About our Program
The School District of La Crosse offers a Four-Year-Old Preschool Program to any child, who is 4 years old on or before September 1, and lives in the La Crosse School District attendance area. The preschool program runs Monday–Friday, and is a 2.5 hours per day. Housed at a number of centers and schools throughout the district, the preschool program is free for any eligible child.
If you have further questions or would like to check on availability, please contact the preschool office.
****4K Preschool New Enrollment Process for 2021-2022 School Year*****
4K Preschool site selection for the 2020-21 school year begins on January 18 at 7:00 am. Please note that there will not be a 4k Preschool event at Hogan in February. Hogan will still be open for any families that do not have access to a computer.
New Student Online Enrollment will be available starting November 16th and should be completed prior to January 14th. To secure your child’s spot at the location of your choice and to complete the enrollment process, please bring in your child’s birth certificate and address verification. New Student Online Enrollment needs to be completed for any student that is not already enrolled with the School District of La Crosse.
4K Preschool site selection will be completed online starting January 18, 2021 at 7
AM. This will still be a first -come ,first -served sign up. Families are welcome to come into Hogan to complete the enrollment process on a computer if needed.
Students must be 4 on or before September 1 2021 to enroll into 4K Preschool.
Step 1– Starting November 16, enroll your 4 year old for the upcoming school year.
Please visit Lacrosseschools.org and click on “Enroll In Our Schools” button. Follow
the prompts to create an account and complete the New Student Online Enrollment
process. You may upload or email a picture of the student’s birth certificate and
your proof of address. If these documents are not submitted during enrollment, they will need to be submitted by January 22 to hold your spot. Enrollment needs to be completed by January 14 if you want to enroll on Jan.18.
Step 2— Starting January 18 at 7AM– Log into Skyward family access and click on
the Arena Scheduling button on the left side of the screen. Under the preschool
heading, click on 2021-2022 year. You will then see the list of preschool classes.
Select your class and click on the Add button. The Add button will not be available
if that class is full. If you decide to change classes, click on “Remove” under the
Option column. Arena scheduling will close on January 22, however you may still
enroll your student. Please call the preschool office for any changes after that.
Early registration is recommended as placement is first come, first serve basis- spots are limited!
La Crosse 4K Learning Academy
The La Crosse 4K Learning Academy is a partnership between home and school and will offer a home learning experience supported by a 4K licensed teacher for those families that do not want their child enrolled in face-to-face instruction for the 2020-21 school year but would still like their child to participate in the 4K learning targets. For registration information, please contact the 4K Preschool office.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between 4K, Pre-K, and preschool?
Nothing – they are all the same program. 🙂
Is there early entry into preschool?
No. Students must be 4 years old on or before September 1st.
How will I know what class my child is in?
When you come the Hogan Administrative Center, with your child’s birth certificate and address verification, you will be assigned a preschool site and class (A.M. or P.M.) at that time. Preschool classes are filled on a first come, first served basis, so early registration is encouraged.
Does my child have to attend preschool at their boundary school?
No, preschool is a boundaryless program. Your child is welcome to attend preschool at any of our locations, based on availability. Preschool classes are filled on a first come, first served basis, so early registration is encouraged.
However, your child will be expected to attend their boundary school for Kindergarten. If you would like to know your boundary school, please call the preschool office at 608-789-7006.
How do I know what my child's boundary school is?
Please call the preschool office at 608-789-7006 to find out your child’s boundary school.
What is an off-site preschool?
The School District of La Crosse is proud to partner with 6 off-site locations – Coulee Children’s Center, Congregational Preschool, Gundersen Child Care, La Crosse Montessori Preschool, YWCA Child Care Center, and Toddle Inn Daycare. These sites offer the School District of La Crosse Four-Year Old Preschool Program curriculum, taught by a licensed teacher. The 2.5 hour district preschool program is free, however, students have the option to stay on-site for extended care, if needed. Please contact each site for rates and availability of extended child care.
Can my child attend if I am not a resident of the La Crosse School District?
If you are not a resident of the La Crosse School District, you will need to apply for Open Enrollment. Please visit the website below for more information, including instructions for applying.
Is transportation provided for preschoolers?
Limited transportation is provided for preschoolers. Please call the preschool office regarding your transportation needs.
All transportation requests need to be submitted online by August 15th, to ensure transportation for the first day of school. Please follow the link to register your child and for additional information:
If you need to make a change in your child’s transportation, please call the Go Riteway office at 608-881-6370. All changes in transportation take 3 business days to process.
How do I find out information about Head Start?
Please call the Head Start office at 608-785-2070.
What if I have questions about they way my child is learning and growing?
Children learn and grow at different rates. The school district can help!
Please contact Jen Kalis, Early Childhood Program Coordinator, for more information. She can be reached at 608-789-7621 or firstname.lastname@example.org.