Madison Area Preschool Guide 2018


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!


East Side Preschools (Includes Sun Prairie/McFarland/East Waunakee)

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. Monona Grove Nursery School is city of Madison accredited, licensed through the state of Wisconsin, and has proudly earned a 5 star Youngstar rating.

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 (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

Madison Country Day School

A love of learning starts here. (Morale boosters, safety net, and support system included.)

Good study habits, an interest in reading, and a love for solving problems can be developed at an early age. MCDS provides a world-class academic foundation, including dedication to whole child education with specialized teachers for science, art, music, physical education, and Spanish.  

Ages: Pre-kindergarten (age 4) through grade 12

Schedules: Pre-Kindergarten program is available for full-day (8 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.) or half-day program (8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m)

4K available? Yes (private)

5606 River Rd
Waunakee, WI 53597

(608) 850-6000

Downtown Area Preschools

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 Sacrament 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: 3 years – 8th grade

Schedules: *NEW* 3-year-old preschool program, three 1/2 days per week. Also 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. Also offering early morning care beginning at 7:15 AM and after school care from 3:15 to 5:30 PM, M-F.

4k available: Yes (private)

2112 Hollister Avenue
Madison, WI 53726

(608) 233-6155

Meeting House Nursery School

Meeting House Nursery School has been a fixture of early childhood education on Madison’s West side for 68 years. Located in the Frank Lloyd Right designed FUS Building, across from the Children’s Hospital, we have served generations of Madison’s families.

The Meeting House philosophy is based on the premise that children learn through play. While attention is given to the child’s total development, emphasis is placed upon developing the child’s social skills and self-concept. The teachers at Meeting House are warm and caring individuals. All teachers hold degrees/credentials in Early Childhood Education. The program is developmentally appropriate, respecting and celebrating the uniqueness of every child.

Ages: 2-5 years

Schedules: Half day preschool program – morning session (8:45-11:45) and afternoon session (11:45-3:45) – plus opportunities to add lunch bunch and extended morning care

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

900 University Bay Drive
Madison, WI 53795

(608) 233-9776

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

New Morning Nursery School

New Morning Nursery School has been a preschool in Madison, WI since organizing as a non-profit parent cooperative in 1972, and operates under the philosophy that children learn best through play. Child-centered programming balances the needs and developmental levels of each individual child and group of children. Caring teachers work with each child during every stage of growth, from separation worries and potty learning to social interactions and pre-literacy. The school’s beautiful facility, within Wingra School, offers a near-west location with carefully designed indoor and outdoor spaces.

Ages: 2-6 years

Schedules: Mornings (8:30-11:30 AM) and afternoons (1:00-4:00 PM), with options of Tues/Thurs, Mon/Wed/Fri, or Mon-Fri.

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

718 Gilmore St
Madison 53711

(608) 233-0433

Queen of Peace

At Our Lady Queen of Peace School, a strong sense of community compels dedicated faculty to work with you to invest in your child’s faith and education. Queen of Peace teachers believe in teaching the whole child, and provide an engaging foundation for learning, where morals, character, and values are taught and instilled every day, through modeling and discussion. A child’s highest potential is reached – spiritually, academically, and developmentally – when school and family work in partnership.

Ages: 4 years – 8th grade

Schedules: 4k program offers 5 full day and 3 full day options

4K available? Yes (private)

418 Holly Ave
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 231-4580

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

St. Maria Goretti

St. Maria Goretti is a PreK-8th Catholic Grade School located on the west side of Madison. Their Early Childhood Program is a very important part of their school community. Led by a certified teacher, the program includes a comprehensive Early Childhood curriculum for children ages 3 and 4, and takes place in a safe, healthy and nurturing environment. Students have many opportunities to be involved in their learning process through a curriculum that provides age-appropriate activities with active, hands-on learning experiences. The curriculum is also designed to help children develop and maintain positive self images and develop their own abilities to create and to explore.

Ages: 3K – 8th grade

Schedules: Pre-K mornings 7:50-11:30 AM – Tu/Thu 3’s and M/W/F 4’s

4k available: Yes (private)

5405 Flad Ave.
Madison, Wisconsin 53711

(608) 271-7551

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

Cultured Kids of Madison

Cultured Kids immersion childcare & preschool 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 Spanish 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. Summer Camps coming 2018!

