ARTstart Preschool & Lucky Charms

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Contact Amy Danford at adanford@communityartscenter for more information on ARTstart and our OPEN HOUSE.

ARTstart is an arts-based early childhood program that runs for the full school year three mornings a week with an option for four mornings.

Arts activities and experiences, including age appropriate music, form the foundation of this program, which is designed to foster creativity and freedom of expression. Painting, drawing, building, sculpting, singing, music making and play are the creative engine of this unique learning experience that launches young children into a lifelong love and appreciation of art in our world, fosters creativity and encourages cooperation and understanding.


In ARTstart, kids ages 3-5 explore all kinds of art mediums, from paint to photography to clay and learn about art from around the world

Children are encouraged to explore their creativity through hands-on art experiences that also provide the opportunity to gain essential early learning skills. Social skills such as cooperative play, sharing, and friendship are encouraged and nurtured.

To be eligible to enroll in the ART START PRESCHOOL PROGRAM, children must be 3 years old on or before September 1 of the current year. All children enrolled must be toilet trained.

School YEAR

Enrollment is for the full year, from early September to late May, with a two week break in December and one week for spring break.

Maximum class size is 12.

Programs, Times and Fees for 2016-17 School Year

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ARTstart kids visited Pendle Hill in February to learn about how maple syrup is made

ART START 3 day program


9:00 to noon $320 per month for 8 months

ART START 4 day program

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

9:00 to noon $420 per month for 8 months



Enrollment is open to all children on a first come, first served basis.

A deposit of one month’s payment ($100 non-refundable) is due at the time a student


Want to Register? Have Questions?

Please Contact our Program Director,Amy Danford at 610-566-1713 ex. 16 or by email.


Teacher Patti Kelly holds a BA in Journalism from Temple University and has taught photography and floral design at the Community Arts Center and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. Patti has been a substitute teacher in the ARTstart program and taught a variety of children classes, from Legos to Nature Study and Photography for Pre-k kids. Patti is a gifted early childhood educator with incredible patience and a deep understanding of the hearts and minds of young children.

Teacher Judy Luzak has taught preschool for 18 years at Trinity Cooperative Day Nursery and Christ Church Preschool; a trained Music Together teacher, she has served as an age appropriate music specialist at each location. A graduate of Ursinus College, Judy holds a MEd from the University of Delaware. She is adept at integrating skill development and the arts to create a warm, friendly and noncompetitive learning environment for young children.


Lucky Charms is an afternoon arts enrichment program for 3 to 5 year olds. Each day of the week has a special theme from music to photography to clay!

It’s a perfect complement to a morning program, or a nice way for children to get their first experience in school. Your child can stay after ARTstart or come to the art center from another morning program at noon to eat lunch with friends, play and make art! Families may choose 1, 2, or 3 days. A discount is available for children who enroll in multiple days.Choose the Semester your are interested in and choose Children’s Classes to register online. Call the office if you are registering for multiple days to receive your discount.


2013 DrumPuddle Jumpers – Music and Movement for Young Children with Pauline Houston McCall

Tuesdays, 12pm-2pm 

Join us for this highly interactive class filled with exhilarating movement and music from Bob Marley to Beethoven. Children are introduced to songs and folk music from around the world and become actively and joyfully involved in ensemble movement and dance using lots of different percussion instruments.


ART START notes fall 2013 webNature Study & Photography with Patti Kelly, 

Wednesdays, 12pm-2pm

Each Wednesday we will engage your child’s curiosity about plants, animals, seasons and the natural environment that can be found near and around our school. Touching, seeing, pretending, photographing, collecting and sharing fill this afternoon of observations of the world around us.




Clay Play Thursday with Juanita Gaspari

Thursdays, 12pm-2pm.

Thursdays will give an opportunity for kids to have fun as they explore and create with clay. We’ll spend time discovering the many delightful properties of clay, and its endless possibilities for art making. Basic techniques like slipping, scoring, coils and pinch will gradually be introduced as children become familiar with the medium. This class is all about the process and the product: hands-on experience and the fun of finished pieces.