UW-Madison 4-K Programs

Eagle's Wing

Eagle's Wing

611 Eagle Heights

Ages 6 weeks - 12 years

Debb Schaubs, Director

Bernie's Place

Bernie's Place

39 University Houses


Ages 6 weeks - 6 years

Amy Welk, Director

UW Preschool Lab-Linden Dr

UW Preschool Lab

1300 Linden Drive

Ages 6 weeks - 5 years

Jill Riley, Director

The Preschool Lab promotes the Wisconsin Idea-the principle that the university should improve people's lives beyond the classroom-by integrating teaching, research and the campus experience into their program. 

Read more here! UW Preschool Lab: Integrating Teaching, Research and the Campus Experience

Waisman Early Childhood Program

Waisman Center

1500 Highland Ave

Ages 12 months - 6 years

Joan Ershler, Director


What is 4-K or Pre-K?

These two terms are used to describe specific early learning programs to prepare your child for entering a kindergarten classroom in a public school. Campus programs listed on this site all provide Pre-K or 4-K school readiness programs. Children receiving Pre-K or 4-K programming often work in a group with other 4 year olds that will be entering kindergarten. The curriculum is focused on developing early math and literacy skills within the context of play-based developmentally appropriate activities and learning styles. Pre-K or 4-K also offers special topics of interest and compliments the many learning opportunities available in the classroom during other times of the day when the 4 year olds are a part of a broader mixed age group.

In fall 2011, the UW programs below will be under contract with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) to provide 4-year-old kindergarten. If your child is 4 years old by September 1, you are eligible to be served under the 4-K contract. Please visit the MMSD web site for more details on the 4-K program and also look at our campus brochure which describes the differences in MMSD vs.campus programs.  Of specific interest to families will be the extended learning programs offered at our campus sites and the differences in licensing and accreditation standards that our centers meet.

Please feel free to contact the site director personally to discuss your needs and questions about programming and to obtain information about wait lists, openings, and site visits. The site director will talk with you about enrollment options and costs, which differ according to site and schedule. Note: 4-K is a part-day program. There are additional charges to families who need care before and/or after the regularly-scheduled 4-K program.

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