All children who are four years old on or before September 1, 2017 (for the 2017-18 school year) and live in the Madison Metropolitan School District are eligible to participate in the Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) program. Click here for information on 5-Year-Old Kindergarten. 


Quick facts:

  • 4K is tuition-free*
  • It is not required
  • It is a half-day program
  • There are 2 sessions - AM and PM
  • It follows play-based learning standards to get your child ready for Kindergarten
  • It takes place in many MMSD elementary schools and in early care and education centers (ECE) in Madison
  • 4K school supply lists are available on your school's website 
  • MMSD and ECE Center Site information
  • 4K General Questions and Answers

*There is a $40 materials fee

 Enrollment for the 2017-2018 School Year

 4K enrollment for the 2017-18 school year will take place on Monday, March 6th, 2017, from 2:00-6:00pm
(Online enrollment for 4K and Kindergarten programming will open on February 27, 2017.)

Begin the process online on February 27, 2017 by visiting the Enrollment website, then call your school to set up a time to go in and complete the process. 

When parents or guardians enroll their child, they will be required to show proof of age and proof of residency.

Proof of age -- the child's birth certificate or passport, or other proofs such as copies of medical records, formal religious records maintained by an entity other than the parent/guardian, etc. are acceptable.

Proof of residency -- a utility bill, lease or mortgage are acceptable.

Children are welcome to accompany parents to school to enroll, but they are not required to attend.


If you live less than 1.5 miles from your child’s assigned 4-year-old kindergarten school site and wish to be considered for district-provided transportation you must complete and submit the Application for Consideration for 4K Walk Area Exception. Please submit this application to:

Transportation Service, 4711 Pflaum Road, Madison, WI 53718. 

You can fax to 608-204-0375, or submit as an email attachment to Michael LaCount at