Join us at our Annual Luncheon to learn and celebrate the Mainspring Schools community


The mainspring Mission

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.

We build the foundation for families to break generational cycles of poverty.

When: Tuesday, April 2 | 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.)

Where:  The LINE Hotel
111 E Cesar Chavez St., Austin, TX 78701



I'd LOVE to attend the luncheon!

Mainspring Schools is a community institution, driven by people like you. Please join us for this celebration of our collective efforts to help underserved children throughout Austin. Simply click the registration button and we will see you on April 2! 

Mainspring Schools Luncheon Registration

If you are a guest of one of our hosts (likely a member of the Board of Directors or Advisory Board), you do not need to register here. Simply RSVP to the host who extended the invitation.  



Click here to learn more about how sponsoring the luncheon can help at-risk children in Austin and raise the visibility of your organization. 



This year's speaker: Dr. Seth Pollak

  • College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Professor of Anthropology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Public Affairs

  • University of Wisconsin at Madison

Dr. Seth Pollak's particular area of interest is in understanding how the quantity and quality of early experiences in children's lives influences how they think about and process information. The goal is to understand how developmental change occurs to develop effective prevention and intervention strategies for children most at risk for emotional, learning and behavior problems. Taken together, the goal of Dr. Pollak’s research is to better understand the role that early experiences in children's lives have on development of brain structure and function.

This is a topic of absolute relevance to the children at Mainspring. In this discussion, moderated by MJ Korpela, Mainspring’s director of family services, Dr. Pollak will share his findings and discuss how effective prevention and intervention strategies can change the trajectory for children in Austin and around the world.




Changing the life of a child requires guidance and encouragement from a caring community. 

Our annual "Learning Starts Here" luncheon brings together the community that drives Mainspring Schools to help disadvantaged, full-of-potential kids and their families in Austin. 

You are at the core of the community and we hope you will join us on Tuesday, April 2 to catch up, learn about the issues facing Austin's families, celebrate the achievements of the last year and look toward the future.

Benefiting Mainspring Schools


I Can't attend but want to help

Unable to attend the luncheon? As a nonprofit, we run a lean organization. Your gifts or time go a long way toward helping our kids, families and teachers. Thank you for being part of this community effort!


THANK YOU to our 2018 Sponsors!

The Felice Family
Bespoke Events

Andrews Oil
Evie & David Feltoon
Lisa Killough
Pacey Family Foundation
Lisa & Joe Sims
Suzanne & Mark Stewart

Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody
Howry, Breen & Herman LLP
Brett & Nicole Korensky
Stephen Mallard
Margie & Al McClurg

Roslyn Breen

Rudi & James Andrus
AQUILA Commercial
Botanical No. 9
Marisol Foster
Hat Creek Burger Company
Kate Manser
MLA Geotechnical
Paulina Pizarro
Kristi Simmons
Fred Tedesco
Suba Vasudevan

Colleen Legge
Averi Stene
Courtney & Ted Turich

Questions? Feel free to call us at 512-442-2301 or email