Some advantages of play-based preschool

“Researchers have found that children who attend preschools that emphasize direct instruction experience more stress at school. At ages five and six, children from academic-type preschools knew more letters and numbers than their peers who attended nonacademic preschools, but by first grade those advantages had disappeared. Researchers have also found that children from academically oriented preschools are less creative and less enthusiastic about learning than their peers who attended nonacademic preschools. And here’s the clincher: Kids who attend academic preschools may also, in the long run, do more poorly in school, and those kinds of schools may be handicapping boys in a way we could not have anticipated.”

from “The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do” by Peg Tyre

Preschoolers making the world a better place

Preschoolers ages 3-6 and an adult are invited to explore the superpowers they have to make the world a better place during “Super You: Make the World a Better Place — Preschool Philanthropy Workshop.” The Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana will lead stories and activities. Participants will create their own super hero and identify how superpowers can help others. Classes are scheduled at various libraries September through December. For a list of locations, dates, and times, click here. This program is sponsored by PNC and The Indianapolis Public Library Foundation.

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.

Summer’s (almost) last splash

Did you know that TOMORROW is the last day the Indy Parks outdoor pools will be open? Where has the summer gone?

Don’t fret, preschoolers. You still have a chance to frolic in a few of the city’s Sprinkle Parks, which will remain open until Labor Day Monday:

• Andrew Ramsey Park
• Arsenal Park
• Broadway & 61st Park
• Bowman Park
• Centennial & Groff Park
• Christian Park
• Clayton & LaSalle Park
• Grassy Creek Park
• Haughville Park
• Municipal Gardens
• Riverwood Park
• Washington Park
• Wes Montgomery Spray Park
• Windsor Village Park
• Willard Park

For location information, go to

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).