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Billerica Knowledge Beginnings

Laura Tusa, Center Director

262 Concord Rd. Billerica MA 01821
(978) 670-7707 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off Rte 3 and Concord Rd. in Wyndham Hotel complex

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
no bus at the Center it is on the bus route for Parker Schools

We are currently enrolling in our Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Prekindergarten and Private Kindergarten programs. Come and see our current, research-based curriculum in action. Our programs will prepare your child for grade school success because everything that we do is designed for learning. Our school has also been nationally recognized for its longevity of teachers, many educators have been at this school for over ten years! Come by and visit our exceptional school and meet our amazing teachers and see why we are the top choice in this area for families looking for a high quality child care center.

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Welcome

Knowledge Beginnings in Billerica is conveniently located near Route 3, Route 495, and Route 128. We have been providing the highest quality in child care since December of 2000. Our state-of-the-art building, comprehensive curriculum for each age group, and exceptionally clean environment are what make us the top choice for families when choosing a child care center in this area. In addition, we are nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Laura Tusa, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program

Cooking

The Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.

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

Knowledge Beginnings in Billerica has been nationally recognized for its longevity of staff. Many of our passionate and dedicated teachers have been here since our school opened in December of 2000. All teachers have college education and specialized training in early childhood development. Laura Tusa (Center Director) and Kristen Parent (Assistant Director) have also been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2000. Low staff turnover is an important factor when looking for a quality child care program…..when the teachers are happy to be here, so are the children!!!!!

  • Laura Tusa

    Laura Tusa, Center Director

    I am passionate about Early Childhood Education. I feel it is the most important time in a child's life. They are learning new things and making friends for the very first time and I love being a part of that. I have the best job in the world!

    Laura studied Physical Education and Early Childhood Education at Bridgewater State College and Middlesex Community College. She also teaches Early Childhood Education courses at Merrimack College in Andover, Massachusetts in her spare time. Laura enjoys sharing her experiences in  Early Childhood Education with students pursuing a career in this truly rewarding field.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Lead Teacher Certification (All age groups), Director's Certificate (Massachusetts)
  • Kristin Parent

    Kristin Parent, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work everyday! I love it when a child shows me something new that they have learned. I also love knowing that we provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment when children learn and have fun!

    Kristen studied Early Childhood Education at Middlesex Community College and Human Development at Lesley University. She was at Toddler teacher at Knowledge Beginnings in Billerica, Massachusetts before becoming the Assistant Director.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
    Education:
    Lead Teacher Certification (All age groups), Director's Certificate (Massachusetts)
  • Ms. Saras

    Ms. Saras, Infant & Toddler Classrooms

    Ms. Saras has been a teacher at Knowledge Beginnings since September of 2005. Before immigrating to the United States, she was an elementary school teacher in India. In addition to having her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, she is also Teacher Certified in the state of Massachusetts. At Knowledge Beginnings, Ms. Saras is a caregiver in our Infant and Toddler programs, where she plans enriching and engaging activities that encourage curiosity and exploration. Ms. Saras chose this profession because she loves being surrounded by children. In her spare time, Ms. Saras enjoys cooking and spending time with her family, including her two sons.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    41 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sue has been a teacher at Knowledge Beginnings since March of 2006. She has also earned her Massachusetts Teacher Certification and speaks fluent Portuguese. Ms. Sue is a caregiver in our Infant Program and enjoys spending the days with our smallest friends! She entered this field because of her love of children. In her spare time, Ms. Sue enjoys camping with her husband and three children.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Michelle joined Knowledge Beginnings in August of 2000 and has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 1998. She has her Lead Teacher Certification in the state of Massachusetts and has completed many college level courses in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Michelle has a passion for working with young children and loves watching them learn and grow. She has a daughter of her own and in her spare time she enjoys reading and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2000
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Lead Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Migdalia

    Ms. Migdalia, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Migdalia has been a part of our Knowledge Beginnings family since April of 2002 and has been working in the Early Childhood Education field since 1996. She has always loved teaching young children and really enjoys planning fun activities that are engaging and educational. Ms. Migdalia also has her Massachusetts Teachers' Certification and speaks fluent Spanish. In her spare time, Ms. Migdalia enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, three children and five grandchildren.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Caryn

    Ms. Caryn, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Caryn has been with Knowledge Beginnings in Billerica since January of 2002. She attended Middlesex Community College where she earned her Massachusetts Teacher Certification. Ms. Caryn joined the field of Early Childhood Education because she enjoys making a difference in the lives of our youngest children. She loves seeing the progress of her students throughout the year. When Ms. Caryn is not teaching at Knowledge Beginnings, she loves spending her free time with her many nieces and nephews, who inspired her to work with children.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Jennifer

    Ms. Jennifer, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Jennifer has been with Knowledge Beginnings since September of 2012 and is a teacher in our Prekindergarten Program. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since September of 2005. Ms. Jen has her Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Fitchburg State College and is Teacher Certified in the state of Massachusetts. She enjoys working with young children because they have a way of making each day so much fun. In her spare time, Ms. Jen enjoys vacationing in Cape Cod and spending time with her husband, family and dog.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle H.

    Ms. Michelle H., Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Michelle has been with Knowledge Beginnings since October of 2009. She has earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Development from the University of Lowell and is Teacher Certified in Massachusetts. Ms. Michelle has been in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1986 and during that time she has worked as a Preschool teacher, child care administrator, and in the early intervention setting. Ms. Michelle enjoys working with young children because every day is a new, exciting  adventure. She teaches in the Prekindergarten program where she engages four and five-year-old children in wonderful activities that encourage cognitive, physical, and socio-emotional development. When she's not teaching at Knowledge Beginnings, Ms. Michelle enjoys reading, watching football and spending time with her own three children.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    27 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Human Development
  • Ms. Kimberly

    Ms. Kimberly, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Kim has been with Knowledge Universe since March of 1993. In addition to having her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, she is also Director Certified in the state of Massachusetts. She is the Private Kindergarten teacher and is teaching an Interactive Kindergarten curriculum utilizing a SMARTboard. Ms. Kim has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1988 and enjoys her job because she knows that she is helping to shape our future. She believes that the early childhood years are the most important in the life of a child. When Ms. Kim is not teaching at Knowledge Beginnings, she enjoys camping, kayaking and watching sports with her husband and two daughters.

    Year Started:
    3/1/1993
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

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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 the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Portuguese and Indian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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, please be sure to check with your Center Director for specific closures.

Health and Safety

Health and safety are top priorities here at Knowledge Beginnings. All of our educators are certified in CPR and First Aid. In addition, we have a secure keypad entry and fenced playgrounds for all age groups. All classroom activity can be viewed from the monitors in our large, spacious lobby area. We also have a Health Care Consultant to help answer medical questions that parents may have regarding their child's health and well-being.

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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The teachers at Knowledge Beginnings are so nurturing. I feel very happy to bring my daughter to school everyday! I love seeing my child smiling when I pick her up at the end of the day. I know she is always safe and happy here.

- Mother

The staff at Knowledge Beginnings in Billerica are very friendly and caring. My daughter has been here since she was an infant and she just loves going to school where she learns and plays all day. She has made so many friends and is now learning to read and she is only four!!!! We are very happy that we chose this center for our precious little girl.

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