Greater Indianapolis Preschools Guide

Greater Indianapolis Preschools Guide

This information is updated for the 2017-2018 preschool year


Greater Indianapolis Preschools Guide

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MSD of Lawrence Township Early Learning Centers

“From the moment a child begins the educational journey in Lawrence Township, a world of excellence awaits. Rigorous curriculum, innovative instruction, and an abundance of resources provide opportunities for growth and challenge each student to achieve utmost success.” – Dr. Shawn A. Smith, Superintendent

The MSD of Lawrence Township, a long time innovative leader in early childhood education and the fastest growing school district in the state of Indiana, houses NAEYC accredited and Paths to Quality Level 4 pre-school programs in four Early Learning Center (ELC) locations on the campuses of Amy Beverland, Brook Park, Mary Castle and Winding Ridge Elementary Schools. Every aspect of the four sites has been purposefully designed by highly qualified staff according to best practice research. Our blended curriculum includes influences in the philosophies of the schools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, as well as, Montessori, High Scope, and traditional approaches. 

The Preschool of the Arts program is designed for children ages 3-5 and focuses on individual expression and exploration in art, music, movement, and literacy. The Lawrence Township ELCs believe all students will value themselves and their peers; participate in the discovery of knowledge; learn healthy social and emotional responses; and develop a love for learning that will last throughout their lives.

Come for a visit and learn why every year, over 1500 families choose the MSD of Lawrence Township Early Learning Centers for their child’s early education. Learn more at or call our office at 317-423-8363.

ELC @ Amy Beverland
11660 Fox Road, Indianapolis, IN 46236
Ms. Erin Sughrue, Principal

ELC @ Brook Park
5249 David Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226
Ms. Erika Radford, Principal

ELC @ Mary Castle
8510 East 82nd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46256
Ms. Candace Nortey, Principal

ELC @ Winding Ridge
11845 East 46th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46235
Ms. Conni Davis, Principal

Materials and Supply Fee: $70.00
Registration Fee: $50.00
Tuition: $125 per week

Childcare is available before and after the school day:
Morning only: $25 per week
Afternoon only: $50 per week
Morning and afternoon: $70 per week

All ELC locations participate in the CCDF program. The CCDF state funded program provides financial assistance for families, based on income and those who are enrolled in school or working.

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WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-423-8363

“We know we have a choice about schools for our children, and we choose Lawrence Township. We choose LT because our children are receiving a world-class, private-caliber education in a setting that accurately reflects the wider-world.” – LT parent
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Distelrath Farms Early Learning Program

DF is a small, farm-based private school which families use to supplement their home-schooling curriculum. While most of our students attend 2-3 days per week, about 1/3 attend full-time. Our mission at Distelrath Farms is to develop self-reliant, lifelong learners by facilitating an agriculturally-immersive, holistic educational space.

That means we operate a school on a farm.

More specifically, we use the teachable moments and practical skills inherent in running a farm to guide children to be independent, curious, and world-wise. We leave behind rote memorization and standardized testing in favor of a more personalized education, where our students are constantly challenged to apply what they learn to everyday situations.

There is never a dull moment at Distelrath. In addition to the ever-present potential for exploration and play, our schedule and curriculum evolves around the daily operations of the farm. While the older students (7-16) do the heavy lifting for our various farm projects, Littles (3-5) actively participate in and learn from those very same projects. From beekeeping to construction; art class to cooking…our students interact with the world in fascinating ways!

Contact us at to learn more.

Upcoming Open Houses:
Tuesday, Feb 21; Wednesday Feb 22
10-11:30 am
Prospective students may participate in classes while parents tour and attend a Q&A.

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6302 Raymond St, Indianapolis, IN 46203
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-445-6739

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IUPUI Center for Young Children


The IUPUI Center for Young Children provides child care and early childhood education for the University’s diverse population and the Indianapolis Community. We offer numerous year-round programs for children ages 6 weeks through six years old and believe children learn through play, experiences, and interaction with their environment and peers. We are licensed with the State of Indiana and committed to providing a safe family atmosphere, challenging programs and a multitude of activities for children to develop to their full potential. All children are encouraged and guided by experienced, degreed and professional teachers. The totality of our curriculum is designed to promote independence, self-esteem, confidence, social and critical thinking skills. This provides an overall academic growth that creates a foundation for later learning.

We offer:
-Two separate outside play areas with age appropriate playground equipment.
-4 overall programs with additional STEM program. The STEM program incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math concepts into a daily curriculum designed to engage your child’s inquisitive nature to question, analyze and understand the word around them.

