4K Program

The Mukwonago School Board has approved the continuation of the community partner model for 4-year-old kindergarten during the 2017-18 school year.  

Information about registration in this tuition-free, education-based program that will increase readiness for traditional kindergarten will be distributed soon.  The registration window is January 16 through March 10, 2017.  

Please note, the priority registration period for preferred site placement will end February 28, 2017.  Parents of 4K students should register and indicate their site preferences prior to that date.  Students registered on March 1, 2017, or later will be assigned to a 4K session as space permits.  

Click here for a printable flyer that includes important information about registration: 
https://internal.masd.k12.wi.us/cms/district/KNDG2017.pdf

 

Registration Procedure 

Registration materials for 4K need to be completed prior to bringing them to the district office. The registration forms can be obtained at THIS LINK.  Parents must bring a certified birth certificate and proof of residency to complete the registration at the district office.

At the time of enrollment, the site options will be given and parents will have an opportunity to choose a site and session that works best for them.

Families who have wish to enroll in 4K through open enrollment must first complete the online application through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction at http://dpi.wi.gov/open-enrollment. The statewide open enrollment window begins February 6, 2017.  Final determination for open enrollment will be made in early June, but registration paperwork may be completed and brought to the district office.

 

Program Locations

We are pleased to offer seven locations in the Mukwonago Area for the 4K program.  These community partners have a history of offering quality programs for preschool-aged children.

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE LIST OF LOCATIONS AND CONTACTS

Please note, most community partner sites will have availability for wraparound childcare.  Please inquire with the partner directly regarding this service and any other available services (such as additional learning opportunities, lunch, religious instruction outside of the school day, etc...).  Parents will be responsible for the transportation of their children to the site they choose.

The 4K program is a tuition-free, public school program.  Parents will not be charged for the 4K classroom experience regardless of site.  Additional childcare services may be purchased by the parent directly from the partner and are outside of the 4K program.  


KIDS CONNECTION #1 - 262/363-2266
419 Rivercrest Court, Mukwonago
AM or PM Sessions

KIDS CONNECTION #2 - 262/363-0927
913 Greenridge Center, Mukwonago
AM or PM Sessions

LITTLE LAMBS CHILD CARE - 262/363-5000
315 Main Street, Mukwonago
AM Session only

MUKWONAGO YMCA - 262/363-7950
245 Wolf Run, Mukwonago
AM or PM Sessions

ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL - 262/662-2737
S89 W22650 Milwaukee Avenue, Big Bend
AM Session only (religious environment)

ST. PAUL SCHOOL - 262/968-3175
S38 W31602 County Road D, Genesee Depot

AM Session only (religious environment)

VERNON CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER - 262/662-4648
S71 W23280 National Avenue, Big Bend
AM or PM Sessions

Notification of calendar dates and start/end times will be communicated as soon as they are available.  With some exceptions, 4K sites will follow the same general schedule as the rest of the elementary schools in the district. 

 

Site-Specific Information  

KIDS CONNECTION #1 - WEBSITE
419 Rivercrest Court, Mukwonago
Supply List

 

KIDS CONNECTION #2 - WEBSITE
913 Greenridge Center, Mukwonago
Supply List
 

LITTLE LAMBS CHILD CARE - WEBSITE
315 Main Street, Mukwonago
Open House Letter
Supply List

 

ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL - WEBSITE
S89 W22650 Milwaukee Avenue, Big Bend
Supply List

 

ST. PAUL SCHOOL - WEBSITE
S38 W31602 County Road D, Genesee Depot
Supply List
 

VERNON CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER - WEBSITE
S71 W23280 National Avenue, Big Bend
Supply List

 

YMCA OF MUKWONAGO - WEBSITE
245 Wolf Run, Mukwonago
Supply List

 

 

Program Structure

The district will offer half-day sessions that will meet five days per week.  Parents will have the ability to choose morning or afternoon sessions.

The district will utilize a community approach to 4K next year.  This method of delivery involves holding the program at community partner sites, which can be daycare centers, private schools, and community organizations.  Parents will be responsible for transportation to the site of their choice.  The only costs to families will be a registration fee and optional charges associated with wrap-around care before or after the 4K classes at community sites.

Regardless of location, the 4K program will be taught by a licensed early childhood/kindergarten teacher and the curriculum taught will be consistent across sites.

 
According to state Department of Public Instruction, there are many benefits to using the community approach.
  • Transitions: Children who need care before and after the 4K program can remain in one location for both 4K and childcare, reducing the stress of transitions.
  • Consistency: Rules, routines, and expectations are consistent for the entire time students are away from home, throughout 4K and childcare.
  • Physical Environment: Daycare centers, preschools, and private four-year-old programs were specifically designed with these young learners in mind.
  • Transportation: Holding 4K in community sites where four-year-olds are already may eliminate the need for some transportation.
  • Accessibility: Children of parents who are working full-time can access 4K outside of their home school attendance area without the need for transportation.
  • Knowledge of Young Children: 4K programs can be run in conjunction with community groups who already have extensive knowledge of four-year-olds and their development.
  • Space Concerns: In districts with space constraints, a 4K program can be developed without the need to add additional space through referendum.
  • Flexibility: Parents of young children can choose a location for 4K services that best meets their needs in terms of location, availability of care, etc?.

Almost 30% of districts use community partners as a part of their approach to 4K.  In fact, the Muskego-Norway School District relies solely on the community partner model for 4K.  In November 2015, the school board will review the 4K program and consider a blended approach with school and community based sites beginning in 2016.

Please view the video below for more information about a community approach to 4K from the Onalaska School District, near La Crosse.

 

4K Program Curriculum

Two sets of Wisconsin standards guide the development of curriculum, instructional practices and assessment for four-year-old kindergarten students.  Each school district determines the way it will integrate the expectations of the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards and the Wisconsin Academic Standards

Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards include the expectations for the critical knowledge and skills that children learn during the early years.  

  • Health and physical development
    • Physical health and development
    • Motor development
    • Sensory development
  • Social and emotional development
    • Emotional development
    • Self-concept
    • Social competence
  • Language development and communication
    • Listening and understanding
    • Speaking and communication
    • Early literacy
  • Approaches to learning
    • Curiosity, engagement, and persistence
    • Creativity and imagination
    • Diversity in learning
  • Cognition and general knowledge
    • Exploration, discovery, and problem solving
    • Mathematical thinking
    • Scientific thinking

Wisconsin state statutes specify instruction for all grades, including four- and five-year-old kindergarten.  The subjects that must be addressed within 4K curriculum include.

  • Reading
  • Language Arts
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Science
  • Health
  • Physical Education
  • Art
  • Music
  • Environmental Ed
  • Computer Literacy

Although these subjects have been identified, the curriculum must be developmentally, individually, and culturally appropriate for four-year olds.  Curriculum for four-year-old kindergarten is selected by the district.  Such decisions are made within the district’s curriculum review and adoption process (current policy ICAA).  

Curriculum for four-year-old kindergarten is typically integrated in an interdisciplinary manner instead of being taught as separate subjects. Wisconsin DPI recommends the following:

  • Reading and language arts activities (approximately 30% of the curriculum);
  • Math, social studies, science, health, physical education, art, and music (approximately 40% of the curriculum);
  • Environmental education and computer literacy should be integrated into the other subject areas
  • Up to one-third of the day should be student self-directed activities.

 

Mukwonago Area School District

  • 385 E. Veterans Way, Mukwonago, WI 53149
  • Phone: (262) 363-6300
  • Fax: (262) 363-6272