One City Schools

Two south Madison organizations within a couple blocks of each other have announced a partnership today that will work together to support children, families and educators.

One City Elementary School is a tuition-free public charter school located in the heart of Madison’s south side that will eventually serve children in grades 4K through grade 6 and will be an extension of its current public charter Senior Preschool. Access Community Health Centers, on South Park Street across from the Urban League of Greater Madison, has been working to improve the lives of Dane County residents for nearly 40 years providing clinical care that includes medical, dental, and behavior health care and affiliated pharmacy services.

“Before children can learn, they must be healthy. By partnering with Access, we can help ensure our children and families receive superior health care no matter their life situation. It is wonderful that our employees can benefit from this relationship, too,” said One City CEO Kaleem Caire in a statement. “The focus on early childhood is key and we are honored to partner with Access.”

As a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), Access offers quality services regardless of a person’s ability to pay. Access will provide care for children, families, and employees of One City who are in need of health care services at any of its five area clinics.

Access’ three Madison locations offer comprehensive services under one roof, creating a true “health care home” for patients.

“It is often a struggle for families to travel for appointments. Parents are often required to miss work, and their children miss school. We do our best to mitigate those problems by providing coordinated clinical care at a single health care home,” said Dr. Ken Loving, Access’ Chief Executive Officer, in a statement.

“Access is here to support our community. We think a partnership with One City will provide great opportunities for children and their families,” added Loving. “We applaud One City’s focus on serving our youngest children before they enter school.”

Access accepts all health insurance plans, including BadgerCare. Access also serves those without insurance and charges are based on a sliding fee scale that provides significant discounts for services. Medications for people without insurance are also significantly discounted.

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