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Brookline Knowledge Beginnings

Ms. Christina Busch Cleary, Center Director

5 Brookline Place Brookline MA 02445
(617) 730-4311 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 7 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
Brookline Village

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
None

Welcome

Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings Child Development Center in Brookline! We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. We have a team of passionate and dedicated care givers who create a warm and positive environment for each child. Our central location is convenient to the city, suburbs and local medical campuses. We are located right off Route 9 with close proximity to both bus and T routes. We have a unique and aesthetically beautiful physical space with an abundance of natural light and spacious classrooms. With an attached private outdoor playground and indoor gym space, we are well equipped to provide your child with the space and materials to thrive from birth through prekindergarten.

Ms. Christina Busch Cleary, 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

July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

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.

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.

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

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.

Soccer

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Knowledge Beginnings Brookline are passionate about educating and nurturing children. Our teachers have an average tenure of five years at our center and an average of fifteen years in the early childhood education field. Many of our staff has been here for over a decade. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate Credentials, Bachelor’s degree, or Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Our team strives for excellence through continuing education, taking classes at local universities as well as participating in our twice annual Professional Development Days. All of our staff and CPR and First Aid certified.

  • Ms. Christina Busch Cleary

    Ms. Christina Busch Cleary, Center Director

    Working with young children is my passion and my purpose!

    The Center Director, Ms. Christina Busch Cleary, M.S.Ed. has been in the field of Childhood Education for more than 20 years. Ms. Christina has earned both her undergraduate and master's degree in the field of Education and worked throughout Massachusetts and in the country of Ireland. Ms. Christina joined Knowledge Beginnings (KB) in Brookline in 2004 and is also the parent of a proud KB graduate and a proud KB Prekindergarten student. Ms. Christina prides herself in running a high quality early education center and is here to support children and families each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Teacher and Administrator with International Experience
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Where The Wild Things Are

    Year Started:
    8/8/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21+
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Education, Master's degree in Education
  • Ms. LaQuita Young, Assistant Director

    LaQuita Young is our Assistant Director. She joined the Knowledge Beginnings Brookline team in March 2016. She holds an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from Roxbury Community College and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Cambridge College. She is certified as an Infant, Toddler and Preschool teacher through the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). LaQuita started her career in Early Childhood in 2009 as an Assistant Teacher. She fell in love with her career and has the drive to grow within the field of Early Childhood Education. She currently lives in Brockton, MA with Eric, her boyfriend of seven years and their handsome three year old son named Calvin.

    Year Started:
    3/21/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Associate Degree in Education, EEC Cross Certified Teacher

Upcoming Center Activities

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July's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: What’s the Weather and Wonderful Water
This month we go all natural as infants and toddlers are introduced to the weather and children in Discovery Preschool experiment and have fun with water. Sensory adventures will continue for infants as they explore playing with colored water and experiment with how pinwheels and scarves move in the wind. Meanwhile, toddlers will use musical instruments to create the sound of rain and will connect their learning to the world as they role-play different weather scenarios, such as a warm summer day at the beach and a cold, snowy winter day. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about different bodies of water as well as how people use water in their everyday lives.

Children 4 to 5 years old: Spectacular Science and All About Books
In the first two weeks of this month, we take older children on a scientific journey of discovery to learn more about the natural world before turning the focus to the amazing world of books! Preschoolers will learn about states of matter, force, motion, and magnetism; children in Pre-K will learn about natural formations like rivers, mountains, and deserts; and kindergarteners will discover the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling. When we turn to books, children will learn about the different parts of books, explore the roles of author and illustrator, and learn what makes a book fiction or nonfiction.

Tuesday July 04, 2017
Center Closed for 4th of July

Monday July 17, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Tuesday July 18, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Wednesday July 19, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Thursday July 20, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

Friday July 21, 2017
Open House

Save your space today!  Our teachers would like to invite you to our Open House event, from July 17th – 21st.

Come meet our team! They’d love to tell you about their passion for teaching and how our kids enter school better prepared than their peers. Experience what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. Best of all, you’ll see our curriculum in action and watch the children laugh as they learn. 

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.

Special Features

  • Stroller and car seat storage
  • T accessible
  • Indoor gym space
  • Historic building with unique spaces and lots of natural light

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We are closed the following days: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, and Christmas Day.
We are closed to families on the following days to have our bi-annual Professional Development Days: Presidents' Day, and Columbus Day.

Health and Safety

You can be sure that your child will be safe and well cared for here at Knowledge Beginnings in Brookline. Families and visitors gain entry to our building through our secure front door; families use a pin code while visitors ring the door bell and are escorted into the lobby. Our private playground is fully fenced in and can only be accessed through the school. For all of our staff we provide training in first aid & CPR, and complete criminal background checks.

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.

The Knowledge Beginnings in Brookline has been a wonderful environment for the early years of my two children's lives. Our son started as a baby and is now in preschool. He has been cared for with the loving attention that every parent would hope to find for their children. Some of his teachers have become like family to us. When it came time to decide where to send out daughter, there was no doubt that the best place for her would be Knowledge Beginnings. She's now one and half and loves going to school. My son often comes home with beautiful art projects, new songs to teach us or stories to share that he's learned at school. My husband and I feel that both our children's time at this center have prepared them for their next chapter while also creating a warm, loving, fun, safe and educational environment for them to spend their days. I would recommend Knowledge Beginnings in Brookline without reservation.

- Mother

[My daughter] has grown and matured so much since her start in January. It's been a pleasureto drop off/pick up to see how many people know her name! I truly appreciate all you have done for her-she loves school so much! I can't say enough good things about the infant teachers. You are all remarkable people!

- Mother

So we have finally picked a last day for [our daughter]. It's been hard for us to admit that her time at Knowledge Beginnings is going to have to come to an end, but I guess the time really is coming near [for her to go to elementary school]… I know that she's really going to miss everyone at school, but I also know that you have prepared her well to move on in this next step… We cannot thank you all enough for taking such great care of our daughter. She has been so well cared for and so well loved over the past five years - everything we could have hoped for as parents. I'm glad this isn't going to be goodbye for our family.

- Father
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