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Allen Knowledge Beginnings

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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Special Instructions:
SE Corner of Bethany and Allen Heights

Southeast corner of Bethany and Allen Heights (near McDonald's and Kroger)

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Boyd Elementary, Chandler Elementary,Story Elementary

We are stong believers in the investment inthe first five years of life for all children and believe each moment we  are privileged to be a part of your child's life is a teachable moment. Our children are always learning, growing, and developing relationships.

We earned our NAC Accreditation! You can learn more about this below.

We are currently enrolling in all our age groups.

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Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings! We are an Accredited Preschool (also providing Pre-K and Private 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. We are not a daycare center. Our location, near you, is proud to offer small group teacher lead phonics and math activities daily.

We offer the most caring and responsive infant and toddler programs, with full and part-time schedules available. We look forward to meeting you!

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Alice Zachardy, Center Director

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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.

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


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

At 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.

  • Alice Zachardy

    Alice Zachardy, Center Director

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

    Alice has been a Center Director for 23 years with the last 21 of those with KinderCare Education. She has a Bachelor's Degree and lives in Dallas with her daughter. She oversees all day to day operations for the center, striving to make 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:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Psychology
  • Katie Ramirez

    Katie Ramirez, Assistant Director

    Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

    Katie has been an Assistant Director/Program Specialist with KinderCare Education for the last 10 years. Alice and Katie have worked together since she joined the company in 2005. 

    She has her Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Living. She is an adviser for the Council of Professional Recognition helping teachers earn their Child Development Associate's Credential.

    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.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Bonnie Rabbit Learns What's Important by Georgene Curry
    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Child Development and Family Living
  • Rebecca Greathouse, 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, Assisant 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!

    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:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Kayla

    Kayla, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    The way you make people feel about themselves says a lot about you.

    Ms. Kayla has been working with children since 2009. She is currently pursuing my Bachelors in Sociology at Lamar University and is planning to pursue her CDA (Child Development Associate) in January. Ms. Kayla joined our team in May 2016.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Sydney

    Sydney, Floating Teacher

    Be somebody who makes everybody feel like a somebody.

    Ms. Sydney joined our team in March 2016. She has 5 years of experience working with children. Ms.Sydney is currently attending Collin College, and knows American Sign Language.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Any book by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • 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 joined our team in April 2013.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Bear in Sunshine by Stella Blackstone
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
  • Kaitlynn

    Kaitlynn, PreKindergarten

    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 5 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 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology, minored in Child and Family Devleopment
  • Eva

    Eva, Toddlers

    My job is to give children the essential skills and love to grow and become independent.

    My Eva has over a year's 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 Allen with her three children. She joined our center in July 2016.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Grinch by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Erica

    Erica, Transitional Kindergarten

    Just Keep Living L.I.V.I.N.G

    Ms. Erica has her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education EC-6th from Collin College. She has over 10 years of experience working with children in child care centers and in-home daycares.

    Ms. Erica also has two young children. She joined our team in May 2016.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erica has over 10 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:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education EC-6th
  • Ms. Cindy

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

    Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind. - Dr. Suess

    Ms. Cindy worked for over sixteen years at the Sherman KinderCare as a Teacher and an Assistant Director. She has her Child Development Associate's Credential 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 work for KinderCare from 1987 till 2003. She has joined our school in January of 2009.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Atricia

    Ms. Atricia, Infant Classroom

    A child has a special way of adding joy to everday.

    Ms. Artricia has worked with children for almost 10 years and came to Knowledge Beginnings in February 2012. She 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:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Preschool Classroom

    The future of the world is in my classroom today.

    Ms. Tina joined our team in January 2016. She has worked in the child care field for 16 years. Ms. Tina has a B.A. in Psychology, and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working on her M.B.A. at Ashford University. Ms. Tina lives in Allen with her husband and son.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 Years
    Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Carla

    Ms. Carla, K12 Interactive Kindergarten

    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 has worked with children for eight years and has been with Knowledge Beginnings for almost five years. She has her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Teacher Certification in Generalist Early Childhood through 4th grade. She is passionate about teaching and making a positive difference in the lives of each child in her classroom. Ms. Carla has three children with two currently in college.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Carla has over twelve years of experience working with children in Sunday school and in the public schools.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Suess
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, Teacher Certification in Generalist Early Childhood through 4th grade
  • Ms. Mayra

    Ms. Mayra, Floating Teacher

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

    Ms. Mayra has her Associates Degree in Child Development from Louisiana Delta Community College. She has worked in a child care setting since 2014.  Ms. Mayra is also a newlywed. She joined our team in February 2016.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Associates in Child Development

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

About Our Center

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are open year round Monday through Friday. Our center is officially closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day (July 4th), Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day. If any of these holidays fall on a Saturday the holiday will be observed on Friday. If the holiday falls on a Sunday, it will be observed on Monday.
Our centers are closed on Presidents' Day and Columbus Day to conduct full-day in-service professional development training workshops for center staff.

Health and Safety

Our building has security keypad on all doors leading to classrooms, our staff all hold CPR and First Aid certifications and have annual background checks. Their fingerprints are also checked with the FBI before employment can begin.

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

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We love Knowledge Beginnings and consider the teachers, directors, and families that attend here as an extension of our family.  We have a 2 1/2 year old and 8 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 even in the infant room, 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 ok and they are perfectly understanding and get 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 form 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 sit down 1-on-1 with the teachers & parents. They are very friendly and extremely involved with our children's well being & 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!  Teaching them independence and my children display these habits at home as well. Nice to know they mirror what we teach them.  The tuition is more then 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 to a wonderful academic career!

- Mother

We have been at Knowledge Beginnings in the interactive kindergarten program since the end of August and are loving it. My 4 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 in learning. I am very happy I chose to put him here.

- Mother

We have been with Allen Knowledge Beginnings Preschool since they opened several years ago. Katie and Alice have been absolutely phenomenal with my boys. My youngest has autism and both my husband I work full time. Alice has been great about letting Graham 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 baby's daily sheet. The preschool teacher post their 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 Ethan started going to Allen Knowledge Beginnings in 2010. 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, Ethan had his younger brother Reid join at eight weeks old and is still there. Now that Ethan is going to be in first grade, I look back and have no regrets of who I chose to take care and teach Ethan and Reid.
This place is like a second home to my family and I. Thank you Alice and Team!

- Parent

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

- Mother

Knowledge Beginnings Allen 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). 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 day cares in the area. Not one of them could even compared to the fantastic things 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 that are respected by their employees.
-My kids have so much FUN and love their teachers and going to "school".  My kids have attended since 8 weeks old.
-Cost wise it falls in the middle of most day care price ranges.

- Mother

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