We provide a nationally accredited program for preschool children from 2 to 4 years old.  The preschool is open Monday through Friday during our regular hours of center operations. UWSP students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community may apply.

A positive early start sets the stage for later learning. Our Preschool classes offer opportunities to allow children to build on their level of understanding.

We encourage:

  • Mastering large and small motor skills
  • Awareness of five senses
  • Developing good self image
  • Mastering more independence and self help
  • Self expression skills
  • Developing healthy social relations
  • Respecting diversity
  • Relationships in place, size, weight, numbers, letters, etc.
  • Clarification of color geometric spaces, family, animals, foods, etc.
  • Exploring language, art, drama, music, science, literature
  • Encouraging curiosity and problem solving
  • Enhancing creativity in play and thought

The center's strong emphasis on family, community and culture is promoted with developmentally appropriate practices and the Reggio Emilia Instpired Approach.  Educational learning goals are based on the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, developed through classroom observation as well as child and program assessments.


Pre-4K Program (NEW!)

The Pre-4K program operates Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons weekly from 1:00pm - 3:00pm.  Children must be 4 years old to participate in this program and be potty trained.  The Pre-4K program runs from Labor Day to Memorial Day.  

School preparations are stressed in a developmentally appropriate environment. Many hands-on learning activities are provided in the child-centered classroom to help develop the whole child. Child development is focused on in the areas of health and physical, social and emotional, language and communication, approaches to learning, and cognition and general knowledge. Reading, movement, art projects, daily chores, dramatic play, block building, and quiet play are just some of the activities incorporated into a well-rounded early learning curriculum. The daily plans are inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach, reflecting the world around us and the interests of the students