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 years

Schedules: Full time and part time. Center hours: 7 am – 6 pm (West), 6:45 am – 6 pm (Vilas)

4k available: Yes (private)

600 Grand Canyon Dr.
Madison, WI 53719

(New Location!)
1315 Vilas Ave
Madison WI 53715

(608) 833-5437

Madison Waldorf School

Imaginative play, artistic expression and extended contact with the natural world are at the center of Madison Waldorf School’s play-based Early Childhood Programs. MWS offers three Early Childhood classrooms: Starflower Preschool (ages 2.5-4), Sunflower Kindergarten (ages 4-6), and the Sugar Maples ‘Forest’ Kindergarten (ages 4-6). MWS also combines academic rigor with development of the whole child in its grade school (Grades 1-8).

Ages: 2.5 – 6 years

Schedules: 3, 4 or 5 days, with full-day and half-day options

4K available? Yes (private)

6510 Schroeder Road
Madison, WI 53711

(608) 270-9005

Wood's 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

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, they have created the best environment possible with a state of the art facility and quality teachers in Madison WI, as well as a custom curriculum created using the top learning resources and curriculums available to deliver an all-encompassing learning experience.

Ages: 6 months – 15 years

Schedules: Full day and half day

4K available: Yes, Private and Public (Middleton-Cross Plains School District)

8084 Watts Rd
Madison, WI 53719

(608) 827-5437

Far West Side Preschools (Includes Middleton/West Waunakee)

Primrose School of Middleton

3000 Deming Way
Middleton WI 53562

(608) 841-1684

Westside Christian

Westside Christian Preschool realizes the importance of education during the early childhood years. Programming is specially designed to provide a Christian environment which fosters the spiritual, academic, physical and social/emotional growth of your child. Schedule a tour today and experience this welcoming family environment firsthand.

Ages: Pre-K3, 4K and K-8 school

Schedules: Flexible full/part time schedules, M-F, with optional before and after school care available

4K available: Yes (private)

6815 Schneider Road
Middleton, WI 53562

(608) 831-8540

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 (8-11am) with option for wrap around care

4K available: Yes

2939 Thinnes Street
Cross Plains, WI 53528

(608) 798-2422

The Seventeenth Radish

The Seventeenth Radish is a preschool with a focus on flexibility, hands-on fun and a small school feel. With a maximum of 3 classrooms and 28 children, students build confidence and social skills in a small group setting. Each day presents multiple opportunities for large group, small group & self-directed activities as well as plenty of time to play! There are no minimums or pre-set schedules and a wide range of options to fit every budget. Weekly science themes provide the framework for a combination of sensory play, experiments, art, games, music and stories. Additional programming includes monthly special events like Art Studio, Maker Space & more!

1-2.5 Years | Intro to Preschool
2.5-3 Years | Preschool I
3-4 Years | Preschool II
6 Months-6 Years | Drop In Care

Morning Preschool
Afternoon Explorer Club
Hourly, Half Day & Extended Day Options

4K available? No

1340 Montondon Ave, Ste A
Waunakee, WI 53597

901 Kimball Lane Ste 1300
Verona, WI 53593

(608) 850-2600 (Waunakee)

(608) 845-8111  (Verona)

The Well

The Well, an entirely new idea in child care, just opened its doors. At the heart of the Well, and the central tenet of its unique approach to child development, is a vast, open indoor play area — 3,500 square feet of naturally lit exploration and exercise including a sand-play area, large playground, open library and tricycle track.

It’s not just the space that’s different. The Well will employ a novel approach to daycare by rotating classrooms during the day much like older children. Moving into new spaces throughout the day keeps children and staff fresh and interested.

Here, kids spend less time seated at a desk and more time running and playing, because movement, fun and learning should go hand in hand — not single file. 

Ages: 6 weeks – 5 years old

Schedules: full-day, 7am-6pm, no added cost for drop-off or pick-up times

4K available? Opening in 2019

545 Zor Shrine Place
Madison, WI 53719

(608) 347-5932

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6 Responses to Madison Area Preschool Guide 2018

  1. Amanda Payne January 8, 2018 at 8:05 pm #

    My daughter goes to Oregon Preschool Inc and we LOVE it there!!! ❤️ Come check them out at their open house from 4-6 pm on Tuesday, Feb 13. 🙂

  2. Courtney Blanco January 10, 2018 at 5:35 am #

    We LOVE Countryside Montessori Preschool! Perfect environment for our daughter, amazing teachers. It’s like an extension of our home 🙂

  3. Stacie L January 10, 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    My boys went to East aside Lutheran for pre school. We loved it there!!! I highly recommend it!

  4. Sarah January 12, 2018 at 5:59 am #

    We love ❤️ Orchard Ridge!

  5. Maggie January 12, 2018 at 11:24 am #

    We love Monona Grove Nursery School – great teachers and community!!

  6. Toby K January 18, 2018 at 12:14 pm #

    We just enrolled our daughter at the Pre School of the Arts, very excited for her to start!

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