Welcome to St. Mary's Child Center!

A Place of Learning. A Place of Caring.

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 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.

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.

We serve traditional tuition paying families, On My Way Pre-K families and CCDF families. We also offer scholarships for those who may qualify and benefit from a little extra help. St. Mary’s Child Center offers full day and half-day preschool, 5 days per week. But, while we offer 5 greater Indianapolis locations to choose from, space is limited and fills up fast. So request a tour, more information or enroll today!

Our son is in his second year at St. Mary’s and we couldn’t be happier with the program! The teachers are simply incredible and are doing an excellent job of nurturing the cognitive, physical, and social-emotional development of our son. We are thrilled with the confidence, curiosity, and independence he has gained from his time at St. Mary’s, and we absolutely love the play-based learning and Reggio Emilia approach. We feel that he is now prepared for a successful kindergarten!

-Emily and Mike, parents of a St. Mary’s student


St Mary’s Child Center’s has 5 locations in Downtown Indianapolis, Midtown Indianapolis, Lawrence and the near Southside. We are very conveniently located to Meridian Kessler, Butler Tarkington, Fall Creek Place, the Old Northside and most of central Indianapolis.

Learn more, schedule a tour or secure your spot today!


*To Learn More About our Reggio Emilia Inspired Curriculum, please click here.

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