Building Bridges 4 Children (BB4C), the Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District's (CFAUSD) 4-year-old Early Learning program, is a public preschool for any child in the district who is 4-years-old on or by September 1st.
The district contracts or "partners" with community child care centers, Head Start, and the McDonell Area Catholic Schools to provide a quality preschool. Collaborating among partners makes services and resources accessible and equitable, decreases the number of transitions during the day for children and families, and supports the belief that "the entire community is responsible for growing our children."
Knowing that the parents and the family are the most influential component of a child's learning, the CFAUSD also partners with the River Source Family Center to provide parent involvement opportunities.
Staffed by the partner sites, BB4C teachers are certified by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) in Early Childhood education and use three different curricula to help children learn: The Creative Curriculum, Second Step, and Tribes. The use of these curricula fosters appropriate practices for early childhood education, enables children to direct their own learning, helps build children's social and emotional health and well-being, and supports the Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards which are the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction standards that align with K-12 learning standards.
BB4C follows the public school calendar and offers morning sessions between 8:00-11:00 a.m. or afternoon sessions between 12:00-3:00 p.m. District bus transportation is available for children who do not use wrap-around care services.