Welcome to Kids’ Safari Learning Center

Preschool, Pre-K & Child Care in Cottage Grove, WI


Nationally Accredited and 5 Star Rated!

Kids’ Safari Learning Center is a nationally accredited child educational center for infants (6 weeks) to fifth graders (10-11 years) in Cottage Grove, WI and surrounding communities. Through a balance of self and teacher-directed activities, we strive to stimulate and enrich your child’s learning experience. It’s our goal to help them reach their highest potential.

At Kids’ Safari, we are committed to providing a welcoming and unbiased learning environment that is reflective of our community’s cultural diversity. We introduce our children to the traditions of others and encourage them to embrace their individuality and uniqueness.

All of our classrooms are led by degree-holding teachers and an appropriate curriculum, which includes: gym, music, discovery time, outdoor play, field trips, extra-curricular activities, and more!

What We Offer

Infant & Toddler Care
Preschool & Pre-K
Monona Grove School District T4K Program
Before & After School Care (K-4)
Summer Camp (K-5)

Our Mission & Philosophy

Our mission is to ensure that all children in our care are educated and nurtured in a safe and loving environment that supports their healthy growth and maturity in all developmental domains.

Our philosophy is based on the blended perspectives of theorists Jean Piaget, Maria Montessori, and Lev Vygotsky. It is our belief that all children are unique individuals that learn best when an opportunity is provided for them to explore, experiment, ask questions and problem solve through interactive play and learning activities.

History of Kids’ Safari

Officially opened on June 6, 2005, Kids’ Safari Learning Center was originally licensed for 198 children with 10 classrooms. We began with 97 kids enrolled and haven’t looked back. By January 2006, we reached full capacity. In 2007, we added three classrooms for an after-school and summer program. The following year, our center partnered with Monona Grove School District to offer T4K programming. In 2013, Kids’ Safari achieved NAC accreditation and a 5-Star YoungStar rating, an accomplishment we could not be more proud of.


Kids’ Safari is proud to offer a safe and secure learning environment, complete with 24-hour video surveillance and biometric entry systems. Access to our video surveillance is only granted to authorized members through a fingerprint and unique ID code. The safety of your child is our top priority.

Parent Involvement Opportunities

We highly encourage families to participate in the growth and development of their children. You are always welcome in our facility and we host many fun activities that you can be apart of, such as field trips, family nights, holiday celebrations, and more. We also hold scheduled parent/teacher conferences and deliver daily newsletters to ensure you stay well informed.

Meet Our Team

Click here to see the rest of our team

Tim Vial Owner

Ext. 4026

Leighanne Dockerty Administrator

Ext. 4022.

Patty Thomas Nutritional Manager & Assistant Director

Ext. 4027

For more information about our programs, curriculum or enrollment, contact Kids’ Safari today at 608.839.9095.