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Four-Year-Old Kindergarten in Wisconsin

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History of 4/5-Year-Old Kindergarten in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's history of 4K and 5K is captured in An Abbreviated History of 4- and 5-Year-Old Kindergarten in Wisconsin: 1840-2017. The history specific to 4K is captured in The Unique History of Four-Year-Old Kindergarten in Wisconsin . It explores key developments, starting with the inclusion of education for 4-year-olds in the 1848 Constitution and the establishment of first private kindergarten in the country in Watertown in 1856.

4K Community Approaches

The Benefits and Impact of 4K Community Approach Website, tells the story of what makes 4-year-old kindergarten community approaches (4KCA) good for children, families, child care, school districts, Head Start, community programs, and the general public.  

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For questions about this information, contact Sherry Kimball (608) 267-9625