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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.

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:
    over 20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Education, Master's degree in Education
  • Ms. LaQuita Young, Assistant Director

    I am your Assistant Director, LaQuita Young. I joined the Knowledge Beginnings Brookline team in March 2016. I hold an Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Roxbury Community College and I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology from Cambridge College. I am certified as an Infant, Toddler and Preschool teacher through the MA Department of Early Education and Care (EEC). I started my career in Early Childhood in 2009 as an Assistant Teacher. I fell in love my career and have the drive to grow within the field of Early Childhood Education. I currently live in Brockton, MA with Eric, my boyfriend of seven years and our handsome three year old son name 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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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

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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