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Allen Knowledge Beginnings

Ms. Alice Zachardy, Center Director

1216 East Bethany Rd. Allen TX 75002
(972) 747-7074 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Boyd Elementary, Chandler Elementary, Story Elementary

Welcome

Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings! We are an accredited center that offers caring, responsive programs for infants and toddlers (both full- and part-time), as well as for preschool, prekindergarten and kindergarten. Our community-based learning center has experienced and trained staff who truly love to partner with parents in educating their children!
 
We are corporately owned by KinderCare Education, the nation's largest child care provider, and this allows us to provide many benefits for our families and our staff. Our location is proud to offer small-group, teacher-led phonics and math activities daily.
 
We look forward to meeting you!
 
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Ms. Alice Zachardy, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Music

Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Teachers & Staff

At Allen Knowledge Beginnings, we have many wonderful features that differentiate us from other centers, with the most important one being our staff. We work hard to find, train, and motivate a group of loving and educated teachers who believe in the absolute importance of the first years of life.

  • Ms. Alice Zachardy

    Ms. Alice Zachardy, Center Director

    The way we teach our children determines their outlook on themselves and the world. They deserve our best at all times.

    Ms. Alice has been a Center Director for 23 years, with the last 21 years spent with KinderCare Education. She lives in Dallas with her daughter. Ms. Alice oversees all day-to-day operations for the center, striving to make the Knowledge Beginnings Child Development Center of Allen the best possible experience for our families.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Wacky Wednesday by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    7/24/1994
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Katie Ramirez

    Ms. Katie Ramirez, Assistant Director

    Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

    Ms. Katie has worked with Ms. Alice since she joined the company in 2005--they make a great team! She is an adviser for the Council of Professional Recognition helping teachers earn their Child Development Associate Credential. Ms. Katie works with all age groups, and keeps up with the staff and children files, scheduling, bookkeeping, and customer service. She lives in McKinney with her husband and son.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Katie has been an Assistant Director and Program Specialist for Allen Knowledge Beginnings for the last 10 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Bonnie Rabbit Learns What's Important by Georgene Curry

    Year Started:
    9/21/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Living
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Program Specialist

    Time spent playing with children is never wasted.

    Ms. Rebecca has over nine years of experience working with children. She has previously worked as a Teacher, Assistant Director, and Director. Ms. Rebecca joined our team in May 2016 as an Program Specialist and Learning Adventures Teacher. Child care and development is not only her career, but her passion! She is currently attending Rasmussen to earn her degree. Ms. Rebecca lives in Allen with her husband and three children. She is also her daughter's soccer coach.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rebecca has worked in all different levels of a child care center, from a Teacher, to Assistant Director, to Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential (In Progress)
  • Ms. Zeljka

    Ms. Zeljka, Infant Classroom

    When you're investing in children, you are investing in the future.

    Ms. Zeljka has over ten years experience working in early childhood education. She really enjoys developing lasting relationships with our children and families. Ms. Zeljka joined our company in August 2008 and transferred to our team in April 2013.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Zeljka has worked at another center owned by KinderCare Education.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Bear in Sunshine by Stella Blackstone

    Year Started:
    4/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
  • Ms. Artricia

    Ms. Artricia, Infant Classroom

    A child has a special way of adding joy to every day.

    Ms. Artricia enjoys working in our Infant Classroom and being a part of each child's discoveries and growth. She lives in McKinney with her husband and two young sons.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Artricia has worked with children in many different environments.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

    Year Started:
    2/2/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Mayra

    Ms. Mayra, Infant Classroom

    Children can grow and learn without me, but contributing to the process is an honor.

    Ms. Mayra earned her degree from Louisiana Delta Community College. She has worked in a child care setting since 2014. Ms. Mayra is also a newlywed. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney

    Year Started:
    2/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Arisbeth

    Ms. Arisbeth, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Arisbeth has also spent many years volunteering as a teacher and babysitter. Ms. Arisbeth has two young children of her own.

    Year Started:
    10/17/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Eva

    Ms. Eva, Toddler Classroom

    My job is to give children essential life skills and help them grow and become independent.

    Ms. Eva has over a year of experience working with children in a child care center. She will begin working on her child development associate soon. One of her main goals is to build trust and confidence in children. Ms. Eva lives in Melissa with her three children. 

