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Stapleton Knowledge Beginnings

Gricelda Duran, Center Director

10325 E 31st Ave. Denver CO 80238
(303) 329-4405 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
At the intersection of 31st Ave. & Geneva Just 1 block N. of MLK

Neighborhood:
Stapleton

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bill Roberts, Westerly Creek, Swigert High Tech, and Isabella Bird


 
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Welcome

Welcome to Stapleton Knowledge Beginnings in Denver. We are 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.

Here at Stapleton Knowledge Beginnings; we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for  educating and nurturing children

Gricelda Duran, 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.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

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.

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.

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  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 at our center will welcome your child into their class with open arms and a smile. They are long term staff and have really transformed their individual classrooms into a child's learning paradise.

  • Gricelda Duran, Center Director

    Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.

     Christina Vigil I started with Knowledge Learning Corporation in 1999. She is Director Qualified by the State of Colorado, with an emphasis in Child Development and Special Needs background. My 25 years of experience has varied from teaching ages 6 weeks to 12 years of age. In 2001 I decided to move into the management role. I love working with children and I truly feel that as your Center Director I am able to help your children have a brighter future with our company. I am looking forward to getting to know you and your family well!

     

    Year Started:
    4/10/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Director's Qualification
  • Terra Trauer

    Terra Trauer, Assistant Director

    People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.

    Terra has been the Assistant Director here at Knowledge Beginnings for 2 years. She has had the oppertunity to teach every age group, but has spent most of her teaching career with the infants.

    Previous Experience:
    14 Years
    Year Started:
    8/2/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    CDA, Infant Nursery Supervisor
  • Miss Jacqui Frantz, Assistant Director

    A hundred years from now, it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove. But the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child.

    Year Started:
    3/28/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Credentials
  • Ms. Jackie, Infants

    It's not about the product but rather the process

    Ms. Jackie has been in childcare for 3 1/2 years, and is Group Lead Qualified and INS certified. She is originally from Broomfield CO and now lives in Brighton with her son and daughter.  Ms. Jackie loves working with kids and plans on returning to school to further her education in the Early Childhood Education field.

    Previous Experience:
    Primrose Goddard
    Year Started:
    7/24/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 1/2 years
    Education:
    Group Lead Qualifications Infant Nursery Supervisor
  • Ms. Safa

    Ms. Safa, Support Staff

    Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.

    I am an Infant teacher here at Knowledge Begininnings.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Shaunesse

    Ms. Shaunesse, Toddler Classroom

    My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.

    I am a Toddler teacher here at Knowledge Beginnings.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Natalie

    Ms. Natalie, Two A

    My passion is teaching yet my greatest passion will always be learning.

    Ms. Natalie is pursuing her education in Elementary Ed. She plans to become an elementary teacher once she receives her bachelors. In Ms. Natalie's free time, she enjoys baking, spending time with family and event planning.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Natalie previously worked at The Goddard School and was a receptionist for Mapelton Public Schools.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Vanessa

    Ms. Vanessa, Twos Classroom

    A good teacher is like a candle- it consumes itself to light the way for others.

    I am at Twos teacher here at Knowledge Beginnings.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Tracie

    Ms. Tracie, Pre-K Classroom

    A truly special teacher is very wise, and sees tomorrows in every child's eyes.

    I am an assistant teacher for Knowledge Beginnings.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year

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

Welcome to Stapleton Knowledge Beginnings! We look forward to meeting you and your family to show you our curriculum and enrichment programs! We are confident that once you visit you will love our educated, warm and nurturing staff! Our experts designed our classrooms and every activity and lesson to help prepare your child for success in school and beyond. With designated learning centers such as dramatic play and blocks in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery. You’ll also find that our classrooms feature a print-rich environment full of carefully selected materials, written charts and labels, and children’s literature. By helping your child connect spoken words and print, we’re helping develop early literacy and writing skills. Whether your child has first words or first grade on the horizon, we’re excited to show you how everything in our center is designed for learning!

Christina Vigil, Center Director

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

We are closed for the following holidays: New Years' Day, President Day and Columbis Day (Professional Development Days) Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

Health and Safety

At Knowledge Beginnings your child’s safety is our top priority. Not only are all our outside perimeters locked to ensure security, but all of our playgrounds are fenced with locked gates as well. In addition, the two interior doors of the building have coded entries where only authorized family members will have the codes to enter. A door bell is available to visitors who will be greeted by a Center staff member. At Stapleton Knowledge Beginnings we have a Health and Safety Coordinator on site as well. The Health and Safety Coordinator’s role includes conducting monthly fire and tornado drills, ensuring that all staff’s First and CPR certificates are up to date, and for maintaining our high cleanliness 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.

In the relatively short time Bryan has been involved in these programs, I have seen such a positive change in him. He is excited to show me the letters he can write and we have enjoyed looking out for patterns when we are out and about. The constant communication Ms. Shaunesse gives me after each lesson has been very helpful. I am able to use the notes she sends home to continue what Bryan learned during the day to enforce what he learned from Ms. Shaunesse.

