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. 
Snack 

Hello wonderful families!

I apologize if children come home with dirty clothes and wet socks; we have been having fun! Along with our time outside, we enjoyed playing inside.

A few of the excitement from program this month:

  • We tried a yummy veggie soup on our cooking project day.
  • We worked on our community project by making beautiful Valentine’s cards for the senior center at Oak Park.
  • Superhero day was a blast making masks, working on coloring pages, and dancing.
  • Recycle Day was super fun! Our kids have a great imagination, and they create awesome artifacts.
  • On Valentine’s Day, we made cake pops and some potions.
  • I hope the weather continues to improve and we can spend more time outside, we love to explore more and have outside activities.

Aracely

Program Manager Update

Amanda Gartzke, program manager, is leaving Wisconsin Youth Company. We wish her all the best. Your interim Program Manager is Melissa Meyer. Melissa can be contacted at mmeyer@wisconsinyouthcompany.org.

Reminders
  • No program March 25-29
  • Registration for summer programs opens Wednesday, March 6 at 4 p.m. The registration team will be available to assist with questions until 6 p.m. this day.
  • Registration for 2024-2025 School Year programs opens Wednesday, April 10 at 4 p.m. The registration team will be available to assist with questions until 6 p.m. this day.
  • Please send your child(ren) to program with a labeled water bottle.
  • Please call 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 mmeyer@wisconsinyouthcompany.org

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: info@wisconsinyouthcompany.org   |  To communicate with our administrative or registration team or if you have questions regarding your account please send us an email.