Family Daycare Center and Preschool “Pelican”

Licensed Family Child Care Center and Preschool “Pelican”, invites children from 1 year to 5 years of age to join the early development environment with the curriculum based on the Russian preschool system.

We give children the gift of bilingualism, – a full Russian immersion experience in the language and culture of Eastern Europe.

“As many languages you know, as many times you are a human being,” – says an old Czech proverb.

“Pelican” is a great option for English-speaking families or for children who have at least one Russian-speaking parent to retain their Russian skills beyond the toddler years.

Children learn language best by experiencing it naturally, by being immersed in it. Our Russian Immersion program is led by two Russian-speaking providers. The daily language in our Family Daycare and Preschool is Russian.


Natalia Letavina & Mikhail Letavin

Program Highlights

Some of the things covered daily are Russian language (Immersion Style*), writing, basics of reading, mathematics, social studies, art, speech development, introduction to literature, and preparation for school.

* Language immersion is an approach to foreign language instruction in which the usual curricular activities are conducted in a foreign language. Should children choose to express themselves in English, we do not limit them!

The goal of Total Immersion is to encourage children to get used to using their second language casually and within spontaneous conversation. We encourage you to research the many benefits of total language immersion at an early age!

Music lessons are held once a week; here, students are introduced to composers and their works, choir, learn how to play various musical instruments, and prepare for celebrations.

We celebrate all birthdays and Russian holidays. As holiday seasons change, children put on theatrical productions for their parents and guests.

Our children go for walks 2 times a day. We even have a vegetable garden!

We provide daily balanced meals: breakfast, hot home-made lunch, two healthy snacks, fresh fruits & vegetables.


Hours of Operation

M-F: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

Attendance Area / School District

West Madison / Fitchburg / Verona

Cost of Childcare

* Full- and part-time early education and preschool

Age: 1-2 years
– $63 / day (3 and more days a week)
– $73 / day (one or two days a week)

Age: 2-5 years
– $54 / day (3 and more days a week)
– $64 / day (one or two days a week)