Early Learning Resources

In the first few years of life, children’s brains are developing quickly - at a pace of more than 1 million new neural connections per second! Young brains grow through touch, sight, sound, and talk. Babies start learning the day they are born, and they never stop learning. Positive interactions with the adults in their lives set a great foundation for good health and learning outcomes later in life. High-quality early childhood care and education can help you give your child what they need to learn, play, and grow.

Find early learning resources in Racine County:

  • Racine Unified School District offers a variety of free programs and services for early learners age 3-5, including half-day and full-day 4K, Parent-Child Oriented Classrooms for 3-year-olds, and Montessori. If you live outside of Racine Unified Schools, you can search for districts by county here
  • Acelero Learning offers free, full-day, full-year Early Head Start (0-3) and Head Start (3-5) services in Racine and Burlington for those who qualify.
  • YoungStar helps parents and caregivers locate high-quality childcare, rating thousands of programs throughout Wisconsin. For support navigating YoungStar, connect with 4-C for Children.
  • Additional early learning opportunities exist throughout the community, including at private schools, charter schools, or non-YoungStar-rated childcare centers.

And, make sure you’re signed up for these great, FREE programs:

  • Bright by Text is a FREE program in Racine for parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, and caregivers with children up 8-years-old. Pregnant parents-to-be can sign up too! After you join, Bright by Text will send you relevant tips about your child’s development, info about local events, and fun activities to try! It's super easy to sign up: Text BADGER to 274448 or visit
  • Imagination Library is a FREE book program sponsored by United Way of Racine County! After joining, Racine County children receive free, age-appropriate books through the mail each month until they turn five. Learn more and enroll your child at