School calendar

The Downey Preschool academic calendar has been added to the Upcoming Events page. You can see when your child’s three-day weekends and fall, winter, and spring breaks are in order to facilitate your family’s event planning. Downey follows the Indianapolis Public Schools calendar, and it also follows IPS when snow days are called.

Frogs parents: IPS kindergarten open houses begin right away. Check the IPS academic calendar for dates and times. Deadline for applications for Magnet programs is in December. If your child will be entering kindergarten for the 2015-2016 school year, he or she must be 5 years old on or before September 1. Late applications are taken after the December lottery deadline.

Downey is hiring!



Preschool Teacher
Polliwog Class, ages 3-4
Tuesdays & Thursdays
8:45-11:45 am, approximately
(and possibly Mondays 9:15-11:15 am)

> Compensation commensurate with experience
> Free tuition for your child
> Great opportunity for college students & recent graduates with a focus on early education
> Prime opportunity to gain professional development experience
> For more details, visit

We’d love to hear from you! If you or someone you know is interested in joining the Downey family as a teacher, please send your resume & questions to

Upcoming events of interest

There are still some spots available for our next parent training workshop on July 24 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Downey Christian Church. The seminar will be a much more in-depth presentation with extensive take-home materials and an interactive discussion. We will talk about understanding where your child’s problem behaviors come from and how to decrease them, and how to look at the root causes of all problem behaviors. If you’ve ever dealt with a tantrum, struggled at bedtime, or found yourself in a power struggle at mealtimes or during morning routines, this is the workshop for you! The cost is $15 per participant. Childcare and snacks will be provided,
You can register here:

This Sunday, July 13 from 12-3 p.m., Downey will have a booth at the Irvington Farmer’s Market in Ellenberger Park. Come visit the booth and invite others with preschool-age children to come. We will have fun activities for the kids!

The next Downey playdate is Tuesday, July 15 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. at Ellenberger Park (on the corner of St. Clair and Ritter).

So many things happening this weekend!

The highly anticipated PBS Kids in the Park festival is tomorrow, Saturday, June 21. But there are lot of other events for families to enjoy this weekend as well.

Also on Saturday, check out the free Summer Solstice Celebration at the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s 100 Acre Woods. The Windsor Park Neighborhood Association will also celebrate the solstice with a festival in Fletcher Park from 12 p.m.-11 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday, you can experience Native American culture through myriad experiences on offer at the Eiteljorg Indian Market and Festival.

Saturday, the Irvington Folk Festival features its Children’s Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Ellenberger Park.

What do you have planned for the weekend?



Free introductory parent workshop

Thursday, June 26, Centrality Behavior Support Training is offering a free introductory parent workshop at Downey. Downey Avenue Christian Church is providing the space, and the workshop is open to the community. They are working on options for providing child care. Learn more about  Centrality Behavior Support Training at their website,