Sand Box Child Care & PreSchool
Providing Stable, Flexible Child Care Services for Over 40 Years
The mission of the Sand Box Child Care & Preschool is to provide quality child care programs and learning experiences for children in a safe and caring environment, helping them to develop socially, creatively, emotionally, physically and intellectually.
Sand Box - Over 40 years of Child Care Services to Taylor County
In 1972, Lynn Malstrom had an idea to start a Nursery School for three and four year olds in Medford. At that time, a nursery school would have been equivalent to what we now know as a preschool environment. Mrs. Malstrom was a stay-at-home Mother, and wanted to do something that would benefit the community.
The Nursery School started at St. Paul's Lutheran Church. The first license issued by the state of Wisconsin was granted to Mrs. Lynn Malstrom on September 30, 1974. Sand Box, Inc. was licensed for 16 children, Monday - Friday from 6:30 am - 5:15 pm, September to May. In 1976, when the license was renewed, capacity increased to 20 children and offered services year-round. The nursery school was also known as Happy Hands Nursery School.
In 1978, Sand Box, Inc. expanded and opened a group child care center on North Park Street. The Sand Box Daycare portion moved to the Knights of Columbus building on Washington St, around 1982 and remained there until 1991. Infant Care services at the time were provided by Child Services Society at the UW-Extension.
The current Sand Box Child Care & Preschool building began construction in 1989. The Board President, John Klingbeil was very instrumental in enlisting the community's help with supplies and labor. Land on Cedar Street was donated by Richard and Joanne Simek. In addition to Mr. Klingbeil, other board members at the time included: Peggy Nordgren, Doreen Eldred, Patti Krug and Lisa Dobberke. The Board received generous support from many community members including WeatherShield Mfg, Inc., Hurds, Tombstone Pizza Foundation, Klingbeil Lumber, The Hedlund Agency, National Management Association, New Concept Builders, James and Donna Gummerson, Curt's Home Improvements, United Way, and Ann Marie Foundation, to name a few.
The Infant care provided by Child Services Society was taken over by Sand Box in 1989 at the UW-Extension location (624 E College Ave). Upon completion of the new building on Cedar St. the three groups (nursery school, daycare and infant care) began consolidating into the current location. The first official license for the Sand Box Group Day Care Center was issued in June of 1990.
There were a few minor changes made to the interior at Sand Box soon after the consolidation to improve the environments for infant and toddler care. Space was divided differently which included adding some sinks and upgrading plumbing to meet licensing requirements. The open space and child focused classrooms have been the standard.
As the Board and community look to the future, we are excited to continue to provide a vital service to the broader Medford community and look forward to serving your family!
Sand Box Child Care & PreSchool
664 West Cedar Street
Medford, WI 54451