About UADC


Located in the heart of Madison, WI, University Avenue Discovery Center (UADC) serves children ages 3 through age 11 in our spacious Preschool, 4K, and school-age classrooms.

Currently, the 2020-2021 after-school program is on pause so we can facilitate our Kindergarten through 2nd grade full day in-person MMSD support program. We plan to continue this program as long as MMSD and other school-districts offer virtual options for families. In the 2021-2022 school year, our plan is to once again offer afterschool programming.

Vision: Empowering children to boldly explore and compassionately interact with their world.

Mission: Our pursuit is to emphasize equality, solidarity, emotional literacy, and exploration of the arts within our classrooms and surrounding community.  It is our goal to build on a child’s academic foundation with play-based learning, hands-on experimentation, group discussions and use of local resources as an extension of our classroom environments.  UADC is committed to working cooperatively with all families to foster an interwoven community that supports and enriches our shared experiences.  We provide individualized, child driven programming and support for  families in the heart of Madison.

UADC Values

  • Each child is a unique individual with her or his own style of learning and a rich background of experiences.
  • Children learn best through hands-on, contextual and interactive experiences within a rich environment.
  • Children’s future life success is grounded in social-emotional literacy.
  • Children learn healthy ways to express themselves through exploration of the arts.
  • Children who have opportunities for unstructured, outdoor play are better able to concentrate, think critically and self-regulate.
  • Each individual has a unique and valued perspective.
  • Working collaboratively enriches our shared community.
  • Compassionate, respectful and honest interactions among adults allows all staff to reach their fullest potential.
  • Purposeful and continual professional development ensures a high-quality learning environment year after year.

University Avenue Discovery Center Preschool is licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, is accredited by City of Madison Accreditation, and is also accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

UADC is part of Madison Madison Metropolitan School District’s 4 year-old-kindergarten program. Students must be enrolled with UADC and MMSD to attend 4K. Enrollment with MMSD can be done on-line at http://deelweb.madison.k12.wi.us/4k .

UADC is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

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Support UADC

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, UADC appreciates your support.  Here are some ways you can help us grow:
Donate directly via PayPal
Support UADC when doing your regular shopping!  
Sign up for Amazon Smile by Visiting smile.amazon.com and searching for University Ave Daycare Inc.
Need to order labels for your kids’ stuff? Check out Mabel’s Labels! 20% of sales go back to our school. Visit campaigns.mabelslabels.com and search for University Avenue Discovery Center.


Parking is available for drop-off, pick-up and visits in the city designated 10 minute loading zone on the east side of Lathrop Street.