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Knowledge Beginnings South

Diane Grasso, Center Director

261 Billerica Rd. Chelmsford MA 01824
(978) 250-8818 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Exit 29 off of Route 3 about 1/4 mile on left near Kronos Corp Headquarters

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Not at this time there is a bus stop in front of the school if a parent is interested in B&A, CD will consider adding it

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Welcome

Welcome to our center! We are proud to be the very first Knowledge Beginnings school built in the country. I have been the Director of this school since it opened in 1999. Our state-of-the-art building includes specialized enrichment rooms in the center of our building. Poet's Place is a room that focuses on literacy. Children enjoy visiting Masterpiece Museum to express their artistic side. They bring out their inner scientist in Science Suite. Imagination Station is our stage area where children express themselves through music and drama. We have four outdoor playgrounds, also designed for the specific age groups. The learning environment is beautiful, but it is our passionate and caring teachers that make our school truly unique!

Diane Grasso, 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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Participating Child Care Aware Center

KinderCare has partnered with Child Care Aware® of America in an effort to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and solutions to their child care needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.

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.

Math

The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.

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.

Dance

Teachers & Staff

Our center staff welcomes you to Knowledge Beginnings! It is important to us to partner with parents as we guide and teach your child. It is our privilege to be a part of your child's early learning experience. We value the fact that you put your trust in us each day. We love to share with those moments with you when your child accomplishes, discovers, or creates something new!

  • Diane Grasso

    Diane Grasso, Center Director

    I take great pride in providing the highest quality early education environment for children. We are laying the foundation for each child's future while partnering with parents. It is important to provide an engaging environment that is educational, nurturing, and fun!

    Diane has been the Director of Knowledge Beginnings since its opening in 1999. She has over 20 years of experience working in the field of early childhood education. She has a Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Lowell. She holds teacher certification for infants through grade six. Diane has two beautiful children of her own. She was thrilled to have them both grow, learn, and develop through their early learning experiences at Knowledge Beginnings. She wants every child to gain confidence both socially and academically in the highest quality early learning setting possible! That is why she takes great pride in the work she does each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings, Diane taught Prekindergarten/Kindergarten for six years before moving into the administrative role of Curriculum Coordinator, then to Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    7/21/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration
  • Mary Lacaillade

    Mary Lacaillade, Assistant Director

    "A person's a person no matter how small" - Dr. Seuss

    Miss Mary has been with Knowledge Beginnings since September of 2003. She is finishing up her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Mary lives in Pelham, NH with her husband and two beautiful children. Ms. Mary loves watching the children grow throughout the school.  She is passionate about sharing her love of reading and children's literature with others. She feels privileged to work with so many great children and families. Miss Mary's middle name is "Joy", and she spreads joy each day at Knowledge Beginnings!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mary is the Assistant Director. Prior to her administrative role, she was the Infant/Toddler Program Manager and Toddler Teacher for many years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harold and the Purple Crayon Caps for Sale Big Green Monster and Bear Snores On
    Year Started:
    9/15/2003
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13+
  • Ms. Lory

    Ms. Lory, Infant Classroom

    As a teacher I enjoy watching the children grow and learn through providing rich educational experiences for them.

    Ms. Lory is ECC certified to teach Infants, Toddlers and Preschoolers. She is working in our Infant Program. Ms. Lory builds trusting relationships with parents, which gives them a high level of comfort when it comes time for them to return to work after the birth of a new baby. She is the proud mother of two daughters and the grandmother of of Paige and Declan. When Ms. Lory is not working she is spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    I love teaching Kindergarten! The children bring me joy every day with their kind words, giggles, thoughtful drawings and letters. My favorite part about being a Kindergarten teacher is being able to watch each child grow and develop to his or her fullest potential.

    Ms. Lindsay is a graduate of Plymouth State University. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Studies (Teacher Certified K-8) with a concentration in Special Education. She began her teaching career as a substitute teacher in the Manchester, New Hampshire public school system, prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings in August of 2006.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Childhood Studies

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About Our Center

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 we do is designed for learning.  Call us today to book your tour!  We look forward to showing you all that our school has to offer. You will also have an opportunity to meet our amazing teachersWe can't wait to meet you! 

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

We understand the health and safety of your child is your top priority. It is ours as well! Parents feel a sense of comfort knowing that we have a keypad entry system and a secured building surrounded by fenced in playgrounds. We practice monthly fire drills/disaster drills, so we are always prepared. Our teachers are certified in CPR/First Aid. Background record checks are standard practice in our center. We take pride in offering a clean learning environment for children. We have an onsite Health and Safety Coordinator to assist us with all aspects of health and safety policies and procedures, especially when it involves your child. Proper hand washing is the number one way to cut down on the spread of illnesses. Proper hand washing and good hygiene habits are implemented in our daily routines. Our staff receives ongoing training regarding health, illness prevention, as well as the completion of daily program safety standards.

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.

We have two girls who have both been at Knowledge Beginnings South since they were infants. Ever since we first visited this daycare until now, we are continuously experiencing the love and dedication all the teachers express with our girls.

We have always felt that Knowledge Beginnings is the safest place for them where they are kept happy outside of our home. They have developed very strong bonds with all the teachers throughout the years and have learned a lot at a very fast pace. We have so many teachers to thank who have contributed to their healthy growth and development; each and every one of them has cared for our children as if they were their own. Miss Diane and Miss Robin are doing a great job with the curriculum and continuously succeed at staffing Knowledge Beginnings with gifted teachers.

The Kindergarten program is a gem at Knowledge Beginning. A large part of its success is due to Miss Lindsay's passion and dedication to children's learning. She takes great pride in their achievements, adapts to every individual child's pace, character, needs, and always encourages them to challenge themselves. We could not have picked a better Kindergarten program for our child.

Overall, we believe Knowledge Beginnings has been the best place we could have chosen for our kids. We will be sad when they grow up and have to leave, but will forever be thankful for all the years they have spent with the knowledgeable, wonderful staff at Knowledge Beginnings!

- Mother

My husband and I had a difficult decision to make on which childcare to choose for our daughter when she was two. However, after meeting with Miss Diane, Miss Robin and the teachers at Knowledge Beginnings South in Chelmsford, MA, we were quickly put at ease. We could tell even before finishing our first tour, that it would be a happy, fun, safe, and nurturing school for our child. When our daughter started in the toddler class two years ago, Miss Nicole, Miss Stacy, Miss Aimee, Miss Mary and Miss Kelsey did a great job on helping her to the big adjustment in her life. Very quickly they became more like an extended family to us. Our daughter was always happy the minute she got into the classroom. After seven months of putting her in daycare, we have seen our daughter develop and grow significantly in the areas of social skills, independence, confidence, intelligence and overall personality. At out Christmas family reunion, our relatives were so amazed at how much she has learned in seven months. Last year, Toddlers to Preschool, was the second big adjustment in our daughter's life. She has been growing even faster in social skills, independence, confidence, intelligence and overall personality. From the way she reads, writes, sings, dances, tells us what to do and not to do; I can see lots of positive affections from her teacher. I was so proud that age three and half, she is the only one that can count to 30 and write her name among five of the same age kids at out church. We can never ever thank you enough Miss Rachel, Miss Nicole, Miss Aggie and Miss Debby! My husband and I often think how fortunate we are to have such a wonderful & safe place for our daughter to spend her time while we are at work. The teachers are so knowledgeable and loving!

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