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5 - 11 Year Olds

Our goal is to foster independence, positive self-esteem, and personal growth of your child through activities that will exercise social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills and encourage them to develop their own unique interests, ideas, and talents

Caring • Learning • Playing

What do you do in the School Age Program?

We encourage your child to be involved in planning daily activities and we will support their interests and choices.  Children in our program can expect to find a relaxing and enriching environment. We place a high priority on allowing children to make mistakes, solve their own problems, and do the things for themselves that they are able.

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.

Activities: Intergenerational play, cooperative games, scavenger hunts.

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.

Activities: Writing, drawing, painting, reading, production of plays, dance, music.

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

We believe at every age it's important to keep active and moving. Our large 6-acre green space provides many opportunities for running around, jumping and playing on the gym equipment, and our field trips and summer swim will keep your child busy.

Outside time in the large green space, field trips, sports, summer swimming.

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.

Activities: Scientific exploration, cooking, interactive computer games

Summer Swimming

Summer Fun!
School age children will make use of the Mt. Horeb Aquatic Center for swimming and water fun approximately two afternoons each week (more or less dependent of weather).  

Is it safe?
Village Employed Life Guards and Hearts & Hands staff monitors the children.  

What if my child isn't a good swimmer?
Children are restricted to swimming areas within their ability (i.e. non-swimmers, intermediate swimmers, advanced swimmers and divers.)  Parents will determine the level of swimming ability on the Hearts & Hands Pool Permission form.  If necessary, Hearts & Hands Inc. staff may restrict a child to a lower swim level.

Safety & Policies

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

Culture & Diversity

We offer the children cultural learning that avoids stereotypes and teaches that diversity is not a theme or special event but rather an every day reality.


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


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

Food & Meals

The center will provide two snacks (mid-morning and mid-afternoon)and lunch for all children attending.  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.  We won't force kids to eat, but will encourage them to try a bit of everything that is served.

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?

We're so excited!

To enroll, email Hearts & Hands Children’s Center.  

We are often full, but we offer a wait list for future enrollment options - and there's no fee to be on our wait list!

Be prepared to...

  • Submit a non-refundable registration fee per child
  • Submit a non-refundable fee to reserve a spot for your child
  • 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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