Robots and Mud Pies π Preschool is the first Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education (STEM) focused preschool in the Richmond area.   We offer a half day program for children ages 2 years old through 5 years old with a morning session and an afternoon session.  

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 School Year is very limited at this time. We have space available in our afternoon program (1-4 pm) only.  If you want to be put on a waiting list for the morning program or for a full day space, complete this Waiting List Application and email it to us at admissions@robotsandmudpiespreschool.com


If you want to learn more about our innovative curriculum, please email us here to arrange a tour. We can provide a tour with appropriate social distancing, one family at a time.


                   For more information on enrollment, check out our Enrollment Page.

COVID-19 Update: We reopened in September and everything is going smoothly!  We have very small group sizes, and we are following health and safety measures to limit any transmission of COVID. (Click here for details and updates on how we will continue to keep everyone healthy.)

Philosophy

At Robots and Mud Pies π Preschool, we believe children are highly motivated, independent explorers and investigators who should be honored and respected for their potential and capabilities.  To that end we have created an environment where children are excited to learn through hands-on experiences.

Why Choose Robots and Mud Pies π Preschool

Great Teacher to Child Ratios= More Individual Attention

 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics combined with Literacy, Play and Creative Activities will Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten.

 

FULL School Year:  Classes run from early September  through mid-June (Many preschools close in May.)

 

This Small Business is Locally Owned and Operated by Two Experienced Preschool Teachers.

 

Flexible Scheduling Available to Meet Your Family's Needs!

Choose from Morning Preschool (9 am-12 noon) OR Afternoon Preschool (1 pm-4 pm).

Extended Hours also available from 8:30-12 noon or 1 pm-4:30 pm.

 

Full Time Care available to a limited number of families (8:30 am to 4:30 pm).

What is STEM?

STEM is an acronym for the integration of the four academic disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Emphasizing STEM in education encourages children to think logically, problem solve and apply science, math and technology skills to equip students with the skills they need to compete in the 21st Century.

 

According to The Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook published in March of 2012 in the Overview of the 2010–20 Projections, state employment in professional, scientific, and technical services is projected to grow by 29 percent, adding about 2.1 million new jobs by 2020.

Why start STEM education in preschool?

I believe JD Cheslofft sums it up very well his article, "STEM Education Must Start in Early Childhood" when he says,

"It is my feeling that you can't start early enough: Young children are natural-born scientists and engineers. Like STEM, investment in early-childhood education is a workforce-pipeline issue. Research has shown that high-quality pre-K cuts the rate of children being held back a grade in half; decreases juvenile arrests by a third; and increases high school attendance by a third, college attendance by a whopping 80 percent, and employment by 23 percent. High-quality early-learning environments provide children with a structure in which to build upon their natural inclination to explore, to build, and to question." 

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