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About Us

Our Philosophy

At Kids Express Learning Center (KELC) we believe children are capable, curious, self-directed learners who respond positively to warm, loving guidance. Children crave intellectual stimulation and depend on encouragement and support to grow emotionally, morally and socially strong.
Our goal at KELC is to provide quality education in a rural setting, to gently guide children in their exploration of the world while encouraging our “kids” to “express” themselves in myriad ways. KELC is committed to providing the highest quality care and early childhood learning experiences. We do our best to foster children’s confidence in themselves and a desire for life-long learning.

Our Facilities and Programs

Kids Express Learning Center (KELC) is located on Prairie View Farm, a picturesque farmette on Madison's west side. Our ten-acre property has pastures – home to our resident alpacas, sheep and goats as well as a sports court, pond, forest and nature trails, a nature study bus, organic gardens, gyms and beautiful, bright, well-equipped classrooms.
KELC’s outstanding curricula for literacy and writing, science, world languages, math and social/emotional development, along with our exceptional teachers and child portfolio process, ensure the highest-quality classroom learning experiences. Additionally, KELC makes full use of its abundant resources and learning environments to support specialist-taught enrichment programs, such as nature studies (comprised of strong science curriculum and animal studies), organic gardening, art, music and movement, physical education and afterschool programs.

Our Professional Staff

KELC’s early childhood and kindergarten teachers have, minimally, bachelor’s degrees in early childhood/primary education or related fields. All staff members have completed coursework necessary to meet State of Wisconsin requirements for working with young children and meet both state and NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accreditation hiring requirements. Annual conferences, in-services, workshops, coursework, networking with other teachers and, of course, ongoing classroom experience help our staff maintain their professional skills.

Registration/Enrollment

New enrollments are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. A non-refundable registration fee is charged per child. Children may be placed on a "wait list" until a desired opening becomes available. Once placement is accepted by parents, parents sign an enrollment agreement and complete additional forms for their child's file. Processing enrollment applications for the Summer on the Farm and for the Academic School Year occurs in January and February each year.   However, applications for enrollment may be submitted at any time during the year.

Hours of Operation

Hours of operation are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Vacations follow local public school calendars. Summer on the Farm camp is offered each summer for children through (including those having completed) fifth grade. Children attend camp two, three or five full days. Half-day programs are not offered during Summer on the Farm.

Fees

Academic school year fees are due on the 15th of the month. Fees may be paid monthly, by the semester or yearly. Summer camp fees are billed in two installments. Please contact us for the current fee schedules.

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