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The Dane County Early Childhood Zones are a collaboration of organizations that work together to support families who are pregnant and/or have children under the age of 4.


Depending on a family's interest and eligibility, they are first enrolled in one of seven different home visiting programs in Dane County. Their home visitors can then connect the family to other services that support housing stability, mental wellness, education and employment.


Participation is not dependent on citizenship status or languages spoken.

There are three Early Childhood Zones in Dane County:


Northside - serves the attendance zones of Gompers, Lindbergh, Lake View, and Mendota Elementary Schools in Madison, plus the Brentwood Village and Truax Neighborhoods.


Leopold - serves the attendance zone of Leopold Elementary School in Madison/Fitchburg, plus addresses on High Ridge Trail.

Sun Prairie - serves the city of Sun Prairie.

If you would like to see if you are eligible for the Northside and Leopold Early Childhood Zones, click here to enter your address into the MMSD School  Finder.


About Home Visiting

Parents are the first and most important teachers in their children’s lives, and home visiting seeks to enhance that connection by reducing parental stress, celebrating successes and supporting the family through challenges.


During regular home visits, our home visitors partner with the caregiver to:

  • support strong caregiver/child relationships

  • work to increase confidence in caregiver/child interactions

  • encourage increased parent involvement in children’s education and care

  • promote healthy and safe home environments

  • assist parents with medical, dental, and mental health care and increased child development understanding

  • provide regular screenings to assess mental health, physical health, healthy relationships, and cognitive, language, social, and emotional development

  • provide connections and referrals to other resources the family needs or wants


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Housing Case Management

Housing case management within the zones works to assist families with finding stable housing so that children are ready to be enrolled in Kindergarten or 4K with consistent attendance for the full year. 

A housing case manager can provide support with:

  • tailored housing stability plans

  • short-term rent assistance

  • assisting to resolve issues that prevent families from securing stable housing

  • providing additional information and referrals as necessary

Our Housing Case Management Partners:

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Education and Employment

When families are thriving and stable, children can learn and thrive, as well.

Educational and employment support assists caregivers with job skills training programs, resume preparation, financial independence/stability, reducing barriers to education and employment goals, and increasing educational and employment attainment through identifying adult needs, wants, and strengths.  

EES support can include:

  • obtaining a GED/HSED

  • enrolling in college

  • getting a driver’s permit and/or license

  • creating a resume and improving interview skills

  • applying for W2 or SSI/SSDI

  • improving credit scores

  • obtaining and maintaining employment

  • enrolling in ESL classes

  • applying for DVR services

  • navigating workplace conflict

Our Education and Employment Partners::

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Mental Health Services

Our mental health service providers are culturally proficient with in-home early childhood mental health services that focus on restorative healing and hope for young children and their families. This helps families build a foundation for the mastery of life-sustaining skills, based on their own goals, including knowledge and use of coping tools and improvement in emotional regulation.


Mental Health support includes:

  • assessment and intervention

  • referrals

  • advocacy for children and their families

  • early relationship attachment challenges

  • other mental health concerns. 

Our Mental Health Service Partners:


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Para obtener información adicional o para hacer una referencia, comuníquese con Tori Collier

teléfono (texto o llamada): 608-334-1056

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