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Appleton KinderCare

Ms. Kim Ryf, Center Director

2407 South Oneida St. Appleton WI 54915
(920) 738-6920 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Located between St. Elizabeth Hospital and 441

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
McKinley, Horizons, Foster, Richmond


Look no further for child care, we are here to help! We are passionate about helping children grow and learn each day socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. Our teachers have a lot of experience in every area and we are excited to meet your family and introduce you to our family as well. Please come visit us in person soon!

Ms. Kim Ryf, Center Director

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We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.


Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program


The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

The staff at our center is widely diverse. We have teachers who have just started within the last few months, going all the way up to tenured staff of over 24 years. Our staff is well-educated, from child development associate credentials to master's degrees, and we have teachers who speak Spanish and American Sign Language. This group of teachers is very warm and compassionate and love to have fun with the children while teaching the curriculum.

  • Ms. Kim Ryf

    Ms. Kim Ryf, Center Director

    I love my job because we offer a place where children can explore, discover, and learn about the world around them. I want each child to have a positive experience while trying new things.

    While going to school to obtain her bachelor's degree, Ms. Kim worked as a Toddler Teacher. While in the position, she watched the exciting things children learned each day and knew she wanted to move into management to help others grow in the field as well. Ms. Kim returned to KinderCare as an Assistant Director after she completed her schooling in 2012. In 2015, Ms. Kim moved to the Center Director position at this location.

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Cassie

    Ms. Cassie, Assistant Director

    Ms. Cassie has been working in the child care industry for over 14 years and is excited to help each and every child each day. She has experience working with children of all ages, but really has a niche for four-year-olds. She most recently moved to this center as the Assistant Director to fulfill a dream that she has had for years. Ms. Cassie is excited and energetic about her new role and watching children learn and grow each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Cassie worked at a private child care center for seven years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Infant Classroom

    I find it very rewarding to see children learning and accomplishing new things on a daily basis!

    Ms. Emily is currently working on her associate's degree while she is working part time here. Ms. Emily is a very fun and caring person who loves working with all ages.

    Favorite Children's Book:


    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laura

    Ms. Laura, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Laura was born on a military base in Virginia and then moved to Shiocton, where she was raised. She has over 15 years of experience teaching private piano classes to children and also has three children of her own. Ms. Laura loves trying new things, reading, and playing the piano. She loves to watch as children discover new things each day!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura taught piano for many years, pursuing her child development associate credential.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night? by Jane Yolen

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Lisa is inspired by the kids she works with every day. She is always excited to help them learn something new!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lisa previously worked at an in-home child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    "Hi, Pizza Man!" by Virginia Walter

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Toddler Classroom

    I love to watch the children learn and grow the first few years of their life!

    Ms. Maggie started with us as a parent and decided to become a teacher because she loves working with children so much. She is a very positive, smiley, and bubbly person dedicated to helping each individual child.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Are You My Mother? by P.D. Eastman

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential; Degree in Culinary Arts
  • Ms. Emily H.

    Ms. Emily H., Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Maria

    Ms. Maria, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Maria has been with KinderCare since August 2013. She completed her student teaching with us and fell in love with the center and children in the building. She has her teaching certificate from NWTC and is originally from Mexico. She is fluent in both English and Spanish, and has an extreme passion for shaping the future through children.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Teacher's Certificate
  • Ms. Vicky

    Ms. Vicky, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with my amazing colleagues and sharing ideas as we plan our units. Teaching is a great passion of mine and I pride myself on being dedicated to my classroom, children, and families.

    Ms. Vicky has been a great part of our KinderCare team, bringing experience, knowledge, fun, and a true love of learning. She enjoys working with her children and making every moment in her classroom a learning experience.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sandee

    Ms. Sandee, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Sandee enjoys seeing the children engaging with the teachers and each other. It is rewarding to see them smiling and laughing while learning.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Love You Forever by Robert Munsch

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love my kids and families! I enjoy getting to know each person and helping them all succeed.

    Ms. Kim is our Prekindergarten Teacher and has a passion for people. She is encouraging when children find things difficult and challenges them when things are too easy. She has a unique style about her that suits this age group perfectly. She balances fun with learning and makes each day great!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day by Jamie Lee Curtis

    Year Started:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Leigh

    Ms. Leigh, School Age Classroom

    Ms. Leigh is a great part of our team. She works evenings for KinderCare and works at a school during the day as a sign language interpreter. During the summer, she comes aboard full time to work with the school-aged children. She has high expectations of children's behavior and expects children to treat themselves and each other with respect and courtesy. She is fantastic at implementing our curriculum and enjoys seeing the children blossom into well-rounded individuals.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, 4K Classroom

    I love seeing children grow because it is a journey, not a race.

    Ms. Sam is a very caring and energetic teacher who has had many different experiences in the child care industry. She has currently started teaching our 4K program that we have on site through the Appleton Area School District.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

About Our Center

Whether you are looking for nurturing care for your six-week-old, socialization for your toddler, an early preschool program for your two-year-old, school readiness for your preschooler, the 4K program through the Appleton Area School District, or transportation for your school age child, we have got you covered. You can feel confident knowing your child is safe and happy with our long-term staff while at Appleton KinderCare!

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • President's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • 4th of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Day after Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

At our center, the safety of the children is our number one priority. We have a keypad entry system on our front door, all staff are certified in CPR and First Aid, and we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

As a first-time mom and single parent, going back to work was hard. After looking into other child care centers, I went to tour Appleton KinderCare--my son at the time was about two months old, the Director was holding my son, and he was so content I knew I had found the perfect place for my baby. KinderCare has exceeded my expectations of a daycare center. My son has some medical conditions that can be very difficult and life-threatening at times, and they take such good care of him when he has these episodes. As a parent, I feel like I made the right choice. My son loves going to KinderCare because he gets to learn new things and try new things. He still talks about making volcanoes they made a while ago and how the fire department came to KinderCare to talk to them and he got to see the fire truck. Most importantly, he is totally excited when I go to pick him up and he shows me all the progress he has made learning to write his letters and recognize them. I have never seen him so proud as I have now. In the four years my son has been going to KinderCare, he has had the best teachers in the world. If my son doesn’t understand the task, the teachers take their time to make sure he understands it before they do something else. It's like you have a whole new family when you are at KinderCare. I truly appreciate every staff member at KinderCare who interacts with my son and makes sure he is well cared for while he is there.

- Mother

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