1) How do I get on the wait list?

The Wait List is best for families who have back up child care available (family, friends or sitters in town) if their hoped for start date is not available and can start a few weeks to several months later than their initial need.  This is especially true in our baby room since we must remain flexible for babies that are born early or late, changing their start date.

To be placed on the Wait List for a spot the following is required:

  1. Completion of the CKIS Waitlist Form 2022 and…
  2. Payment of a $75.00 non-refundable Wait List Fee.  A Quickbooks link will be emailed to you to pay the fee after receipt of your Waitlist Form.

Placement in the classroom from the wait list occurs when a vacancy matching your needs opens up within 90 days of your desired start date.  We will keep track of changes to our current schedules and will contact you via email and phone to offer you the opening and an exact start date.  

Please be aware that our priorities in offering a position considers several factors, including:  children of employees of Cultured Kids, families enrolling multiple children, current CK families needing a schedule change, seniority of waitlist deposits received, etc. 

Information about what happens when a position opens up can be found in the the CKIS Parent Handbook as of 20220623.


2) Can I come observe a classroom for a few hours?

All visiting may be done on an appointment basis.  You may make an appointment by calling 608-886-9739 or emailing us at contact@culturedkids.comThis policy is on hold due to COVID-19 until further notice.


3) Will you take state, county, city, or University child care assistance payments?

We participate in the Wisconsin Shares child care subsidy program as well as other specialized payment programs administered by Dane County.

We participate in the Child Care Tuition Assistance Program a.k.a. CCTAP on UW-Madison’s Campus. 

Our identification numbers for this program are as follows:

  1. Dept. of Children & Families State License #1015015
  2. WI Shares FIS Provider numbers are:  Cultured Kids-West E234141  &  Cultured Kids-Vilas E311158
  3. CCTAP vendor #588314

4) Are you a PTA safe, Nut “Safe”,  Nut Free, or Egg “Safe” or Egg Free?

We do not guarantee our centers to meet allergen safe standards at all times, but we do regularly have children enrolled that have nut, egg, dairy, and other allergies.  Accommodation and precautions are dealt with on a classroom basis and many children with allergies have grown up in our centers without incident.


5)  When can I take a tour? 

**COVID-19** UPDATE: All tours are conducted after hours or when classrooms are outside until further notice.

We do tours Tuesday and Thursday evenings between 5:40pm – 7:00pm.  Please call or email to schedule a tour.


6) Do you offer any child care before 7:00 a.m. or after 5:30 p.m.?

We are not licensed to care for children before or after these times.  Further, our tuition rates are for a maximum of 10 hours of care.

Operating Hours

Summer Season (approx. June 12 – August 31) Monday-Friday:  7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Academic Year (approx. September 1 – June 11) Monday-Friday:  7:00 am – 5:30 pm


7) What are your hours of operation?

Summer Season (June 15 – August 31) Monday-Friday:  7:30 am – 5:30 pm

Academic Year (September 1 – June 14) Monday-Friday:  7:00 am – 5:30 pm


8) Are you closed for any teacher work days?

Yes.  Cultured Kids will close for the Thursday and Friday before Labor Day for collective teacher training and space renovation.


9) Can I pay online?

Yes.  We are a member of the QuickBooks Payment System.  Through the QuickBooks Payment System, electronic payments are free. All invoices are emailed every 2 weeks. Customers click on the invoice and then push their payments to us via ACH from their checking.  Invoices are handled online via an Intuit Merchant Account. Instructions on how to set up payment are sent to every new customer as well. 


10)  Are you closed for holidays? 

Standard service will not be provided on: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Thursday & Friday before Labor Day (Teacher Work Days), Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day After Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday), and Christmas Day.

If a holiday falls on a Saturday, we will be closed the previous Friday. If a holiday falls on a Sunday, we will be closed the Monday following. We will be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve when the holiday falls during the work week.


11) Do you provide breakfast and/or lunch?

VILAS/CENTRAL LOCATION: All meals and snacks are provided within the cost of tuition.

WEST LOCATION: Snacks are provided, Meals ARE NOT.  Each child brings his or her own breakfast and/or lunch with a cold pack inside the lunchbox and a sturdy water bottle/sippy cup for the day.  We provide healthy snacks morning and afternoon including organic milk.


12) Do you have an enrollment fee?

Yes.  Our one-time enrollment fee is $75 per child.


13) Do you charge if my child is absent for vacation, holidays, or illness?

Yes we do.  Our tuition is billed every two weeks in advance of child care.  To guarantee a steady job for our teaching staff our tuition stays the same even when a child misses school for illness, vacation, holidays, or visiting relatives.  It is probably more accurate to think of your child care payments as a subscription to a reliable service that is paid at an average flat rate and not as an hour for hour or day to day specific fee.


14) Do families earn any vacation credit for attending all year? 


1 week of credit is earned after 12 months of consecutive attendance

2 weeks are earned after 30 months of consecutive attendance.

New siblings receive the same amount of vacation as the first child.  Families go on vacation and still retain their spots without paying while they are gone.

*Taking a break for summer or a month off around Christmas/New Year’s starts the clock over again.

*The child must not be on the premises during a vacation week.  They must actually be absent for that time. 


15) Can my child’s summer schedule change temporarily?

Mostly, No.  There is only enroll and unenroll.  There is no “change.”


16) Will my child still understand me when I talk to them?

Absolutely! 🙂

Children are incredibly adaptable and will be able to retain and expand their English and Spanish simultaneously. 

Benefits of Being Bilingual



17) How will my child retain their Spanish after they have moved on to Kindergarten or 1st grade?

Our hope is that your child will continue to learn and use their Spanish during our After school or Summer Camp opportunities or in a Bilingual or Dual Language Immersion programs around Madison.
Otherwise, without regular exposure to Spanish, the language will be lost for a time, until they begin classes and are regularly using it again.


 18) When will my child speak or learn English?

 Your child will continue to expand their English vocabulary from peers and home every day. Because English is the first language for most of our CKers, the kids will regularly use this language with each other until they learn new phrases to share in Spanish. This is our teacher’s responsibility. With their teachers, the children are required and guided to use new Spanish vocabulary until it becomes natural and easier. This happens faster, the younger and more frequently they attend. Children will continue to absorb most of their English from everyday exposure to it at the store, church, library, and playgroups, but mostly from home. Our staff will only speak Spanish to your child unless there is a special emergency requiring English. When your child doesn’t understand something their teacher will rephrase, use visual aids, and/or show the child what they mean, all the while speaking to them in Spanish or any other target languages we are supporting at the time. 

19) Do you accept Flex Spending Account money or cards? 

We are happy to fill out a reimbursement form for your Flex Spending Account, but we do not accept debit or credit cards, regardless of the type of funds it connects to.  We only accept an ACH payment from your checking account that is initiated via an email we send you.  You then (1 time only) create a quick account with Intuit (parent corp of QuickBooks) and then future payments become a 2 click affair. Many of our parents use a Flex Spending Account, they just have us fill out a voucher on a monthly or quarterly or annual basis to get reimbursed from their FSA administrator.  The forms are pretty standard in the FSA industry.  If all our families used debit or credit cards we would pay over $24,000 annually to card processors, which doesn’t help us or your child.   So, we avoid it.