New Little Saints Academy Makes Music in St. Joseph
Don’t be alarmed if you hear the echo of drums, bells and banjos wafting out of the vacated Kennedy Elementary school in St. Joseph, Minnesota. It’s just reverberation from Little Saints Academy, a new child care center serving children from infancy through school age that opened in February.
Little Saints Academy offers child care with a musical flair. According to owner and director Amy Bonfig Vos, “We sing and dance, sculpt and paint, play and laugh and so much more.” Studies show that music and music experiences in the first years of life support important brain development. Music has power and meaning, and it’s just plain fun. Added benefits for parents are the music lessons the center will offer to children who want to participate.
“We have been fortunate to find ideal space for Little Saints Academy in the former Kennedy Elementary School,” said Ms. Vos. “We are housed in about 4,700 square feet of space and have access to the cafeteria, gymnasium and playground areas.”
The only licensed child care center in St. Joseph, Little Saints Academy was financed in part by First Children’s Finance, a nonprofit organization in Minneapolis that makes loans to child care and early education businesses.
Little Saints Academy has openings for infants, toddlers, and preschool children and is now enrolling school-aged children for its summer theater and music camp.
“At First Children’s Finance we understand child care, and we understand business,” stated Jerry Cutts, First Children’s Finance CEO. “Little Saints Academy will offer essential services to families in the St. Joseph area, and we are delighted to help it grow and serve children.”
Ms. Vos is a graduate of the College of St. Benedict with a degree in education and a concentration in music education. She has many years of experience working with children and implementing music programs for all ages.
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