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 childcare 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 Expulsion – Two 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.
All Are Welcome Here
At The Playing Field, We Empower Families and Foster Growth and Development in Every Child, Leveling the Ground for Their Success
Building a Model for Early Education
We invest heavily in staff development. During year one all new classroom staff participate in the Conscious Discipline eCourse which is facilitated by our leadership. Teachers are also paired with Mentor Teachers who can support their learning and classroom implementation of Conscious Discipline®.
Upon completion of the eCourse, teachers can apply to attend the weeklong Conscious Discipline® training. After attending this training, the expectation is that teachers establish a model classroom where other educators can observe Conscious Discipline® in practice. Teachers can then move into roles as Mentor Teachers where they mentor new staff. From this group of Mentor Teachers, we identify candidates for other leadership roles.
Supporting Families in Breaking Barriers & Reaching Goals
Why it Matters
In the first three years of life, a child develops the mental models from which they will operate for life:
- How they see themselves. (Am I worthy?)
- How they relate to others. (Can others be trusted)?
- How they will manage feelings and regulate stress.
- How they will be motivated to grow, learn and succeed.