Welcome to St. Mary's Child Center

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 is closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year due to COVID-19. 


For assistance during these times:

  • For more resources for your children and families during this time, please click here to explore the Indiana Department of Education's most recent newsletter.
  • 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
  • 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.


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

Video 1: 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


Suggested Activities: 

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.

Electronic Activities:


The 2020-2021 school year enrollment has opened. Click here for more information. For information in Spanish, click here


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