Preschool and 4K

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Now Hiring:

University Avenue Discovery Center (UADC) 4k Lead Teacher

University Avenue Discovery Center is a childcare center in Madison that exemplifies high quality family and staff relationships, developmentally appropriate programming and nurturing each child. UADC is Youngstar rated 5 out of 5 stars, state licensed and city accredited. Additionally, our 4k program is licensed through the Madison Metropolitan School District. 

University Avenue Discovery Center (UADC) is looking to hire a caring and thoughtful professional to join our team of three 4k Lead Teachers for the 2019-2020 school-year. Three teachers to a group of 20 children. This is a permanent, full-time position after passing a 2-month probationary period. This position is supervised by the Executive Director and is represented by the UADC Executive Board and its authority. UADC offers a competitive salary and benefits package for qualified candidates. Must have a DPI 4K license. Start date is December 2019 or January 2020. Interested parties should submit a resume, cover letter, and transcripts. 

Job Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in Education with a 4K – DPI license.   

At least one year of experience teaching in a preschool or 4k classroom.

Complete a Criminal Background Disclosure with no criminal violations or offenses related to the care of children.

Medical examination and Tb test by a licensed physician indicating no illness that might be detrimental to the welfare of children.

An understanding of state licensing procedures, city accreditation standards and NAEYC standards. 

Professionalism, solid classroom management skills, flexibility, ability to work within a team, a nurturing spirit and a sense of humor are all musts for this position.

Job Description: 

  • Lead Teachers will demonstrate and articulate theoretical and practical knowledge of research regarding early childhood development and education. 
  • Lead Teachers work under the supervision of Executive Director and are considered to be responsible for the planning and execution of developmentally appropriate play based curricular content that addresses the individual needs of children within the group setting. 
  • Lead teachers will provide a stimulating, caring, and safe environment for children in the classroom.  
  • Lead Teachers will have effective verbal and written skills in communication with the teaching team, parents, and the Executive Director.
  • Lead Teachers will use good judgment in both multiple task and high stress situations.
  • Lead teachers will be able to administer medications, CPR and first aid, and handle emergency situations such as evacuations.
  • Lead Teachers will have an understanding of family issues and cultural diversity and how they impact the development of the child.  
  • Lead Teachers must have a clear understanding and practice of using positive social-emotional problem solving strategies. 
  • Lead teachers work cooperatively with team teachers and share in and delegate both specific and general work tasks to the teaching assistants.  Specific tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:

Areas of Responsibility

  1. Caring for children

    1. On both a long-term and short-term basis, plan for and implement appropriate curriculum, daily schedules and a stimulating environmental setting to best meet the individual developmental needs of the children in the classroom.  Teachers will be able to get down to the child’s level and include experiences that focus on social-emotional, sensory-motor, and cognitive development, self-help and problem–solving skills, creative expression, safety, health, and nutrition. 
    2. Prepare for and conduct regular formal assessments of children’s developmental progress and conduct biannual conversations with parents in fall and spring of each year.  Provide opportunities for other informal observational assessments and parent conferences on an on-going basis in order to best identify and meet individual children’s needs. 
    3. Develop a positive self-concept in children through interacting with children in a warm and positive manner.  Consistently use the Center’s positive child management and guidance techniques. 
    4. Respect and gain knowledge about the individuality, dignity, and diverse backgrounds of each child.
    5. Maintain a spacious, stimulating, educational, safe and clean environment for children.
    6. Organize and prepare in advance to ensure consistency in all daily routines, including maintenance of classroom order and planned activities.  Oversee classroom in the event of the unexpected absence of team teachers or interruption of scheduled activities or events and adjust programming to provide consistency for large and small groups as needed.
    7. Share in the teaching tasks, classroom management and environment, daily notes and communication with parents, program planning, and child assessment as jointly determined by the lead teachers, teaching assistant, and Executive Director.
    8. Be alert to signs of illness, developmental lags, and suspected child abuse or neglect, and bring these concerns to the attention of the classroom team and the Executive Director.  Report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect directly to Protective Services as mandated by state law.
    9. Understand, implement, and comply with Wisconsin Licensing Regulations and NAEYC accreditation criteria, standards, and expectations for child care and education, health, safety, and nutrition.
  2. Communicating with parents

