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Head Start and Afterschool programs provide young children and their families a chance to learn in an educational and creative environment.

The Salvation Army empowers youth through Head Start & Early Head Start and Afterschool Programs

We give children throughout the area a safe haven to complete homework, play sports, learn music, gain new skills and nurture their talents. The programs also provide mentorship.


Children's University is our child care ministry encompassing preschool for 3 & 4-year-olds, 4K in cooperation with the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District, and before and after school care for children in Kindergarten through 6th grade.

Our goal throughout our childcare programs is to provide developmentally age-appropriate activities that meet the social, emotional, physical and intellectual needs of children from 3 to 13 years of age, all founded on Christian principles.

Because we provide such comprehensive child care services, our ministry has been certified by the state of Wisconsin and staffed by caring, experienced, professional teachers. Click the links below to learn more about our childcare options.

  • Before and After School Care
  • Preschool
  • 4K

Before and After School Care

Our before and after school care is a wonderful opportunity for your children to interact with other children, and a valuable service to parents. Children can be dropped off as early as 6:00 A.M. and picked up as late as 6:00 P.M. We provide transportation to and from school each day for schools in the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District.

Before School Schedule

Truth is, nobody really has a schedule in the morning. The chore of getting your children up and ready for school is enough of a chore for any parent. Therefore, when you drop your child off we provide a safe environment for them to begin the day, offer them some breakfast, remind them to check their homework, and take care of getting them to school on time.

After School Schedule

3:00 p.m - 3:15 p.m Attendance/Daily Announcements
3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. Snack Time & Clean Up
3:45 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Gym/Playground(Group A)
  • Craft/Homework/Games(Group B)
4:30 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Craft/Homework/Games(Group A)
  • Gym/Playground(Group B)
5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Homework/Games

Information regarding the fees for our before and after school program can be seen by clicking the link below. If you would like to enroll your child in before and after school care, just fill out the forms found with our pricing structure and then bring them, along with the registration fee, to The Salvation Army.

If you have any questions regarding before and after school care please contact Tammy Grulkowski at (414) 762-3993 or Tammy.Grulkowski@usc.salvationarmy.org.


Morning and afternoon sessions are available Monday through Friday. Parents are offered the option of having their child in the program every day or choosing the days that best fit their schedule. However, two days per week minimum is required for participation.

Morning Session Schedule

8:30 a.m - 8:45 a.m Self-Directed Activities
8:45 a.m - 9:00 a.m Circle Time/Opening
9:00 a.m - 9:15 a.m Pre-Academics
9:15 a.m - 9:30 a.m Music/Records/ Finger plays
9:30 a.m - 10:00 a.m Art Activities
10:00 a.m - 10:10 a.m Restroom break
10:10 a.m - 10:30 a.m Snack
10:30 a.m - 10:45 a.m Self-Directed Activities
10:45 a.m - 11:15 a.m Gross Motor Skills, Playground, or Gym
11:15 a.m - 11:30 a.m Story Time

Afternoon Session Schedule

In order to meet state licensing requirements for those children who are with us all day the afternoon session is less structured than the morning session. Afternoon preschool includes lunch, gym activities, quiet time, and joining the afterschool program. Our current fee structure for the preschool program can be viewed by clicking the link below.

For more information regarding our preschool program please contact Tammy Grulkowski at (414) 762-3993 or Tammy.Grulkowski@usc.salvationarmy.org.


The Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District's Early Learning Academy is a 4K program that meets the academic and social needs of children in our school district in order to better provide them with the background knowledge and skills that will help prepare them for academic success in the future.

The Salvation Army Oak Creek Centennial Church is pleased to work with the school district to provide this important learning environment for our children. We provide two mornings and two-afternoon sessions staffed by full-time DPI certified teachers and full-time aides. The morning session will run from 9:00 to 11:30 am, the afternoon session will run from 12:20 am to 2:50 pm. Classes meet each school day, following the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District calendar. Before and after school daycare is available at an hourly rate.

Students must be 4 years old by September 1 in order to be eligible for the program.

Registration will take place in March each year from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, at the District Administration Building located at 7630 S 10th Street, Oak Creek, WI.

If you wish to send your child to The Salvation Army you must mark your preference on the registration form.

  • Wrap Around Care Info & Fees
  • Wrap Around Care Registration Forms

For more information about the enrolling your child in 4K please call the Oak Creek-Franklin Joint School District, (414) 768-5886.

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