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 September 2020 News!
Mandatory- Mask Mandate
This means all parents at drop off/pick up must wear a mask. Please limit to one parent per drop off/pick up and we ask that children that don’t attend Arts 4 Kids do not enter the center.
Staff is required to wear a mask. Children age 5 and up are required to wear a mask. This includes school-age and 4K classrooms.
Parents must provide their child with a mask.
Arts for Kids will not be supplying masks for parents or children.
Please put your child’s name on their mask.
Please know that Arts 4 Kids and the DCF must follow order declared by county and state regulations. Failure to comply will result in Arts 4 Kids being fined and possibly as a last resort for failure to comply, be shut down.
Thank you for your understanding and compliance.
We are working on making our playgrounds more appealing and fun for our kids; while increasing safety too.
In the next few weeks, Lee Recreation will be installing surfacing on our Toddler and Middle playgrounds. Both playgrounds will have that soft, bouncy foam like our parks. We’re also planning to make additions to our middle playground and need help from parents with material donations and building requests. The focus will be on environmental/nature theme for middle playground.
Here is what we are in need of:
• Large and medium size wooden spools – used for cables
• Old tires
• Smooth, round rocks
• Small cars, dump trucks, dinosaurs, plastic farm animals or jungle animals, old pots and pans, mixing spoons and utensils, flower pots, plastic bowls, plates…
• Wood milk crates
• Wooden pallets
• Small tree stumps
If anyone is handy that likes to build (parents, grandparents, anyone, we are hoping for someone to make us:
• Farmer’s market kiosk/Kitchen area
• A Riding bus/train
• Gas pumps
If you have any suggestions or ideas or time, please let us know!
Please Welcome Trinity O to our Floater Staff…
She is a UW-Oshkosh student, working on Elementary/Special Ed teaching degree. A member of sorority Gamma Phi Beta & His House Christian Fellowship. She enjoys children, friends, reading and outside activities.
Arts for Kids will be closed Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.
Karl K - 9/16
Maddi H. - 9/18
Laura H. - 7 years
Danielle H. - 1 year
Linda P. - 17 years
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.