University Houses Preschool

Parent Cooperative

Preschool and 4K Open House –

University Houses Preschool invites you to our Open House

Have Preschool & 4K questions? Learn how to register at UHP.

Saturday, January 12, 10:30 - Noon

6033 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719

Come see our new location.

Meet the teachers, play with our toys, and enjoy some snacks.

Bring your friends and family! Everyone is welcome at this free, fun event.

Día de puertas abiertas del preescolar y 4K

University Houses Preschool los invita al día de puertas abiertas.

¿Tiene preguntas sobre el preescolar o 4k? Aprenda en UHP a inscribirse en estos programas.

Sábado 12 de enero, de 10:30 a 12 de la tarde.

6033 Odana Road, Madison, WI 53719

Vengan a ver nuestra nueva ubicación. Conozcan a las maestras, jueguen con nuestros juguetes y disfruten de algunos bocaditos.

Enrollment now open

Fall 2018-Spring 2019

Tours available Monday, Tuesday, and Friday 8:45 - 10:00am

or by appointment

call (608) 238-3955

Immediate Openings:

M-F morning class (8:45 - 11:45am)

MTF lunch bunch (11:45 - 12:45pm)

MT afternoon class (12:45 - 3:45pm)

UHP is a part day, parent cooperative, non-profit preschool. We strive to be a nurturing, inclusive community of learning through play. Learn more.

Recruiting teacher a 4K Co-Teacher for Spring.

University Houses Preschool is State of WI Licensed and City of Madison Accredited. We share an obligation to provide high quality services for children and families, as well as to ensure high standards in teaching, research, outreach and services to the greater Madison, Middleton, and Verona areas as well as to university students, faculty and staff. Our mission and operation guidelines are in the Wisconsin’s Administrative Code DCF 251, Licensing Rules for Group Child Care Centers.

Position Summary:

The primary responsibility of the 4K Preschool Teacher is to provide care for children in a child-initiated, play-based, learning environment. This includes providing the supervision and management of a classroom of children and supervision with students and visitors in the classroom for observation, research, and practicum experiences. The lead teacher plans and facilitates developmental activities as part of a comprehensive program for children’s physical, cognitive, emotional and social growth, so children can reach their highest potential. A DPI teaching license from the State of Wisconsin that includes Pre-K (4K) or the commitment to acquire a 4K teaching license is required is a requirement for this position. The person selected for a co-teaching position at UHP will share equally with his/her co-teacher, the responsibilities for all supervision, management, and planning for their assigned group(s) of children.


This is a part time, 20-hour/week position with the teaching schedule from 12:15 – 4:00pm. Additional planning time and activities to be determined upon hire and in conjunction with program staff needs.

Invitation to teach Summer 2019 and Academic Year 2019 -20 may be extended.

Minimum Qualifications:

A Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WDPI) license to teach Pre-K or the commitment to pursue a 4K teaching license is a requirement for this position with or without teaching experience in a City of Madison accredited play-based developmentally appropriate preschool program. The person selected for this position must possess the educational qualifications and must meet the requirements including a criminal background check of a lead teacher as outlined by Wisconsin Administrative Code, DCF 251, Licensing Rules for Group Child Care Centers. This person must have a warm, friendly personality, be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, be able to relate well to children, and be willing to fulfill job responsibilities in accordance with UHP program philosophy. This person must be able to maintain a professional attitude towards the children, the families, parent helpers, and co-workers at all times, be able to work with his/her co-teacher in cooperation with the Director and/or Administrator, other teachers, members of the UHP Board, and all families of the school to provide a stimulating and safe environment for the children, and provide leadership within a team-teaching model. This person must be able to lift 3, 4 and 5 year old children if needed up to 30 pounds.

Pay range is $16 – 18 per hour depending on experience.

Applications are being accepted through January 2, 2019. Qualified applicants will be invited to interview January 7 – 18. Second interviews are January 14 – 25.

Email a letter of interest and resume to or call Karen Beck or Laura Schroeder, (608)238-3955 with any questions.

The UHP’s Co-teaching team is responsible for:

1. Providing a curriculum that is appropriate for the ages and developmental levels of the assigned group of children consistent with UHP philosophy and goals.

2. Conducting ready, set, go conferences prior to the start of the Fall semester.

3. Writing up weekly lesson plans and posting them on the parent bulletin board.

4. Meeting regularly with other teachers to coordinate weekly plans and shared responsibilities including: - library book pick-up and return - rotation of small manipulative - purchase of non-routine program items - changes to the classroom environment. Communicates positively and effectively with co-workers; assists in the planning of the center's future.

