How We Operate

Congregational Preschool is a state-licensed, non-denominational,  non-profit organization.  We operate from September to May and generally follow the major vacation dates of the La Crosse public schools.  We offer unique morning or afternoon classes run by highly qualified staff for ages 3 to 5, including our publicly-funded 4K program.  We believe strongly in providing a family-style culture, maintaining small class sizes, and appropriately staffing classrooms to provide an exceptional learning environment that has facilitated our Legacy of Learning for over 60 years. The preschool is governed by an Administrator/Director and a Board of Directors chosen from the parents of preschool students and other interested community members. New board member applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply here!

Congregational Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, or ability level.  We are a non-sectarian school where all children are welcome.



Congregational Preschool opened its doors in 1962 in La Crosse, WI with an enrollment of 33 children.  Today we continue to serve over 80 students each year in the same building as 60 years ago.  We take great pride in our history in the Coulee Region and look forward to serving families for many years to come.

Congregational Preschool meets the developmental needs of young children by providing a play-based program; we offer an environment that nurtures the varied experiences, natural curiosity, and abundant creativity inherent in every child.  Each teacher strives to further enhance each child’s cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and creative development through integrated learning experiences. Many teachers are highly experienced with Bachelors Degrees in Elementary Education.

Congregational Preschool staff recognizes that young children learn best through first-hand experiences.  Our tenured staff provides a wide range of activities that foster the development of fundamental skills, concepts, and appreciations necessary for the next level of formal education.  Developmentally appropriate experiences in art, music, literature, the natural and physical sciences, and community life play an important part in the Congregational Preschool program.