The Start Every Child Deserves

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 and we see this as a beginning step towards minimizing the disparity between our youngest citizens.

High Quality Care

  • 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

1/3 Privately Funded

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 Scholarships

High-quality care is out of reach for many families. 

We raise scholarship funds for a third of our children to assist families who can not qualify for childcare subsidies or who would incur very high co-payments. These funds will also be available to help families as they move forward professionally and lose childcare funding.

1/3 Funded by 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.

We are now expanding on Madison’s East Side!

Learn more about our efforts to build an Early Learning lab serving 100 children.

Our Enrollment Process

Our virtual tours introduce parents to our unique model. It is important for parents to understand our mission and how we care for children.

Steps to Enrollment:

  1. Participate in a virtual tour which introduces our school family
  2. Email us with your interest – include your child’s age, intended enrollment date, and preferred location
  3. Attend an on site tour at your preferred location
  4. Join our waitlist with a $50 deposit
  5. When an enrollment spot is offered, pay first month’s tuition to secure your child’s place

2024-2025 Calendar

AUG 29 and 30  Closed – Staff Development

SEPTEMBER 2  Closed – Labor Day

NOVEMBER 27, 28, 29  Closed -Thanksgiving Holidays

DECEMBER 24 – 31  Closed -Christmas Break

JANUARY 1  Closed – New Years Day

JANUARY 20 Closed – Staff Development

APRIL 18  Closed – Staff Development

MAY 26  Closed- Memorial Day

JUNE 19  Closed – Juneteenth

JUNE 30 – JULY 4 Closed-Summer Break

AUGUST 28 and 29 Closed – Staff Development

As of September 1st, 2023

To provide continuity of care, we only transition children in the summer before the new school year begins. The rate does not change on the child’s birthday,  but rather when they move to the next classroom.

Ages Under Two

Full Time Schedule

$550 per week 
$2291 per month

Age Two

Full Time Schedule

$416 per week
$ 1733 per month

Age Three to Five

Full Time Schedule

$ 374 per week
$ 1558 per month

* Our monthly rate is the weekly rate multiplied by fifty weeks and divided by 12 months. We bill for 50 weeks because we close the week of July 4th and the week between Christmas and New Years Day.

Enroll Now at info@playingfieldmadison.org