus of West University Elementary. The City of West University Place through the Parks and Recreation Board and the Houston Independent School District jointly sponsored the project. The City agreed to provide seed money for materials and supplies. The school district agreed to provide a temporary building with two classrooms and restrooms. A review committee made up of parents city officials and HISD personnel was formed to oversee and evaluate the project after one year. The schools mission as stated in the original proposal submitted to HISD has three components. First the school is to serve preschool age children in an environment designed to engage them in ways that are appropriate to develop physical intellectual emotional and social growth and form a good self-concept. The second goal of the school is to provide parents support and guidance in child-rearing skills. The schools final aim is to build community between families through the shared effort and interaction of the children and parents at the school and develop positive feelings for the City of West University Place and the West University Elementary School. As envisioned by Mrs.Wallin Beehive continues its mission of providing an environment that benefits young children and their parents as they grow and develop. The school remains housed in the same building where it opened in 1973. Although the classrooms and playground have undergone a few transformations with paint and new equipment the operation is generally the same. The original model which proposed that children be allowed to move between open classrooms with numerous interest centers and an outdoor playground remains a viable concept. The most distinctive aspect of the school continues to be the daily active involvement of parents. The curriculum is enriched by parents contributions. The Beehive Parent Child Center community is proud of its legacy of providing preschool children their parents and the community many long-lasting benefits.
Licenses & Accreditations:
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Hours of Operation:
08:30 AM-03:00 PM - Monday - Friday

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As a childs first teacher parents play an important role in a childs experience at Beehive.

Parents and teachers at Beehive are guided by the following beliefs about children and learning:

  • Each child develops and matures in a unique way.
  • Each childs uniqueness should be accepted and respected by himself/herself and others.
  • Every child needs to experience success and find support in failure.
  • A childs self-discipline grows when given freedom within limits.


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