Infant, Toddler & Preschool Education in Cottage Grove, WI
Since 2005, Kids’ Safari Learning Center has been providing children in Cottage Grove, WI and beyond with quality care and educational, curriculum-based programs that foster developmental growth. We offer infant and toddler programs, before and after school care, preschool and the T4K program. Our educated and loving caregivers put the needs of our children first, and work closely with parents and families to ensure we are providing the best care possible. Nationally-accredited, our learning center is committed to being a safe, welcoming and unbiased environment where diversity and uniqueness is celebrated.
Kids’ Safari follows the Creative Curriculum® which meets the Wisconsin Early Learning Model Standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction. All of our learning activities and materials are developmentally appropriate, while our staff encourages children to participate in activities that will allow them to grow and be successful. Our curriculum allows for both teacher and child-directed activities, exploration, experimentation, creative expression and physical development. Each learning plan has small group, large group, and individual learning opportunities.
Gym & Library
Gym and library time is usually offered twice a week per classroom. Children spend about a half hour in both the gym and library on scheduled days. At the library, kids will enjoy storytelling, puppets, and interactive reading. We also have a variety of activities that encourage language and literacy development. Activities in the gym are geared towards enhancing gross motor skills and fostering self-esteem.
Interest Areas & Discovery Time
Kids’ Safari interest areas include child or teacher-directed lessons in math, science, manipulatives, gross motor skills, creative art, dramatic play, construction and blocks, writing, sensory, and music and movement. This portion of our curriculum encourages children to make their own choices and promotes independence. We want children to explore any and all areas that interest them. Although a general routine is encouraged in our infant and toddler program, the routine is ultimately tailored to the needs and interests of each child and coordinated to follow their current home schedule.
Music classes are taught by Mr. Dave Landau to children in our twos and preschool programs. Mr. Dave introduces children to a variety of musical activities and songs. Through song and dance, Kids’ Safari hopes to evoke emotion and reinforce skills that are important to language and literacy development, such as rhythm, rhyming and sound.
Outdoor play time last for about 45 minutes and includes large muscle movement, dramatic play, and socialization. This part of the day is aimed at promoting physical conditioning, a healthy lifestyle, and playing with others. Our facility features three separate playgrounds that offer equipment appropriate for different ages and developmental ranges.
Extracurricular & Field Trips
Kids’ Safari offers swimming lessons and JumpBunch at an additional cost. These programs must be paid for in advance prior to the start of the program.
Swim Lessons – Swim lessons take place at Madison Swim Academy in Sun Prairie, WI. Typically, swim lessons are offered on Wednesday mornings in the spring, summer and fall. A permission form and waiver of liability are required to participate and the cost is usually between $80.00 and $120.00, depending on the number of weeks in a session. The fee covers the cost of the lessons, transportation and additional staffing needed to transport and chaperone the children.
JumpBunch – We are happy to have JumpBunch bring sports-related activities to Kids’ Safari on Wednesday afternoons. This program focuses on getting healthy, active, and fit for a lifetime!
At Kids’ Safari, our curriculum is designed to encourage our children’s developmental learning, and support the diversity and traditions of their families. To learn more about our programs, enrollment or employment opportunities, contact us today at 608.839.9095.