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Appleton KinderCare

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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Special Instructions:
3 blocks N of Hwy 441 next to Schreiner's Diner

Located between St. Elizabeth Hospital and 441.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
McKinley, Horizon, Foster, and Richmond.

Welcome to the Appleton KinderCare Learning Center located on Oneida St! We are more than just a daycare we are proud of our National Accrediation and our 5 star YoungStar rating through the State of Wisconsin. Our center is avid about being apart of the community; we just became a Breastfeeding Friendly site and we are at the Farmer's Market throughout the summer! We can't wait to meet your family!

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Having a baby, Terrible Two's, Learning your ABC's or Learning to write your name!

Look no futher we are here to help! We are passionate about helping children grow and learn each day in language & literacy, social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development as well as creative expression. 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. We are looking forward to your visit very soon!

Kim Ryf, Center Director

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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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

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 educated, ranging from Child Development Associate's Credentials to Master's Degrees and have teachers who speak Japanese, 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.

  • Kim Ryf

    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 Bachelors 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 a Center Director at this location.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education
  • Cassie Etzig

    Cassie Etzig, Assistant Director

    Ms. Cassie has been working in 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:
    A private childcare center for seven years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Child Development Associate Credentials
  • Ms. Sandee

    Ms. Sandee, Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy 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
    Year Started:
    Pursuing Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Toddler Classroom

    I'm inspired by the kids I work with everyday. I'm always excited to help them learn something new.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Hi Pizza Man!
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Brittany

    Ms. Brittany, Infant Classroom

    I love being a part of children's growth and development and the opportunity to nurture each unique child.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Britni

    Ms. Britni, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Britni is a new graduate earning her Bachelor's degree in Communicative Disorders from UW-Steven's Point. She has a great energy that she brings to the classroom and is always up for a challenge and something new to take on. She enjoys working with the older children in our building but holds a soft spot in her heart for the babies too!  We love having such a positive, outgoing, motivated teacher in our building!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh The Place You Will Go
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Communicative Disorders
  • Ms. Maggie

    Ms. Maggie, Toddler Teacher

    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 that is dedicated to helping each individual child.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms.Maggie also has a degree in Culinary Arts.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Are You My Mother
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Child Development Associate
  • 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
    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • 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 her children and making every moment in her classroom a learning experience.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloud With the Chance of Meatballs
    Year Started:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19 years
    Master'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 was 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:
    Taught Piano for many years, pursuing her CDA credentials.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight
    Year Started:
    Bachelor's Degree in Music Education
  • 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
    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Child Development Associate's 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 Interpretor. During the summer she comes aboard full time to work with the school aged children. She has high expecations of children's behavior and expects each child 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:
    9 Years
    Associate's Degree
  • Sam

    Sam, 4K Teacher

    I love seeing watching 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
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Emily

    Emily, Float

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

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

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Pursing Associates Degree in Early Childhood
  • Ms. Wendy

    Ms. Wendy, Floater

    Ms.Wendy is very excited to be here with us; as she pursues her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has experience with her own nieces and nephews and that is what encouraged her to get into this field. She loves to watch the children grow and progress each and everyday!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cat in the Hat
    Year Started:
    Pursing Associate Degree in Early Childhood

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

While looking for child care in the Appleton Area you will find these specific things at this center. Whether you are looking for nurturing care for your six-week-old, socialization for your toddler, discovering preschool for your two years old, school readiness for your preschooler, 4K program through the Appleton Area School District or transportation for your school age child. I am certain you will feel confident in knowing your child is safe and happy with our long term staff while at our learning center.

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 safety of the children is our number one priority. We have a keypad entry, 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 that was going back to work was hard. After looking into other childcare centers, I went to tour it and my son at the time was about 2 months old the director was holding my son and he was so content with him holding her 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 and as parent you feel like you made the right choices. 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 made since my son is learning to write his letters and recognize them. I have never seen him so proud as I have now. In the 4 yrs my son has been going to KinderCare my son 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. Its like you have a whole new family when you are at KinderCare. I truly appreciate every staff member at KinderCare that interacts with my son and makes sure he is well cared for while he is there.

- Mother

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