ARTS FOR KIDS
Introduction to Arts for Kids
January of 1998 saw the advent of Arts for Kids Child Care Center. After months of planning and preparation, the first truly speciality child care center located in Oshkosh enrolled its initial children. Utilizing approximatley 6,000 square feet at its current location, the center was first licensed for 80 children. Arts for Kids Child Center evolved from the vision Beth Caramanidis and Rick Mueller had to combine quality child care with the arts and offer children an introduction to music, dance, drama and studio arts. Since then, Arts for Kids has offered Spanish, American Sign Language, Environmental Science and a fitness program as part of the curriculum.
Since 1998, the child care program at the City Center site in Oshkosh has expanded twice to its current 10,000 square feet. The center's license increased to 120 children. This expansive area includes space for infants, a four year old kindergarten program as well as a fully equipped art studio. During the summer months additional space is leased adjacent to the center to provide for summer school age program.
In June of 2005, Arts for Kids opened a second child care center, located in the Early Learning Center in North Fond du Lac. Located on the campus of the North Fond du Lac School District, the setting provided a perfect venue to offer parents a before and after school age program, along with traditional child care service. That fall, the North Fond du Lac center was an initial site for North Fond du Lac's four year old kindergarten program. This second site provides, with some variations, the same arts speciality programs the Oshkosh center does.
Beth and Rick continue to take pride in the fact that Arts for Kids is a local, family owned and operated business. Numerous Arts for Kids employees have been with the business since its onset. Arts for Kids, with the assistance of its valuable employees, will continue to evolve and provide excellent child care services along with an introduction to a diverse specialty program.
Click on any of our programs below to find out more information on each one.
Breastfeeding Welcome Here
Arts For Kids is proud and honored to have become the first certified Breastfeeding Friendly Daycare in Winnebago County! We look forward to others joining us in promoting and welcoming breastfeeding in their centers and community.
Arts December 2019 News!
Our Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 10th @ 6:30 pm at the City Center Court. Please have your child(ren) here by 6:15 pm. Short reception will follow. We are asking families to please bring 1/2 dozen cookies to share at the reception.
Celebrate the 12 Days of Christmas
Holiday Break Schedules
Please let us know by Wednesday, December 11th if your child will be at the center during the holiday break from December 23-December 31st. A sign-up sheet is posted near the time clock. It is important that we have an accurate count of the number of children who will be here so we may schedule our staff accordingly and allow as many staff as possible to enjoy a day or two off to celebrate the holidays.
If you tell us that your child will be here and then do not bring your child in, you will be charged for the day as well as a $25 no show fee.
Parent Group Donations
As you are making your holiday shopping lists, the Arts for Kids Parent Group would like to help. The Parent Group collects donations from parents that are then combined and divided among all teachers and staff. Parents are welcome to donate to this fund instead of giving individual gifts to your child's teacher.
We do this to make your Christmas shopping easier and so you can show appreciation to the many specialty teachers and staff that work with your child throughout the day. If you are interested in donating, please have your donation in to the office by Friday, December 13. Checks should be made out to Arts for Kids Parent's Group. Thank you!
Lindsey O. - 12/18
Partners with Growing Oshkosh
Growing Oshkosh(GO) is a non-profit urban farm in Oshkosh that is dedicated to raising awareness and educating citizens about the numerous benefits of fresh, healthy, local, and fair food (and food production). We committed to helping all organizations where children are present install gardens as part of our mission to spread food across Oshkosh. Arts for Kids and GO began partnering in 2015, and there is a large raised bed with edibles and a smaller raised bed of native perennials at Arts for Kids facility. Students learn about how plants grow, are encouraged to try new foods, and explore the importance of pollinators and flowers in food production using these gardens.
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