Our Story

I grew up in and around child care. When I was 4 years old, my mother opened a center in Houston called Circus Circus. A few year later, she opened a second location and ultimately, as my sister and I grew older, she operated a licensed center out of our home.

After graduating from college I want to be an entrepreneur and open a business of my own. I decided the child care business and I would be a perfect fit.

Just Kids was born and the campus on Prue opened for business in December of 1994. My girlfriend at that time even helped us fix up the place leading up to our grand opening. Little did she know then that she’d be marrying into the business just 6 short years later.

In 2003 we opened our second campus on Olmos Creek and have been invested in the successful operation of both center ever since.

Now, I have a daughter of my own learning the family business.

Ryan Ruiz

Our Philosophy

We believe children are blessings from God. He has created each child unique and special. Learning should be incorporated into the child’s day in a fun an interesting way. We believe preschoolers should be able to explore, play, and learn new things through trial and error. Our simple and basic curriculum allows success for the most energetic child but allows for supplemental material to be added for the child who desires more sit-down activities. 

We understand that each child learns differently and at their own pace. Our teachers prioritize creating a safe and nurturing environment where children can feel comfortable to express themselves and ask questions. We believe that positive reinforcement and encouragement are keys to helping children develop confidence and a love for learning. Our goal is to provide a foundation that will prepare children for a successful academic journey in the years to come. We are passionate about helping young children reach their full potential and are committed to providing a quality education that will benefit them for the rest of their lives. 


At Just Kids, we firmly believe that cleanliness should be an integral aspect of our philosophy. We uphold high standards of hygiene and prioritize the well-being of our valued customers and employees. Our team goes above and beyond to ensure that every nook and cranny of our premises is thoroughly sanitized, disinfected, and maintained to create a healthy and inviting environment. We understand the importance of cleanliness in preventing the spread of illnesses and infections, and we take every precaution to guarantee the safety of all who walk through our doors. You can trust that our commitment to cleanliness is unwavering, and we will continue to implement the latest and most effective cleaning protocols to exceed your expectations.


As an organization, we strongly believe in the power of being warm and welcoming towards others. We make it a point to implement friendliness as one of our core philosophies, not just in our interactions with our clients and customers, but with everyone we come across. We truly believe that friendliness can go a long way in fostering positive relationships and creating a culture of inclusivity and respect. Whether it’s a simple smile, a warm greeting, or a genuine interest in someone’s wellbeing, we understand that small acts of kindness can have a big impact on those around us. By embodying friendliness in everything we do, we hope to spread positivity and make a difference in the world, one interaction at a time.


Teaching is an essential part of a student’s growth and development. As educators, it is our responsibility to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life. Teaching helps students gain a deeper understanding of the world around them and prepares them for their future careers. It also helps foster critical thinking, problem-solving, and creativity. Students who receive quality education are more likely to become successful, confident individuals who are capable of making a positive impact on society. Moreover, education is a powerful tool that helps students break free from poverty and ignorance. It empowers them to address social, economic, and environmental challenges that affect our global community. Ultimately, teaching is not just about imparting knowledge; it is about preparing students to be responsible citizens who can contribute to a better world.

Our Goals and Objectives

We believe that every child deserves to have a safe and nurturing environment where they can grow and thrive. That’s why we strive to provide individualized care that meets the unique needs of each child in our program. 

We also understand the importance of involving parents in their child’s development. We encourage parents to be active participants in their child’s learning experience by providing regular updates and opportunities for communication. 

Our team of experienced caregivers is dedicated to creating a positive and supportive atmosphere that fosters growth, learning, and exploration. We believe that by working together with families, we can help each child reach their full potential and prepare them for a bright future. 

The Reason Behind our Cardinal Mascot

Why our mascot is a cardinal? 

There are many symbolic interpretations of seeing a cardinal, but for us, it serves as a constant reminder that God is in control, and we must prioritize Him above all else. It also encourages us to remain optimistic and concentrate on the positive aspects of life, even during challenging periods. 

Why our mascot is a cardinal? 

There are many symbolic interpretations of seeing a cardinal, but for us, it serves as a constant reminder that God is in control, and we must prioritize Him above all else. It also encourages us to remain optimistic and concentrate on the positive aspects of life, even during challenging periods. 

The Meaning Behind Our Classroom Names


The dove is associated with peace and purity. In the story of Noah’s Ark, a dove was sent out to find dry land after the flood and returned with an olive branch. Additionally, the Holy Spirit descended upon Jesus in the form of a dove during his baptism. 


Daffodils are associated with positive attributes such as renewal, rebirth, hope, optimism and resilience. 


The cardinal is a symbol of God’s presence and keeping faith through tough times. 


The eagle is a symbol of strength and power. It is mentioned several times in the Bible, often presenting God’s protective and caring nature. For example, in Exodus, God promises to carry the Israelites on eagle’s wings. 


The lily is mentioned several times in the Bible and is often associated with beauty, purity, and divine favor. In the book of Matthew, Jesus refers to the lilies of the field as a reminder of God’s care and provision. 


The cedar tree is significant in biblical symbolism. It represents strength, longevity, and spiritual prosperity. Cedars of Lebanon are mentioned multiple times in the Bible, often associated with majestic beauty and God’s provision. 


The olive branch represents peace and reconciliation and olive oil was used for anointing. The Mount of Olives and the Garden of Gethsemane are prominent locations mentioned in biblical narratives. 


The almond tree and its blossoms are mentioned in the Bible, particularly in the book of Jeremiah. The almond tree is associated with wakefulness, swiftness, and God’s watchful eye. 


Figs symbolize abundance and prosperity. Fig trees are mentioned in several biblical stories, including Jesus cursing a barren fig tree. 


Palms represents victory and triumph. Palm branches were used to welcome Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. 


Sparrows are mentioned in the Bible as a symbol of God’s care and providence. In Matthew, Jesus assures his disciples that not even a sparrow falls to the ground without God’s knowledge, emphasizing God’s watchful eye and care for all creatures. 

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