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For over 25 years, Marian University Early Childhood Center has been known for its dedication to creating a wonderful place for preschool children to grow, laugh and learn. It serves as a laboratory school providing a great location for university students in the teacher education program. The philosophy of the program is child-centered, play-based, using a developmentally appropriate whole-child approach to encouraging a child’s natural curiosity, imagination, self-esteem and knowledge. Teachers are 4-year degreed certified teachers in the State of Wisconsin.

There are three programs to choose from:

  • Preschool – A traditional ½ day morning preschool program for children ages 3-5. Tuition is $14 per session. Children must be at least 3 years of age by September 1 of the year they are enrolling.
  • 4 year-old-kindergarten (4K) – Partnering with Fond du Lac School District, we offer a four day (M-Th) program that blends the traditional Marian Preschool approach with the district curriculum supports. Tuition is free to qualifying families. Children must be 4 by September 1 of the year they are enrolling.
  • Extended Day childcare – a limited number of spots are available before or after the regular class times. Center is open 7:30am – 5:00pm.

Priority Enrollment

  1. Currently enrolled children/families
  2. Faculty, staff and students attending Marian University
  3. Community children meeting registration deadlines


Application Letter
Philosophy and Curriculum

Contact Information

Marian University
Early Childhood Center
45 S. National Ave.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(920) 923-8104

For more information, please contact:
Janell Nielsen – Director

Center Hours

Preschool, 4K and extended care services are offered during the two 15-week semesters of the Marian University calendar, late August through mid-December and mid-January through mid-May.

9:00-11:30 a.m.
M-W-F Class or T-TH Class

Extended Care
7:30 – 9:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

4K contracted with Fond du Lac School District

For more information call- 920-923-8104 or email