4K & Early Learning


Developed in 2006, 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) is a developmentally appropriate, educational program of learning and activities for 4-year-old children.

4K is free for children who live within RUSD's boundaries. Students attend classes Monday through Thursday and some Fridays. Morning, afternoon and full day sessions are offered at select locations.

There are many reasons to consider enrolling your child in 4K:

  • Studies indicate that students in early childhood programs learn the skills necessary for success in elementary school and beyond.
  • Social and emotional school readiness is emphasized in 4K and it is a precursor to learning. 4K also assists children with language skills, listening skills, muscle coordination, social skills and other prerequisites to learning.
  • Racine Unified has a strong history of providing excellent programming for young children.


If your child will be four on or before Sept. 1, you can register him/her for 4K.


Please register your child online here or at the Welcome Center, 3109 Mt. Pleasant St. Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You will need to submit your child's birth certificate or baptismal record, proof of address and an immunization record to enroll. Space for 4K is limited at certain sites, so parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible. 

Click here for the 2022-2023 3K & 4K School Selection List

Kindergarten Readiness

Click here to download the 5K Kindergarten Readiness Checklist. (Spanish)

Waterford Upstart

The Waterford Upstart program, an at-home, kindergarten readiness program available to 4-year-old children living in Racine Unified School District who are entering into Kindergarten next year.  Registration is currently open for the program, which is provided at no cost to families and includes internet connection and laptops to families who do not have them. Click the links below for registration information and an overview of the program.

Waterford Upstart registration
Program information

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