St. Mary’s is closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19.
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:
- The Children’s Bureau has received additional funding to help with basic needs for families. They serve families who have children from birth to 17 years of age. They can provide rent, housing/utility assistance, food and baby items (i.e. formula/diapers). They have a Hispanic services team and have funds for Marion County and all of the contiguous counties. Families can email anytime at CPCSinquiries@childrensbureau.org.
- Indiana 211 offers access to various resources. Click here.
- Findhelp.org is a database that can provide numerous resources in your area.
On Benefits.gov, you can find government benefits related to unemployment assistance, healthcare, and food and nutrition. You can also take the Benefit Finder to find additional benefits you may be eligible for.
- If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental health crisis aggravated by the coronavirus outbreak, please contact the Mental Health Crisis Hotline at 800-273-8255 or visit their webpage.
- If you are a victim of domestic abuse, visit the Domestic Abuse Hotline or call 1-800-799-SAFE. Advocates are available 24/7 and all calls are free and confidential. If you are not comfortable speaking with someone directly, support is also available through a live chat.
- Click here to learn more about the Youth Worker Relief Fund. The application can be found here.
- Be Well Indiana has numerous resources that assist with managing mental health.
- Indiana Housing & Community Development Authority can help people who are having trouble paying mortgage.
- For help with utilities, click here.
- For the latest update on the "Pandemic ET" Program, click here.
- For free face masks and coverings, visit indy.gov/masks.
For Food Resources:
- IPS has a district partnership with Gleaner's Food Bank to provide additional support for families during these times. Meal packages are provided to families from 25 locations throughout the city. 17 lb boxes containing a variety of food are distributed on Mondays and Fridays from 4-6pm. To view the distribution schedule and locations click here.
- For more information on food resources and food assistance, click here. Indy Parks and Recreation is offering free meals to youth ages 18 and under, and through a partnership with Second Helpings, meals are available for adults at some locations. See their schedule by clicking here! Click here for Spanish.
- Map of meal services
- For information on Food Pantries, click here.
- Mary Riggs Community Center, every Wednesday at 1920 W Morris St 46221
- Crooked Creek Food Pantry, every Wednesday from 1:15-5:45, Thursday from 9:15-12:15, Friday from 11:15-3:45 at 6940 N Michigan Rd 4626
- Mars Hill Food Pantry Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 2830 S Holt Rd *You must register and show proof of address
- Dalton’s Place Food Pantry at 3326 W 10th St 46222
- “Operation Food” was created to ensure Hoosiers are fed across the state. Please visit operationfood.in.gov for food assistance
Neuroscience Resources from Dr. Lori:
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:
- Carolyn reading Chance, the Incredible, Wonderful Three-Legged Dog
- Camille reading If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
- Betsy reading Little Blue Truck
- Betsy reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Adrienne reading Bedtime for Peppa
For virtual lessons to watch from home, enjoy the videos and activities created by our teachers below!
- Video 1: Indianapolis Children's Choir
- Video 2: Indianapolis Children's Choir
- Video 3: Indianapolis Children's Choir
- Video 4: Indianapolis Children's Choir
- Video 5: Indianapolis Children's Choir
- Week 6: Indianapolis Children's Choir
- Week 7: Indianapolis Children's Choir
- What is in Your Rock Museum?
- Signs of Spring
- Reading: There's a Dragon in Your Book
- Experiment: How the Wind Blows?
- Reading: Pat the Bunny
- Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in Spanish!
- Let's Count Outside
- Writing Outside
- Tapping With Mrs. Sarah
- Reading: Happy Pig Day!
- Number Game
- ABC with Mrs. Sarah
- Sink or Float Experiment
- Writing with Shaving Cream!
- Reading: It's Not Easy Being A Bunny
- Coin Activity
- Mr. Bryan shares his favorite story
- PNC Great Readers Program
Suggested Activities to do from home:
- Indoor Scavenger Hunt
- Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
- Letter Scavenger Hunt: Encourage your kiddos to search through magazines, newspapers, books, etc. for the letters in their name
- Micro Hunts in the backyard: Students can take a string and observe all the living things within a micro-area
- Building: Build a tower with cups and see how tall it can get
- Cloud Observations: Describing the shape, texture, what they see in the clouds
- Writing out name: use different writing materials (chalk, highlighter, colorful pens, etc.) to write out their names.
- 101 Activities to Do at Home
Scholastic Learn at Home Resources: 5 days of free books, videos, and activities for pre-k and kindergarten age students
Storyline Online: This is an online source that holds many picture books read online by famous actors and actresses.
Cosmic Kids Yoga: 15-20 minute yoga exercises great for getting the kids moving indoors or outdoors
- Fun games, recipes, crafts, activities https://www.highlightskids.com/
- Star Fall: Enjoy a wide variety of read along stories. www.starfall.com
- PBS Kids: Hang with your favorite character while learning. www.pbs.com
- Dr. Seuss: Read, play games, and hang out with Dr. Seuss while learning. www.seussville.com
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.