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Why Austin's Children Need Us

By age 4, the average low-income child is 18 months behind their more affluent peers.
— Comprehensive Child Development Program (CCDP)
When children start kindergarten behind, they are likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives.
— RAND Labor and Population, 2007

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



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


  • 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


  • Parent education seminars on topics like nutrition, discipline and helping children succeed in school

  • Parent Advisory Council

  • Parenting Support group and counseling available