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4K at Hearts and Hands

Hearts & Hands has been working with the Mount Horeb Area School District (MHASD) to provide 4K programming since the inception of the program.

Through district partnership, parents are guaranteed that their child’s classroom will have a highly qualified, DPI-licensed teacher and will implement a consistent curriculum framework incorporating the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards.

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Caring • Learning • Playing

How does my child learn in play-based learning?

Pyramid Model

We teach based on Pyramid Model, which is an evidence based framework that promotes healthy social and emotional development by supporting positive relationships, creating engaging environments, providing concrete teaching strategies, and when needed, creating individualized interventions for children

Social Development

We  provide ample opportunity for each child to foster relationships with peers and adults.  Through play, we  assist each child’s progress through five stages of relationship building: cooperation and sharing; listening; problem solving; conflict resolution; and a sense of respect for self, environment and others.

Self-Expression and Communication

We  provide a warm, nurturing environment that supplies the encouragement each child needs to begin to know and express oneself.  We will provide opportunities and outlets for self-directed creative expression, and encourage individuality.

Emotional Development

We  provide a safe, secure and predictable environment to help children experience many successes and build self-confidence.  We help children validate their own feelings and respect the feelings of others.

Physical Development

Large Muscle: develop balance and spatial relationships; coordination skills; confidence and skills with playground equipment; eye-hand coordination.  

Activities can include running, jumping, climbing, hopping, ball play, relays, obstacle course, exercises, creative movement, blocks/construction, riding toys, skipping, galloping, circle games, parachute, climbing structures, slides, and carts/wheel barrows.

Small Muscle: develop eye-hand coordination, learn to control and coordinate muscles.  

Activities can include cutting, pasting, painting, puzzles, stringing, pouring, play dough, dress up clothes, coloring/markers, printing/pencil skills, peg work, sewing cards, scooping, sorting, spooning, stacking, beads, dominoes, Legos.  

Cognitive Development

We provide an environment that fosters growth in language, math, science/sensory and problem solving at developmentally appropriate levels for each individual child.

Language/Reading Readiness: develop language skills; pre-reading and reading skills; develop and expand vocabulary; be exposed to language concepts and their application; apply pre-reading skills; be exposed to phonics; develop small muscle skills for writing.     Math Readiness: be exposed to vocabulary and concepts; develop vocabulary; understand mathematical concepts; recognize symbols and quantities; develop process skills, problem solving and thinking.
Sensory/Science: be exposed to vocabulary concepts; develop vocabulary; understanding of size, shape, color, and texture; develop awareness of one’s environment and materials around them.
Problem Solving: develop creative thinking and design of an environment which allows for exploration and experimentation, solving problems, answering “what if” questions.

Daily Schedule

Daily routines are designed with a balance of working alone, one-on-one with an adult, in small groups, and with an entire class.

Safety & Policies

We ensure that our environment is welcoming, accessible, and safe.

Culture & Diversity

We offer cultural learning that avoids stereotypes and makes diversity not a theme or special event but rather an every day reality. Hearts & Hands, Inc. does not include religious beliefs in our celebrations.


Alll teachers are trained in the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standard, Pyramid
, and must obtain and maintain a current certificate of completion for CPR


First, we strive to find a solution to the current situation.  Second, we attempt to help your child process feelings, recognize consequences, explore alternative solutions and outcomes, and develop internal self-control.

Food & Meals

The center will provide snacks for all children during our morning and afternoon 4K programing. Lunch is only provided to those children who are enrolled in our wrap care programing. These are children who are enrolled before/after our morning 4K hours. Lunches will be prepared in a regularly inspected kitchen.  Meals will be relaxed, with time for conversing and socializing.  We'll encourage children to serve themselves when possible.

Menu Planning
Hearts & Hands snacks will be planned on a weekly rotation and lunches will be planned on a monthly rotation.  We will ensure that nutritional guidelines are met according to U.S. department of agriculture child care food program.  The menu will be provided to parents and posted in the kitchen and the Center bulletin board.
When supplemental food (in addition to the regularly scheduled snack or lunch) is offered, a record of the food served shall be posted in an area accessible to parents and kept on file for three months.

Parents will be asked about any special dietary restrictions when their child is enrolled.

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Ready to Enroll?

Any child residing in the Mt. Horeb Area School District or an approved open enrollee who is 4 years old on or before September 1st may participate.

We're so excited!

To enroll, get registration information from the Mt. Horeb School District website and submit the necessary forms to the school district, not to Hearts and Hands.

Be prepared to...

  • Submit the child's original birth certificate.
  • Submit a document verifying proof of residency within the school district boundaries.
  • Complete the enrollment packet by the designated due date.

Not sure?

We know it's a big decision, and we take your consideration very seriously.
A tour will give you the best sense if Hearts & Hands is right for you and your child.
Email Hearts & Hands Children’s Center to schedule one today!

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