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202 S. Park St.
Madison, WI 53715

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Children's Center

The Children's Center is a wonderful place for children and families. 

Our Mission & Values

Our mission is to nurture, inspire, support and educate through play. 

The Children's Center upholds the UnityPoint Health - Meriter values of excellence as a way of life, people being our most important resource, and a commitment of service to others. Our teachers work as a team to provide an environment in which parents, children, volunteers and staff can grow and develop together. 

Our Learning Environment

We offer a caring and safe learning environment that supports each child in growing and learning to their full potential - emotionally, physically, cognitively and socially. 

We teach the skills that model the respect that fosters a sense of belonging in our community of classrooms. Our teacher-to-child ratios enhance relationships and support the development of strong social and language skills. 

Infant/Toddler/Two Program

Our Infant/Toddler/Two Program honors the importance of stable, loving relationships and consistent, nurturing routines. We follow a Continuity of Care Model that keeps children and their teachers together for their first two/three years in the program. Our classroom environment encourages individual and social development while preparing children for further learning in preschool programs. 

Preschool/3-K Program

Our Preschool/3-K Program is for children ages 3-5 years old and promotes valuable learning opportunities through a rich curriculum. It is designed to meet the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Model Early Learning Standards. 

Child-Initiated activities focus on key educations experiences that encourage curiosity, exploration and learning moments. These daily activities support the social skills identified as the foundation of Kindergarten and a life of successful learning. 

Licensure and Accreditation

The Children's Center has made a professional commitment to provide high quality early childhood programming. 

  • Licensed by the State of Wisconsin Department of Children and Family (DCF) to care for children ages six weeks up to kindergarten. 
  • Licensed to care for 80 children. 
  • Accredited by the City of Madison
  • YoungStar 5-Star Quality Program

"It's through human relationships that a child first learns
love, compassion, generosity, and creativity."
–Fred Rogers