Downey Preschool Open House

The week of February 9-14 is our annual Open House. This is a great opportunity to visit and learn about Downey. A table will be set up in the hallway with information and snacks, and a parent will be available to show you around and answer questions.

  • Monday-Saturday 9:30-11 a.m. daily.
  • M/W/F: Frog classes for ages 4-5
  • T/Th: Polliwog classes for ages 3-4
  • T/W/Th/F: Tadpole classes for ages 2-3
  • Monday: Lily Pad class for ages 18-24 mos
  • Saturday will feature a special story time, snack & craft for all ages!


Why Play Is Important in Preschool Classrooms

“If you want your preschooler to be ready for the academic rigors ahead, forget about the curriculum. Instead, look for a classroom that lets children learn the way they do best…

“‘For kids under 5, play is the foundation for creativity, constructive problem solving, self-regulation, and learning as a whole,’ says Susan Linn, cofounder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and author of The Case for Make Believe. Play also helps preschoolers master the skills they’ll need for academic subjects later on. Storytime advances pre-reading skills like rhyming, wordplay, and the ability to follow a plot. A simple activity like playing with soap bubbles can stimulate science learning, while building with blocks establishes a foundation for understanding geometry. Repetitive play (such as putting a puzzle together, taking it apart, and then reassembling it) hones motor acuity, while unstructured group play boosts kids’ social skills…

“An early academic approach doesn’t seem to improve classroom performance. A study from the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, found that fourth-graders who have attended play-based preschools outperform fellow students both academically and socially. And a study published in Early Childhood Research & Practice found clear links between pretend play and enhanced language ability. Your child’s future success in school doesn’t hinge on your enrolling him in a pre-K that teaches him to add and subtract or know the chemical formula for water. It’s more productive to find a program that lets him have fun as he learns.”

To read the entire article, go to


Why preschool?

Though public schools are currently held accountable for students’ scores in math and reading proficiency alone, evidence from both psychology and economics shows that a wide range of non-academic skills play a big role in determining success later in life.

To read the entire article, “What Every School Can Learn From Preschools,” click on

What’s the rush?

Children learn when they are left alone to explore their environment at their own pace. Downey Preschool believes in child-led, play-based learning, and for a good reason. What’s the rush? Check out the entirety of this lovely blog post at

I won’t say ‘hurry up’, when you’ve stopped to smell the flowers.

I won’t rush you when you’re admiring the shape of the clouds.

I’ll let you lead me away to show me that interesting bug.

You’ll join in with what I’m doing, and we’ll go at your pace.

I’ll delight in the world, just like you do.

You’re learning, and I’m learning too.

This is important. This here is what life is really about. Thank you for showing me that.

from “Childhood: Why the Rush”

For those entering the public school system next year

The IPS Showcase of Schools will be at Circle Centre Mall on Saturday, November 22. All IPS schools will be in attendance. Learn about its elementary, middle, high school, and magnet options all in one location. Magnet applications will also be available.

If you are interested in Indianapolis’s Charter School offerings, you can see a list of them here.

If you think a private school would be best for your family, you can find a list of those here.