The Learning Gardens Child Development Center, a local leader in early childcare and education, is a licensed and accredited center, receiving a 5-star rating from YoungStar. Through our infant, toddler, preschool 4k, and school age programs, we work with and support families with infants as young as six weeks old, through children up to age 10. At the Learning Gardens, we believe children thrive in the security and stimulation of a high-quality program which links families and the center together. In doing so, we accomplish our mission of ensuring children acquire the skills they need to become productive members of society. We believe young children learn best through active involvement in an environment which is caring, child directed, developmentally appropriate, educationally enriching and embraces diversity. Please see the wonderful environment we will provide your family by taking our virtual tour.

Availability/Virtual Tour

Availability/Virtual Tour

We are currently enrolling for most age groups –
infant through 4K.

Join us for a virtual tour to see some of the many early childhood care/educational opportunities we offer.

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Enroll Here!!

Enroll Here!!

Enrolling is easy. Just email us your completed online enrollment form so we can get you started.

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School Age Program

School Age Program

The Learning Gardens is offering child care for your school age child during MMSD breaks, as well as teacher in-service and work days. You choose which of the days you would like to have your child attend.

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2021-2022 Parent Advisory Committee Starts in October

Parents – We will start our 2021-2022 Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) meetings in October. The purpose of the Parent Advisory Committee is two-fold. First, to provide parents with a formal avenue of input into the program that is serving their young children in accordance with City of Madison Accreditation standards.  Second, to foster a sense of community within the center through the organization of center-wide activities.  Committee members will have an advisory role regarding, but not limited to, the following areas: programming & policy, fundraising, parent involvement, and marketing. The PAC will meet monthly.  Committee members shall include parents of […]

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Toddler gardeners

Garden of the Poppies The Poppy classroom planted our garden again this year and the kids have LOVED being part of the process! They helped scoop the soil, fluff the soil with their mini trowels, plant our vegetables, and they help water it every week! We have been checking in on our purple tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, lettuce, peppers, and lemon balm!                 We have watched our vegetables grow and the children enjoyed being able to taste them when we were bout on the playground! Even Henry the tortoise has been reaping what we […]

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Summer Camp part 2!

My Favorite Summer Vacations! We just have a couple more weeks of summer camp, and soon we’ll be saying “so long for now” to our school agers. They have had a great summer! Along with field trips, outdoor action, and making art projects, we have been busy being authors and illustrators as well! The students have worked together to make a classroom book, titled “My Favorite Summer Vacations”.            Each child wrote about their favorite place to go on vacation during the summer, whether they have experienced it or just used their imaginations to create their […]

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Three school agers wearing tie-dye shirts

Summer Camp at the Learning Gardens!

Summer campers tie-dye! Our TLG school age summer camp would not be complete with out some DIY tie-dye. Our summer camp teachers, Amanda, Roseanna, and Bergen enjoyed helping the children bundle up their shirts, and offering many colors for creating interesting shapes, patterns and designs. Here’s a look at our school agers making their fun summer-time attire. ‘    

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4K Pomp & Circumstance!

GRADUATION 2021! The transition from spring to summer brought an exciting event for our 4K children – GRADUATION! Another tradition returned this year, where TLG teachers, administration, and families came together to celebrate completion of four-year-old kindergarten. “Pomp and Circumstance”, diplomas, cheers, sting confetti, cupcakes and cookies, hugs, as well as LOTS of family pictures made for a wonderful event as our TLG family was able to gather for the first time in over a year.   Having watched so many of these children from infancy, the cliché that “time moves too quickly” never seemed more appropriate as we witnessed […]

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Week of the Young Child 2021

Let’s talk to the animals! Every spring the Learning Gardens celebrates the “Week of the Young Child”. This annual event, sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC – https://www.naeyc.org/events/woyc), “gives public attention to the needs of young children and their families”, and recognizes “the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.” This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Week of the Young Child. The event is meant to bring further awareness to how the early childhood years (birth through age 8) lay the foundation for children’s success in school and later life. […]

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Chef Alex's Delicious and Nutritious Daily Menus

Chef Alex proudly provides each child with healthy and nutritious lunches and snacks to support their physical and mental development. The meals are prepared on site and the menu is designed to provide your child with a wide variety of well balanced, high quality foods each day.  It is his hope to provide life adventures through food by offering a myriad of different cuisines.  A morning snack, lunch meal and an afternoon snack is prepared for each of the Learning Garden's classrooms.  Please know he will take great care in any restrictions or allergies that your child has.