Since 1941, Mainspring is a best-in-class nonprofit preschool that eliminates the early childhood school readiness gap. 


Our mission is to deliver the highest quality early education and care to Austin’s most economically disadvantaged children – along  with services so each child and parent have tools for success in school & life.


Mainspring Schools is sad to report the passing of Reba Gillman who was the school’s former Education Director, Board Member, on-going financial supporter and an evangelist in the community for our mission. Reba’s contribution throughout the years was instrumental in shaping the Mainspring model and in sustaining our existence through the many challenges we faced. 

Reba will be remembered each time a child comes through our front door and enters a classroom. In addition to being a supporter of Mainspring, Reba loved music and was a member of the Gilbert Sullivan Society of Austin. A Reba Gillman Memorial Fund will be set up for contributions in her memory to be used to fund music programs for students at Mainspring Schools. Contributions can be made to Mainspring Schools 

A loving & individualized learning environment that systematically prepares the child and parents for success in school & life.



Innovative Learning

We are one of only 8% of centers in the US accredited by NAEYC, the  nation’s most rigorous early childhood accrediting body.

The Curriculum:

  • Child-directed learning
  • Focus on instilling executive function skills
  • Low child-to-teacher ratios
  • Art, dance and music classes

Health First

  • Farm-to-table meals in partnership with the Sustainable Food Center
  • Trust-Based Relational Interventions (TBRI®)
  • Research-based social skills curriculum
  • Ample outdoor play & wellness learning

Family-centered approach

  • Parent education seminars on topics like nutrition, discipline & helping children succeed in school
  • Parent Advisory Council
  • Parenting Support group & Counseling available


A family's Perspective at Mainspring Schools