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JCreek Knowledge Beginnings

Kate Garrett, Center Director

10100 Medlock Bridge Rd. Duluth GA 30097
(678) 417-6322 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"On Medlock Bridge Rd." across from St. Ives Country Club

Neighborhood:
Medlock Bridge and State Bridge Rd./ Across from St. Ives Country Club

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Medlock Bridge Elementary, State Bridge Crossing, Wilson Creek Elementary

Enroll now in our new Private Pre-Kindergarten class to receive preferred tuition pricing and the opportunity to enrich your child's love of learning!  Open now for children who turn (or have turned) 4 before 12/31/15!!! 

Our Private Pre-Kindergarten students receive automatic admission into our Georgia Pre-K program for the following Fall...skip the lottery and waiting list and secure your child's space today.

We support our hard-working teachers!  Children of parents who teach in the public school system receive discounted tuition when they enroll during the month of September.

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Welcome

Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings, the place where your child will develop a lifelong love of learning!  Located in beautiful Johns Creek on Medlock Bridge Rd., our campus serves children ages 6 weeks through 12 years (School Age). Our NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) accredited child care center features modern, state-of-the-art facilities including a Science Lab, Art Room, Library, Water Park, Computers, Theatrical Stage, and safe, stimulating classrooms created to ensure learning and discovery!  All of our teachers are highly experienced educational professionals who are committed to making a difference in children's lives. Our challenging curriculum addresses all developmental domains including cognitive, social-emotional, and physical growth. All students enjoy daily Spanish and weekly Mandarin instruction taught by native-speaking teachers.  We strive to create an environment where children are excited to come to school and where parents feel confident and secure in the educational choice they have made for their children.

Kate Garrett, 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.

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.

Mandarin

A limited number of our centers offer a bilingual immersion preschool program featuring Mandarin and English, created in collaboration with leading foreign language educators. Children will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin through stimulating, age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Using this creative approach, children enhance their skills in a second language in the same natural way they learned their first language.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Our highly experienced staff members love working with children and have committed themselves to the education profession. Each staff member brings something unique to contribute to our students' educational experience.  Teachers at Knowledge Beginnings go through an extensive hiring process, which includes multiple interviews, extensive reference requirements, local & national background checks, and more.  We strive to create a workplace that attracts the best and brightest teachers and retain them over a long period of time.  Knowledge Benefits supports teachers by providing frequent training, professional opportunities, education assistance, and a team-based approach to instruction.

  • Kate Garrett

    Kate Garrett, Center Director

    Children are only young once! As educators, it is our job to ensure that every child has a safe, dynamic and loving environment in which they can learn. Every day should be filled with opportunities to grow.

    Ms. Kate has worked in every possible type of educational environment and does her best to incorporate the benefits of all of these experiences into her children's educational experiences. She utilizes her extensive education and training in the education field, her experience working with children of all ages (infant through high school), and her love of learning to constantly improve her school. Kate encourages all teachers and parents to find what motivates and inspires each child to learn and teach to those unique traits. She makes sure that every single child and parent feels welcomed and that their individual needs will be addressed.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching, Administration
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Madeleine" and "Eloise" Stories
    Year Started:
    5/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Education Policy; Bachelor's Degree in English
  • Keeshia Ochoa

    Keeshia Ochoa, Assistant Director

    Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

    Ms. Keeshia attended the University of West Georgia where she obtained her degree in Sociology. She has worked in the Early Childhood Industry for over 12 years and started as a teacher before moving into an administrative role.  Ms. Keeshia loves watching the children grow and reaching their development milestones.  In her spare time, she loves being with her daughter and taking her to the nail salon.  She also loves music, dancing, and cosmetology.  

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Matilda" by Roald Dahl
    Year Started:
    2/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    B.A. Sociology & Family Studies, CPR, First Aid
  • Mr. Chauncey, Health & Safety Coordinator

    So you don't say

    Mr. Chauncey has been in the early childhood education industry for 11 years.  The children love him because of his fun and easy going spirit.  In his spare time, his loves being with his family, playing the saxophone, reading, and making model crafts.  Mr. Chauncey loves going to the park with his wife, son and daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Assistant Director, Pre-K Teacher, After-School Teacher, Teen Summer Camp Coordinator
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Alice In Wonderland"
    Year Started:
    4/15/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    CDA and Christian Youth Counseling
  • Ms. Caity, Program Specialist

    Comparison is the thief of joy - Teddy Roosevelt

    Ms. Caity has been in the Early Childhood Industry for 9 years.  She started as a teacher before moving into the Program Specialist Position.  Her favorite thing about teaching was exploring science through the eyes of a child.  In her spare time, she loves being with her husband and 2 children, painting, and sewing.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Little Blue Truck"
    Year Started:
    10/17/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    B.S. in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Infant Teacher

    My classroom is a happy, creative place where they are nutured, challenged, and hopefully, inspired.