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Grinch by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    7/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Cindy

    Ms. Cindy, Discovery Preschool Classroom/Health and Safety Coordinator

    Ms. Cindy earned her degree from Ellis College. She is our Health and Safety Coordinator, conducting our daily playground checks and checking safety requirements around the building. Ms. Cindy is also a loving mother and grandmother.

    Previous Experience:
    My Cindy has previously worked for KinderCare from 1987-2003 as a Teacher and Assistant Director. She joined our school when we first opened in January 2009.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    1/29/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Credential
  • Ms. Terrisha

    Ms. Terrisha, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Terrisha (Ms. Tee) has infant twins of her own. 

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tee has worked with children previously at an in-home daycare and at child care centers.
    Year Started:
    11/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Preschool Classroom

    The future of the world is in my classroom today.

    Ms. Tina has two degrees and is currently working on her third degree at Ashford University. She lives in Allen with her husband and son.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper

    Year Started:
    1/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology; Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education; Master's Degree in Business Administration (In Progress)
  • Ms. Kaitlynn

    Ms. Kaitlynn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Every child deserves a chance to become something great.

    Ms. Kaitlynn has her bachelor of science in psychology with a minor in child and family development. She has over five years of experience working with children in a child care setting. She is working on her Masters in Counseling at SMU. Ms. Kaitlynn joined our team in January 2015.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Polar Bear Boy by Gillian Shields

    Year Started:
    1/23/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology; minors in Child and Family Development; Master's Degree in Counseling (In Progress)
  • Ms. Erica

    Ms. Erica, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Erica has two young children of her own. 
      

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erica has over ten years of experience working with children in child care centers and in-home daycares.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Little Mouse; The Red Ripe Strawberry; and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood

    Year Started:
    5/16/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education EC-6th
  • Ms. Carla

    Ms. Carla, Kindergarten Classroom

    My true pay is received when I see the light in the eyes of the children to what I have taught them. Children are our future, we must love them enough to let them grow.

    Ms. Carla is passionate about teaching and making a positive difference in the life of each child in her classroom. She has three children with two currently in college.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carla has over 12 years of experience working with children in Sunday school and in public schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess

    Year Started:
    8/24/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies; Teacher's Certification in Generalist Early Childhood through 4th grade
  • Ms. Shanae

    Ms. Shanae, School Age Classroom

    It only takes one big smile to keep me going. It lets me know I'm doing the right thing and only pushes me to continue down the path. A smile is easy to give and receive!

    Ms. Shanae has worked primarily with children ages two and older. Ms. Shanae attended Collin College for her first degree, and is currently attending UTD to obtain another degree. 

    Year Started:
    9/12/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate of Science Degree; Bachelor's Degree in Health Studies and Administration (In Progress)
  • Ms. Sydney

    Ms. Sydney, Floater

    Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

    Ms. Sydney is currently attending Collin College and knows American Sign Language.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any book by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    3/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    5

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Wednesday February 08, 2017
Bright Smile Show

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Tuesday February 14, 2017
Valentine Parties

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Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

Thursday February 23, 2017
Sailor Puppet Show

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About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in early childhood education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through various training opportunities in the community.

Special Features

  • Our playgrounds have shade structures, AstroTurf (no dirt, mud, wood chips), and rubber surfaces under climbing equipment.
  • We have theater and art enrichment rooms our children ages 3+ visit daily and are available for use during poor weather.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We observe the following holidays:

·         New Year's Day

·         President's Day

·         Memorial Day

·         4th of July

·         Labor Day

·         Thanksgiving Day

·         Day after Thanksgiving

·         Christmas Day

Please note that because holidays observed may vary between centers, you should check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Our building has a security keypad on all doors leading to classrooms, while we hold our staff accountable by ensuring they all are CPR and First Aid certified and have annual background checks. Prior to employment, all staff members undergo a fingerprinting and background check.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

We love Knowledge Beginnings and consider the teachers, directors, and families here as an extension of our family. We have a two-and-a-half-year-old and an eight-month-old who have been attending since they were very young. Staff turnover is very low because you can tell the directors take very good care of the teachers, who in turn take great care of the kids and seem very happy to work here and with each other.  All of the staff know everyone in our family by name. I love that they have special activities for the kids such as Splash days in the summer, dress-up days, class parties, special guests, and a daily curriculum for all ages, including infants, such as sensory play. My toddler is advanced for his age in many areas, especially vocabulary, as are many of the kids in his class, and I know the center has played a big part in that.  Several times, I've called during the day to make sure one of my kids is feeling okay and the staff are perfectly understanding, getting their teacher on the phone with me right away to address any concerns. I even called once when I was running late because I dropped off past breakfast time (they serve meals and snacks) and asked if they could feed my son anyway and Katie, the assistant director, said "Absolutely, we'll get him breakfast right away. Never feel bad about calling for these types of things, it happens. We would never let him go hungry."  They really do go the extra mile for your family and I can't imagine taking my kids anywhere else.

