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Brookline Knowledge Beginnings

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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Special Instructions:
1/2 Block off of Route 9 at Brookline Ave & Pearl St

Brookline Village

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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

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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.

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


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

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.

  • Christina Busch Cleary

    Christina Busch Cleary, Center Director

    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.

    Year Started:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    over 15 years
    Bachelor's degree in Education, Master's degree in Education
  • Jessica Jackson

    Jessica Jackson, Assistant Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to becoming Assistant Director, Jessica was a prekindergarten teacher in two of our sister centers
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6.5 years
    Bachelor of Arts in History, Lead Teacher in Infants, Toddlers & Preschool from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

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

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.

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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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