“Toddler School” and “Mother’s Day Out” are programs for children ages 18 months through 36 months (3 years). These programs are a life saver for all moms and toddlers out there, they can help mamas add in some “me time” to their lives.  As for your child, they are not necessarily learning alphabet and numbers, but rather social skills and independence. Among the types of toddler programs today are Montessori Schools, Regio Emilia Schools, Religious-Based Schools, Co-Ops, Nature-Based Programs and much more.

There are a great number of programs across central Indiana, and we have compiled a great list for you to choose the right one for your child and yourself.

Leap and Learn at Ninjazone Academy

The innovative Leap and Learn program at Ninjazone Academy is geared towards kids ages 3-5.  Their program focuses on the whole child and helps kids build skills across a range of topics including social, emotional, cognitive and kinesthetic learning.  Ninjazone is the expert at getting kids moving in fun and creative ways.  Kids will get to explore music, group activities, creative time as well as indoor and outdoor play.  Check out this amazing program or call (317) 288-4212 to learn more.

Central 

A Children’s Habitat Montessori School

801 W 73rd Street
Indianapolis, IN 46260

A Children’s Habitat is a traditional Montessori experience.  The toddler program helps prepare little ones to transition to a structured environment in the upper program such as preschool. Children will engage in activities that challenge them and allow them to learn independence.

Speedway Co-op preschool

3000 North High School Road
Indianapolis, IN 46224

Speedway Co-Op’s toddler program offers parents a mix of parental involvement. For one hour each month parents are asked to volunteer in the classroom, where children will engage in structured activities that encourage motor development, language development, independence and play.

Downey Co-op Preschool

111 S Downey Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46219

Downey Co-Op’s toddler program is a great program for parents who are not quite ready to let go of their little ones. Parents/caregivers will engage in activities with their child in order to learn socialization and some nearby independence. Downey Co-Op offers a great mix of activities based on Montessori, Regio and Play-based.

Northminister Presbyterian Church

1660 Kessler Blvd East Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46220

North Minister’s Mom’s Day Out Program offers toddlers a chance to learn socialization through guided play activities, interacting with children the same age, language development and outdoor play. It’s a great way for you to get a chance to get errands done all while your child is having fun.

Saint Andrew Presbyterian Church

3535 Kessler Blvd North Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46222

St. Andrew’s toddler program believes in educating “the whole child” through spiritual development, thematic units, fieldtrips, Spanish instruction and social interaction with children and teachers.

Maria Montessori International Academy

7507 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN 46268

Maria Montessori International Academy offers parents a great experience for their toddler to learn real-life tasks through language, math, gross and fine motor skills. Young children are given freedom to learn on their own rather than a structured setting and this allows the child to develop their self-esteem and confidence.

Village Montessori School

888 E 66th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Village Montessori uses the philosophy of Maria Montessori along with peace education, where each child builds a sense of responsibility towards self, to others, and the world. Little ones also engage in lots of outdoor play through hikes and learning through the natural playground offered at the school.

North

Fishers United Methodist Church

9691 E 116 Street
Fishers, IN 46037

Fishers UMC Mother’s Day Out Program is offered for three different age groups, making it the perfect place to take your child for a fun socializing environment. The program offers toddlers ages 16-36 months a weekly theme. Each day starts with circle time with singing, finger play and stories. Children then get to explore the gym and playground with their age group and learn to share and have a fun time.

Trinity Wesleyan Church

9709 Allisonville Road
Indianapolis, IN 46250

Trinity Wesleyan Church provides each day with a fun-filled age appropriate experience. Children learn through play and teachers plan activities and goals for each child

St. Peters United Church of Christ

3106 East Carmel Drive
Carmel, IN 46033

St. Peters Parent’s Time Out Program embraces the philosophy that children learn best through play. The program is play based and involves activities that help with find and gross motor skills. The program also encourages children to cooperate and interact with others through music, art and dramatic play.

Fall Creek Montessori

7770 E 88th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46256

At Fall Creek Montessori they provide the child with all the tools necessary to become independent and to develop the sense of the child wanting to do their own “work”. The programs main focus is to help in social interactions, practical life skills and language.

Noblesville First United Methodist Church

2051 Monument Street
Noblesville, IN 46060

Noblesville FUMC Parent’s Day Out Program offers toddlers a chance to learn socialization through guided play activities, interacting with children the same age, language development and outdoor play. It’s a great way for you to get a chance to get errands done all while your child is having fun.

South

Greenwood Montessori Children’s House

622 N Madison Avenue
Greenwood, IN 46142

At Greenwood Montessori Children’s House activities are strategically placed around the classroom for toddlers to choose independently. The materials introduce the concepts of sound, movement, shape, form, and sequence. The work changes and evolves as the child develops physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Center Grove Montessori

1607 W Smith Valley Road
Greenwood, IN 46142

Center Grove Montessori will offer a toddler program starting in January 2021, with enrollment starting in 2020. They will follow the toddler teachings of traditional aMaria Montessori school with an emphasis on toddler independence, practical life skills and language.

Beech Tree House Center for Child Development

7850 S Emerson Avenue
Indianapolis, IN 46237

Beech Tree House offers structured activities and play-based learning. They offer creative lessons and hands-on learning that encourage language development and socialization. The toddler classroom invites each little one to explore and discover in a sensory rich environment.

East

Sonshine Kids Preschool Ministry

3123 County Rd 500 West
New Palestine, IN 46163

At Sonshine, toddlers will have lots of hands on learning through centers that teachers have set up. The centers will engage children in different learning activities such as stem, math, language, colors and motor skills.

West

Plainfield Christian Church

800 N Dan Jones Road
Plainfield, IN 46168

Plainfield Christian Church Early Start Program allows toddlers to enjoy a safe environment in which they can enjoy many activities. The program is loosely structured to be creative and nurturing. Reading, puzzles, simple crafts, songs, games, and stories are part of the daily schedule and set the foundation for more structured learning environments for later programs.

First Baptist Church

1012 Stafford Road
Plainfield, IN 46168

At First Baptist Church children learn most effectively through a structured, play-oriented approach. The program believes that a child’s needs should be met at his or her stage of development and that each child has his or her own developmental timetable.

The Stomping Room

642 E Edgewood Drive
Danville, IN 46122

The Stomping Room is a home-based, child-first playschool where your child can learn from doing hands on activities and choosing materials to guide their own learning. Utilizing principals from both the Montessori and Reggio-Emilia philosophies, their educational approach will foster independence in each child while also fostering a sense of community within our classroom.

Avon United Methodist Church

6850 E US Hwy 36
Avon, IN 46123

Avon United Methodist Church Play- n- Share Program offers parent’s a chance to get things done while their little one learns to socialize with other children the same age. Children learn to become independent, learn to share and teachers help build self-esteem.

Apple House Co-op

47 N CR-625 East
Avon, IN 46123

Apple House Co-op Toddler Program offers parent’s a mix of parental involvement. For one hour each month parents are asked to volunteer in the classroom, where children will engage in structured activities that encourage motor development, language development, independence, circle time and play.