Appleton Community 4K & Local Preschool Options

Appleton Community 4K4K

Four-year-old kindergarten (4K) provides all young children with the opportunity to participate in a quality early learning program that provides a solid foundation for lifelong learning. Children build social and pre-academic skills that contribute to future success in school.
A child must be 4 on or before September 1st and be an AASD resident to enroll in 4-year-old kindergarten for the upcoming school year. 

Benefits of 4K

  • Guarantee of a DPI licensed teacher
  • Curriculum that addresses the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards for preschool children
  • Opportunities for early identification of potential learning needs and intervention
  • Expanded parent involvement and training opportunities
  • Additional resources to maintain and build on quality early learning programming

What does 4K look like in the Appleton Area School District

  • 4K in Appleton is universal for all four-year-olds and voluntary
  • 4K is a comprehensive child development program providing an enrichment opportunity for all four-year-old children and their families prior to 5K
  • Appleton Community 4K is implemented using a Community-Based Collaborative Model that builds on existing early learning programs, child care centers, private preschools, Head Start programs, and faith-based programs in partnership with the AASD to provide quality early childhood education for four-year-olds
  • All Appleton Community 4K teachers must be licensed through the Department of Public Instruction (DPI)


Suzette Preston
Director of Appleton Community 4K
(920) 832-1742

Other Local Preschool Programs

Contact Child Care Resource & Referral, Inc. CCR&R

Contact Child Care Resource & Referral, Inc. (CCR&R) CCR&R offers parent referrals to regulated child care programs, family child care, group center care, drop-in, and preschools, serving Calumet, Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Manitowoc, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Waupaca and Winnebago Counties.

The Referral Specialist will review on-line referrals and you may receive an email with additional information (generally a list of more providers) if needed.

If you need further assistance with your online referral, please do not hesitate to call our office (there will be no fee for this call). 


If you prefer to call for free referrals, please contact CCR&R at (920) 886-1211 or toll-free at 1-800-749-KIDS, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Head Start Headstart

UW Oshkosh Head Start is a FREE preschool program, serving Outagamie, Shawano, Calumet, and Winnebago Counties. Head Start's focus is on early childhood development and health, as well as family and community partnerships.

The program provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to eligible children and their families. Children served are ages 3-5 and program options include a six-hour extended day classroom, home visitation or a combination of options. We also have collaborations with some child care centers to provide services there.  


(920) 731-3720, Ext. 119