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Early Childhood: Five-Year-Old Kindergarten

Watertown, Wisconsin is proud to be the home to the first kindergarten in this county. In 1856, Margaret Schurz started this German speaking program for children two through five years of age. In 1873 the first public school kindergarten open in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. It provided a program for the city's four and five year old children. More and more school districts began providing kindergarten and then in 1973 the Wisconsin legislature required school districts to provide 5 year old kindergarten. In the late 1990's kindergartens began to expand to offer full day programs. Learn more about kindergartens by exploring these sites:

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