    Ms. Linda has cared for Knowledge Beginnings students for more than eleven years.  She has worked with every age group and currently serves as our lead Infant teacher. Ms. Linda is thankful to have the opportunity to instill a love of learning in each child!  She attended both the University of Georgia and Georgia State University, and continues to enroll in classes to further her education. Ms. Linda has a son, daughter and one grandson.  She loves spending time with her family and friends.  Her hobbies include reading, traveling, gardening, and writing.

    Previous Experience:
    Tutoring, Marketing and Business Development
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    Year Started:
    1/15/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    B.A. in Journalism, minor in Foundations of Education
  • Ms. Andrea, Preschool

    Children love being in my classroom because I'm fun!

    Ms. Andrea has worked in the Early Childhood Industry for over 10 years as a nanny, at churches, and in child care centers.  She loves having fun in the classroom.  In her spare time, she loves shopping, volunteering, hiking and cooking good food!

    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    B.A. in Psychology
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Infant

    Don't smile because it's over, smile because it happened -- Dr. Seuss

    Ms. Rebecca was born and raised in Pennsylvania.  She says children love being her classroom because she celebrates their achievements and encourages independence.  Ms. Rebecca has two children.  In her spare time, she loves spending time with her husband and children, taking nature walks, biking, and baking!

    Previous Experience:
    Elementary School Teacher Grades K-8
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Chrysanthemum"
    Year Started:
    8/14/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Elementary Ed
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Toddler Teacher

    Teaching is truly one of the most rewarding things you can do.

    Ms. Kim has a wide array of professional experience, including customer service and teaching. She has worked for Knowledge Universe schools both in Virginia and here in Johns Creek. Ms. Kim is very outgoing, honest, and funny. All of her students call her "Mimmy," which sounds like "Kimmy!"

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching infants, toddlers, and special needs children
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Belly Button Book"
    Year Started:
    1/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    B.S. in Fitness and Sports Management
  • Ms. Kenika

    Ms. Kenika, Discovery Preschool & Floater

    I love working with children because I love to help other people.  They always have something to teach me!

    Ms. Kenika is originally from the Bahamas, but came to Atlanta by way of Miami.  She has previous experience working both with children and senior citizens.  She is a helper by nature and is a very good listener.  Ms. Kenika enjoys reading inspirational books and has one daughter.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching, Home Health Aide
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Clifford"
    Year Started:
    4/29/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    B.S. Health Information & Management
  • Ms. Shirley

    Ms. Shirley, Early Foundations Preschool

    Ability is what you are capable of doing.  Motivation determines what you do.  Attitude determines how well you do it --Lou Holtz

    Ms. Shirley has been in the Early Childhood field for over 25 years, and it shows. She has very high expectations for her students and is able to inspire amazing growth and progress from our Preschoolers. Ms. Shirley is known for her attention to detail and her drive to create a fascinating environment in her classroom.  In her spare time, she loves reading, watching movies, and hanging out with her family which includes her daughter and 3 grandchildren.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Cat in the Hat" by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3/22/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 years
    Education:
    B.S. Paralegal Studies
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Primer (Private Pre-K)

    Don't Worry, Be Happy

    Ms. Paula is a Michigander, but has lived in Georgia for several years.  She has extensive experience in working with early childhood aged students, as well as serving both as Director and Curriculum Director.  Ms. Paula is known for her calm, easygoing manner, and for working extremely hard to meet each child's individual needs.  In her spare time, she loves walking, biking, swimming, and spending time on the lake with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching, Administration
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I'll Love You Forever"
    Year Started:
    1/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    25
    Education:
    A.S. Early Childhood
  • Ms. Teresa

    Ms. Teresa, Mandarin

    I love being with children every day, and helping them learn to communicate in new and exciting ways.

