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

Anchored in Reggio Emilia inspired teaching, daily the children experience original works of art at the Indianapolis Museum of Art; explore The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres, historic Lilly House, Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse, and The Garden; and work on projects inspired by their environment.

The St. Mary’s Child Center at Newfields Preschool 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 (August – May). The low child to adult ratio (8:1) provides personal attention to ensure optimal social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the child.


St. Mary’s Child Center, well known for providing the highest quality early childhood education available in our community, provides program oversight and administration, teaching staff, and a curriculum following the Reggio Emilia approach, which uses art and nature-focused experiences and emphasizes collaboration, critical learning, and expression.  Visit to learn more about St. Mary’s Child Center.

As the host institution, Newfields offers classroom space and access to the entire campus.  Newfields also provides free memberships to students and their families for one year, allowing them to extend their educational experience outside of classroom hours.


Enrollment inquiries for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted starting February 1st, 2020 at 8 am. 

Enrollment remains open throughout the year if space is available.

To inquire about enrollment, an online enrollment inquiry form must be completed.  Newfields staff will contact families within 2 working days of completion of the form.




The SMCC at Newfields Preschool is for children ages 3 to 5.  To be eligible, children must turn 3 on or before August 1, 2018, and must turn 5 on or after August 1, 2018.

If a child turns 3 after the cutoff date of August 1, she/he may begin as early as her/his 3rd birthday, if there is an opening in the class.


  • Full Week Program (5-day Monday through Friday) annual tuition is $5,690.
  • Partial Week Program: Families may choose between the MWF (3-day) program or TTh (2-day) program. The annual tuition for either partial week program is $3,400.
  • Full Week Program (5-day Monday through Friday) annual tuition is $5,830.
  • Partial Week Programs: 
    • Mon-Wed-Fri (3-day) program annual tuition is $4,660.
    • Tue-Thur (2-day) program annual tuition is $3,490. 


A limited number of scholarships are available through St. Mary’s Child Center for families that qualify for the following:

  • Free or reduced lunch status
  • TANF
  • Medicaid
  • Food Stamps
  • Social Security
  • SSI

You may also visit to inquire about scholarship eligibility through St. Mary’s Child Center.


9 – 9:15 am Drop Off

9:15 – 9:45 am Exploration and Play in Classroom

9:45 – 10:15 am Gallery Visits and Special Guests

10:15 – 10:30 am Morning Meeting

10:30 – 11 am Outdoor Activities and Project Work

11 – 11:30 am Clean Up and Snack

11:30 am Pick Up


The calendar closely aligns with the Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) calendar.


Please contact Calvin Caskey at

Please note: Out of an abundance of caution and for the safety and well-being of our guests and community, the Newfields campus is temporarily closed, in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.