Preschool Program

The Preschool at St. Mary’s Child Center is Reggio inspired and nationally accredited. The children are involved in the highest quality early learning experiences. Our work facilitates cognitive, social, emotional, physical and creative development. The children are ready for school when they complete the program and move on to kindergarten.  Click here to see what is going on in our classrooms.

“In the Reggio Emilia preschools, however, each child is viewed as infinitely capable, creative, and intelligent. The job of the teacher is to support these qualities and to challenge children in appropriate ways so that they develop fully.” 

-Louise Boyd Cadwell, Author of Bringing Reggio Emilia Home

Click here to learn about the Reggio Emilia Approach. 

To view photos from our 2019-2020 school year, click here.

St. Mary’s provides a low adult to child ratio, social services, nutritious meals and a highly qualified staff.

We provide full day preschool at three locations:  Thompson Building (downtown), Gilliatte Building (Fort Harrison), and St. Anthony's Catholic School.

2021-2022 Preschool Calendars

Full Day Preschool
Monday - Friday
Open 38 weeks a year
*Scholarships available, On My Way PreK, Indy PSP, CCDF vouchers and tuition accepted ($246/week at Thompson Building and $246/ week at Gilliatte Building)

To learn more about On My Way PreK, please click here.

To complete your application for the On My Way PreK program for the 2021-2022 school year, please click here.

St. Mary’s has partnered with Indy Reads to offer The High School Equivalency (HSE) Fast Track, an accelerated course at Indy Reads.  To learn more, click here. Call to sign up at 317-384-1496 or sign up on the website through the online Prospective Student Form.



“For years I have described the work of the educators at St. Mary’s as “watching angels on earth.”  Their educational practices represent the highest quality of teaching in the context of appreciating and strengthening the child as a capable, competent, powerful learner.”
-Ena Shelley, Dean, College of Education, Butler University

“The care and thoughtfulness with our children as human beings is exceptional.  I work across the USA and internationally in education- you are a model in both the philosophy/implementation of pre-k/education as well as a model of diversity (socioeconomic and ethnicity).  I feel so fortunate for my children to be part of the St. Mary’s family.”
-Robert Price, Parent

“I was very impressed with the center and its ‘the child is capable’ approach.  I loved that all the walls were covered in beautiful pictures and comical quotes from the kids.  I think that it is such a great experience for those children to have; getting to go on numerous field trips and having teachers that really care and want to be there.”
– Butler University Speech and Hearing Student

“I enjoyed my job before, but I have been so extremely content since I have started working with St. Mary’s that it is incredible.  Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work with you guys!  I love it!   You and your staff have been so helpful and I am so appreciative.   This year I am definitely thankful for St. Mary’s!”
- Jay Patterson, Peace Learning Center






On My Way PreK Funding Detail:

St. Mary’s provides funding at some level for 93% of our children.  St. Mary’s does receive funds from Indiana’s Preschool Program.  We are delighted and so grateful!  When we first heard about the preschool funding, we had hoped we would never have to worry about turning away a child  because we lacked funds.  However during the past school year, state dollars only covered 27% of our budget.  St. Mary’s raises the funds to fully provide scholarships for the children who don’t receive state funding. We ask for only $10 per week from the family and many of them can’t pay that. State funding is helping us move towards our goals of expansion to be able to serve more children. For more information, please click here.