Thank you for choosing Wisconsin Youth Company School Year Programs!  

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the child(ren).  

Wisconsin Youth Company is proud to continue our relationship with the Madison Metropolitan School District to provide on-site after school programming. Please carefully review all tabs on this webpage prior to your first day of school.

Thoreau Elementary School  |  3870 Nakoma Rd. 

  • After School Program Cell Phone  |  608-445-8038  
  • After School Program Hours  |  Monday 1:45-5:45 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 3:17-5:45 p.m.
  • After School Program Location  |  Gymnasium – The entrance to the program is located off the rear parking lot on Cherokee Drive
  • 2022-2023 Program Schedule
Meet the Staff  
  • Site Supervisor  |  Victoria Hoff
  • Group Leader  |  Finn Sidelle
  • Program Manager  |  Amanda Gartzke  |

All staff have education and/or experience related to working with children. They receive training prior to the start of the school year and are certified in first aid and CPR. All program staff receive additional training with updated health & wellness and cleaning & sanitation protocols.  

Wellness Check 

We ask that families self-monitor and conduct their own wellness checks prior to school each day. If your child(ren) are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during program hours, our trained staff will conduct a wellness check and request for immediate pick-up. 

Face Coverings

In accordance with MMSD policy, face coverings are optional during After School. Face coverings will be available to those who need or choose to wear one.

What to Bring 
  • Extra set of clothing, as needed 

Please do not send your child(ren) with any unnecessary items. Toys or other items from home will not be permitted. Wisconsin Youth Company is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged personal property, including clothing.  

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the child(ren).  

After School Pickup 
  • Parents will text or call the program phone 608-445-8038 upon arriving to program. We will have both Parent 1 and 2 phone numbers programmed into the program phone. Please confirm the most current cell phone numbers are listed in your Parent Portal. That will serve as our means of identifying Parents. Staff will have children clean up, gather belongings, sanitize hands, and exit the program space. We strongly encourage Parents to meet their child(ren) outside the door.
  • If your child(ren) has not exited the school five minutes after your text, please call the program phone
  • If a different pre-authorized pick-up person is planning to pick-up from After School, please notify our administrative office or the site directly  
Daily Activities  
  • Wisconsin Youth Company staff will create weekly lesson plans tiered to the children’s interests 
  • Our program helps your child(ren) to discover new opportunities through our choice-based curriculum  
  • Within the daily activities, children will have a chance to participate in STEM, art projects, community building games, and other various handson activities to expand their developmental growth. Along with developing important life skills such as language, social and emotional skills.  
  • There will be time for daily outdoor recreation (weather permitted) where children will participate in group games and explore the playground 
  • Children are also provided the opportunity to complete homework 
  • An afternoon snack will be provided 
  • All snacks served at program are nut-free 
  • All children must wash hands with soap and water before and after eating  
  • Snacks are individually wrapped and will be passed out by staff 
  • Milk will also be served 
  • Please see the Wisconsin Youth Company Program Handbook for more details about snack 
We are anticipating a wonderful program year at After School Thoreau and look forward to serving your family. 

Dear After School Families,  

During November, we cozied up inside making slime that erupted with pockets of glitter. Although it took us some time to clean the glitter off of the floor and tables, we enjoyed one another’s companionship as we used slime remnants to peel away the mess. Slime days are some of our favorites, and there have been requests for Slime Time each Monday. Slime Time offers more chances to experiment with glow-in-the-dark slime, magnetic slime, and other types of slime textures that are satisfying and relaxing. When we need a change of pace, we can use our improved measuring skills to cook delicious food. Well-loved activities where more friends join in create spaces where we can spend more time with one another.  

Although December is a short month because of winter break, we plan to enjoy all of the time we have together as the cold approaches. With new outdoor materials like igloo building tools and sleds, our snowy days will be fun despite the cold. I look forward to warming up inside afterwards with a story time led by Finn, who will read aloud in our cozy, quiet area. We have a large selection of books at After School, but we are always open to reading library books your child might bring to program. If you have any book recommendations with whimsical or enchanting illustrations, please email me at 

Thank you from the After School Team at Thoreau – Victoria and Finn  

Glitter Slime Recipe


  • 6 gm glitter 
  • ½ tbsp of baking soda  
  • 6 fl oz clear glue  
  • 1 ¼ tbsp contact lens solution  
  • 1 bowl  
  • 1 spoon  
  • Reusable or disposable stash bag  


  1. Pour 6 fl oz of clear glue into a bowl
  2. Add ½ tbsp of baking soda to the bowl
  3. Add 6 gm glitter to the bowl
  4. Mix thoroughly with the spoon. Add more glitter if the contents of the bowl do not look as desired.
  5. Begin adding contact solution to the bowl 1 tsp at a time, mixing the solution in with a spoon until the slime begins to stick together.  
  6. As the slime forms, take it out of the bowl with your hands. If the slime is still too sticky, continue to add contact solution. Knead and pull your slime!  
  7. Place your slime in a reusable or disposable bag
  • Winter Wander registration is open through December 16 for grades 3-5
  • No Program Days
    • December 5
    • December 21-January 3
  • As the weather gets colder and the days get shorter, please send students with weather appropriate attire so we can continue to enjoy our time outdoors
  • When calling or texting at pick-up, please let us know if you would like to come inside. We would love to have families in our program space and experience program firsthand
  • Please have children bring a water bottle with their name on it to program. We are trying to reduce our waste, and we are currently using many disposable cups.  
  • Please call the attendance message line at 608-276-9898 to report any absences
  • If you are missing someone’s water bottle, glove, boot, beloved stuffed animal, or other miscellaneous item, please check our lost and found basket located inside of program space. 
  • COVID-19 vaccines are available for children age 6 months and up. Click for more information and to schedule an appointment for your child. (Español)
  • Wisconsin Youth Company Administrative Office is closed December 26-30
What's Happening

After School Thoreau

Please note: Families are varied and the use of the word Parent(s) refers to the adult(s) who are responsible for the child(ren).  

Site Cell Phone Number: 608-445-8038  |  This number can be used to call or text Wisconsin Youth Company staff at your child(ren)’s location during program hours. Please note that staff are engaged with children during program hours and may not be able to answer. Please leave a message and they will get back to you.  

24-Hour Attendance Message Line:  608-276-9898  |  Please call the message line when your child(ren) will be absent from program. All absences must be reported. Please leave a message regarding your child(ren)’s name, program, and the date(s) of absence.  

Administrative Office: 608-276-9782 ext. 0  |  If you need immediate assistance, please contact our administrative office. Our administrative office can also assist you with your registration questions.  

Wisconsin Youth Company Email:   |  To communicate with our administrative or registration team or if you have questions regarding your account please send us an email.