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Today’s Learners, Tomorrow’s Leaders

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Woods Hollow Children’s Center is celebrating its 30th birthday! Founded by Promega and located on our Madison corporate campus, the nonprofit facility has served employees and families from surrounding communities since 1991, providing early childhood education and care for children 6 weeks to 10 years old.

Woods Hollow is a prominent feature on the Promega campus, due not only to the building’s distinctive red metal roof, but also the sights, sounds and energy that emanate from it. Playground laughter echoes across the prairie and children and scientists alike share the meandering paths between lab, manufacturing and office buildings. “The teachers and staff have created an ideal environment where our daughter has been able to develop lasting friendships, learn about the world and her place in it, and unlock her creativity in ways that surprise us every day,” says Promega Product Manager Jeff Nelson. “In addition, the proximity to Promega provides me with an opportunity for impromptu jubilant mid-day hugs when I encounter her exploring our beautiful campus with her classmates.”


Both of Katie Herbrand’s children attend Woods Hollow. The Promega Bulk Production Manager says she feels incredibly fortunate to know they’re so close, spending their days in a caring and stimulating environment. “It truly takes a village to raise a child,” says Kate. “A huge thank you to the staff at Woods Hollow for being part of our village.” So far, during its 30 years in operation, the center has served more than 2000 families. Many of those children are now adults whose parents still work at Promega. Senior Research Scientist Martha O’Brien is one of those parents. The second of her two children moved on from Woods Hollow in 2007, but Martha says the gratitude for the Center’s “unbelievably devoted and talented caregivers” endures today.

“For almost 7 years I walked out that door every day after drop-off without a single worry about my kids’ safety, happiness, or education,” says Martha. “I know they were growing to their full potential. The value of that security is beyond measure. Thank you forever.”

Woods Hollow Children’s Center is fully accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). With Promega as a substantial supporter, Woods Hollow strives to provide excellence in early childhood education and care for the next 30 years and beyond.

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