Since its inception in August 1997, I have had the privilege of leading Oak Park as its director. In December 2010, a momentous turning point occurred in my journey with the school. Louis and Carole Coates, the founding owners, were set to retire and graciously offered to entrust me with Oak Park’s legacy. I was both humbled and exhilarated by this opportunity. Having devoted 14 years as the institution’s steadfast director, becoming its custodian was indeed a dream realized.

Every day, the joyous hugs and radiant smiles of our young learners reaffirm my passion and conviction. I often describe what I do as being in the “future adult” industry, but more candidly, it’s the “nurturing happy child” enterprise.

To all the parents, past, present, and future, I extend my heartfelt gratitude. Entrusting me with your children’s early years is an honor I deeply cherish.

Renee’ L. Crissey
Owner / Executive Director

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Ages of Children
◾Oak Park enrolls children ages 18 months to 12 years
◾Full- and part-time care for children 18 months to five years
◾Private Kindergarten for children who are five by September 1st
◾Before- and after-school care for children K thru 5th
◾Full-time summer program for children K thru 5th
◾Oak Park transports to and from the following schools:
◾Garland ISD: Armstrong, Back, Dorsey, Lister, Northlake, Sewell, Garland Christian School
◾Harmony Science Academy
Transporation Provided to these locations
Garland ISD transports to and from Oak Park for bus-eligible students in the following schools:
◾Kimberlin Academy
◾Vial Classical School
◾Watson Math, Science, and Technology School

Our Staff


Ms. Renee’ grew up in Pontiac, Michigan and moved to Dallas before high school. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas Woman’s University and is married to Mr. Ryan. She has a daughter, Madison and three step-children: Olivia, Jake, and Matthew. Madison is a Senior and the Mascot “Ollie” at Garland High School for the 2017-2018 school year. Ms. Renee’ is a competitive soccer player, and enjoys time with her family, reading, scrapbooking and doing crafts.

Ms. Renee’ worked for the previous owners of Oak Park since the age of 16 years old. She was the first Director of Oak Park, a title she held for 13 years until she purchased the school in 2010. She is readily available to her management staff and can fill in any area needed. She stays involved in the day to day operations and is a tremendous source of knowledge and experience for her management team to draw from and utilize. She makes all final decisions concerning the operations of Oak Park School. Her favorite part is coming to Oak Park every day and interacting with the Oak Park children and parents.

Mandy Yates (DIRECTOR)

Leading Oak Park School with passion and expertise
Ms. Mandy brings over 15 years of experience in childcare, including a specialization in supporting children with special needs, to her role as Director at Oak Park School. Ms. Mandy is a Licensed Director certified by the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services, ensuring exceptional leadership and compliance with the highest standards.

Prior to entering the childcare field, Ms. Mandy cultivated her talents in the fast-paced world of luxury goods marketing in London, U.K. This diverse background allows her to leverage business acumen combined with a deep empathy for children, sustaining and building the unique and thriving learning environment at Oak Park School.

Ms. Mandy is a firm believer in the power of family and community. Along with her husband of over 28 years, Rob, she has raised three exceptional children: Zak, a dedicated firefighter, Kaitlyn, an accomplished accountant, and Abigail, a talented athlete and scholar pursuing a degree in Psychology & Marketing. Abigail’s passion for cycling has taken her to compete internationally, representing Team USA at World Cup races, and she finds time to share her spirit with the Oak Park community by working part-time during school breaks. In 2019, the Yates family proudly embraced their American citizenship, further solidifying their commitment to this nurturing North Texas community.

When Ms. Mandy isn’t leading the Oak Park School team with dedication and enthusiasm, she enjoys officiating at local bike races, nurturing her beautiful flower garden, and exploring new destinations near and far.

Ms. Mandy’s dedication to providing a nurturing, stimulating, and enriching environment for children at Oak Park School is evident in her extensive experience, passion for education, and deep commitment to family and community.