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.
Arts January 2020 News!
Winter Time...Means Winter Clothing!
Please remember to bring snow pants, boots, hats and mittens for your child. We go outside twice every day from Toddlers on up, unless the temperature prevents us from doing so.
Year End Statements
There is a sign-up sheet by the time clock to request a year-end statement of 2019 child care fees. Please mark next to your name if you would like to receive a statement. You won't receive one unless you request one.
Please help us contain the spread of illness by following the Arts for Kids policy. We require that all children be well enough to participate in all activities, including going outside when the weather permits. If your child is too ill to participate in any and all classroom activities, please keep them home. Children who become ill at the daycare with a fever of 101 or higher, vomiting, or 3 bouts of diarrhea, or any contagious illness will be sent home with a parent/guardian and will not be allowed to be brought back the next day unless there is a doctor note stating it is okay.
Everybody has accidents, so please make sure to have an extra set of clothes in your child's cubby. On that same note, please return any Arts for Kids extra clothes -- our stock-pile is getting low!
Staff Christmas Bonus Thank You!
Thank you to all families who donated to the Staff Christmas bonus fund!
The Salvation Army 12 Days of Christmas Donations was a success!
Thank you to all the families for your generosity! Because of you we donated 378 items!
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.
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.
Kelley G. - 1/5
Rick M. - 1/9
Sara B. - 1/12
Hanna S. - 1/18
Ashley W. - 1/19
Beth C. - 22 years
Sara N. - 22 years
Marie K. - 9 years
Carrie B. - 5 years
Nash V. - 3 years
Katie S. - 3 years