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

Director of Afternoon Programs & Professional Development

Board of Directors


Stanley Eisenman

Sara Murphy
Vice President

Stacey Pierce


Lane Odom

J.T. Aughinbaugh

Shelly Flores

Christine Gores

Nissa Harrington


Reagan Horton

Amanda Lewis

Beth Rodzinski

Lori Sturman


Beth Welch

Kaci Savell

KPO President

Mary Farmer

Faculty Representative