Great Minds Begin Here

Capitalizing on years of experience educating and engaging Central Florida’s children through our many educational programs, the Orlando Science Center Preschool will enrich your child in a safe, hands-on PLAY based nurturing environment.

The Orlando Science Center Preschool features:

  • Hours designed to accommodate busy work schedules.
    Preschool hours are 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.
    Early drop available at 7:30 a.m. and late pick up ending by 6:00 p.m.
  • Classes for ages 3-5 with age/developmental appropriate practices and activities.
  • Early Childhood/Elementary trained staff, Level 2 Background screened, First Aid/CPR.
  • Now a Voluntary PreKindergarten (VPK) provider for the Early Learning Coalition of Orange County.
  • A world-class learning facility and environment.
  • Well-balanced lunch and snacks provided.



With a curriculum based on the standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the Florida Department of Education, the Orlando Science Center Preschool will provide an educational setting that identifies and meets individual learning styles while stimulating progression at a child’s own pace. Science, math, literacy, music, art, and motor development, will be a regular part of your child’s day. Our Early Childhood educators offer years of experience, consistency, caring and a nurturing environment. By promoting independence and structure, a child will be able to progress and develop in a healthy manner.

Each day is filled with exploring the world through a child’s 5 senses. Using the curriculum “Creative Curriculum”, weekly themes and the exhibits within the Orlando Science Center, children will be actively engaged in stimulating and enriching learning centers and PLAY based activities. Children will gain social and emotional skills through interactions with peers and teachers on individual and group levels.

The Orlando Science Center has been in the business of sparking curiosity and inspiring discovery for years. Now, this expertise will be available to you and your child on a full-time basis during their Preschool years. All children in attendance must be fully toilet trained.



Annual Registration Fee (Non-Refundable) of $175.

Space is Limited. Reserve your place by calling 407.514.2112 today!

Contact the Preschool office at 407.514.2166 for information or to arrange a tour of the Preschool.
Florida Department of Children & Families certificate number: C09OR0729


On Wednesday, May 21, the Orlando Science Center Preschool Class of 2013-2014 celebrated with song and dance in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience.

Friends and family looked on as the little learners sang and boogied to songs like "My Florida Alphabet."

The preschool and education staff thank their students and families for another fantastic school year!

If you would like to enroll your child in Orlando Science Center's Preschool Program or would like to learn more, please call 407.514.2112.

Photo Credit: RF Photography

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On Thursday, May 23, we held our preschool graduations for our future scientists, teachers and doctors in the Digital Adventure Theater: A National Geographic Experience.

In front of a packed audience that included preschoolers' family and friends, the little learners sang and danced to celebrate all that they have learned.

The preschool and education staff thank their students and families for another fantastic school year!

If you would like to enroll your child in Orlando Science Center's Preschool Program or would like to learn more, please call 407.514.2112.

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The importance of an early learning experience is that playing is school readiness.

Environments that encourage play are environments that are preparing children for a love of life long learning. This is like a house with a strong foundation. The foundation supports the house of higher learning. Without a foundation, we have no strong house.

Seven things we must do with children each day are:

  1. Create – in dramatic play, art, discovery, blocks
  2. Move – takes in new information and uses both the inside and outside environment
  3. Sing – words and stories with your senses
  4. Discuss – communication, social skills, the need to be with others
  5. Observe – incorporating all of the senses (smell, touch, taste, see and hear)
  6. Read – read, read, read with variety
  7. Play – is the cement that holds our foundation together


These statements are taken from a presentation from Lisa Murphy, the ooey gooey lady and her workshop The Importance of Play.

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Susan Bertone, Preschool Director

Susan has been in Early Childhood Education for more than 20 years as a classroom teacher of 2 and 3 year old, PreKindergarten and Kindergarten, a Curriculum Resource teacher and a Preschool Director for the last 6 years.

Susan has a Social Work degree and an Elementary/Early Childhood degree from the University of Central Florida. Susan holds a Florida Department of Children and Family Staff Credential in Childcare and Voluntary PreKindergarten Standards. She also holds an active Florida DCF Director's Credential with a VPK endorsement. Her continuing education commitment is to Early Childhood, Curriculum, Literacy, Voluntary PreKindergarten standards, Child Development and Parent/Family issues.

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  Orlando Science Center is supported by United Arts of Central Florida, host of and the collaborative Campaign for the Arts.
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