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Our Philosophy

We believe that children learn best when they are very young, they learn best by doing, and they learn best when they are enjoying themselves. Young children have a unique way of viewing the world, and they require and deserve an atmosphere that will allow for their full growth and development. The most important thing for a child to learn is self-confidence and self-esteem. At Kinderplatz, children have the opportunity to take risks, and to be adventurous and imaginative in an atmosphere of security and comfort. We believe success and the satisfaction of achievement are the birthright of every child. Children need a place to grow, stretch, change, reach, feel and become! All this is possible, at Kinderplatz of Fine Arts.

It is our goal for the students of Kinderplatz of Fine Arts to carry these values into their futures:

  • Self Confidence

  • Self Discipline

  • Personal Responsibility

  • Internal Motivation

  • Creativity

  • Appreciation for the Arts

  • Independent Thinking

  • Respect for Self, Others & Natural World

  • Honesty

Video Tour of Kinderplatz
Our Heritage

Kinderplatz of Fine Arts was founded by Lu Bolen and opened on February 5, 1979, in a suite of rooms in Orchestra Hall on Trail Lake Drive in Fort Worth, Texas. There were seven students, ages four and five. The school outgrew the facility in Orchestra Hall in 1984, and Kinderplatz moved to the Alice Carlson School where it remained in the historic kindergarten wing of the building for eight years.

When the Fort Worth Independent School District reclaimed the building in 1992 Kinderplatz moved into the Junior Achievement facility on Kingsridge Road in southwest Fort Worth. In 1997, the building was sold to McKinney Memorial Bible Church and the lease was not renewed. Years 1997-2000 were spent in the Christ Church Educational facility on Woodway Drive.

Under the directorship of Wanda Zawadzke, the Kinderplatz Building Committee and many faithful supporters raised funds to secure a permanent home for the school. In the fall of 2000 Kinderplatz moved into its new early childhood campus on Riverglen Drive.

November 2008 marked the school's 30th anniversary and the building was dedicated to honor former Kinderplatz parent and teacher, Joanne Smith Brookhart. The Riverglen campus was named in her memory.

The program has grown and changed over the past thirty years. Presently, more than one hundred children participate annually in the activities offered. The students range in age from two to five years.

KFA in the Community

  • We partner with The Tarrant County Food Bank each November and CPS Angel Tree every December.


  • We encourage visits from musicians, artists, dancers and actors.


  • We take walking trips to the Brookdale Tanglewood Oaks senior living community.


  • In the Spring, William Campbell Contemporary Art hosts our children’s art. Parents are invited to take their children to visit and talk about their art on the day of the show. The day ends with an evening reception for friends and parents with refreshments provided.

FWSO Maestro Miguel Harth-Bedoya's Special Message  
Non-Discriminatory Policy

The Kinderplatz of Fine Arts School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school administered programs.

KFA Administration & Board of Directors


Karen Bennett
Executive Director


Celeste Malicoate

Assistant Director

Dana Ritchie

Financial Director

Sue Crawford

Afternoon Director

Mary Ramos

Parent Liaison

Board of Directors


Stanley Eisenman

Sara Murphy
Vice President

Kaci Savell


Lane Odom

Clayton Bowman

Jessica Bowman

Shelly Flores

Christine Gores


Nissa Harrington

Reagan Horton

Amanda Lewis

Beth Rodzinski

Lori Sturman

Jason Zook

Ellie Corbin

KPO President

Anna Lyon

Bidz for Kidz Chair

Mollie Sims

Faculty Representative

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