Infant Toddler: starting at 6 weeks
Toddler: 1 – 2 years
Wee School: 2 – 3 years
Multi-Age: 3 – 6 years old
STEM: 3 – 6 years old

-Nutritious Meals and Snacks
-Safe and Secured Center. Doors are locked at all times and only accessible by keycard
-Observation areas for parents
-Field Trips

To schedule a tour or for more information, please call 317-274-3508 or submit an online inquiry form on our website at

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321 Limestone St, Indianapolis, IN 46202
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-274-3508
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We are a non-denominational Christian Preschool with programs for children 3 to 5 years old. Our school building houses Preschool, Elementary, Middle and High School and is located in Noblesville.  Our focus is on teaching character development and helping your child meet developmental benchmarks in education.  We believe that children learn as they play and when actively engaged.  We offer a balance of teacher-directed and child-initiated activities.  We also provide a loving Christian environment where God’s love is not only the basis of our teaching, but is also modeled by our teachers and all those associated with our program.

LCS offers a variety of programs and choices of days with hours being either 9:00-1:00 or 9:00-3:00 pm.  All students eat lunch at school but full-day students also receive a variety of special classes during the afternoon.  These classes include PE, Art and Library Buddies depending on the day they attend.  Programs offered include Jumpstart 3 (young 3’s), 3/4 year old, 4/5 Pre-Kindergarten, and the 5+(older preschooler) classes.

Contact us to schedule a tour!  One of the best ways to see what we are all about is to visit our campus.  We look forward to showing you our facility and answering any questions you may have.  Children are invited to come with their parents on visits and we are never surprised when they want to join in the classroom activities!  Sit in on circle time, explore classroom manipulatives, play with Play-Doh, do an art project – stay for as long as you’d like!

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470 Lakeview Dr, Noblesville, IN 46060
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-776-4186

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The Orchard School celebrates “Nature As Teacher” and new international research shows countless benefits for children who attend schools that feature lots of green spaces and natural scenery.

    “The kids where there was more green around the school, we saw better cognitive development,” said Mark Nieuwenhuijsen, a researcher with the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona and one of the study’s authors. [The study is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.] 

     The Orchard School has long realized the importance of extending learning beyond a building. Orchard’s 42.9 acres serve as an outdoor classroom. For example, first graders tap trees every winter and make maple syrup. Through hands-on learning, students make connections between botany, cooking, local food economics, history and biochemistry.
      Teachers at The Orchard School are experts when it comes to engaging students and fostering a love of learning. Orchard’s rich history goes back more than 90 years, when nine Indianapolis women put into practice the philosophy of John Dewey. Dewey was rebuffing a system where kids were seen as empty vessels, ready to be filled by teachers who possessed all the knowledge. The nine women wanted children to be actively engaged in the learning process. Those insightful women founded The Orchard School in 1922.
        A current Orchard parent says, “In a test-driven, memorization of facts society, Orchard is a breath of fresh air, promoting innovation, creativity and application of knowledge.”
       The Orchard School is located at 615 W. 64th Street, near Holliday Park.
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615 W. 64th Street, Indianapolis

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-251-9253


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Day Early Learning is your best choice for childcare and early education.  For more than 100 years, Day Early Learning was known as Day Nursery. Under that name, we spent more than a century building a reputation as Central Indiana’s standard-bearer for excellent child care.  Today in our Day Early Learning centers,  we continue our tradition as the area’s best source for child care services and resources.   Early education is a critical part of young children’s development and research shows it not only prepares children for kindergarten, but for a successful future of life-long learning. Our program’s major focus is the development of the individual child and we take an activity-based approach to preparing kids for kindergarten.

At Day Early Learning Centers, children are surrounded with vibrant classrooms and enriching curriculum enhancements using the philosophy of child-centered learning into daily activities and interactive arts education experiences. We also offer preschool lending libraries and engaging mind and body fitness programs like ballet and martial arts. Children who have exposure to an exciting array of inspiring experiences become passionate learners as they grow older.  We also take a holistic approach to ensure a child’s complete development by providing nutritious meals, health and immunization clinics, vision screening and referrals, dental clinics, early identification of special needs, and coordination with intervention specialists. We enroll children ages six weeks through six years in our 10 Day Early Learning centers and offer financial assistance for eligible families.  We also accept CCDF vouchers and are the state’s largest participant in the On My Way Pre-K program.  Our centers are open year-round with extended hours to support working families.   Please visit our website to learn more or call our enrollment hotline at (317) 687-3541.  Follow us on Facebook ( and Twitter (@EarlyLearningIN).
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11 Locations in and around Indianapolis
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-687-3541


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Let the learning adventures begin! At The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, your preschooler can learn and play in the world’s largest classroom.

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. It’s a one-of-a-kind blend of world-class museum and cutting-edge learning.

The Children’s Museum Preschool has…

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

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.

Registration for the 2017-2018 schoolyear is Feb. 14, 2017 for museum members and Feb. 28, 2017 for the public. Register by calling 317-334-4000.

