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Madison Metropolitan School District

Four-year-old Kindergarten (4K)

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Henderson Elementary School is excited to participate in the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) full-day 4K expansion! The expansion began with the operations referendum that the Madison community passed in November 2020.

We are offering 3 full-day classrooms - 2 classes provide English instruction and 1 class provides Spanish for native Spanish speakers only.  4K programming runs 4 days per week Tuesday-Friday.  Each classroom will have 16-20 students. 

In 4K, students learn through a play-based model that provides the opportunity for skill building and development in several areas including language, vocabulary, early literacy, and math skills, as well as social skill development. 

The full-day schedule will include breakfast, lunch, exploration time for learning, small/large group instruction, outdoor play, and quiet learning/rest time.

Families must live in the Henderson attendance area boundary to attend full-day programming at the school. Space in the full-day classrooms is limited; a lottery will be conducted if interest in attendance exceeds the authorized student enrollment. Students enrolled will be expected to attend four full days per week, Tuesday through Friday. Half-day programming is available at Elvehjem Elementary School for Henderson families who are interested in half-day 4K programming.

MMSD/MSCR does not provide “wrap around” or before/after school care for 4-year-old students outside of 4K instructional hours. The ECE sites that contract with MMSD for 4K may offer before/after school care.  Please contact the sites directly for more information. 

Visit the Community Coordinated Child Care to find more information about childcare and preschools in the Madison area.

Visit the MMSD Online Enrollment website for details and to enroll. For general information about the MMSD 4K program, visit

2023-24 Enrollment

  • On-line begins Feb 27
  • Elementary school staff available in-person, by phone, email or Zoom beginning March 6, from 2:00-6:00pm

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