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Madison Metropolitan School District

Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Program

4K students learning
4K students learning
4K students learning
4K students learning

All children who are four years old on or before September 1 and live in the Madison Metropolitan School District are eligible to participate in the Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) program.

Welcome to 4K!

In MMSD 4K, your child will learn through a play-based model that provides the opportunity for skill building and development in several areas including language, vocabulary, early literacy, and math skills, as well as social skill development. Your child will learn through play while observing, exploring, experimenting, talking, sharing, pretending, and having fun.

Families must live in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) boundaries to attend MMSD 4K programming (open enrollment and interagency agreement exceptions apply). For the 2024-25 school year, MMSD is offering half-day and limited full-day 4K programming at MMSD elementary school sites and community-based Early Care and Education (ECE) sites. In MMSD elementary schools, programming is offered Tuesday through Friday. MMSD does not provide before/after school or “wrap around” care. (See the list of MMSD elementary schools below for more information regarding hours of operation.) Programming at ECE sites varies by site and the programming may include before/after school care. Please contact the site directly for more information regarding hours of programming.

MMSD/MSCR does not provide “wrap around” or before/after school care for 4-year-old students outside of 4K instructional hours. The ECE sites that contract with MMSD for 4K may offer before/after school care.  Please contact the site directly for more information.

Visit the Community Coordinated Child Care to find more information about childcare centers and preschools in the Madison area.

Full-Day 4K (Limited MMSD Schools & ECE Sites)

Half-day and limited full-day 4K programming. Read on to learn what is available at your attendance area school.

Families must live in the school's attendance area boundaries for which they are enrolling to attend full-day programming at that site. If you enroll for full-day 4K and move out of the Madison Metropolitan School District boundaries, your child will no longer be eligible to attend the full-day program. Space in the full-day classrooms is limited; a lottery will be conducted if interest in attendance exceeds the authorized student enrollment. Students enrolled will be expected to attend four full days per week, Tuesday through Friday.

If you enroll for full-day 4K and move from that school’s attendance area before the 2024-25 school year begins, your child will no longer be eligible to attend the full-day program at that particular school.  You can contact the MMSD Enrollment Department at or call (608) 663-4957 to enroll at another site.  If you move after the 2024-25 school year begins, and you would like your child to continue to attend the full-day program that your child was enrolled in before the school year began, you can do so, providing your own transportation.

Full-day 4K is an equity strategy that supports the MMSD early literacy initiative.

Early Care and Education Sites (ECE)

Several of the ECE sites that partner with MMSD also offer full-day programming. If you are interested in attending 4K at an ECE site, please contact the site directly to determine if they have an option that fits your family's needs.

Quick facts:

*There is a $40 materials fee. If you are attending 4K at an Early Care and Education Center, please contact the site Director for information on how to pay the fee.

frequently asked questions about 4K

4K students working together

Here are video links about how to enroll in 4K for the 2024-2025 school year.

Contact the Department of Early Learning with any questions about 4K or other early learning programming or call at 608-663-5211

If you need assistance with enrollment, please email or call us at (608) 663-4957.
Staff is available Monday - Friday from 8am - 4pm.

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4K and 5K online enrollment for the 2024-2025 school year begins on February 26.

Elementary school staff are available in-person, by phone, or email beginning March 4, 2024, from 2:00-6:00 PM.

What every parent needs to know about 4K and 5K

Benefits of Full-Day 4K Programming

  • Impacts students’ educational trajectory as well as beyond their K-12 education
  • Increases literacy and numeracy skills
  • Enhances social emotional awareness and motor skills
Students raise their hands in the classroom.

General Information (All Full-Day 4K Sites)

  • Four full days per week, Tuesday through Friday
  • Same hours as K-5
  • Breakfast and lunch provided

4K Sample Daily Schedule

Beginning of the Day: Arrival/Breakfast
Whole Group/Morning Meeting
Purposeful Play/Discovery
Outdoor Learning
Quiet Time (Rest/Quiet Activity)
Story Time
Outdoor Learning
Purposeful Play/Discovery
End of the Day: Whole Group/Departure