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 and life.


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

Family-centered approach

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


A family's Perspective at Mainspring Schools