Waisman Center–WECP

Rainbows and Comets

Four Year Old Kindergarten Program (4K)

WECP has a contract with the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) to provide a 4K program; children who are 4-years-old by September 1 are eligible. (If space allows, children who miss the September cut-off date may be placed in a 4K classroom.) Registration in WECP 4K is a two-step process:

  1. Applying to WECP for one of three Monday through Friday attendance options (7:30-12:30, 7:30-3:30, or 7:30-5:30, enrolling if a spot is available, and completing the appropriate enrollment forms. Children who are re-enrolling from our preschool program have priority, followed by those on our waiting list. We contact families during the months of February through April if there is space available in our 4K classrooms, although this may be extended if there are still openings.
  2. Once they are assured of a spot in WECP, parents must register their child with the MMSD for 4K, and complete the appropriate registration forms. Registration with MMSD may be partially completed on-line.

The Rainbow and Comet rooms are our 4K classrooms. Each 4K classroom has three teachers, at least two of whom are licensed, who work with a group of 15 - 18 children. Following our developmentally-based curriculum, teachers incorporate the "academic" areas of math, literacy, science, social studies and the arts. They provide children with a wide array of play-based experiences, guiding them in their discovery and learning of many concepts, as well as in developing classroom skills that help to prepare them for kindergarten.

Our 4K program is based on evidence that academic skills can best be learned when children's emotional and social development is well-grounded. Throughout all activities-and many times as the focus of activities-children are encouraged to:

While concept learning is important, information rapidly changes. Being able to communicate and interact with others productively, being motivated to do one's best, and feeling competent and proud of one's accomplishments, are the factors likely to sustain children throughout their education.

The WECP curriculum, Changing, Learning, Growing, has been aligned with the Wisconsin Early Learning Standards and the Creative Curriculum, which are used by the MMSD. Like parents in public school-based 4K programs, WECP parents receive the same Progress Report for their child and participate in two parent-teacher conferences. However, WECP teachers also prepare individual portfolios for children that document progress in each area of development, and with parents, identify "next steps" for their child.

The following sample schedule illustrates a typical full-day program:

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Last modified on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015