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 Open Door Preschools Turns 40 This Year!

Open Door has a lot to celebrate! Since 1975, we have been bringing together a diverse group of young children, instilling values of acceptance while building a foundation for a lifetime of success.

While most of us approach 40th birthdays with trepidation—black crepe paper streamers and Over the Hill banners, thoughts of aging and decline—that is not for Open Door! We relish turning 40 and will celebrate our past, present, and future with two special events: Open Door’s 40th Birthday Party, and Fall Fete 2015. Join us—we’re planning for our next 40 years and want you to be a part of it!

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Open Door Preschool’s inaugural class of 1975.

 Open Door’s 40th Birthday Party!

Join us for our 40th Birthday Party on April 25, 10:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. at Threadgill’s South. Admission is free, and activities include a children’s concert and games, our infamous Taco Takedown, the return of the Cakewalk, birthday cake from Sweetish Hill Bakery (also turning 40 this year!), and recognition of some of the best preschool teachers in the world.

Calling all Open Door alumni! At the 40th Birthday Party, we will gather Open Door’s past students, families, teachers, and volunteers for reunion photos by decade. Help us spread the word to Open Door’s community, past and present!

Don’t forget about the spectacular Taco Takedown (won by Threadgill’s own Eddie Wilson back in 1979)! How many crispy beef tacos will this year’s winner eat in 10 minutes? Visit https://www.crowdrise.com/ODTacoTakedown2015 to support our taco eaters in pursuit of the trophy (and bragging rights!). Or, jump into the fun as a contestant!

Birthday Party Sponsorships are greatly appreciated, and your donation will fund scholarships that allow Austin’s underserved families access to high-quality early child education and support services.

Click the DONATE button to the right if you would like to sponsor the event at one of the levels below:

Live Music Sponsor ($2,500)—Cakewalk Sponsor ($1,000)—Make-a-wish Sponsor ($500)—Party Hat Sponsor ($250)—Balloon Sponsor ($100)—Party Games Sponsor ($50)—Birthday Gift (any amount).

Open Door Fall Fete: Celebrating Victory Day, 1945!

Throwback to the 1940’s to celebrate Open Door’s 40th year! We’re planning a real lulu of a shindig for Saturday, September 26th, 7:00—10:00 p.m., at Fair Market on East 5th.

This year’s Fete celebrates the 70th Anniversary of Victory Day with 1940’s flare: Times Square kisses, Rosie the Riveter, USO entertainment, jazz and swing, all-American eats and libations, plus other swell surprises.

2015 Fall Fete Honorees:

Drumroll, please: for our 40th year, Open Door is delighted to honoring three very special members of the Austin community.

Opening New Doors Award: MariBen Ramsey and Shirley Rubinett
The Opening New Doors Award recognizes outstanding individuals who exemplify and promote the Open Door values of social justice and inclusion in the Austin community.

Visionary Volunteer Award: Brandon Lack
The Visionary Volunteer Award recognizes individuals whose voluntarism has made a deep and lasting impact on Open Door’s programs and services.

For information on sponsoring Fall Fete 2015, contact our Development Director, kirsten.ingram@opendoorpreschool.org, or call 512.481.0775

 Mission Statement

To nurture and inspire young children of diverse needs, economic levels, and family backgrounds in an engaging educational environment.


Our Locations

East & Administration

3804 Cherrywood Road Austin, TX 78722 (512) 481-0775       

Central School

1717 West 10th Street Austin, TX 78703 (512) 477-9632      

M Station

2918 E. MLK Blvd Austin, TX 78702 (512) 610-7383