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Learning Ladder Preschool and Childcare


Our campus is located in the heart of Cottage Grove at 312 West Cottage Grove Road. We are within walking distance of many parks and businesses. We are a 5 minute drive from the Door Creek and Grandview Commons neighborhoods of Madison. Many of our enrolled families commute from such surrounding communities as Deerfield, Sun Prairie, Madison, Stoughton and McFarland. Click here for map

State Licensing and 5-Star YoungStar Rating

Learning Ladder is a State of Wisconsin licensed group childcare program for children ages 6-weeks through 11-years old. Our preschool program has partnered with the Monona Grove School District to offer T4K (4-year-old kindergarten) on site. Specialists have inspected, evaluated and recognized our program for meeting and exceeding the standards set forth by the Department of Children and Families and MGSD.

We have earned our 5-Star rating from Wisconsin's YoungStar program by successfully completing accreditation through National Accreditation Commission (NAC)!


Learning Ladder has been awarded Cottage Grove's Best Daycare Provider in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009 and 2010 by The Herald-Independent.

Our History

1990 Our building on Cottage Grove Road was constructed as one of the original Gingerbread Preschools. It had 3 classrooms, a kitchen and small office space.

1994 The building was purchased by current owner Linda Kudrna and renamed Learning Ladder. At that time, another building located a few blocks away on Main Street was also being occupied by young Learning Ladder students.

1998 An addition to the Cottage Grove Road location doubled the size of the building to over 11,000 square feet. This allowed us to add 4 more classrooms along with office and storage space. The Main Street location was sold and those children were moved to our current building.

2005 Due to growing demand for infant and toddler care, we remodeled one of our preschool classrooms and divided it into 2 rooms for our youngest students, giving us a total of 8 classrooms.

2008 After several years of planning, we partnered with the Monona Grove School District to offer Together-4-Kids (T4K) in our building along with wrap-around care for families. T4K is a 4-year-old kindergarten program available to all 4-year-olds who reside in the district. In addition, we operate a 4-year-old preschool program for attending students who live outside the Monona Grove School District.

2014 After a year of hard work by our wonderful staff, we became nationally accredited through the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) and received a 5-Star rating from Wisconsin’s YoungStar program.

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Our Staff

Our staff is very important to our program. They are essential to the success of our program. We strongly believe that providing professional development opportunities and supporting a positive work ethic has contributed to a rewarding work environment with low turnover.

Many of our staff are family and we consider our additional staff to be extensions of our own family. We are often reminded how long we have been in business when 2nd, 3rd and 4th generations of families continue to enroll children or become part of our educational team. We couldn't ask for a more heartwarming career!