Madison Area Preschool Guide 2017

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We’re lucky to have so many fabulous preschools in the Madison area!

Below you will find a comprehensive list of Madison area preschools, sorted by location: East Side (including Sun Prairie and McFarland), Downtown Area, Near West Side (including Fitchburg and Verona), and Far West Side (including Middleton and Waunakee). We’ve also highlighted some of our favorites with a few extra details that you might find helpful.

Happy preschool hunting!

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East Side Preschools (Includes Sun Prairie/McFarland)

Monona Grove Nursery School

Monona Grove Nursery School has been a fixture on the Eastside of Madison for almost 60 years. As a parent coop, families and staff are teammates in the education of young children. The preschool program is for kids ages 3-4 and meets two or three mornings or afternoons a week. The 4K program is through the MMSD district and meets 4 afternoons or 4 mornings a week. Younger friends join in with a parent or caregiver for the Toddler Time program. Join this wonderful cooperative community! 

Ages: Toddler Time is 0-3, preschool (3-4) and MMSD 4K

Schedules: Half Day

4K available? Yes (Madison Metropolitan School District site)

4200 Buckeye Road
Madison WI 53716

(608) 222-4633

Countryside Montessori Preschool

A beautiful school, set on one acre of land with 2 playgrounds featuring gardens and a labryinth. An inviting child sized environment where children ages 2.5-6 grow, learn and have fun while experiencing all that Montessori has to offer. Highly educated and experienced teachers care and nurture students.  CMP encompasses the whole child and family during the preschool years.

Come visit and see why CMP is such an amazing school, with a 5 star accredited program!

Ages: 2.5 – 6 years

Schedules: Full day, 3/4 day, and half day. School year and Camp Countryside (three 3-week sessions offered)

4K available? Yes (private)

721 Northport Drive
Madison, WI  53704

(608) 244-5437

Downtown Area Preschools

Preschool of the Arts

Preschool of the Arts is Madison’s only Reggio Emilia inspired preschool. Here, learning is an adventure, and children’s experiences are bounded only by their imaginations and dreams. Students enjoy a vibrant and innovative learning community, led by qualified staff committed to child-focused exploration, creativity, and collaboration. 

Ages: 18 months–5 years, plus K5–3rd grade in the summer

Schedules: full-day, half-day (mornings)

4K available? Yes (Madison Metropolitan School District site)

11 Science Ct.
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 233-1707

University Houses Preschool (UHP)

University Houses Preschool is a part-day, parent cooperative, non-profit, play based preschool. Parents are involved as helpers in the classroom and on the Parent Board. This collaboration is one of the biggest strengths of UHP! Member and nonmember options are available. 

Ages: 2.5-6 years

Schedules: Half days: mornings (8:45 – 11:45), lunch bunch (11:45 – 12:45), and afternoons (12:45 – 3:45). (Lunch bunch connects the morning and afternoon programs.) 

4K available? Yes, in the afternoon class (Madison Metropolitan School District site)

6033 Odana Rd.
Madison, WI 53719

(608) 238-3955

Blessed Sacrament

Blessed Sarament is a Catholic school within the structure of the Diocese of Madison. Multi-aged classroom structure affords individually-paced learning in a nurturing, Catholic values-based setting. This school is a tightly knit community where children learn strong collaborative and leadership skills while building friendships with their fellow students through the eighth grade. Tuition is competitive and the faculty and staff are extraordinary!

Ages: 4k – 8th grade

Schedules: 1/2 day and full day 4K & 5K programs with flexible numbers of days per week. Parents can customize their child’s schedule to best fit their families’ schedules. School day is 8:15 AM to 3:15 PM. 

4k available: Yes (private)

2112 Hollister Avenue
Madison, WI 53726

(608) 233-6155

Near West Side Preschools (Includes Fitchburg/Verona)

Kids Express

Kids Express Learning Center, created and nurtured by the Dahl family, offers children a myriad of remarkable learning environments across ten rural acres in Madison. Their programs and teachers help children to build strong foundations in pre-academic/academic skills, as well as in social aptitude, self-esteem, and much more.

Ages: 6 weeks – 5K (summer camp programming through age 12)

Schedules: Full day (7:30am-5:30pm), half day mornings

4K available? Yes (private)

3276 S. High Point Road
Madison, WI 53719

(608) 845-3245

Cultured Kids of Madison

Cultured Kids of Madison is a Spanish and Mandarin Immersion Daycare and Preschool that provides all the same wonderful nurturing and fun of a great childcare center, just completely in the target language, Spanish or Mandarin! Young children are able to learn and eventually share their thoughts and ideas in either language very quickly. Singing and using music is an integral part of our teaching and daily routine and is the best way we have found to share language in a way kids remember best for years to come.

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years

Schedules: Full time and part time. Center hours: 7 am – 6 pm.

4k available: Yes (private)

600 Grand Canyon Dr.
Madison, WI 53719

(608) 833-5437

Country Grove Preschool

Country Grove Preschool helps children learn about the world through active exploration and hands on experiences. Each classroom’s themed curriculum teaches art, language arts, math, cultural studies, music, science, and motor skills. Top notch teachers (all with at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education) present planned ideas and daily objectives. The school’s principle belief is that all children need a positive self image to learn and grow. Staff will always take the time to make children feel loved, accepted, valued, and self confident.

