5 Star

Learning Ladder Preschool and Childcare

Temporary COVID hours are 7:00am - 5:00pm; Monday - Friday


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 licensed group childcare program serving children from the ages of 6-week through 11 years. We have been awarded a 5-Star rating from YoungStar, Wisconsin’s childcare quality rating and improvement system. We have also achieved national accreditation through the 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. In addition, we operate a 4-year-old preschool program for students who choose not to participate in the district's program or 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.

2020 The year of COVID! We were proud to stay open for our families for all but 2 weeks in the month of April. Additional cleaning, child health checks, masks and other procedures allowed us to remain open and COVID free for the entire year!

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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!