Child and Family Center

The Child & Family Center will be open for the spring semester to serve student-parents of children 3-4yr olds, including 4K.  

4K will be Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon, with wrap-around care available. Infant/Toddler care is coming in January. Please visit the Enrollment tab below to complete an Online Interest Form. 


At this time, we are unable to schedule tours of the center, to ensure the safety of children and teachers. However, we are here to answer your questions about child care. For enrollment and child care scholarship information contact us at 608-246-6766.   


We guarantee kindness and safety in mind as we navigate the new normal. Learn more about our health and safety plans for the fall semester. 


Madison College is committed to providing outstanding early care & education to it’s youngest learners. Child and Family Center services are provided to children between the ages of 2 and 5 years old, prior to entering kindergarten and is open to Madison College students, faculty and staff. 

The Center celebrates diversity, support and respects differences, as we collaboratively work with families, departments of the college and community resources, to access services and enhance the educational opportunities which benefit the children, their families and staff in our program by promoting lifelong learning.


The center is state licensed and accredited by the City of Madison. Review the Madison College Child and Family Center provider rating from Youngstar.


City of Madison Accredited Child Care Logo
Youngstar 5 star rating logo



Each semester, enrollment preference is given to families currently enrolled, and then to those on our waiting list.

To enroll, you must:

  1. Submit the online Interest Form
  2. Student-Parents (if eligible) visit the Rates tab to apply for scholarships
  3. Reserve a spot in our program; information is sent by email
  4. Schedule a meeting and tour of the center

Children must be enrolled at least two days per week. Scholarships and external funding are accepted. Find more information on the Rates tab. 

During the academic year, the Center provides breakfast and an afternoon snack. Families provide a healthy lunch for their child(ren) enrolled in our program.


Madison College's Child and Family Center tuition rates are based on a sliding fee scale that uses family size and gross annual income to determine specific tuition rates. Fees are based on full-semester enrollment, and billing statements are provided on a monthly basis. To obtain information regarding billing statements please contact Donna Jost at the Child and Family Center.

Fees will not be charged for dates when the Madison College campus is scheduled to be closed.

Madison College Funding Resources

The Madison College Child and Family Center supports several scholarships available to qualified Madison College students to help with the cost of child care.

CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents In School) Scholarship

This is a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to low-income, student-parents in order to help them obtain their educational goals. Student-parents that meet the eligibility and program requirements may be awarded up to 75%-95% funding towards their out-of-pocket childcare expenses. 

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Madison College Child and Family Center Foundation Scholarship

Students of Madison College may be eligible for this scholarship. Child(ren) must be enrolled at the Child and Family Center, and applicants must present a need for additional funding. This scholarship is awarded on an as-needed basis, after outside funding sources have been utilized and/or applied for.

The Myrtle Bahm Leonard Memorial Award

Recipients must be enrolled in a health-related field of study, must have a 12-credit history at Madison College and must be enrolled in a minimum of 9 credits during the academic term of the award. This application requires letters of recommendation. Awards are up to $3,500 per year for tuition at the Child and Family Center.

Community Funding Resources

The center accepts funding from many outside agencies, including the following:

Please contact the agency directly to explore eligibility criteria and program requirements.

4K Program

The Madison College Child and Family Center has been chosen and contracted to serve as a community partner for the district-funded 4-year-old kindergarten program.

The Child and Family Center offers 4K programs at the Truax location at no cost to families. Your child is eligible for 4K if he or she turns 4 years old before September 1.

The 4K program is available through a partnership with the Madison Metropolitan School District. It runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and follows the Madison College academic calendar. The center offers priority enrollment to Madison College students, staff and faculty.

For families who need additional educational services, the Child and Family Center offers before- and/or after-care as an option.

4K program logo

To register for our 4K Program:

  1. Complete the Child and Family Center online interest form
  2. Complete the MMSD 4K Online Enrollment

Learn more about the Madison Metropolitan School District 4K program.

Accreditation & Curriculum


The Center is licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and accredited by the City of Madison. Our current YoungStar rating is 5 stars, for meeting the highest levels of quality standards.

YoungStar is a program of the Department of Children and Families created to improve the quality of child care for Wisconsin children. YoungStar evaluates and rates the quality of care given by child care providers and sets a consistent standard for child care quality.


We believe children learn best by being active...through play, figuring things out on their own and from their own experiences. We encourage active learning by providing developmentally appropriate materials, which reflect the interest of the children and in building an important foundation for the future of each child.

We are using The Creative Curriculum in our classrooms. Ours is a playful classroom with focused learning. We learn about our world through playing, singing, creating, reading, acting, cooking and other discovery methods. Teachers intentionally guide children with specific goals in mind for their development and learning. Teachers know when to use a given strategy to accommodate individual children and the content they are learning. We focus on the active manipulation of "hands-on" materials for learning. Social skills, problem-solving and creativity are valued over rote learning, worksheets, or standardized end products.

In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

(1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; 

(2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) Email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.