St. Mary’s Child Center at the IMA

If you’re looking for a unique, high-quality preschool environment for your children, consider the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA), which has been offering an excellent preschool option for 3-to 5-year-olds for the past two years.

The preschool is a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center and uses a curriculum following the Reggio Emilia approach, which uses project-focused experiences and emphasizes the arts, collaboration, critical learning, expression, and immersive experiences.

At the IMA, the teacher to student ratio is only 6-to-1, giving children plenty of personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, and cognitive development.

Because the preschool is located on the IMA campus, children have access to a wide range of experiences including daily visits to the IMA’s vast collection of art. In addition to the galleries, the Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, and historic Lilly House all offer a wide variety of unique opportunities for your little one to learn, grow, and explore. With a campus covering more than 150 acres, there is something new to discover every day.

Heidi Davis-Soylu, Director of Academic Engagement and Learning Research at the IMA, shares that the embedded nature of the preschool classroom in an art museum offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity.

The St. Mary’s Child Center at the IMA is an example of how the IMA fulfils its mission of enriching lives through exceptional experiences with art and nature. The preschool is just one of many school-age experiences offered at the IMA, including summer camps, after school programs, and the Toddler Art Groups, a monthly program that partners with other preschools giving children an opportunity to explore art through storytelling, music, and art making.

The preschool follows the Indianapolis Public Schools calendar and scholarships are available. Enrollment for the 2017-18 school year is now open. Visit for more information.

In the photo: Tim Hawkinson, Möbius Ship, 2006. Contemporary Art Society Fund, Koch Contemporary Art Purchase Fund, Purchased with funds provided by Michelle and Perry Griffith, 2008.247 © Tim Hawkinson.

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