- Mother

My children love coming to school every morning! We switched our kids from Twin Oaks in Allen over to Knowledge Beginnings because of all of the great things we heard. All turned out to be true. Both of our kids' math and writing skills have improved drastically! Also this school does progress reports and one-on-one conferences with the teachers and parents.They are very friendly and extremely involved with our children's well-being and education. Gorgeous school inside and outside! They do tons of events and socials, which allows the teachers and kids to interact. Side note: They serve lunch in a family-style setting, allowing the kids to serve themselves. I know this sounds like a disaster, but they make it work! The staff here teaches the children independence, and my children display these habits at home as well. Nice to know they mirror what we teach them. The tuition is more than reasonable! Very glad we went with this school.

Thank you, Knowledge Beginnings, for being a part of my children's education.

- Father

My daughter loves coming to school. She truly feels loved by her teacher. During breaks, she will ask me if she can go to school. As an educator, I know the importance of fostering a love for learning at an early age and I can truly say that the staff at Knowledge Beginnings go above and beyond to start children off on a wonderful academic career!

- Mother

We have been at the Allen Knowledge Beginnings in the Interactive Kindergarten program since the end of August and are loving it. My four-year-old son loves his teacher and the other teachers he spends time with. He talks about his friends he has met all the time, and best of all, he has made so much progress in this short amount of time. I am very happy I chose to put him here.

- Mother

We have been with Allen Knowledge Beginnings since they opened several years ago. Ms. Katie and Ms. Alice have been absolutely phenomenal with my boys. My youngest has autism and both my husband and I work full time. Ms. Alice has been great about letting my son have his therapy in the center so that he can progress developmentally and stay on target. They are an extension of our family!

- Mother

For the past year, my two kids attended Knowledge Beginnings and I highly recommend it. Teachers write notes and share stories on the daily sheets. The Preschool Teacher posts the class's activities so that I can see what my daughter does during the day. This allows me to ask my daughter specific questions about her day. The entire staff knows every family and each staff member from teachers to director has shared stories about my children's days. The teachers are highly skilled and knowledgeable. They keep the classroom engaging by changing activity stations throughout the year. The Director and Assistant Director bring enriching programs to the school and hire the highest quality teachers. I never worry about my children during the day, because I know they are in the best of care.

- Mother

My oldest son started going to Allen Knowledge Beginnings in 2010. Ms. Alice and her staff are the most professional group I have worked with. I have called the corporate office a few times to brag about a few teachers thus far. In 2012, my youngest son joined his brother at the center at eight weeks old and is still there. Now that my eldest is going to be in first grade, I look back and have no regrets of who I chose to take care of and teach both of my boys. This place is like a second home to my family and me. Thank you, Ms. Alice and team!

- Parent

The staff at Allen Knowledge Beginnings truly cares about the kiddos. They give us a detailed account of my son's day when we pick him up. The teachers really focus on teaching, not just babysitting. I am so impressed by everything my son has learned since he began going there. I trust the staff here 100% to take wonderful care of my child and give him an outstanding education.

- Mother

The Allen Knowledge Beginnings has been a wonderful place for our son. I have never doubted that he was in good hands. His teachers go out of their way to make sure I am informed on his day and provide him comfort on days he is not at his best (teething is hard work, after all). We have been very pleased with Knowledge Beginnings and wouldn't go anywhere else!

- Mother

When looking for full-time day care, I personally toured and spoke with 15 different daycares in the area. Not one of them could even compare to the fantastic things the Allen Knowledge Beginnings has to offer:
 -The atmosphere is very family style, where everyone knows everyone.
 -The staff is courteous and knowledgeable.
 -Parents are kept fully "in the loop" about their child's day via notes and teacher comments.
 -Curriculum is age appropriate and up to date.
 -Safety precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the children and staff.
 -The directors are fantastic leaders who are respected by their employees.
 -My kids have so much fun and love their teachers and going to "school." 
 -Cost-wise, this center falls in the middle of most daycare price ranges.

- Mother
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