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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 Susan Michal, director of early childhood education, at or 317-334-4119.

1. What are the age requirements?

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

The Children's Museum Preschool2. How do I register?

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

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

Morning drop-off for the full-time class is between 8–8:25 and will take place at an entrance on the north side of the building. Drop off for the prekindergarten and Tuesday/Thursday classes is between 8:30–8:55. Adults may use the outside entrance for drop-off or they may park in the garage and walk with their child into the classroom. Pick-up is either from the classroom or at the outside entrance, depending on which class option your child is enrolled.

4. Will classes ever be cancelled?

Preschool may be canceled 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. 

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5. 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 week's written notice is required when withdrawing a child from part-time preschool programs. Four week's notice is required for the full-time programs. 

6. 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.

7. What is the 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 Preschool8. What are the curricular influences of your preschool?

The Children’s Museum Preschool incorporates all of the domains of the Indiana Early Learning Foundations as well as influences from Reggio Emilia and Maria Montessori. The students participate in in-depth projects based on their interests and the resources of the museum. They also have the opportunity to interact with objects and artifacts from Collections. Weather permitting, the students go outside daily to the playground which is used only by our preschool classes, or they spend time in one of the outdoor sports areas of Riley Children’s Health Sports Legends Experience.

9. 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.