I feel very confident that these programs have given Bryan a strong education base as we get closer to going into kindergarten. I highly recommend not only these programs but Ms. Shaunesse leading the kids as well in these activities.

- Mother

I just wanted to take the time to say thank you for doing such a great job. After the conference with Mary last week, I have to say that I am very appreciative of all of you. Sometimes I think parents take for granted all that is done at the school. The parties last week took much time and planning on everyone's part and I will assume many extra hours were put in. The sacrifices made for all the kids is appreciated.

I appreciate everyone's patience with Joshua and Kira. You have all been very helpful, just like a family. I like to think of KB as Joshua and Kira's extended family. Mary is leaving a very positive impression on the twins. At home, they often tell me that "Ms. Mary said... Ms. Mary says..."

Please continue the great work  and thank you very much.

- Father

My son and daughter have been enrolled at Knowledge Beginnings since they were infants and they love the school. They have developed long-term relationships with their friends and teachers and enjoy going to school each day.
KB provides an age-appropriate learning structure that my children have benefitted from. Special emphasis is placed on units in 2-week blocks that focus on a certain theme such as weather/seasons, the community they live in, dinosaurs, etc. Language, social studies, math, and art are also incorporated into their daily learning activities. Special programming related to phonics and math are also available. My son really excelled in the phonics program.
The facility is beautiful with lots of space and natural light, including a large outdoor play area equipped with a tricycle track, slides, basketball hoop and a large grassy area for the children to play.
KB provides a lot of flexibility for working parents by offering long hours (6:30am-6:30pm) and providing before school/after school care and bus services to the Denver Public Schools located in Stapleton. Overall, I would highly recommend the staff of KB to teach and care your children.
 

- Mother

I would like to take this opportunity to let you know how happy we are with our family experience to KB. As working parents, it is important that our daughter is surrounded by great people who care for her in our absence. We chose to put her in daycare opposed to hiring a nanny because we believe in the social importance of meeting and playing with out children even at a very early age.
 Since Cristina became the Director things have changed for the better. I noticeably see a difference in our daughter’s education and am excited to hear the new songs and lessons she is learning. Also, Miss. Vickie has been extremely wonderful in helping in our daughter’s class. Our daughter talks daily about Gus Gus (the school hamster) and would not have potty trained so quickly had it not been for Miss. Vickie’s “potty party” and “potty crown”. These are just some of the examples of the positive experiences we have had since the change in leadership.
 Finally, I would like to not the focus on curriculum by the current KB staff. My husband and I both hold post graduate degrees and education is very important in our home. Neither of us are interested in glorified babysitting, but rather a program that teaches. To me, the best indication that our daughter is learning is the smile on her face when she tells us about her day. I love seeing her laugh when she counts to 40 or sings ABCs. We would like to thank the KB staff for all of their hard work and dedication!
Thank you for what you do!
 

 

- Mother

My son and daughter both attend Knowledge Beginnings in Stapleton and I can't say enough about how much they've grown over the last 1.5 years.
My 4 year old son is already reading at a kindergarten level (if not higher). He is doing great learning math and is very excited to tell me every day on the way home what he learned for the day. I am very satisfied with his preparedness for Elementary school and I am extremely pleased with how much he is learning.
I have to give special acknowledgment to Ms. Vickie for all the work she has done in the 2 year old class room. My daughter has grown so much in the last few months of being in that class. She is counting to 10 (sometimes higher), she is already recognizing words and letters, she comes home singing all kinds of new songs, the amount of art and creative projects she does is amazing. She absolutely loves her friends and teachers in that class. We have about a 20-30 min ride home so I get to hear all about what her and her friends did each day. I think the most exciting thing for me in addition to what I've mentioned above is how quickly Ms. Vickie was able to get her potty trained. Once I told her what I was doing at home she emulated the same at school and my daughter was trained in no time... at only 2!
I pulled my children from KB for a brief period and moved them to a different daycare here in Denver and the either cried each time or they had just the saddest look on there face when dropping them off which broken my heart. The quality of education and care they were getting at this new place was completely inferior to what they had become accustomed to at KB. It was a no brainer that I had to move them back and luckily for me they had space. My son literally did a happy dance when I told him he was going back! No I have to wear my running shoes to keep up with them when dropping them off. They are excited each day to come to school.
You've probably noticed I keep referring to KB as a school and not a daycare. To me a daycare is a place where kids go and play all day and you have half hearted staff there just making sure they don't hurt themselves. KB is much more than a daycare it is truly a learning environment form infant to 5 year old. I believe my son will be at an advanced kindergarten level, if not even grade level above by the time he starts school. When it comes time for my daughter to go to Elementary I have no doubts she will be just as prepared. As a parent I could not be more proud!
I would like to give thanks to KB and all of the staff for everything they've done for both of my children. Since they spend more time with my children than I get to each day, I'm happy to know it's with this great group of people.
Forever Grateful!!


 

- Mother
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