2500 Overlook Terrace

Madison, WI 53705

(608) 280-7224

Picture of the VAKC and playground equipment



Program Information


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Program Information

The VA Kids Center (VAKC) is devoted to providing a nurturing and caring early education experience for all of the children in our center.  VAKC is open to the public however, tuition discounts and wait list preference are given to VA Hospital staff and other federal employees. VA Kids Center is licensed for thirty-eight children and provides families with low teacher to child ratios. Our infant rooms group sizes are 3 children with one teacher or 6 children with two teachers. Our one year old rooms have a maximum group size of four with one teacher. Young two year olds enjoy a ratio of six children to one teacher. Our Core Teachers have at minimum a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education. Part-time teachers are often undergraduate or graduate students at UW Madison or Edgewood College looking to expand their formal education with hands on experiences with young children. Our staff highly value the process of children learning through play and having consistent, quality adult and child interactions throughout the day. "Play is often talked about as if were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood." Fred Rogers. Teaching staff are certified in Infant/Child CPR w/AED, Pediatric First Aid, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Child Abuse & Neglect and SIDS. All staff have a state and federal criminal background checks (with fingerprints) performed before working with any child. You can find more information about what to look for in a quality early care and education center by visiting the following websites:;; and   Contact us for a list of our current rates, a wait list form or to schedule a tour.


Our Mission Statement Who do we serve? Center Hours

Our Mission Statement

The mission of the VA Kids Center is to provide high quality early care and education for children of VA Hospital employees, other federal employees and the community.  VAKC provides a high quality program that is child centered and play based for children ages six weeks to five years. Our staff use NAEYC accreditation standards and the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards as guidance in implementing the curriculum and environment for each classroom.  We offer a home-like environment with our small class sizes and low staff-to-child ratios.  Our goal at VAKC is to provide a supportive and enriching environment that fosters each child's individual social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development. Our underlying philosophy is that children learn through play, and our goal is to provide many kinds of play experiences which supports each child's progress at his or her own pace. We promote the positive accomplishments each child makes and know that all children that attend the center have strengths. Families and parents are also seen as important as the children we care for. Families are welcome to visit and participate in classrooms whenever they like. In addition to conversations at drop-off and pick-up, we have several ways that we keep in touch with families. These include daily sheets, monthly classroom or quarterly center-wide newsletters, parent-teacher conferences in the fall and spring, annual fall potluck dinner, annual Week of the Young Child breakfast potluck, and group field trips.

Center Hours

7a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We are closed for federal holidays and for winter break December 24 - January 1/2. See current center handbook for calendar.  

Who do we serve?

Ages six-weeks to three years: Ages three years to five years:
full-day/full-time only (10 hrs. max per day)  full-day/full-time and very limited part-time/full days (10 hrs. max per day)


If you are looking for an early care and education program for your child that: 

  • meets or exceeds federal, national and state recognized standards for child care.

  • operates in a secure federal building.

  • employs highly qualified and caring staff.

  • maintains low child to teacher ratios and has small class sizes.

  • teaches skills necessary for school readiness.

  • encourages parent involvement.

  • promotes healthy individualized child development.

  • participates in the USDA Food Program and supports breast feeding mothers.

  • enjoys cultural diversity in children, families and staff.

  • ...then the VA Kids Center is right for your family!


    In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at:, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) Mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) Fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) Email: This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


    Last updated: January 8, 2018