UW-Madison Preschool Programs

Bernie's Place

Bernie's Place

39 University Houses


Ages 6 weeks - 6 years

Amy Welk, Director

Eagle's Wing

Eagle's Wing

611 Eagle Heights


Ages 6 weeks - 12 years

Debb Schaubs, Director

The Wisconsin Idea is evident at Eagle's Wing Child Care Center in University Apartments - a crossroads on campus for our youngest Badgers, their families, students, faculty and staff - where integrating teaching, research, outreach and the campus experience is part of their daily practice!

Read more here: Eagle's Wing: Integrating Research, Teaching and Outreach

Little Chicks Learning Academy

Little Chicks Learning Academy

(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, and Hourly)

601 N Whitney Way
5003 University Avenue

Ages 6 weeks - 6 years

Chanel Clark, 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


The UW child care system provides a variety of options for preschool early education and care within several high quality programs. "Preschool" is a general term that describes a play-based early learning program for children ages 3-5 years of age.

Campus centers work with the greater UW to fulfill the teaching, research and outreach mission. When you enroll in a campus center, you will notice student practicums within your child’s classroom and will likely be asked to participate in research projects in a variety of college departments.

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.

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