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Early Childhood Education

The Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning plan brings the district back to the basics of quality learning and teaching. It unites all content areas around (1) formative practices, (2) explicit instruction, and (3) meaningful student engagement. Each grade level and content area will embrace specific instructional practices around these areas.

The following equity-oriented practices provide the framework for Ambitious Instruction: Accelerating Learning.

  • Using high-quality, standards-aligned, district-adopted instructional materials
  • Focusing on culturally and linguistically responsive teaching practices that promote learning
  • Leveraging technology to empower students to create, collaborate, communicate, and think critically

The Milwaukee Public Schools early childhood education office promotes and provides high-quality and developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate educational programming and services responsive to the needs of all children and families within the community.

Child reading SeussEarly childhood encompasses important milestones in your child’s life. These are critical years when your child takes the first steps toward developing individual skills, talents, and attitudes. MPS wants your child to become an enthusiastic learner at the start of his/her education. We are committed to developing the whole child to ensure that every child is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

At Milwaukee Public Schools, we offer a “first-class education to develop young minds!” By offering a variety of programs structured to help youngsters learn, your child will achieve lifelong academic success.

Kindergarten Registration Age Requirement

Under state law, children may but are not required to enter K3 if they have turned three years old on or before September 1. There are limited seats available in K3. To enter K4, children must be four years old on or before September 1. To enter K5, children must be five years old on or before September 1. Children born between September 2 and October 1 can be tested for early admissions to K5 only. Early admissions information is available at any MPS elementary school.

Mandatory Kindergarten Law

The State of Wisconsin has established a law requiring students to complete kindergarten before entering first grade. Schools may not enroll a child in first grade unless that child has completed five-year-old kindergarten. This rule applies to all Wisconsin schools, including charter schools.

For more information on enrollment in MPS kindergarten or the Mandatory Kindergarten Law, call 414-475-8448.


Early Learning Manager:

Krissy Washington
Phone: 414-475-8094
Fax: 414-475-8737

Early Childhood Supervisor/
Achievement Gap Reduction:

Allison Foyer
Phone: 414-475-8673
Fax: 414-475-8737

Head Start Program Supervisor:

Meredith Welch, MSW, APSW
Phone: 414-252-0350
Fax: 414-252-0365

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