University Avenue Discovery Center After-School Program offers after-school care for children ages 5-11 from school dismissal until 5:30 p.m. In addition to after-school care, we also offer full-day care when MMSD is closed as our schedule allows (see below for listing of dates). Our licensed and accredited program is designed to offer a relaxing and inspiring space for all of our students. This program is based on the needs of our students, they have the choice to work on short or long-term projects, get involved in team sports, sit back and listen to stories and to enjoy outside time on our playground. Older students have an option to participate in a leadership program focused on solving problems within the community. Nutritious whole foods are prepared for snack onsite by our own chef with many ingredients sourced from Peacefully Organics Produce. For an additional fee, students may participate in Piano, Violin, Cooking and Spanish Language classes. Our program has a small group size of 28 students maximum with a low ratio. The After-School Program is led by three experienced professionals with a background in Education.
A Typical Day in After-school starts when school lets out. Children attending Franklin Elementary School will take the Black Dot Bus to the Kendall and Prospect stop. Children attending Randall Elementary Schools will meet an after-school educator at Randall Elementary School and walk to After-School together. Children from other schools are welcome provided parents/guardians assume responsibility for their transportation. When students arrive, they enjoy snack together as a group and check-in with others about their days. After snack there are various options for quiet or active work based on their interests. Each afternoon, weather dependent students also spend time on our playground and have opportunity to interact with our younger population. The After-School Program ends each evening by 5:30. Parents receive a weekly newsletter via email detailing the highlights from the week and calendar information.
Monday: Piano Lessons, Kitchen Lab Lessons, and Community Exploration (Walking field trips)
Tuesday: Piano Lessons and Spanish Lessons
Wednesday: Spanish Language Class, Piano Lessons, and Violin Lessons
Thursday: Piano Lessons, Classroom Exploration and Projects
Friday: Classroom Exploration and Projects
How are drop-in days different? Students who attend full-day drop-in typically take field trips into the community. Field trips locations vary greatly, some examples are: UW Space Place, Henry Vilas Zoo, Arboretum, UW Dairy Barn, Babcock Hall, Monona Terrace, UW Campus departments of interest, Madison Children’s Museum, local libraries, MMoCA, Chazen and Olbrich Gardens. Students and staff take Madison Metro buses to their field trip location. we provide breakfast, lunch and snack for all students on these days.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition is due at the start of each month.
Tuition includes meals, art class, science days and field trips.
Piano, Cooking Lab, Spanish and Violin lessons are offered at an additional low cost per month.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for cost of tuition, drop in days, and specials fees. Or call 608-233-5371. A center calendar is located on our home page.