Welcome to St. Mary's Child Center

Since 1961, the safety of children has been our top priority. St. Mary's Child Center aspires to operate in a way that protects all aspects of our students' lives while upholding our mission of providing a high-quality early childhood education. We are constantly assessing the needs of our mission-critical programs and activities in order to provide the most beneficial services to the people we serve.

St. Mary’s Child Center is a not-for-profit agency that offers two early childhood initiatives to positively impact the futures of young childrenThe Preschool Program and The Educational Outreach Program.

St. Mary’s reopened for the new school year on August 12th. 

To learn more and stay up to date about the steps you can take to keep safe and healthy during the coronavirus outbreak, refer to Coronavirus.gov, offered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the White House. You can also visit USA.gov to learn more about the government's response to the outbreak. 


For assistance and support during these times:


For Food Resources:

  • IPS is offering breakfast and lunch to all IPS students, four days a week. For more information, click here
  • Map of meal services
  • For information on Food Pantries, click here.


Neuroscience Resources from Dr. Lori:

Video 1:  Taking Care of Our Brains in this Time of COVID-19

Video 2: Our Brains and a Scavenger Hunt

Video 3:  Focused Attention Practices

Well-Being Coalition Activities

Early Learning Family Guides

What can we do?

  • Share your feelings! 
  • Write them down! Take deep breaths with an extended exhale! 
  • Leave an open space for your children to just “be” with you to feel safe with you! Sometimes words are not necessary! Just taking three deep breaths and a short walk can help calm our nervous systems! You will find some resources that may feel helpful and we call these practices, Focused Attention Practices!  




Volunteers reading stories to enjoy from home:


For virtual lessons to watch from home, enjoy the videos and activities created by our teachers below! 



Suggested Activities to do from home: 


The 2020-2021 school year enrollment has opened. Click here for more information.


As our schools are temporarily closed, we invite you to learn more about St. Mary's Child Center by click the picture above.


St. Mary’s Child Center’s mission statement is:

Based on the premise that the children we serve are inherently competent, capable, and strong, St. Mary’s Child Center:

  • Integrates highly effective professional educators with a proven learning philosophy.
  • Uses qualitative measures to show impact.
  • Impacts preschool children in poverty — who are at life and learning risk — with the highest quality cognitive, creative, social, physical, and emotional learning experiences that will transition into a foundation for lifelong success.
  • Is accountable to the children and families served, stakeholders and contributors, and the early childhood learning community.


The educators at St. Mary’s Child Center have been engaged in a study of the world-renowned schools for young children in Reggio Emilia, Italy since 2001.   We deeply embrace the values of collaboration, the strong image of the child, the environment as a teacher, children’s multiple symbolic languages, documentation as assessment and advocacy, long-term projects, the teacher as a researcher and the importance of home-school relationships.   We study the Reggio philosophy in collaboration with educators inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach around the world and we work closely with the College of Education at Butler University as partners in the Indianapolis Reggio Collaborative.


The Preschool Program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), licensed by the State of Indiana and has attained the highest level (Level 4) on Indiana’s Paths to Quality rating scale.


The St. Mary’s Child Center community strongly believes, as indicated by research, that children who come from differing socio-economic backgrounds and work together exhibit greater academic success.  In addition, the child’s experience with diversity also facilitates the development of 21st Century skills such as collaboration, leadership, adaptability and initiative.  In light of our belief in the power of diversity for all children St. Mary’s enrolls children whose families pay tuition at all locations.


The Educational Outreach Program provides professional development opportunities for educators who want to learn about our work, especially related to our study of the Reggio philosophy. We provide seminars, tours, consultations and presentations to educators.


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  • published this page 2020-03-31 17:17:00 -0400