Early Learning Programs


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Racine Unified offers a variety of programs and services for early learners.

4-Year-Old Kindergarten

4-year-old kindergarten (4K) is a free program offered to children who live within RUSD's boundaries.  It is a developmentally appropriate program, offering hands-on instruction to students who are 4 by or before September 1st of the academic year. Half day and full day options are offered through out the district. 

P-COC (Parent-Child Oriented Classroom)

The P-COC (Parent-Child Oriented Classroom) Program for three-year-olds is a free program offered to children who are 3 by or before September 1st of the academic year and who living within RUSD's boundaries.  The P-COC program offers a unique opportunity for families to work with their children in the classroom on the weekly, mandatory parent participation day.  P-COC is located at the Bull Early Education Center and the RUSD Montessori building.

RUSD Montessori Program

RUSD introduced a new Montessori Program in 2016.   Montessori education emphasizes independence and respect for a child’s naturally developing cognitive, physical and social skills.  It is a free program for students who live within RUSD's boundaries.  Enrollment is lottery based.  Children are enrolled in mixed age classrooms.  Wrap around care is available.  The program is located at the Goodland Elementary School building. 

Waterford Upstart Program

Waterford UPSTART provides four-year-old children access to the highest form of academic support in their early education at no cost to participants: personalized family education and coaching, a new computer and Internet if needed, and adaptive educational software. The average Waterford UPSTART graduate enters kindergarten reading at nearly a first-grade level and maintains their gains for years to come. Watch the video here. Website

Developmental Screenings

Early Childhood Free Developmental Screenings are offered by appointment for children from birth to age 5, not currently attending kindergarten.  Please call 262-631-7151 for more information.

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