Enrollment opens for 2018-2019 on February 1, 2018. Contact Teacher Chris Ross at to apply.

The Museum as a Classroom
Welcome to a place rich with child-centered activities, where teachers nurture curiosity and the desire to learn. Designed for ages 3-5,  our preschool is housed within Salem’s renowned children’s museum.

The Benefits of Preschool
Early childhood education is increasingly identified as a fundamental necessity to giving young children a good start in education. All classes are led by certified instructors, and supported with trained and skilled paraprofessionals.

Visit our Preschool
To meet the preschool staff and learn more about the curriculum, please contact preschool teacher Chris Ross to schedule an individual appointment. He can be reached at 503-371-3631 or by email at

Tuition & Registration Fees
Annual non-refundable registration fee (subject to change) – Required at time of registration
First Year Students: $100 per child – non-refundable
Returning Students: $100 per child – applied to first month’s tuition

You must be a museum member in active standing in order to register for the preschool at these rates. Membership for the full year includes access to the museum for your entire family.

Please call (503) 371-3631 if you would like to make arrangements for monthly installments.
Installments are due the 1st of each month from September-June. To qualify for the annual payment discount, payment must be received by September 30th. Tuition is subject to change.

9:00 am—noon M/W/F
One payment of $2,850.00 ($315 per month)
9:00 am—noon T/Th
One payment of $2,130.00 ($235 per month)
9:00 am—noon M – F
One payment of $4,750.00 ($525 per month)

Daily Preschool Schedule

3-hour sessions
A maximum of 13 students in either MWF, TTH, or M-F sessions

Typical Day (9 a.m. – Noon)
Independent and outdoor exploration time
Large and small group learning centers
Discussion of and experimentation with “The Big Ideas of Science”
Music and movement time
Snack and hygiene instruction

Christopher Ross

Hannah Fisher

Christopher Ross is the lead preschool teacher for The Preschool at Gilbert House Children's Museum. His background includes a Master's Degree in Education with an emphasis in Early Childhood. He has been involved in the education of children for over 20 years, specializing in Language Arts, Science, Art, and the Wonders of Play. In his free time, Chris enjoys hiking, gardening, reading, writing and spending time with his wife and two daughters.Hannah Fisher, our Programs Lead, serves as preschool assistant teacher. Hannah has a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, along with several years of experience at Gilbert House Children's Museum. Most recently, Hannah served as our assistant Summer Camp Educator.