Oshkosh Early Learning 

  • Phone Number: 920-424-1004 

  • Fax: (920) 236-3815

  • Email: stephanie.thiel@oshkosh.k12.wi.us


The Oshkosh Area School District, in collaboration with several local child care centers, private preschools, and Head Start, seeks to provide enhanced early learning opportunities for young children beginning at age four. Our Ready 4 Learning program provides high-quality, free public preschool for all children who turn four on or before September 1 of the current school year. We provide special education services to children who qualify beginning at age three. 

Guiding Principles

All children are capable and competent.

A child’s early learning and development is multi-dimensional.

Expectations for children must be guided by knowledge of child growth and development.

Children are individuals who develop at various rates.

Children are members of cultural groups that share developmental patterns.

Children exhibit a range of skills and competencies within each domain of development.

Children learn through play and active exploration of their environment.

Parents are the primary and most important caregivers and educators.

Registration Information


To register for 4K, please complete Online Registration using the link below:

4K Placement Process

4K Placement Process

Oshkosh prides itself on having a community-based collaborative 4K program. Collectively, we have 16 sites with 35 4K sessions for the 18-19 school year. These sites include schools, child care centers, and Head Start programs. Oshkosh Area School District uses the steps listed below for our 4K placement process.

  1. Children who attend a daycare/childcare site that has 4K will be placed at that site.
  2. Groups of children will attend the same 4K site based on neighborhood or daycare location.
  • These students will be eligible for bussing.
  • We will balance class sizes throughout the entire 4K program.
    • Integrated Programs (in the afternoon) will have at least 10 regular education students and no more than 8 special education students.
  • All 4K classrooms have a 24 student maximum.
  • Child licensing requirements related to space determine number of students in each site.
  1. Specific parent placement requests will be considered after the steps listed above.

Additional Documents Required for Registration

Additional Documents Required

You can either take a picture of and upload the following during online registration OR email to stephanie.thiel@oshkosh.k12.wi.us:

  1. Proof of birth date- Legal documentation that contains student’s full name, birthdate, gender, place of birth, and parent/ guardian information (e.g. original birth certificate, hospital record, child ID card, Native American Tribal document).  A child must be four years old on or before 09/01/2019. State law requires that the birth date be verified at the time of enrollment.

  2. Parent/ Legal Guardian’s current driver’s license or state ID- In addition, if the parent on the birth certificate is not enrolling the student, legal guardianship papers are required or a Power of Attorney Form needs to be completed, notarized, and submitted.

  3. Proof of Residency- Examples include: deed of trust, last year’s real estate tax receipt, utility bill, credit card statement, current apartment or house lease in parent’s name. If parent or guardian is not listed on the documents, however he/she is married to the owner/ leaseholder/ renter, a copy of the marriage license must be provided.

  4. Confidential Student Immunization record- Be sure to enter the complete date (month-day-year, e.g. 03/01/98) or bring a copy of your child’s immunization records. Note: Parents can access the Wisconsin Immunization Registry to obtain a copy of their child’s immunization records.(https://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/immunization/wir.htm) Wisconsin state law requires this information.

  5. Health Examination Record- Please have your doctor complete and sign this form based on your child’s four-year old check-up. They are welcome to fax it to the Office of Early Learning at 920-424-7514. If your child has not had their four-year old check-up yet, please ask your doctor to fax it after their appointment. We will need to obtain a copy no later than 09/30/2019.

  • There is also a $40 instructional fee. This can be paid online beginning in August. If you believe you qualify for this fee to be waived, please contact the Office of Early Learning at 920-424-1004 or stephanie.thiel@oshkosh.k12.wi.us 

Quick Links

Principal's Message


Site Map Link

Click the link above to view a map of our 4K locations for the 2019-2020 school year. 

School Supply Lists

4K and Early Childhood School Supply Lists Link

Click the link above to locate your 4K or Early Childhood teacher's School Supply List, Welcome Letter and Meet & Greet Letter.  


Additional Information/ Resources

Early Childhood Screening Information

Early Childhood Screening

What if I have concerns about my child’s development?

If you have concerns regarding your child’s development we have a team of specialists who are ready to support you and get your questions answered!

Please contact the Office of Early Learning at 424-1004 with questions or to call for an evaluation appointment. 

Ages and Stages Parent Questionnaire

Curriculum Overview

2019-2020 School Year 

Our staff are busy getting ready for another amazing year in the world of Oshkosh Early Learning! We look forward to meeting you and your child soon. 

Curriculum Information:

Our job is to meet each individual child where they are at and move them forward. Your child does not need to know or be able to do anything particular in order to attend 4K. 


  • The Oshkosh Area School District Ready 4 Learning Program supports proactive management techniques that focus on creating successful learning environment, school community, and opportunities to learn what to do (replacement behaviors) for every child. Your 4K classroom teacher will implement Conscious Discipline and the Pyramid Model techniques within their 4K classrooms.

    • PYRAMID MODEL: The pyramid model is a framework, rather than a curriculum, for planning how we support children in developing social and emotional competence. All children have needs that are addressed within the framework. The Pyramid Model was designed by the Center on the Social Emotional Foundations of early learning based on what the research tells us about best practices in supporting social and emotional development. 

    • CONSCIOUS DISCIPLINE: is a comprehensive social and emotional intelligence classroom management practice that empowers both teachers and students. The goal of the practice is to provide systematic changes in schools by fostering the emotional intelligence of teachers first and children second. Conscious Discipline leads teachers through a process that promotes permanent behavior changes in both teachers and children. The change is from a traditional compliance model of discipline to a relationship-based community model.


Through the time spent in our program we support children with seeing themselves as readers and writers. We find functional uses for reading and writing in our daily lives and maximize our literacy rich learning environments for all children.

Children’s skills are met and gently nudged forward from making marks and strokes all the way up to writing letters and their name when/if they are ready for it throughout the year. Children learn that sometimes readers read pictures and sometimes readers read words! Our goal is to instill for all children in our program that “people make and read books and they each can too.” 

Fountas and Pinnell’s Literacy Beginnings and the work of Matt Glover and Katie Woodray’s work about book making lead the way in our literacy instruction. 


Children’s skills in mathematics are supported to move beyond rote counting. We support children in thinking critically about mathematical skills. We focus our attention on 0-5 and 0-10 learning them forwards, backwards, how to represent them with numerals and objects, how to build them and break them apart, and so on. We also talk about measuring, shapes, directional words, and so much more! 

While we patiently await Bridges’ preschool curriculum we are using and enhancing our current Everyday Math curriculum. 


All of our teaching and learning is done within the overall structure of best practices provided by Creative Curriculum. Our assessment tool is called Teaching Strategies Gold, which focuses on several learning domains including: 

  • Social and Emotional

  • Language

  • Cognitive

  • Physical

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

If you have any questions about what your child is learning please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or the Office of Early Learning at any time!