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4-Year-Old Preschool


School District of La Crosse



The School District of La Crosse will begin accepting registrations for the 2018-2019 Four-Year-Old Preschool Program beginning February 7-9, 2018 from 6:30 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.  Any child, who is 4 years old on or before September 1, and lives in the La Crosse School District attendance area is eligible for preschool. The preschool program is a 2.5 hour program housed at a number of centers and schools throughout the district. The preschool program is free for any eligible child.

Those interested in registering for the Four-Year-Old Preschool Program may register by:

  1. Register in person at: Hogan Administrative Building, 807 East Ave. S., in the Welcome Center. (Please bring address verification & child’s birth certificate)


  1. You may fill out the paperwork online beginning December 1, 2017 at lacrosseschools.org. You must have a valid email address or phone number in order to use the New Student Online Enrollment option. If you are filling out the paperwork online, this process is not registering or guaranteeing placement for any preschool site, you are simply filling out the enrollment paperwork in advance to expedite the enrollment process. Print that paperwork and bring it into the Hogan Administrative Building beginning February 7, 2018, starting at 6:30 A.M. You will need to bring in address verification & the child’s birth certificate to complete enrollment and secure site placement.


**Due to limited space, early registration is recommended.**


On February 12, 2018, we will be back to regular office hours of 7:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If any registrations are done online, you will need to bring in the address verification & child’s birth certificate to Hogan Administrative Building to secure placement at the requested preschool site.


The sites that are tentatively established for the 2018-2019 school year thus far are:


Congregational Preschool – 2503 Main St.

Coulee Children’s Center – 2935 East Ave. South

Coulee Montessori (Northside Elementary) – 1611 Kane St.

Emerson Elementary – 2101 Campbell Road

Gundersen Health System Child Care – 700 Bennora Lee Court

Hamilton Family Learning Center – 1111 South 7th St.

Hintgen Elementary – 3505 S. 28th St.

La Crosse Montessori Preschool – 1818 Redfield St.

North Woods International – N2541 Sablewood Rd.

Northside Elementary – 1611 Kane St.

Southern Bluffs – 4010 Sunnnyside Dr.

Spence Elementary – 2150 Bennett St.

State Road Elementary – N1821 Hagen Road

Summit Environmental – 1800 Lakeshore Dr.

Toddle Inn Day Care – W2637 Hwy 33

YWCA Child Center (WTC Campus) – 419 N. 9th St.

If you have further questions, please contact the preschool office at 608-789-7006 or preschool@lacrossesd.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does preschool start on the same day as the rest of the schools start in the fall?

No. Open house for preschool is held the first two days of school. Preschool begins on the third day of school.

What is open house?

These days have two purposes.

First, it gives the preschooler a chance to spend a short time (about 30-45 minutes) with their teacher, learn some important information (such as where their coat hook or locker is and where the bathroom is), practice what they will do when they come to school for the first time and hopefully increase their comfort level about starting school.

Second, this is the time for parents to fill out and turn in the necessary paperwork, ask questions regarding breakfast/lunch, bussing, etc. You will also need to turn in immunization cards on this date.

How will we know when to come for open house?

You will receive a letter during the summer with a time and date for you to attend open house/registration.

Can my child eat breakfast (or lunch) at school? What is the cost?

Both breakfast and lunch are served at a few of the schools. You will need to check with your school preference to see if they do offer the program. Families who do have the option of having their child eat breakfast at school (morning class), please let your child’s teacher know if you are planning on having your child participate. Please check with the school to see what the cost will be.

Will bussing be provided for my child?

If you filled out a Request for Bussing form, bussing will be considered for your child. This does not mean that bussing will be available. The bus company will contact you in August to let you know what is happening in terms of bussing. You must fill out a Request for Bussing form by the end of June in order to be considered for bussing for the first week of school. Any requests after August 1, will be considered for starting in mid-September. All bus requests will go through Kelly Callister, the district preschool administrative assistant, at 789-7006.

When will I know if my child will be in the morning or afternoon program?

A letter will be sent out in June letting you know which section your child is in. Any requests for either morning or afternoon will be granted to the best of our ability.

If I request morning, will I get the morning program?

If you have a preference for morning or afternoon, please indicate this on your enrollment form. Also, indicate if this preference is due to transportation or child care concerns. When class lists are compiled, we will do our best to honor those requests.

I have other questions regarding preschool….

You can contact Kelly Callister, Administrative Assistant, with the district preschool program at 608-789-7006 or kcallist@lacrossesd.org.

We are still accepting enrollment applications for the 2017-2018 school year.


Please contact the preschool office for site availability.


608-789-7006 or preschool@lacrossesd.org