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Early Childhood Education

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Recognizing the important role early childhood education plays in a child’s life, the Goodman Community Center's preschool programming is committed to providing a high quality experience for the entire family. Using play-based approach to learning, teachers will support children as they explore the world around them. Child-initiated play as well as intentionally-designed activities will be provided in a mixed age classroom environment.

Teachers will help children develop social and emotional life skills while establishing meaningful relationships with the child and their family. As nurturing relationships are fostered, the child will continue to develop skills to be successful in five-year old kindergarten.

Although our early childhood education classrooms are combined, there are distinct enrollment requirements for preschool and 4K. Please read below to learn more about our programs and how to enroll.

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ABOUT OUR PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

City accredited state licensed childcare. There is currently a waiting list.

Days: Monday-Friday

Times: 7:30am-5:30pm

Age requirements: Three years old by September 1

Fee: $50/day; county and city assistance accepted; scholarships available based on income/need (completion of Goodman Scholarship application required)

Registration required: Yes

Contact: Angela Tortorice, Assistant Director of Childcare Programs

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Would you like to volunteer with our Early Childhood Education programs? Find out more about volunteering with the Goodman Community Center.

For the current schedule of Early Childhood programs, check out our online activities calendar or our Goodman Guide. You can pick up a current Goodman Guide at the Center, or find one in the most recent EastsideNews.

BEFORE ENROLLING

There's often a waiting list. To inquire about enrollment, please contact Tanya Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8034. One of our Preschool staff will follow up with you to let you know if there are openings or how long the wait may be.

ABOUT OUR SUMMER CAMP

Water Fun2016 GCC Summer Camp will run for 9 weeks from June 13 to August 12. No program will be offered on Monday, July 4.

The Goodman Community Center preschool summer program is for children ages 3-5 years old. The children will have the opportunity to explore, in greater depth, a variety of learning experiences: Exploring different languages and cultures, soccer, outside art, drama/theater and field trips.

Priority will be given to children who will be attending the 4K program at the Goodman Community Center for the 2016-2017 school year.

  • Breakfast, lunch and a PM snack are included
  • Two 4 Week Sessions
  • Minimum of 2 days per week enrollment required
  • One time activity fee of $30 due with registration form

For more information about the Center's Early Childhood programs, contact Tanya Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8034.

ABOUT OUR FOUR-YEAR-OLD KINDERGARTEN

ECE Story Time Credit McIntire Photography4K Times: We offer two 4K am sessions on Tues-Friday from 7:30am -11am and extended care Monday-Friday ( see below)

Extended Care Times: Extended care is offered on Monday from 7:30am-5:30pm and on Tuesday-Friday from 11am to 5:30pm.

Age requirements: All children 4 years old before September 1st

Fee: 4K am sessions are funded by the Madison Metropolitan School District and free to all Madison families. Extended care does have fees.

Registration required: Yes

Contacts: 

For general questions or to schedule a program tour
:
Nick Howard, Early Childhood Education Coordinator
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For enrollment and fee information, or to inquire about our waiting list:
Tanya Walker, Childcare Coordinator
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The Goodman Community Center 4K Program offers a hands-on, play based learning experience that your child is sure to enjoy! We still have space in our 4K sessions, but spaces are filling up quickly! To learn more and enroll, please visit the MMSD 4K information page.

TO ENROLL IN 4K

Contact Tanya Walker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 608-204-8034.