One of the top preschools in TEXAS

Bringing together children and families from diverse backgrounds, Mainspring Schools prepares kids ages 0-5 for success in school and life through high-quality early education, nutrition, family services and community building.

 
 
 Mainspring is an in-district charter campus within AISD.

Mainspring is an in-district charter campus within AISD.

 We are among the 8% of all U.S. centers to achieve NAEYC accreditation.

We are among the 8% of all U.S. centers to achieve NAEYC accreditation.

 Mainspring has the highest possible 4-star rating in the Texas Rising Star system.

Mainspring has the highest possible 4-star rating in the Texas Rising Star system.

 

We are proud to partner with Mainspring Schools because they are dedicated to supporting families by providing accessible high quality early care and education for young children.
— United Way for Greater Austin
 
 

 

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.

 

Why Austin's Children Need Us

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"66% of Texas children in low-income families do not attend preschool."

Annie E. Casey Foundation

"By age 4, the average low-income child is 18 months behind their more affluent peers."

Comprehensive Child Development Program (CCDP)

 

"87% of children brought up in Austin’s low-income neighborhoods will enter kindergarten behind readiness levels."

United Way for Greater Austin

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"When children start kindergarten behind, they are likely to stay behind for the rest of their lives."

RAND Labor and Population

 

"More than 25% of low-income students will not graduate high school. Without preschool, as adults, those same students have a higher likelihood of being incarcerated and living on public assistance."

Society for Research in Child Development

95% of Mainspring Schools graduates start Kindergarten at or above the State of Texas Pre-K readiness level.


A Family's Perspective at Mainspring Schools