Our Founders

The Bluebonnet story goes back to 1995 when Charles and Nancy Chick first purchased a preschool, in northwest Austin, in support of their desire to provide families with a quality child care environment.

“When I was a working mom with preschoolers, it was almost impossible to find high quality, full-time child care with small group sizes and qualified loving teachers. The only real quality was in part-time programs. My passion is to provide today’s parents with that high quality care that was missing for my children,” said Nancy.

After building the school’s programing, solidifying the staff and ultimately becoming NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited, the Chick’s sold the school in order to build their dream.

Bluebonnet School of Cedar Park opened in 2002 as the child-centered preschool with small group sizes and amazing teachers they wished had existed twenty years earlier for their young family. The school grew quickly and in 2007, it was recognized as National Child Care Center of the Year by the National Association of Child Care Professionals. A second location, Bluebonnet School of Canyon Creek, opened in 2012 serving neighborhoods near Concordia University, Grandview Hills, Riverplace and Steiner Ranch.

Nancy earned a degree in education from the University of Texas at Austin and is a former teacher. Charles has a BBA from TCU and has founded several successful businesses in the Austin area. In addition, Charles served as executive pastor at Riverbend Church for five years where he was responsible for their child development center.

Bluebonnet Administration

Michelle Chick has been with Bluebonnet Schools since 2009, after serving in many roles at Bluebonnet she is now enjoying her role as vice president. She currently supervises both schools and supports the staff and administration. Michelle began her career in Early Childhood Education (ECE) as a preschool teacher in her home state of North Carolina where she earned her degree in early childhood education. After meeting and marrying her husband Scott in North Carolina, they moved to Texas to become part of the family business. Michelle later earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southwestern University.

Michelle is the mother to two wonderful girls who attended Bluebonnet School of Cedar Park for many years. Because of her unique experience as both an administrator and parent at Bluebonnet, Michelle is able to provide a parents perspective to many of the decisions at Bluebonnet.

Head of School Bluebonnet School of Cedar Park
Veronica Ainsa brings her smile and upbeat personality to her position as the chief administrator of Bluebonnet School of Cedar Park. An El Paso native and mother of two preschoolers, she provides strong leadership and customer service to our families and children. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from UTEP and is certified to teach grades EC-8. Prior to joining Bluebonnet, Veronica spent more than thirteen years in customer service and hospitality.

“I believe that Bluebonnet is an excellent environment for children to learn and grow.”

Head of School Bluebonnet School of Canyon Creek
Judy Espinoza has been a part of Bluebonnet family since 2004. Judy joined Canyon Creek when it opened in June 2012 and has lent her strong leadership skills to make Canyon Creek a much-desired preschool. A busy mom of two children Judy earned her early childhood degree while working at Bluebonnet School.

“My favorite thing about working with children is having the opportunity to watch them grow and develop. It’s inspiring to watch an infant become a toddler and then a preschooler and know that I was fortunate enough to play a role in their learning and development through the years. Bluebonnet School knows that play is a child's most important work, and we strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them.”