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Frequently Asked Questions

The Children's Museum PreschoolChoosing the right preschool is a big decision. That’s why we’re here to answer all of the questions you might have. Browse our frequently asked questions below. If you want to know more, please contact Cathy Southerland, director of early childhood education, at cathys@childrensmuseum.org or 317-334-4119.

1. What are the schedule options and fees for 2017-2018 school year?

Monday, Wednesday, Friday (8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.)
$6,620 per year for members; $735.55 for 9 monthly payments (lunch provided)

Three day AM
Monday, Wednesday, Friday (8:30 a.m.–noon)
$4,080 per year for members; $453.33 for 9 monthly payments
Lunch bunch available on a first-come, first-served basis ($12.50 session - lunch provided)

Two day AM
Tuesday, Thursday (8:30 a.m.–noon)
$2,720 per year for members; $302.22 for 9 monthly payments
Lunch bunch available on a first-come, first-served basis ($12.50 session - lunch provided)

A $100 nonrefundable registration/material and supply fee is due at time of registration. You may be able to enroll during the current school year if openings exist. Tuition will be prorated based upon your start date. Call 317-334-4119 to learn about immediate enrollment.

Tuition payments may be paid each month, each semester, or for the year. Monthly payments are due on the 15th of each month from August through April. Invoices will be provided.

2. What are the age requirements?

Children must be at least three years old and less than six on or before September 1, 2017 to enroll in the preschool. To be enrolled in prekindergarten, children must be at least four years old before September 1, 2017. All participants must be toilet-trained.

The Children's Museum Preschool3. How do I register?

  • By phone: 317-334-4000
  • In person at the Concierge Desk

4. What is the procedure for pick-up and drop-off?

Drop-off is between 8:30–8:55 a.m. During the first few weeks of school, adults will park in the museum's parking garage and use the Skywalk to enter the museum for drop-off and pick-up. Sept. 9 we will start an optional outside drop-off from 8:30–8:55 a.m. Please bring your child to the designated classroom, which will be indicated on your registration confirmation letter. Pick-up is at noon (unless the child is in prekindergarten). Adults will return to the classroom to pick up children. Children will only be released to designated adults. You will be asked to provide a list of designated adults (photo ID verification will be required).

5. Will classes ever be cancelled?

Preschool may be cancelled due to severe weather, and parents will be notified by email and/or text message. Check the local TV news stations for museum, school, and business closings. If the preschool closes due to weather, missed days will be made up in May.

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6. What is your absence/withdrawal policy?

Due to staff and program requirements, refunds will not be offered if your child is absent from a class for any reason. Two weeks’ written notice is required when withdrawing a child from The Museum Preschool.

7. What is your illness policy?

To protect the health and wellness of all participants, no child who has vomited or had a fever above 100° Fahrenheit in the last 24 hours should attend class. Any child being treated for pink eye or strep infection must have been on medication for a full 24 hours before attending class. In the event that a child becomes ill during class, the parent or emergency contact will be notified to pick up the child.

8. What is preschool's philosophy?

The Children's Museum Preschool cultivates young children's natural curiosity within the program as we turn to the principles and influences of Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori, as well as the research of National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

The hallmark of the preschool is that the children engage in authentic learning experiences in the museum's world-class exhibits and galleries, and through classroom projects and centers related to the arts, sciences, and humanities. As children explore, they advance their thinking skills, increase their confidence as learners, demonstrate increased socialization, and practice early literacy skills.

The Children's Museum Preschool9. What are the curricular influences of your preschool?

The Children's Museum Preschool is licensed to use the "Museum Magic Curriculum" as developed for the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. "Museum Magic" is used as a springboard for curriculum planning at The Children's Museum Preschool, which also incorporates project-based learning and object-based learning.

10. What is the role of parents and families in the classroom?

Parents are considered partners in their child's education, and family involvement is encouraged through participation in regularly scheduled Family Learning Events. These shared experiences can form family bonds and lasting memories. A schedule of the activities will be provided at the beginning of the school year. Families are not obligated to participate in the Family Learning Days but participation is recommended.

"Parentosaurs" is our parent-led group which meets occasionally in the Food Court after preschool drop-off to discuss various topics related to the museum or early childhood. Parentosaurs also schedule outings on off-school days during the school year and summer. All parents/guardians are invited to join Parentosaurs. A family handbook will be sent to registered participants that includes additional information.