    Ms. Teresa teaches Mandarin to our students several days a week.  She loves children of all ages and is able to incorporate her language instruction into activities in each classroom.  In this way, our students learn Mandarin through conversation and daily activities.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching; Real Estate
    Year Started:
    3/3/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Marketing
  • Ms. Stephanie (aka "Ms. Red")

    Ms. Stephanie (aka "Ms. Red"), Georgia Pre-K 2

    I have crossed oceans of time to find you

    Ms. "Red," as she is affectionately known, has a fun-loving and vibrant personality.  She knows just about everything there is to know about children and teaching and is very comfortable in the classroom.  Teachers, students and parents alike appreciate Ms. Red's sense of humor and bright smile that never wavers.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Little Fur Family"
    Year Started:
    9/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    Master's in Curriculum and Instruction; Bachelor's in Elementary Education; GA-Certified Teacher
  • Mr. Kendall

    Mr. Kendall, School Age

    Kids are a lot of fun-I love hearing what's going on inside their minds!

    Mr. Kendall works with our Pre-K after-schoolers and our school-agers.  You will always be able to find him outside, playing soccer or basketball with his students!

    Year Started:
    1/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Kristin

    Ms. Kristin, School Age

    I enjoy helping children learn and build social skills while having fun!

    Ms. Kristin is originally from Maryland, but has lived and taught in the Atlanta area for several years.  She has worked with every age group and is known for her ability to engage even the rowdiest bunch of students in fun and purposeful activities!  In her spare time, she loves visiting her sisters and 2 nephews, going to the beach, playing sports, and watching movies.

    Previous Experience:
    High School Special Education Teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Harry Potter"
    Year Started:
    12/8/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    B.S. in Special Education
  • Ms. Elizabeth (Liz)

    Ms. Elizabeth (Liz), Kitchen

    I love knowing that I touch the lives of so many children.

    Ms. Elizabeth began her career with Knowledge Beginnings as a toddler teacher. She has a special understanding of children after working in the industry for so many years. In 2012, Ms. Elizabeth made the move to the kitchen. She believes that providing nutritious and delicious food is as important to a child's development as any other aspect of their education. Liz truly loves watching the children enjoy the food she prepares.

    Previous Experience:
    Teaching; Administration
    Year Started:
    1/21/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Management

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About Our Center

Knowledge Beginnings embodies the very best in early childhood education.  Our hallways and classrooms are brought to life by children's creative expression, evidence of learning, and the sounds of chidren laughing with delight as they learn something new.  Each child and parent will immediately feel the warmth upon entering the front door, being greeted with smiles and friendly faces saying, "we are so excited that you're here!"
 

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC

    NAEYC

  • QUALITY RATED qualityrated.org

    QUALITY RATED qualityrated.org

Special Features

  • Daily Spanish
  • Weekly Mandarin
  • Highly Educated Staff--Lead teachers hold Bachelor's Degree and higher.
  • Library, Science Lab, Dramatic Play Stage, Art Room, Summer Camps, Enrichment Programs such as Math, Cooking, Phonics and Reading, Music
  • Water Park On-Site

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Korean

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Thanksgiving Day & Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Day
New Year's Day

Health and Safety

The health, safety, and well-being of our children are a priority at Knowledge Beginnings.  Our center includes an on-site Health and Safety Coordinator who helps implement safety and health guidelines ensuring that our children, teachers, and classrooms maintain high quality standards.  We also offer a secure keypad center entry, closed-circuit cameras throughout the campus, fenced playgrounds, and a variety of adult-supervised safety procedures.  All staff have current CPR & First Aid certifications and are trained in health and safety protocol.

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 best part about Knowledge Beginnings (Preschool and Child Care) in Johns Creek is the teachers and staff care about your kids as if they were their own.  You feel like you are a part of a family where everyone wants to see your child grow and be successful, and experience new adventures.  It’s a great feeling leaving your child at KB and knowing you don’t have to worry, because your child is being well cared for.”
 
 

- Mom

I searched a long time to find the perfect daycare for my daughter and I finally found it at Knowledge Beginnings. I absolutely love my daughter's teachers who have a unique combination of warmth, positive attitude, and creative teaching ability. The directors, teachers, and staff have gone above and beyond to accommodate my daughter's special needs. My daughter is so happy and excited to go to Knowledge Beginnings every day to see her friends and teachers!

- Mom

The experience our daughter is having at Knowledge Beginnings is simply superb. The directors and staff are very professional, friendly, understanding, caring and loving to all the children. They make you feel like your child is at home. They encourage you to discuss with them any concerns or issues that you may have with your child. The directors are very quick to contact you if your child has an accident or doesn't feel well during the day.  We would definitely recommend Knowledge Beginnings to any parent looking for a day care for their child.

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