Extended Day Program

At Wingra we believe that learning never ends. Our Extended Day Program is not your average after school option; it is planned and run by certified teachers who teach in tune with Wingra’s progressive philosophy. The program is developed to satisfy the needs of the whole child, and each day is well-balanced with organized choices, free play, and group time.
Daily activities are part of a monthly, thematic unit and vary in order to engage a multi-age group of children with a variety of interests. Our program is flexible yet structured in order to nurture a safe and connected group of friends.
Extended Day programming is open to Wingra students, siblings, and friends. The program has its own registration and payment process. Enrollment in Wingra School does not guarantee enrollment in Extended Day.

Education at Wingra isnot just academic education,but an experiencethat carries throughto all aspects of self, community, connection,and empowered living.—Current Wingra Parent

Program Options


The first five days of school are dismissed at noon for teacher meetings and development. During the Noon Dismissal Program a variety of activities and field trips are planned. Please note that all programming ends at 4:30 during this week.
First Week of School: Mon-Fri, Aug 27-31
Full Program: 12:00-4:30 p.m. for $34/day
Drop-in: 12:00-4:30 p.m. for $37/day

EARLY RELEASE MONDAY (School dismisses at 2 p.m.)

Early Release Mondays are science-focused with regular outings to the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery for hands-on experiments:
Half Program: 2:00–4:30 p.m. for $22/day
Full Program: 2:00–5:45 p.m. for $29/day
Drop-in: 2:00–5:45 p.m. for $33/day

AFTER SCHOOL (Tuesdays – Fridays, school dismisses at 3:15 p.m.)

During After School, we play on the playground, take trips to the Glen, enjoy unit-based activities, and free choice time in the room and gym:
Half Program: 3:15–4:30 p.m. for $12/day
Full Program: 3:15–5:45 p.m. for $19/day
Drop-in: 3:15–5:45 p.m. for $23/day

ALL DAY PROGRAM (Days when school is closed*)

All Day Programs include special outings to places such as Madison Ice Arena, Vilas Zoo, and UW Campus.
Full Program: 8:30 a.m.–5:45 p.m. for $60/day; Drop-in for Full: $70
*There are 9 days in the 2018-19 school year when school is closed due to conferences.
Friday, September 28: Goal Setting Conferences
Monday, October 15: Goal-setting Conferences
Tuesday, October 16: Goal-setting Conferences
Thursday, November 8: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, November 9: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Monday, February 11: Conference Report Writing
Friday, March 8: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, March 15: Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday, May 31: Goal Feedback Conferences


The drop-in option is for families who only require care sporadically or at the last minute. Please keep in mind that space is limited and we are not always able to accommodate last minute drop-ins. The Drop-in fee is the same regardless of pick up time.
Early Release Mondays = $33
After School Tue-Fri = $23


Did you know we offer an early morning drop-off at 7:45 a.m. free of charge? Students meet in the library, the PEAC, the technology room, or the music room for game playing, reading, writing, or drawing.
Please let Elizabeth in the main office know a week in advance!
After 8:15 a.m., students arriving at Wingra will enjoy a few minutes on the playground instead of coming to early care.

After School Clubs

Club information and registration is sent out during the school year as clubs are scheduled. Clubs are topic specific and generally run four to six weeks, meeting one day per week. They take place on Mondays from 2:00-4:30 and Tuesdays-Fridays from 3:15-4:30.

Example Clubs: Science, Newspaper, Craft, Doodle & Zentangle, Fire, Theatre and many more.


Trying to decide which program is right for you or need more info about clubs?

Please contact our Extended Day Coordinator, Sarah Gustafson, with questions about our program.


In order to benefit from the lowest daily rates, we ask that you register your child(ren) by the first of the month, each month. Otherwise, you will be charged the drop-in rate. If your schedule is consistent, you may register for more than one month at a time. Changes can be made to registration, though dates must be set by the first of every month.

You may register by filling out and turning in the Registration Form (.pdf) in the office.

Extended Day Teachers

Sarah Gustafson

Extended Day Teacher
B.S., Middle Childhood/Early Adolescence Education
Minor in English, UW La Crosse

Sarah grew up in Madison and graduated from East High School. After student teaching in Milwaukee and earning her degree, she returned to Madison to teach eighth grade language arts and history at Savanna Oaks Middle School in Fitchburg. She left classroom teaching to stay home with her son following his birth, but she could not stay away for long. Her heart lit up upon reading the Wingra philosophy, and she is happy to have found a teaching home at such a wonderful school.

In her free time Sarah enjoys reading, baking, yoga, meditation, and hiking.

Jessica Reneau

Extended Day Teacher

B.A., Liberal Arts, The Evergreen State College—Olympia, WA
M.A., Social Science and Education, Antioch University Midwest—Yellow Springs, OH
M.S. (In Progress), Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England—Keene, NH
Ph.D. (In Progress), Environmental Studies, Antioch University New England—Keene, NH

Jessica grew up in the suburbs of Cleveland, Ohio. Her adventurous spirit led her to Miami Beach, Florida,
where in 2003 she attended the Barbara Brennan School of Healing—a four-year bachelor of science
program in transpersonal psychology. Upon graduation, and intrigued with the west coast of the United
States, Jessica moved and spent a year in Portland, Oregon; eventually settling in Olympia, Washington.
In Olympia, Jessica attended The Evergreen State College—earning a B.A. in Liberal Arts and Education in
2014. Jessica pursued her graduate education at Antioch University, where she received a M.A. in
educational social science in 2017. Jessica still attends Antioch, and is presently a M.S./Ph.D. student of
Ecology in the Department of Environmental Studies, where she researches the relationship between
mindfulness and environmental education. Jessica and her husband, Ben, moved to Madison, Wisconsin, in
2016, and have three (soon to be four) children: eleven-year-old Etta, six-year-old Clementine, and four-
year-old Bjorn. Their new baby is due in December.

Jessica has a deep passion for progressive environmental education, as well as social and environmental
justice, and feels right at home at Wingra. In 2016, Jessica began her work with Wingra as a guest teacher,
and in 2018 she became the Extended Day Teacher. Jessica deeply loves the Wingra community, and is
honored to get to know, and work with, all of the Wingra children and families. Her daughter Clementine is
now a “younger” in the Nest, and Jessica couldn’t be happier that her children have the opportunity to grow
up with the wonderful and progressive educational experience offered at Wingra.