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Four-Year-Old Kindergarten (4K) Start-Up Grants

Start-Up Grant Cycles, Timelines, and Projected Funding

The Wisconsin State Budget enacted in 2008 included $3 million for 4-year-old kindergarten start-up grants starting July 1, 2008. In the 2009 budget cycle, Joint Finance retained funding for Cycle 1 but reduced the total funding for Cycle 2 start-up grants to $1.5 million.

Grants are awarded by formula, based on enrollment in 4K programs. The grant program designates first-year funding of up to $3,000 and second year funding of up to $1,500 for each pupil enrolled in the approved 4-year-old kindergarten program. If the funds are insufficient to pay full funding for all eligible pupils, the law requires the DPI to prorate the payments to school districts. Funding is based on audited child count data. Therefore, final funding is not known until June of each grant year. The DPI provides preliminary estimates of funding in July and November.

2021-2022 Grant Application

For districts planning to implement new 4K programs in the 2021-2022 school year applications are now available. Applications are due on May 1, 2021.

2021-2022 4K Start-Up Grant Application

WI State Statute and Administrative Rules:

WI Administrative Rules: State Grant Programs


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