Preschool Open Houses will be held Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017 from 3–5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017 from 2–4 p.m. No registration is required. When attending an Open House, if you are not a current museum member, stop at the Security Desk to pick up a Preschool Open House ID card which allows you to visit the preschool classrooms.

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The Indianapolis Children’s Museum Preschool
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-334-4000


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“When you enter the doors of our school, you become part of our Saint Lawrence Rams Family. We accept all Children of God into our home with welcome arms.” -Sarah J. Watson, Principal

“In our program, we play and pray every day. Preschool is so important for learning. It provides for the students the foundation they need to set them up for success, giving them opportunities to explore and discover.”– Kathryn Kutan, Kids-Care Director

Saint Lawrence Kids-Care Preschool is a Paths to Quality Level 3 preschool provider, accredited through Advanc-Ed, and an On My Way PK Provider.

Every aspect of our classrooms has intentionally been designed by our professional staff with the whole child in mind. Our curriculum focuses on each individual child’s needs, using manipulatives, concrete experiences, and interactions with peers, the environment, and adults.. Call today to schedule an appointment to see our amazing facility and be welcomed into our family.
Visit us at 6950 East 46th Street, Indianapolis, Indiana, 26226 ~ 317-543-4923.
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6950 E. 46th St., Indianapolis, IN 46226
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-543-4923


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Southport Presbyterian Christian School offers a high-quality, well-organized preschool program based on Christian principles which view children as unique and precious individuals. Hands-on, play-based learning led by loving and skilled Christian teachers is the strength of our program.

A full-day preschool opportunity is also available with the Preschool Plus program where children have additional time to explore and learn through structured play and further strengthen academic skills.

SPCS preschoolers may transition into our accredited elementary school which meets the needs of kindergarteners through fifth grade.

Please visit our website at or call 317-534-2929 to schedule a visit today!

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7525 McFarland Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46237
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-534-2929

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Meridian Hills Cooperative Nursery School & Kindergarten is a play-based preschool and part-time kindergarten where children, parents and teachers learn together. Established in 1960, we are dedicated to creating an environment where children can grow according to their individual timetables. Our children learn through play and exploration, which is how young children learn best.

We offer preschool classes for ages 2, 3 and 4. Our kindergarten is three days per week, with one afternoon per week dedicated to nature-immersion and learning in our forest kindergarten space. We are the ONLY school in Indianapolis to offer a forest kindergarten program!

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7171 N. Pennsylvania St., Indianapolis, IN 46240
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-721-2322


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Park Tudor’s Hilbert Early Education Center gives students in Junior and Senior Kindergarten (ages 3-6) a stellar foundation for cultivating lifelong learning skills and building confidence and motivation. Our world-class experts in early childhood education and small class sizes (average class size is 15) provide an inspiring and caring learning environment tailored to each student’s needs.

With integrated Spanish instruction; a complete arts experience including visual arts, music and a Suzuki program; and a full-service after-school program with specialized classes, the Hilbert Early Education Center puts young learners on the path to reaching their full potential.
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7200 N. College Ave., Indianapolis, IN 46240
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-415-2700

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NAEYC accredited and a Level 4 on Indiana’s Paths-2-Quality scale, the WECC is committed to academic excellence and preparing children for their elementary education. Our staff is inspired by philosophies which lead to observing children in play, discovering what interests them, and collaborating with parents and children to delve into explorations.

We tailor the curriculum to align with the Indiana Foundations for Young Children and promote personalized learning for all scholars.

Full and half-day programs are available. CCDF and On My Way Vouchers accepted.

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1401 N. Mitthoeffer Rd., Indianapolis, IN 46229
WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-869-4754

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Northside Montessori School is now in the middle of its 30th year of dedication to the Montessori Philosophy!  We understand education as having the opportunity to be exposed to all the wonders and curiosities of the world, as well as the academic facts.  Educating a child is to allow them to become self-confident, motivated, responsible, and responsive to themselves and the things around them.

Northside Montessori provides an exciting learning environment for children 3-12 years old.  We strive to nurture and support all the children, allowing them to have a natural love of learning and progress at their individualized pace.  For more information or to schedule a tour email us at 

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1224 E. 52nd St., Indianapolis, IN 46205

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-251-2979


[divider] [/divider]Parkview Cooperative Preschool 

Since 1965 Parkview has been educating children and parents in social skills, child development, and the ways to enjoy the brief years of early childhood. Our play-based preschool offers 2 – 5 year olds an environment to explore and learn through art, music, large and small muscle activities, and more with a combination of structured and unstructured time.

The co-op model allows parents to participate in the classrooms and in school operations giving them an active role in their child’s education and offering a gradual transition from home to school. We strive to provide a fun, happy, enriched environment where children can grow and learn.

Classes offered M,W,F

Monthly Tuition for  2017-2018: 2-3s $75, 3-4s & 4-5s $97

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4701 N. Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46205

WEBSITE | FACEBOOK | 317-643-2460

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