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EARLY CHILDHOOD

25 Years of Growth. New Name, Same Vision.

As of December 10, 2020 we have changed our program name from Kids Express Learning Center to Hickory Hill Academy (HHA). The new name brings our long-standing early childhood program and growing elementary school together under one name, as one school for children from infancy through 8th grade.

ADVANCED EARLY ACADEMICS

We have provided exceptional Early Childhood programming to Madison area children for 25 years. Our mission to cultivate compassionate leaders is realized through dedicated professional teachers, a robust curriculum, and outstanding enrichment programs conducted on our beautiful ten-acre campus.

Our Mission

Hickory Hill Academy cultivates children’s growth in a stimulating and compassionate environment. Our supportive teachers engage the curiosities and needs of each child, fostering self-esteem, the confidence needed to benefit from our robust academic programs, and the interest to embark on a journey of life-long learning. Our focus on empathy, character, and individual well-being encourages our children to envision how they will serve their community beyond the expanse of our campus.

Madison, WI Preschool Campus at Kids Express Learning Center
Life-Long Skills Modeled and Practiced

Our Early Childhood students enjoy a variety of play-based activities in rich learning environments. Lessons are based on Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards, but greater teacher ratios and small group learning activities allow for more individualized instruction. Quality educational experiences urge our older children toward the development of higher level thinking skills in oral and print literacy, science/nature, math, social learning, PE, nutrition, health, and safety areas so important to their life long success as learners. Advanced curricular options are available to meet unique learning styles and diverse growth rates during children’s journeys at HHA.

Compassionate Social-Emotionally
Supported Environment
  • Charming, calming atmosphere.

  • Positive reinforcement to build self-confidence.

Supportive and Caring Teachers
  • 4-year college degrees in Education.

  • Compassionate, competent, and caring.

  • Optimal group size builds trust and fosters strong development.

A Love for Learning Through Rich Academic Programming
  • Developmentally appropriate activities are woven into weekly lesson plans for language arts, emerging literacy, math, science/nature, music, and art.

  • Individual, as well as small and large group activities, planned to meet developmental needs of children.

  • Enrichment programs such as Bucky Beats, science/nature, gardening, and physical education.

  • Daily exploration around our 10-acre campus learning environments in our nature center, forest, gardens, animal pastures, campground, age-specific playgrounds, sports court, and golf green.

Strong Community Values
  • It "takes a village"to raise our children and we offer a variety of opportunities to get connected with monthly events, volunteer opportunities, family friendships, and the HHA Advisory Committee.

  • Teachers partner with parents to develop individual plans for sleeping, eating, and playtime.

  • Parents are informed daily of important information such as naps, feeding, and diapering.