2021-2022 School Year Update: Next Door is now operating with 100% in-person learning for our center-based and home-based programs. We continue to follow national, state and local safety guidelines to keep everyone as safe as possible and prevent the spread of Covid-19. In our buildings, we require all Next Door employees, children ages three and up, parents/caregivers and visitors to wear masks. Our Parent Educators visiting families at home are also required to wear masks.
We are also encouraging social distancing as much as possible and reducing interactions among our classrooms. If we receive a report of a student or staff member testing positive for Covid-19, we will temporarily transition classrooms or home visitations to virtual learning and work with City of Milwaukee Health Department to determine proper quarantine measures. As of August 27, 2021, 72% of Next Door staff have received Covid-19 vaccinations.
Next Door determines qualified families based on income as well as a points system that rates families in a variety of categories. The categories include: single parent households, families receiving WIC or TANF assistance, families with a Childcare Authorization (center-based), children with disabilities and families facing crisis situations like homelessness. Next Door’s enrollment team can provide further details on the rating process.
Next Door accepts enrollment applications for children throughout the year. We accept children into our programs based on availability of classroom openings.
Once we receive your form, an Enrollment Specialist will contact you within two days. You will need to provide the following information:
- Proof of your child’s age (a birth certificate or immunization records)
- Proof of income (W2, pay stub or taxes from the latest year)
- For children in K4, you will also need proof of address (mail or a bank statement)
If your enrollment application is approved, we will contact you by email and mail.
About Next Door
Next Door serves children from six-weeks to five-years-old with high quality, personalized early childhood education programs to get them ready for school.
We offer families two locations with small class sizes and at least two teachers per room. If families don’t wish to come to our centers, we’ll come to them with a home visitation program offering prenatal services and early childhood education during weekly visits from Parent Educators.
- Center-based hours: Monday-Friday 8 am to 3 pm (extended hours for qualified families)
- Small classes with highly qualified teachers
- Breakfast, lunch and snack
- Medical/dental screenings
- Language, math, science, art curriculum
- Behavioral support services
- Special education services
- Diapers, wipes and formula (Infants, Toddlers)
- Library visits and field trips (Preschool, 4K, 5K)
- A Family Advocate who provides extensive support services – like healthcare, employment and housing resources – to ensure parents have what they need to succeed.