Both locations are open Monday-Friday. Our Waunakee location is open from 6:30 AM - 5:30 PM. Our Madison location is open from 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM.
We ask that children experiencing a cold, fever, rash, flu-like, or other illness symptoms please stay home. In the event a child becomes ill at our center, a phone call will be made to the parents and if at all possible they be picked up within the hour. A child will be sent home and must remain home until they are symptom free for 24 hours without the use of medicine for any of the following:
- fever of 101.1 or higher
- diarrhea (2 or more in a 1 hour time period)
- eye discharge (conjunctivitis/pink eye)
- unidentified rash
Our 4k Program at our Waunakee program works in conjunction with the Waunakee School District. Our 4k program in Madison is a private program we developed.
We bill weekly for the care and payments are due on Mondays from the previous week. You are billed based on the number of days you are scheduled for (you are scheduled 4 days each week, you pay for 4 days. If your child is ill, you may use a vacation coupon for that day). In the event your child is sick or you are gone and you have no vacation coupons remaining, you will be responsible to pay for those days. We accept all major forms of credit cards (there is a small transaction fee), debit cards, checks and cash.
The best answer to that is, as soon as you make your decision to enroll at our center, pay the registration fee and that will hold your spot until you start. This registration fee is non-refundable in the event your child care circumstances change. Enrollment is always changing so it is best to hold your spot as soon as you are ready.
You enroll your child by paying the $100 registration fee and filling out the enrollment form. Prior to your start date we will schedule a time for you to come in with all the additional paperwork and your children’s supplies so that on your child’s first day you only need to bring them. This is also a great opportunity to talk to your child’s teachers about any questions you may have.
Our Madison location is currently accredited by the Association of Early Learning Leaders, and is currently in the process of working towards accreditation through the City of Madison. Our Waunakee location is currently in the self-study period and working towards accreditation through the Association of Early Learning Leaders.
At Leap Academy, we’ve have great success in hiring teachers that display great character traits that match our core values. (link to core values). Many of our teachers have two or four-year degrees, and many are working on post-secondary coursework in the field of early childhood.
Our Leap Academy Leadership team is trained to have an attitude of service. We have a full-time Curriculum Director who supports teachers in lesson plan development, environment, and portfolio guidance.
"My son has been going to Leap Academy for three years and we absolutely love the facility! They work above and beyond to make sure your child is given the care they deserve and that you as a parent know what is going on day in and day out. The staff is friendly and the amount of knowledge my son has gained in these years is exceptional. I am due with my second child in a few weeks and she will also be attending Leap Academy."
"We were so fortunate to find Leap Academy and highly recommend it to anyone looking for a safe, clean, caring and child-focused daycare and school. From the very first day I met the Director and teachers...I knew we found a daycare we could trust. The teachers have a true passion for their careers and are invested in every child. They are excellent at communication which is so important! We get weekly lesson plans, as well as daily notes on his meals, naps, diapers and his favorite activity. Their meals are nutritious, thoughtfully planned and my son frequently asks for seconds!."
"Leap Academy is a wonderful daycare/Pre-K provider! Staff are engaging and welcoming, the nutrition program is unmatched, and overall, it is an amazing place for little ones to spend their days. Highly recommend!"
"Our daughter loves going to Leap for 4K. Ms Jes and Ms Kayla are awesome. They are very enthusiastic and full of energy. We love the activities they have at night for parents to come and watch the kids do fun things."
"My children started with Leap Academy shortly after Maria and her team took over several years ago; we have not regretted our choice for a minute! From the nutritious food to the exemplary 4k program to the caring, long term teachers, I cannot recommend Leap Academy enough."
"Maria and her staff are amazing. Their ability to work with each child individually is unparalleled. Having utilized several other centers in the area, we feel there is no better place for our kiddos."
"The culture that had been built at Leap is one of holistic development and open arms. Teachers spend so much time getting to know each of the kids individually and understand their personalities, talents, and needs. The teachers' connections with the kids allow them to create lessons and activities that really contribute to their intellectual development and social preparation for school. Additionally, the meals served to the kids are consistently healthy and delicious- the full-time kitchen staff takes it upon themselves to provide nutritious food for the kids, while frequently mixing in variety and new meals. Leap's approach of developing and uplifting children mind, body, and heart is extremely effective, and something I have not experienced at any other school or childcare center I have ever been to."
"Couldn't be happier with Leap Academy. All of the teachers are extremely nice and take great care of our children. Ms Jes & Ms Kayla do a tremendous job with the 4K program."
"Our son loves his teachers and the healthy food the school provides. This is a great school!"
"My child is in the Afternoon 4k class with Ms. Kayla and Mrs. Jess. These teachers have helped my child grow so much this last 6 months. I plan on sending her sister to the same 4k program at Leap next year."