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Preschool

Preschool

Registration now open!

Let the learning adventures begin! Your preschooler can learn and play in the world’s largest classroom.

  • Immersive, hands-on learning
  • Small classes with a certified teacher and an instructional assistant
  • Museum time before it opens to the public
  • Safe, secure environment
  • Trained museum volunteers and parent volunteers

We are excited to announce that we are now a Level 3 childcare center on the Paths to Quality rating scale. This means that we can accept families who qualify for grants from On My Way Pre-K (for 4 year-olds) or the Indy Preschool Scholarship Program (for 3 year-olds).

Open House 

Stop in and see what we're all about! Join us for one of these upcoming Open House times.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, 4-6 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Saturday, April 25, 2020 1-3 p.m.

Program Options for 2019-2020:

  • Full-time, year-round preschool class for children 3-5 years of age
    Aug. 8, 2019-July 3, 2020 

    Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
    $12,250 per year for members; $987.50* for 12 monthly payments (lunch and snacks provided)
    Child must be 3 on or before Sept. 1, 2019
  • Prekindergarten class
    Aug. 19, 2019-May 22, 2020

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday (8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)
    $7,000 per year for members; $777.77 for 9 monthly payments (lunch and snack provided)
    Child must be 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2019
  • Two day morning class 
    Aug. 20, 2019-May 21, 2020

    Tuesday, Thursday (8:30 a.m.–noon)
    $3,000 per year for members; $333.33 for 9 monthly payments (snack provided - optional Lunch Bunch available from 12-1 p.m., $15 per session, lunch provided)
    Child must be 3 on or before Sept. 1, 2019

A $50 nonrefundable application fee must accompany application. Enrollment is subject to availability. When enrollment is confirmed, a confirmation letter and registration packet will be mailed and the non-refundable material/supply fee will be charged. 

A $100 nonrefundable registration/material and supply fee is due at time of registration for the Tues./Th. or Pre-K classes. 

*For the full-day, year-round class a $500 nonrefundable registration/material and supply fee is due at time of registration. Of that fee, $400 will be applied toward the annual tuition. Payment of this fee will ensure that your child has a place in The Children’s Museum Preschool.

Hands on. Worlds open.

Every school day is full of new learning discoveries and purposeful play! Children get to explore the museum each day in small, teacher-led groups before it opens to the public. Then they return to their state-of-the-art preschool rooms to focus on creative projects and learning centers in the arts, literacy, sciences, and humanities. Click here to see videos of a typical day in preschool. It’s a one-of-a-kind blend of world-class museum and cutting-edge learning.

Mission of The Children's Museum Preschool

Inspired by the philosophies of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori, The Children's Museum Preschool collaborates with children, families, and museum colleagues to support the natural curiosity and potential for young learners through observation, intentional planning, and active exploration of materials and the environment. Read our Frequently Asked Questions.

Take Learning to a New Level

Children are naturally curious. They ask questions. They investigate. As children begin to explore topics that interest them, they'll think critically and increase their understanding of the world around them. Math and language development happens naturally and problem-solving occurs logically through play and interaction.

During museum gallery time, children learn by handling real objects and artifacts, talking with experts, and exploring dynamic and engaging spaces focused on the arts, physical and natural sciences, and the humanities.

When you ask your child what he or she did in school today, be prepared for some wonderful answers!