IMA Preschool

Image credit: Tim Hawkinson, American, //Mobius Ship//, 2006

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.

Through a partnership with St. Mary’s Child Center, the IMA offers an on-campus preschool for children ages 3-5.

Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, daily the children experience original works of art in our galleries, explore our gardens and historic Lilly House, and work on projects inspired by their environment.

St. Mary’s Child Center at IMA is a half-day preschool that offers a five day program, three day program, or two day program from 9 - 11:30 am for the school year. The low child to adult ratio (6:1), provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child.

Support for the St. Mary’s Child Center at the Indianapolis Museum of Art is provided by The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate, and The Jerry L. Burris and Barbara J. Burris Foundation.


Enrollment is now open for the 2017-18 school year. To be eligible, children must be at least 3 and turn 5 after August 1, 2017. Enrollment remains open throughout the year, if space is available. If a child turns three after the cutoff date of August 1, s/he may begin as early as their third birthday, if there is space in the class.

Enrollment opens for the 2018-19 school year on January 1, 2018.


Full Week Program Weekly tuition is approximately $117.50. The annual tuition is $5,170.

Partial Week Program Families may choose between the MWF (3-day) program or TTh (2-day) program. Weekly tuition is approximately $77.13. The annual tuition for either partial week program is $3,085.


A limited number of scholarships are available for families receiving funding from one of the following: CCDF, TANF, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Social Security, or SSI.


If you are interested in learning more about St. Mary’s Child Center at the IMA, please complete and submit the registration form.


Have additional questions? Contact Heidi Davis-Soylu at