5. Ensuring that the environment and activities are prepared prior to the children's arrival each day, and that equipment and supplies are accessible and in good condition. Individualizes programming according to children’s interests and developmental goals.

6. Providing care and protection for assigned group of children, ensuring that children are supervised at all times, health and safety procedures are followed, and that appropriate staff/child ratios are maintained. Oversee housekeeping procedures within the classroom and in common areas. Monitor UHP’s sanitation procedures and promptly report any maintenance concerns to the Director. Practice emergency evacuation procedures monthly.

7. Supervising, guiding, and interacting with the children in all areas of the program and encouraging children to develop positive social relationships with each other and with the adults in the program during child initiated and teacher directed activities.

8. Treating all children with dignity and respect and allowing for individual differences by:

· Providing an atmosphere of acceptance and caring for each child.

· Showing as much individual attention as possible to each child.

· Giving positive feedback whenever possible.

· Nurturing each child's growing independence and self-identity.

· Providing a curriculum that helps each child develop to their fullest potential in each area of development.

9. Recognizing and respecting the multicultural diversity of UHP's population by:

· Being sensitive and open to learning about the individual cultures represented in the school and Family Housing community.

· Encouraging families to share aspects of their culture in the program, and providing ways for them to do this.

· Seeking out books, learning materials, and activities to use in the program that depict children and families from many cultures, races, family groupings etc.

· Practicing excellent communication skills and utilizing different strategies to communicate with ESL children and parents, eg. rephrasing confusing statements, writing notes, talking with both parents, asking another parent to translate, etc.

10. Maintaining observational records for each child and preparing progress reports twice/year in conjunction with parent-teacher conferences.

11. Meeting with parents to discuss children’s progress reports at least once~ each semester, and more often as requested. Being available to talk to parents about their children on an ongoing basis during drop-off and pick-up.

12. Bringing to the Director and/or Administrator’s attention, any concerns regarding individual children and/or their adjustment to the program.

13. Assisting the Director and/or Administrator with supervising parent helpers and substitute teachers, and in welcoming visitors to the program.

14. Collaborating with Director and/or Administrator in the supervision and training of student teachers. Monitor student teachers progress in all areas of their performance.

15. Meeting with Director and/or Administrator and other teachers at beginning of each semester to assess the need for consumable and durable program materials and to schedule conference and staff education dates on school calendar.

16. Attending monthly staff meetings and actively participating in the planning and coordinating of curriculum. Participating in staff meetings, attending conferences, workshops, in-service and other training to meet State Licensing, City Accreditation and DPI requirements.

17. Coordinating attendance at Board meetings with co-teacher to ensure representation of co-teaching team, whenever possible.

18. Working with the Director and/or Administrator in developing ideas and suggestions for program improvements and grant proposals. Assists in planning and implementing family workshops/events, staff & family orientations and coordinating/facilitating center staff meetings/trainings.

19. Attaining required continuing education and in-service training each year including CPR and first aid certification, recording documentation of training in staff file at school, and submitting annual renewal application to The Registry.

20. Assist in UHP’s compliance with all regulatory requirements including licensing and accreditation requirements.

21. Maintaining children's records of attendance and records of monthly fire drills. The lead teacher for the day will check the sign-in attendance record to know the children assigned to their care and where the child is. The lead teacher will communicate with the other teachers when children call in sick or leave for appointments.

22. Sharing information related to a child’s special health care needs including physical, emotional, social or cognitive disabilities at staff meetings. The lead teacher will administer any medicine and log it in the medical log book. The lead teacher will also communicate with the other teachers that the medicine has been given.

23. Arranging for field trips with Director and/or Administrator's assistance.

24. For any special needs a child may have, we will work with the parents to meet those needs as best as possible.

25. Helping maintain inventory of necessary program materials by writing down on posted list when specific items are used up or getting low.

26. Meeting with other teachers and Director and/or Administrator each semester to evaluate the current semester, and to plan curriculum for the next.

27. Cleaning and organizing storage areas at end of each semester.

28. Regularly supporting and encouraging family participation in UHP activities.

29. Getting up and down from the floor on a continuous basis, to interact with children on their level and to helping them settle on mats during circle time.

30. Sitting on small chairs 12” off the floor, throughout the day.

31. Lifting 3, 4, and 5 year old children up to 30 pounds if needed.

32. Bending over to wipe off low tables and floor spills.

33. Reaching containers from upper shelves.

34. Performing other duties relevant to the needs of the program, as determined cooperatively by the UHP staff, UHP Board, and Director.