All Children Deserve the Best

For a family who can afford it, Madison offers a wide choice of high quality early childhood programs. At The Playing Field, we commit to making the highest level of quality available to children from varied backgrounds.

We seek to care for children in the context of our diverse community. We see this as a beginning step towards minimizing the disparity between our youngest citizens.

As part of this commitment, enrollment spaces are reserved for children based on three specific funding sources:

1/3 Privately Funded

Research supports the idea that children learn best in diverse groups. 

A third of our enrollment spaces are reserved for families who might choose any high-quality program for their child but choose The Playing Field because they value diversity and support our mission.

1/3 Funded by Scholarship & Private Funds

High quality care is out of reach for many families. 

It is our aim to raise scholarship funds for a third of our children. These funds will assist families who can not qualify for child care subsidy or who would incur very high co-payments. These funds will also be available to help families as they move forward professionally and loose child care funding.

1/3 Funded by Early Head Start

Homeless children are part of our community.

A third of our enrollment spaces are reserved for families funded by Early Head Start. Families experiencing homelessness are given priority for these funds
and welcomed into our school family.

Enrollment Process

We require all parents to take a tour of our facilities before we allow them to enroll their children. It is important for parents to understand our mission and how we educate their children.

By the age of five, a child may have spent in excess of 10,000 hours in a child care setting. During this time of rapid brain development, there is no room for anything less than high quality early care and education.

Abbi Kruse
Executive Director

We Provide:

  • Very low child to teacher ratios
  • Educated, experienced teachers
  • A focus on early attachments and brain development
  • Engaging interactions and environments
  • Accredited by the City of Madison Child Care Accreditation
  • Five star rating with Young Star, Wisconsin’s quality rating system

2023-2024 Calendar

AUG 31 and SEP 1 Closed – Staff Development

SEPTEMBER 4 Closed – Labor Day

NOVEMBER 22 – 24 Closed – Thanksgiving Holidays

DECEMBER 25 – 29 Closed – Christmas Break

JANUARY 1 Closed – New Years Day

JANUARY 15 Closed – Staff Development

MARCH 29 Closed – Staff Development

MAY 27 Closed – Memorial Day

JUNE 19 Closed – Juneteenth

JULY 1 – 5 Closed – Summer Break

As of Sept. 1, 2023
Ages Under Two
  • $524.40 per week
  • $2185 per month
As of Sept. 1, 2023
Age Two
  • $396 per week
  • $1650 per month
As of Sept. 1, 2023
Ages Three to Five
  • $356.40 per week
  • $1485 per month