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4-Year-Old Kindergarten

Developed in 2006, 4-year-old kindergarten (4K) is a half-day, developmentally appropriate educational program of learning and activities for 4-year-old children. 4K is free for children who live within RUSD's boundaries. Students attend classes for three hours, Monday through Thursday and some Fridays. Both morning and afternoon sessions are offered.

There are many reasons to consider enrolling your child in 4K.

  • Studies indicate that students in early childhood programs learn the skills necessary for success in elementary school and beyond.
  • Social and emotional school readiness is a precursor to learning. 4K assists children with language skills, listening skills, muscle coordination, social skills and other prerequisites to learning.
  • Racine Unified has a strong history of providing excellent programming for young children.


If your child will be four on or before Sept. 1, you can register him/her for 4K.


Registration for the following school year typically begins on the first Wednesday in March (see thecalendar section of our website to verify the date). Please register your child at the school he/she will attend for 4K. You will need to bring your child's birth certificate or baptismal record, proof of address and an immunization record to enroll. Space for 4K is limited at certain sites, so parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

Enrollment forms can be found here.

To view a list of RUSD elementary schools and off-site locations that offer 4K, click here. To determine your child's home school for 4K, click here.