    1. Act as a primary resource for parent’s concerns by keeping them keep abreast of their child’s daily experiences at the center through Daily Notes and open and honest communication of teacher’s concerns, questions, and anecdotes concerning the child’s day and regarding children’s progress. Refer appropriate issues and parent or teacher concerns to the Executive Director.
    2. Insure that parents are informed of room events and procedures, of Center policies, and of incidents of communicable disease as required.
    3. To celebrate diversity by encouraging parents and family members to participate and share their knowledge, talents, and cultural traditions with the classroom.
    4. Conduct parent-teacher conversations bi-annually and at parent request or if concerns arise.
    5. Participate in all parent-staff, center sponsored events.
    6. Maintain complete confidentiality regarding all Center children and families.
  1. Working with other staff
  1. Maintain good working relationships and open communication with other center staff members and delegate and share duties and responsibilities as required. Bring concerns to the attention of all team members and Executive Director as they arise.
  2. Assist in providing information and direction to volunteers and Teaching Assistants.
  3. Assist Executive Director in evaluations of center staff.
  4. Assist in the orientation of new staff members into classroom routines and procedures.  Center-wide orientation is provided by administrative staff and includes relevant state regulations, center policies and procedures, and child management techniques.
  5. Work cooperatively with all other center staff to maintain, schedule, and request from the Director, sufficient resources for those areas used jointly with other classrooms.
  6. Work cooperatively with other Center staff to maintain the organization, state, and cleanliness of center classrooms, common-use areas, equipment, materials, and supplies.
  7. Work cooperatively with all Center staff to achieve classroom objectives, maintain staff-to-child ratios in each classroom, and to adhere to state regulations, NAEYC standards, and the Center’s mission goals.
  1. Administrative
  1. Insure that daily attendance, daily CACFP Point of Service child food count records, medication log book, Accident/Incident Log Book, child emergency contact information, permission slips, sanitation sheets, daily notes to parents, and other forms of classroom record keeping are updated regularly and completed consistently and on time.
  2. Maintain supplies and equipment and request from the Director, resources, supplies, and equipment that needs to be replaced or purchased for the continuation of quality care, education, and programming.
  3. Participate in staff meetings. 
  4. Attend board meetings and serve on Center committees if possible.
  5. In the absence of administrative staff, assume the responsibility for the center as required by state regulations and as outlined in the “Delegation of Authority” chart.
  6. Comply with occupancy requirements set by the First Congregational Church.
  1. Professional Growth  
  1. Participate in bi-annual self evaluation and annual formal self, and center staff evaluations.
  2. Develop and use self-evaluation skills to determine personal growth and performance needs and accomplishments.
  3. Complete yearly Professional Development Plans, Center in-services, and related reading to keep abreast of new information regarding state regulations, NAEYC standards, and the early childhood education field.

j  Welcome to Preschool & 4K at UADC!

We currently have a few spaces left for Preschool & 4k during the 2019-2020 school year!                                                          

For more information about schedules, options, and tuition rates, please contact our office at or call us at 608-233-5371


University Avenue Discovery Center Preschool provides early childhood education in the heart of downtown Madison. Educational guidance is set within a rich context of opportunities and experiences through play-based interactions. Our programs have low teacher:child ratios so that students get the individual care and attention that they deserve. Classrooms extend their knowledge through interactive field trips into the community. Nutritious whole foods are prepared for breakfast, lunch and snack onsite by our own chef with many ingredients sourced from a local organic farm. Weekly arts enrichment courses offer children opportunities to express themselves in a variety of healthy ways and to try out new roles in a safe environment. Weekly activities include: music, dance, yoga, Spanish language and theater.  Our Preschool and 4K programs are offered between 7:15 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Wisconsin Shares and UW Child Care Tuition Assistance Program (CCTAP) funding are accepted. City of Madison Childcare Assistance is also accepted. Scholarships may be available for qualifying families and is based on availability of funds. 

Our Preschool and Four-Year-Old Kindergarten programs are guided by the same learning values.  We see each child as a unique individual with a diverse set of experiences, strengths and needs. We know that children learn best through hands-on, interactive experiences within a rich environment and developmentally appropriate opportunities to make choices regarding their learning experiences. These interactive learning experiences are taught through play-based lessons. Educators are responsible for providing necessary guidance and support within the context of play.

Through social/emotional lessons, children have the opportunity to learn how to solve problems and make appropriate choices. The goals of teaching social/emotional lessons are to assist children in making healthy choices for themselves and their peers. In addition, UADC strongly feels that a child who is proficient in the social/emotional realm will find greater success within their academic future.

Open communication between parents and educators is essential to a quality early childhood program. Parents are encouraged to help educators identify their child’s ever changing and on-going needs to help plan for valuable learning experiences which will best meet these needs. 

We are committed to a multi-cultural approach to curriculum. Educators facilitate exploration of culture among individuals and families and support and encourage children as they learn to value diversity. We welcome families to join us in learning more about individual families’ traditions and values.  



While our preschoolers are also learning academics, our emphasis is on social-emotional skills. Children this age are moving from the total dependence of infancy to learning how to be part of a larger social fabric. For many, it is their first experience in care outside of the home. Educators act as role models to teach lessons such as waiting for a turn, sharing materials and problem solving. In addition, exploration of the arts, outdoor education and community building are celebrated daily activities.

4 year Old Kindergarten ( Wizard Classroom)

University Avenue Discovery Center offers 4 year-old-kindergarten as contracted through the Madison Metropolitan School District. Placement within this program is made by the Director in consultation with our educator teams and taking into consideration the child’s birth date, developmental levels and space available. While our learning philosophy is the same as it is in our preschool program, we also adhere to the Madison Metropolitan School District’s 4K Standards for Development and Learning.

To Find out more about registration for 4K through Madison Metropolitan School District please visit:

Email for enrollment packets and program rates or call 608-233-5371. You will find a center calendar at very bottom of our home page.