Hudson Community 4K Program

2020-2021 4K Registration


Who are the community 4K providers?

Click on the providers below to access their websites for more information about their programs:


4K Transportation

The list below identifies each program and the elementary school attendance area they are assigned to:

  • If you reside in the Hudson Prairie Elementary School attendance area – transportation is provided to: YMCA and Trinity East
  • If you reside in the Willow River Elementary School attendance area – transportation is provided to: Trinity Academy, St. Pat’s, and Willow River Elementary
  • If you reside in the Houlton Elementary School attendance area – transportation is provided to: Trinity Academy, St. Pat’s, and Willow River Elementary
  • If you reside in the North Hudson Elementary School attendance area – transportation is provided to: Trinity Academy, St. Pat’s, and Willow River Elementary
  • If you reside in the EP Rock Elementary School attendance area – transportation is provided to: YMCA, Bear Buddies, and Simply Giggle
  • If you reside in the River Crest Elementary School attendance area – transportation is provided to: Bear Buddies and Simply Giggle

Bethel Highlands Preschool and Hudson Community Children’s Center have opted out of School District transportation for the 2020-2021 school year. If you select either of these community providers, or a provider that is not in your attendance area, you are responsible for arranging your own transportation to and from school.


Open Enrollment

Families who live outside of the Hudson School District boundaries who wish to enroll in Hudson’s Community 4K Program, must live in Wisconsin and apply for Open Enrollment. Click here for more information.


What are the learning expectations for children in the Hudson Community 4K Program?

The Hudson Community 4K Priority Standards are based on the WI Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS). Click here to view the Hudson 4K Priority Standards for learning and skill development. 

According to WI Department of Public Instruction, the WMELS provide a framework for families, educators, and policymakers to:

  • Share a common language and the responsibility for the wellbeing of children from birth to first grade.
  • Know and understand development expectations of young children.
  • Address what children should know and be able to do based on a continuum of development from birth to first grade.

The Learning Standards are based on current research and are developmentally appropriate practices. There are standards in each of the five developmental domains:

  1. Health and Physical Development (e.g., fine-motor and gross-motor skills)
  2. Social and Emotional Development (e.g., social skills and self-esteem)
  3. Language Development and Communication (e.g., listening, speaking, and reading readiness)
  4. Approaches to Learning (e.g., curiosity, persistence, and creativity)
  5. Cognition and General Knowledge (e.g., mathematical and scientific thinking and problem solving)

What is the focus of 4K? Isn’t this just “push down” from Kindergarten?

The focus of the 4K program is to offer every child in our community equal access to a consistent, high quality preschool education. 4K will provide a developmentally appropriate program to help children acquire social competencies and the skills they need to succeed as a learner. The curriculum focuses on physical, cognitive, social/emotional, and language development in a nurturing environment. 4K early learning professionals provide:

  • Active, creative, exploratory learning.
  • Social interaction.
  • Experiences to prepare the students for kindergarten.
  • Opportunities for choice.
  • Independence as well as small and large group activities.
  • Activities that emphasize process, rather than product.
  • Foundational skills to literacy and math development within an activity-based social environment.

Isn’t 4K just free childcare?

No. 4K is an early learning opportunity. Participation is free to children who are residents of the Hudson School District. Typically, 4K programs offer a structured instructional program of 12.5 hours per week as determined by the School District. 4K is not wrap-around childcare. If a family needs childcare before or after 4K programming at a 4K site, they must pay the childcare center for this service.

How do we serve students with special needs?

The Hudson School District’s Early Childhood Special Education Program is located at River Crest Elementary School and provides special education services at multiple community preschool and child care sites, as well as the child’s home. Early Childhood Special Education will continue to provide services to 4 year olds. The School District serves the needs of ALL students.

What is 4K outreach and how does it benefit families?

In addition to student learning time, 4K programs provide 87.5 hours of parent outreach. These hours are opportunities for parents to understand how they can further support their child’s learning at home. The outreach information is planned based on parent interest and need as well as the needs of the 4K site.

Can a family open enroll into the Hudson School District’s 4K program?

Open enrollment applies to four-year-old kindergarten, prekindergarten, early childhood education and school-operated day care only if the child’s resident school district offers the same type of program the child wishes to attend and only if the child is eligible for the program in his or her resident school district.

Are there early entrance opportunities for 4K?

Hudson School District will not be offering early entrance to 4K. Children enrolling must be 4 years of age on or before September 1st of the year they intend to enroll.