Frequently Asked Questions
What is a four-year-old kindergarten?
Four-year-old kindergarten (4K) offers all young children the opportunity to participate in a high quality early learning program that provides a solid foundation for a love of lifelong learning. Children build the social and pre-academic skills that contribute to future success in school. Benefits of our 4K include: the guarantee of a DPI licensed teacher, a curriculum that addresses the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards for preschool children, opportunities for early identification of potential learning needs and intervention, expanded parental involvement and training opportunities, and additional resources to maintain and build on quality early learning programming.
Our 4K program offers:
5 day AM/PM Sessions: Monday through Friday, 8:45 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. and 12:35 – 3:35 p.m. Please note that in order to better address the needs of our 4K students, families will not have the option to sign up for A.M. or P.M. sessions. This allows the district to balance the make-up of classrooms by class size, gender, and developmental needs. Families will be notified of their child’s classroom placement in early June.
When does the registration process begin?
A 4K enrollment begins annually in February with a parent meeting held in January. Parents can enroll at Hartland North through the last day of school. Summer registrations will be handled at the District office, 262-369-6780. *You must bring your child’s original birth certificate and proof of residency.
Who can participate in the program?
A child must be age four on or before September 1 and must be a Hartland Lakeside resident to enroll in 4K for the upcoming school year. Nonresident families can participate through open enrollment if your home school district provides a 4K program. Open Enrollment application information can be found by visiting: https://apps4.dpi.wi.gov/Opal2012/. A private pay tuition is also an option for families that open enrollment is not an option.
What will District-provided transportation include for my four-year-old student?
Hartland Lakeside will provide transportation on existing morning and afternoon elementary route to eligible students. There will be a dedicated route for mid-day 4K students.
Who would ride the bus with my four-year-old?
All Hartland Lakeside elementary-aged students (pre-kindergarten through 8th grade).
Can my five-year-old enroll in the 4K program or may I retain my child for a second consecutive year of 4K instruction?
This is a decision that would need to be made on a case-by-case basis and would not be encouraged. Such practices are not routine but may be recommended based on established school board policy and with input from the 4K teacher, school principal, and parents.
What are the instructional goals?
Hartland Lakeside builds the foundation for your child’s pathway to lifelong success. We believe successful learning occurs in an environment that is age-appropriate, interactive, challenging, and engaging. The curricular framework for 4K at Hartland Lakeside includes:
Structured time for teaching and learning through the use of hands-on, activity based, small group centers aligned to the academic focus of Hartland Lakeside, provide a time for students to read, work with numbers, think, and collaborate with peers
develop school readiness skills in students to excel within the Hartland Lakeside curricular K-8 framework
Facilitate social-emotional development activities and programming for students in collaboration with families
What are the social-emotional goals?
Demonstrate self-regulation in the expression of feelings, needs, opinions, and desires in a way that is appropriate to the situation
Be able to appropriately name types of emotions and associate them with different facial expressions, words, and behaviors
understand and follow academic-related routines and rules
Be able to demonstrate positive relationships with their peers
Be able to demonstrate proactive social problem-solving skills in social interactions
What will class size look like?
There are no state regulations directing the teacher-child ratio for 4K. However, our highest priority is on maintaining equitable class sizes to the extent that the district operations allow.
May I tour a 4K classroom?
Yes, if you would like to tour, please contact Hartland North at 262-369-6710.
What are the resources for students with special needs? Can I expect to have my student with special needs included with regular education students for instruction?
Yes, all students are fully included for classroom instruction with their peers. A continuum of special education services will be available for students with disabilities based on their needs as identified by the IEP team. This continuum will include services such as itinerant services, speech/language, physical and occupational therapy services provided as pull-out or in the classroom dependent on student needs.
Will parent-teacher conferences be offered?
Yes, parents can expect a minimum of two parent-teacher conferences per school year similar to the K5-8 conferences in the fall and spring.
Do in-district families pay a tuition fee for 4K?
There is no tuition fee for the 4K program. School fees will apply.
Will there be opportunities for parental involvement?
Yes, parental involvement is a critical component of the Hartland Lakeside 4K Program. We value parents as a child’s first teacher and will work to strengthen home-school-community relationships through the 4K Program. Parent volunteer opportunities are organized through the PTO.
Are there Wrap Around or Before and After School programs?
Starting with the 2020-21 school year, we will offer 4K wrap-around services at Hartland North. Our Programs are listed below. Please complete the 4K Wrap Around Care Registration Form.
- Before School Care (6:00 am to 8:45 am)
- AM Wrap Around Care (8:45 am -12:30 pm; For children enrolled in PM 4K)
- PM Wrap Around Care (11:45 am -3:45 pm; For children enrolled in AM 4K)
- After School Care (3:45 – 6:00 pm)
- Full-Day Care (Off days from school; excluding major holidays)