Preschool Enrollment


Are you interested in joining our school family? See the details below and let us know if you have any questions.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE New Morning Nursery School is accredited by the City of Madison, has a 5-Star rating on the Youngstar scale and is licensed by the State of Wisconsin to serve children 2-5 years of age in a part-day nursery school program. Please refer to our Program Description and Tuition Schedule for more information.

We are a MMSD community 4K partner. Please refer to the 4K Information Guide for more detailed instructions regarding applying to our 4K program.

Beginning with the 2024-25 school year, enrollment will be through an online process.  An Open House is scheduled for Saturday, January 6, 2024 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Individual tours may be scheduled by appointment after the Open House.

NEW FAMILIES interested in enrolling should call the school office prior to the Open House to have their names put on a mailing list. Application notifications will automatically be sent to all names on the list. Applications from new families will be ranked in the order in which they are received in the office. New families are encouraged to complete their applications as soon as possible.

RETURNING FAMILIES will receive application process in January.  Applications will not be considered unless accompanied by a non-refundable application fee.  Applications will not be accepted from families who have an outstanding tuition balance of two or more months unless prior arrangements have been made with the director.  Refer to your Family Handbook for more enrollment information.

PLACEMENT – We will not discriminate against any enrolled child, family or applicant for enrollment, on the basis of race, sex, disability, age, or national origin.  Our policies are designed to balance the needs of individual children and their families with the needs of the class as a whole.  Procedures are aimed at creating an equitable method of application, acceptance, and enrollment.  There is no potty training requirement for any of our classes.  Applications will be processed in the following order:

  1. children currently enrolled in the school
  2. children of staff
  3. siblings of current or former students
  4. children who were on the waiting list
  5. children of new families

In addition, consideration is given to a family’s enrollment longevity at the school, families who are enrolling more than one child with the same schedule, and peers within each group.

If several applicants of identical standing are applying for the same space, placement will be done by a lottery.  If a child does not get a first choice they will be placed according to their second, third, etc. choice. Once all spots are offered the remaining applicants will be placed on waiting lists corresponding to their preferences, in the order in which the applications were received.  The application fee will be returned to families who do not receive a placement.

CONFIRMATION of placement and an enrollment contract will be sent to returning families by February 3, 2023, and to new families by February 15.  To guarantee your child’s placement the first of ten tuition payments must be paid by February 15, 2023 for returning families.  New family payments must be received within five days of receipt of confirmation.  This payment is not refundable or transferable for any reason.  Currently enrolled families who experience difficulty making this payment in a timely manner can make arrangements for a more comfortable payment plan by contacting the director.  If the first payment or payment arrangements have not been made by the deadline, the child will be removed from the class and placed on the waiting list.

WAITING LISTS are formed once all spots in a class have been offered.  Families whose children were placed on the waiting list during the previous enrollment cycle will be placed ahead of new families applying for the first time if they reapply by the next Open House.  It is not necessary to pay the $90 application fee if you are applying after the creation of the waiting lists, usually by mid-March.  The application fee will be payable along with the first tuition payment when a child on the waiting list receives confirmation of placement.

MID-YEAR ENROLLMENT occurs if space is available.  Once the school year begins, parents should check with the director to see what classes have openings.  Tuition is then prorated according to the number of months remaining in the school year.

SCHOLARSHIPS are available.  Applications for tuition assistance are available in the office and should be returned with the application for enrollment. The goal of the scholarship fund at New Morning is to provide children whose families could not afford to pay the full tuition an opportunity to attend the school.  Awards are based on financial need, available space and funds.  Applying for scholarship will not affect an applicant’s placement during the registration process.  Tuition reduction jobs are also available during the school year.

Returning families who are currently receiving scholarships should reapply every year, with a separate application for each child.  The application for assistance must accompany the application for enrollment and be turned in by the deadline for returning students.  Every effort will be made to continue to support a currently enrolled child, however, scholarship rollover cannot be guaranteed.  Once a family has received tuition assistance and continues to justify financial need, priority will be given to returning students.