Ages: 2-10 years

Schedules: Full and part-time (hours of operation 7:00 AM-5:45 PM). Morning program runs 8:30-12:30 M-F and parents can choose 2-5 mornings a week. Breakfast and lunch are included!

4K available? Yes (private)

3201 Tanglewood Dr
Madison, WI 53719

(608) 845-7988

Woods Hollow Children's Center

Woods Hollow is a nonprofit childcare center that has been NAEYC Accredited since 1992. Nestled behind the Promega Corporation in Fitchburg, Woods Hollow provides high quality care and developmentally appropriate learning experiences for young children. Large, creatively designed playground areas accommodate each individual age group and, combined with the surrounding wooded areas, allow for unlimited experiences in the outdoors.

Ages: 6 weeks through 4K (full time), plus after school care for 5K-3rd grade

Schedules: Full time, M-F. Center hours:  7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

4k available: Yes (private, full time only)

5470 Research Park Drive
Fitchburg, WI 53711

(608) 273-4433

The Madison Waldorf School

Imaginative play, artistic expression and extended contact with the natural world are at the center of Madison Waldorf School’s Early Childhood Programs. They offer three Early Childhood classrooms: Starflower Preschool (ages 2.5-4), Sunflower Kindergarten (ages 4-6), and a outdoor-based Sugar Maples Kindergarten (ages 4-6).

Ages: 2 1/2 – 6 years (including a nature-based mixed age program)

Schedules: Full & half-days, with 3, 4 and 5-day options.

4K available? Yes (private)

6510 Schroeder Road
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 270-9005

Gan HaYeled Preschool

Gan HaYeled’s goal is to meet the social, emotional, intellectual, creative, and physical needs of your child in a safe and caring environment. A Jewish education for your child. A Jewish community for your family.

Gan HaYeled welcomes children of all religions, ethnicities, physical abilities, and beliefs.

Ages: 24 months- 5 years

Schedules: Core preschool program is 8:30 am–1 pm. Also offering early care (as early as 7:30) and nap/after school care until 5:30 pm (5 pm on Fridays).

4k available: Yes (private)

6434 Enterprise Lane
Madison, WI 53719

(608) 278-1808

Our Redeemer Lutheran School

Our Redeemer Lutheran School offers excellence in Christian education. Dedicated and caring teachers encourage your child and promote a strong community within the classroom and school. Caring staff prepare students for lives of service on earth and for an eternity in heaven.

Ages: 2-4 year old preschool, K-8 school

Schedules: Full day/half day M-F

4k available: Yes (private)

1701 McKenna Blvd.
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 274-2830

Orchard Ridge Nursery School

Orchard Ridge Nursery School’s mission is to serve the whole child. Their dedicated and caring teachers provide a developmentally-appropriate, play-based learning experience that includes music, yoga and science education. Please call for an opportunity to tour the school, meet the teachers and learn why families love their experience and the community at ORNS!  

Ages: 2 years – 4K

Schedules: full day, half-day mornings/afternoons, plus early morning/after-school care

4K available: Yes (Madison Metropolitan School District and Middleton Cross Plains Area School District site)

1025 McKenna Blvd
Madison, Wisconsin 53719

(608) 274-8407

Far West Side Preschools (Includes Middleton/Waunakee)

Primrose School of Middleton

3000 Deming Way
Middleton WI 53562

(608) 841-1684

St. Francis Xavier

St. Francis offers a warm and loving environment that helps students adjust to the structure of a school day. Careful attention is given to understanding individual differences and creating experiences that encourage each child to develop a positive sense of self and joy as they continue on their lifelong process of learning! Busing available through Middleton-Cross Plains, Wisconsin Heights and Mt. Horeb School Districts.


Ages: 4K through 8th Grade

Schedules: 4K morning program 8am-11am with option for wrap around care

4K available: Yes

2939 Thinnes Street
Cross Plains, WI 53528

(608) 798-2422

Middleton Preschool

The heart of Middleton Preschool (MPS) is its child-centered preschool and 4K curriculum. They offer a variety of preschool choices as well as one 4K program choice during the regular school year (September-May).

At MPS, the goal is to prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond. They strive to create a warm and friendly environment for young children to explore, develop and play, since children learn through play.

Ages: 3-5 years (potty-trained)

Schedules: Choose 2-5 mornings of the week, 8:30-11:15 with optional lunch bunch 11:20-12:10

4K available? Yes – 12:15-2:45 PM, option of all day at an additional fee (Middleton-Cross Plains School District site)

7118 Old Sauk Road
Madison, WI 53717

(608) 836-7554

Kids Junction

Kids Junction Preschool’s mission is to partner with families to establish patterns of life-long development in mind, body and Christian character during a child’s most formative years. In order to do this we have created the best environment possible with a state of the art facility and quality teachers, as well as a custom curriculum we created using the top learning resources and curricula available to deliver an all-encompassing learning experience.

Ages: 6 months – 15 years

Schedules: Full days, half days

4K available: Yes, Middleton Cross Plains School District and Private

8084 Watts Rd
Madison, WI 53719

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2 Responses to Madison Area Preschool Guide 2017

  1. Jennifer Huggins July 26, 2017 at 10:06 am #

    Is there a 3k program in Madison?

  2. Clare August 28, 2017 at 2:37 pm #

    Are there any churches that offer a parents day out or Mother’s Day out program?

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