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 1:10-5:45 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 2:35-5:45 p.m.
  • Please note: program will not be offered on mid-day release and no school days. View the full program schedule here 2023-2024 Program Schedule. 
  • After School Program Location  |  Gymnasium – entrance to the program is located off the rear parking lot on Cherokee Drive
Meet the Staff  
  • Site Supervisor  |  Aracely Rodriguez
  • Group Leader  |  Finn Sidelle, Mai Lee
  • Interim Program Manager  |  Melissa Meyer

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.  

What to Bring 
  • Extra set of clothing, as needed 

Please do not send your child  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. Parents should meet staff their child(ren) outside of the exit 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 children 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. 

We’ve had a lot of fun together! Over the past few weeks, we’ve been busy with a variety of creative projects and outdoor games that were both enjoyable and educational for the children. Here’s a glimpse of what we’ve been up to:

Creative projects: The children have been exploring their artistic side by decorating cakes. It’s been amazing to see their creativity in action and how they’ve enjoyed sharing their creations with each other.

Outdoor games: We’ve spent time outdoors enjoying the nice weather and playing fun games with our friends. From relay races to team games, everyone was involved and had a great time.

In addition to these activities, we’ve also engaged in other fun activities that helped foster teamwork, collaboration, and social skills development.

We’re thrilled to see the enthusiasm and participation of the children in all the activities. Their positive energy makes each day special and exciting.

As we are just a few days away from the end of the school year, we are all excited about our summer plans. We hope the time spent with us has been enjoyable for your children, and we look forward to making the next one even better.

If you have any questions or comments about this month’s activities, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We are here to support your children and provide them with a rewarding and enjoyable After School experience.

Thank you for trusting us to care for and educate your children.

Aracely and Mai

  • Last day of program is June 6
  • If your children have any medication at site, including sunscreen or bug spray, please be sure to collect it on their last day of After School.
  • Registration for Summer 2024 programs and 2024-2025 School Year programs is open
  • Stay Golden Gala tickets are on sale! Join us as we celebrate 50 years of serving families with live music, food trucks, silent auction, and more. Proceeds from this event support children and families in Dane and Waukesha counties.
  • Please send your child(ren) to program with a labeled water bottle.
  • Please call or text the attendance message line at 608-276-9898 to report any absences.
  • Families are encouraged to visit program. Please feel welcome to join your child in play or the staff-led activity while picking up your child(ren) each day. 
Weather Guidelines

This chart shows what children need to wear when programs go outside.

Photo Gallery

Program Manager

Melissa Meyer is the interim program manager for After School at Thoreau Elementary. Please feel free to reach out to Melissa if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding program. She is available by email at

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.