MMSD full day 4K program

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Thank you to the Madison community for passing the operations referendum in November 2020 that allows MMSD to offer a full-day 4K expansion program, limited to Allis, Hawthorne, Huegel, Leopold, Lindbergh, Mendota, Orchard Ridge, and Sandburg Elementary schools (for families that live in these school attendance area boundaries only) for the 2021-22 school year. These particular schools were selected for full-day 4K programming as Leopold, Mendota, and Hawthorne are community schools (schools that offer a range of services in addition to educational services) and the other schools are identified as schools with a high percentage of Black, African American, Hispanic/Latinx, and low SES students/families, or have space availability.

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. Half-day programming is available at neighboring elementary schools with transportation for those families who are interested in half-day 4K.

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

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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

General Information (All Full-Day 4K Sites)

Four full days per week, Tuesday through Friday

Same hours as K-5

Breakfast and lunch provided

(Frequently Asked Questions are below)

Site Details

The information below indicates MMSD elementary schools with full-day and half-day 4K programming. Half-day 4K programming is available at neighboring schools, with transportation provided, for families who would like a half-day option. Language of instruction (English or Spanish) indicated.

 

School

 

Full-Day 4K Programming

Half-Day 4K Programming (neighboring schools)

Allis

2 Classrooms (English)

Half-day offered at Elvehjem (English)

Chávez

No full-day option

4 Classrooms (English)

Crestwood

No full-day option

1 Classroom (English)

Elvehjem

No full-day option

4 Classrooms (English)

Emerson

1 Classroom (Spanish, for native Spanish speaking families only) at Hawthorne

2 Classrooms (English)

Falk

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

Franklin

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

Gompers

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

Hawthorne

1 Classroom (English)
1 Classroom (Spanish, for native Spanish speaking families only)

Half-day offered at Emerson (English)

Henderson

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

1 Classroom (Spanish, for native Spanish speaking families only)

Huegel

1 Classroom (English)

2 Classrooms (English)

Kennedy

No full-day option

3 Classrooms (English)

Lapham

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

Leopold

2 Classrooms (English)

1 Classroom (Spanish, for native Spanish speaking families only)

Half-day offered at Huegel (English)

Lincoln

No full-day option

1 Classroom (English)

Lindbergh

2 Classrooms (English)

Half-day offered at Gompers (English)

Lowell

1 Classroom (Spanish, for native Spanish speaking families only) at Hawthorne

2 Classrooms (English)

Mendota

2 Classrooms (English)

Half-day offered at Gompers (English)

Midvale

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

Muir

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

Olson

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

Orchard Ridge

2 Classrooms (English)

Half-day offered at Chavez (English)

Sandburg

1 Classroom (English)

1 Classroom (Spanish, for native Spanish speaking families only)

Half-day offered at Kennedy (English) 

Shorewood

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

Stephens

No full-day option

4 Classrooms (English)

Thoreau

No full-day option

2 Classrooms (English)

Sample Daily Schedule

Beginning of the Day: Arrival/Breakfast

Whole Group/Morning Meeting

Purposeful Play/Discovery

Outdoor Learning

Restroom/Handwashing

Lunch

Quiet Time (Rest/Quiet Activity)

Story Time

Outdoor Learning

Purposeful Play/Discovery

End of the Day: Whole Group/Departure

Enrollment

Enroll online by visiting MMSD Online Enrollment. For support with enrollment, you can contact your school’s office, email enrollment@madison.k12.wi.us or by calling the MMSD Enrollment Department at (608) 663-4957. Space is limited and a lottery will be conducted if interest in attendance at the 4K school exceeds the authorized student enrollment. Families will be notified by an emailed letter confirming placement into a half-day or full-day program, based on availability.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • The full-day 4K expansion will begin with the 2021-22 school year at Allis, Hawthorne, Huegel, Leopold, Lindbergh, Mendota, Orchard Ridge, and Sandburg elementary schools (details about each site are above). Students in full-day 4K will attend 4 days per week (Tuesday through Friday), during the same school hours as other grade levels. Students will learn through a play-based model that provides the opportunity for skill building and development (language, vocabulary, early literacy, math, social skills).

    The funding for the expansion is from the operations referendum passed in November 2020 and reallocation of funding. Sites for full-day 4K were selected based on whether they are a community school (schools that offer a range of services in addition to educational services), the percentage of students with low socio-economic status, and availability of physical space in the elementary school building.

  • Beginning of the Day: Arrival/Breakfast

    Whole Group/Morning Meeting

    Purposeful Play/Discovery

    Outdoor Learning

    Restroom/Handwashing

    Lunch

    Quiet Time (Rest/Quiet Activity)

    Story Time

    Outdoor Learning

    Purposeful Play/Discovery

    End of the Day: Whole Group/Departure

    Families who choose the full-day 4K program must attend the full-day Tuesday - Friday.

  • Yes. Families will be able to choose a half-day 4K program if they do not want to attend the full-day 4K program. Transportation will be provided to a neighboring school.

  • Creative Curriculum and Gold Assessment. It is the same curriculum and assessment as the half-day program.

  • Students living in Allis, Hawthorne, Huegel, Leopold, Lindbergh, Mendota, Orchard Ridge, and Sandburg attendance areas can enroll to attend the full-day 4K expansion program. The program is offered to students who are 4 years-old on or before September 1. Space is limited and a lottery will be conducted if interest in attendance at the 4K school exceeds the authorized student enrollment.

  • Students attend during the same school hours as other grade levels, for the full day. Half-day students attend 3 hours and 13 minutes in the AM or PM.

  • Yes, breakfast and lunch will be provided. 4K students eat in the classroom (utilizing appropriate sized furniture).

  • Enroll online by visiting MMSD Online Enrollment website. Online enrollment will be available beginning February 22, 2021. For support with enrollment, contact your school’s office phone listed below, emailing enrollment@madison.k12.wi.us, or by calling the MMSD Enrollment Department at (608) 663-4957, beginning March 1, 2021. Space is limited and a lottery will be conducted if interest in attendance at the 4K school exceeds the authorized student enrollment. Families will be notified by an emailed letter if they are enrolled in full or half-day programming by the end of June.

  • Yes, families can list an alternate address when enrolling through the on-line 4K enrollment application.

  • Yes. Families can enroll students who have IEPs through the enrollment process listed above. Families work with the IEP team members to determine appropriate placement.

  • Yes. Students for whom English is their second language can attend the full-day program. See site details listed above for information about instruction in Spanish and English.