The Playing Field is dedicated to breaking the barriers faced by low-income families in accessing high-quality early care and education.

Cost – For families who rely on child care subsidies, most high-quality programs are far out of reach. The parent portion of the payment would simply be too high. We assure no family is turned away because of an inability to pay.

Transportation – Through a partnership with Early Head Start, our midtown location offers transportation within the city limits of Madison.

High Rates of Suspension and ExpulsionTwo hundred and fifty preschool-aged children are suspended or expelled every day with boys of color being disproportionately impacted. We provide inclusive environments with highly skilled teachers who can support children in learning new skills.

Why It Matters

In the first three years of life, a child develops the mental models from which she will operate for life.
  • How he sees himself. (Am I worthy?)
  • How she relates to others. (Can others be trusted?)
  • How he will manage feelings and regulate stress.
  • How she will be motivated to grow, learn, and succeed.

If a child attends child care from birth through age five, he will be in care for 10,000 hours. In this time of rapid brain development, there is no place for low-quality early care and education.

Thank You to our Community Partners

Cheramy Story Art & Marketing
American Family Insurance Dreams Foundation
The Playing Field - Sponsor Bethany United Methodist Church
The Playing Field - Sponsor Reach Dane
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The Playing Field - Sponsor The Road Home