The Gundersen Child Care Center has a licensed capacity for 101 children and provides care for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. While the center is corporately sponsored for the employees of Gundersen Health System, enrollment of the general public is welcome as space permits.
The Gundersen Child Care Center is proud to be a five-star early child care provider rated by Wisconsin's YoungStar Child Care Rating Program. Five stars means the Center meets the highest level of quality standards and is committed to the safety, quality and professionalism of our program.
Curriculum development is an ongoing process, and we understand that each child is an individual with unique needs, ideas and interests. We offer children varied opportunities to develop physically, socially, emotionally, aesthetically and intellectually.
Infants: Gundersen Child Care Center accepts infants ages 6 weeks to 1 year. At this age, children use their bodies and senses of sight, sound, smell, touch and taste to learn. Throughout the day, our caregivers will use a routine—interacting, diapering, feeding, rocking, holding—to foster social, physical, emotional, and cognitive growth. Special planned activities based on the infant's individual developmental level will also be included in the daily schedule.
Toddlers: Gundersen Child Care Center's toddler program is for children 12-24 months old. The center has two classrooms devoted to this curious and energetic age group. Toddlers are looking for guidance as they explore the world around them. Our staff provides structure and compassion as these little ones continue to build relationships with caregivers and classmates!
2-year-olds: The 2-year-old program at Gundersen Child Care Center is designed to nurture high-energy, independent and inquisitive minds. Staff contributes to this development of independence by preparing an emotionally stable environment in which the children can develop their social, cognitive, and motor skills as much as their age and abilities allow.
Preschool: Preschool children, ages 3-5, are growing in their ability to use their bodies skillfully in activities such as walking, climbing, skipping, and running. Language skills are more conversational, and communication with peers and adults becomes fully developed. The Gundersen Child Care Center's daily preschool program is thoughtfully planned to provide opportunities for young children to gain self-esteem and confidence.
Pre-K: The Child Care Center collaborates with the School District of La Crosse to offer 4-year-old preschool—Pre-K—to children enrolled in the Child Care Center as well as children from the neighboring community. The program is offered Monday-Thursday, 12:10 to 3:30 p.m. Note: While there are no program fees, families are still responsible for surround care fees. For more information, visit the School District of La Crosse's website, http://www.lacrosseschools.com.
School-age: Year-round child care for children ages 6-12 years. The program provides before and after school care, as well as care during school vacations and closings. Our program is child-oriented with activities that provide challenges, interesting materials, and caring adults who will provide guidance and support.
Summer camp: Held at the Child Care Center, but with regular field trips and outings. Children can expect field trips to include visits to the local splash parks, planetarium, the Children's Museum of La Crosse, Niagara Cave, Kids Coulee and more. Enrollment opens each March.
Our teachers are degreed professionals who care deeply about making each child's educational experience fun, exciting and memorable, creating a foundation for future learning. All Child Care Center teachers are required to follow state regulations that apply to training. Our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention and Child Abuse Awareness. Our staff also has additional training in curriculum, child development, classroom management, age appropriate activities, nutrition, and other supplementary coursework to ensure they possess the skills needed to create a quality learning environment. Staff at the Gundersen Child Care Center are passionate about the children's happiness and growth and provide a safe, nurturing environment.
Tuition and fees
Weekly: Guaranteed care, Monday through Friday
Daily: Drop-in care
Hourly: Drop-in care or additional hours beyond 10 hours
||Infant and Toddler
1:6* or 1:8* ratio
|Weekly Rates: 5 days/week, 5-10 hours/day
|Daily Rates: 5-10 hours/day for drop-in care
|Hourly Rates: Drop-in care or additional hours beyond 10 hours
*Classroom tuition is based on adult:child ratio. Size of the classroom is a factor in determining group size.
**Fully potty-trained: No accidents for 10 consecutive days while in care. The Two-Year-Old tuition will apply to older children not fully potty-trained.
Payment Options: Cash, check, debit/credit card
Registration fee: $25 per child at time of enrollment and each January thereafter.
Holding fee: Equal to half the cost of the contracted daily rate. Limited to five holds per child per calendar year (January-December)—no carryover.
Overtime fee: Unless prior approval is received to extend the scheduled time (early or late), a $5 per 15 minutes surcharge will apply.
Late payment fee: $10 charge for payments made after the due date.
Handbooks and policies
Parents are responsible for ensuring compliance with the Gundersen Child Care Center Parent Handbook and all related policies. For your convenience, the parent handbook is available below as well as links to important policies.
Meals and menus
Meals are served in a family style setting. Gundersen Child Care Center follows the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). CACFP meal pattern requirements will be followed for all children unless a current physician-signed diet variation form is on file at the center.
For children over 2, the following food service schedule applies:
- Breakfast is served at 8:30 a.m.
- Lunch is served at 11:30 a.m.
- Afternoon snack is served from 2:30-3 p.m. School-agers arriving after 3 p.m. are served when they arrive.
Parenting is a tough job! Luckily, there are many local and national resources to provide parents with the support, tools, and information they need to do the best job they can to provide a safe, caring, and positive environment for their children.
The Parenting Place: The Parenting Place is a local, non-profit organization that offers programs, referrals, and resources to any parent or caregiver - free of charge.
Wisconsin Department of Children and Families - YoungStar Program: YoungStar was created to improve the quality of child care for Wisconsin children. The YoungStar website provides information about the Quality Rating and Improvement System as well as resources to parents about the growth and development of their children.
National Association for Education of Young Children: The National Association for the Education of Young Children website highlights topics such as child development, reading, writing, math, and music, and provides fresh ideas, informational articles, and fun activities for parents to try with their children.