Christina Busch Cleary, Center Director
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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.
Christina Busch Cleary, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Center Director, Ms. Christina Busch Cleary, has been in the field of Childhood Education for more than 15 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 in Brookline in 2004 and is also the parent of a soon-to-graduate Prekindergarten student and an infant. Ms. Christina prides herself in running a high quality early education center and is here to support children and families each day.
I love to see children of all ages accomplish developmental milestones! I've witnessed children take their first steps, say their first words, recognize the first letter of their name and even read a sight word! It's so exciting to watch a child learn!
Ms. Jessica Jackson is the Assistant Director. She joined the Knowledge Beginnings Brookline team in August 2012 and has been with the company since October 2006. Ms. Jackson holds a Bachelors degree in History from Framingham State College and is pursuing a Masters degree in Educational Studies with a focus on Early Childhood Education. She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and its local affiliates. Ms. Jackson shows her dedication to the field of early education by advocating for play-based education and supporting parents and families in their endeavors to ensure their children receive the best care and education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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