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Eagan Knowledge Beginnings

Jon Woodruff, Center Director

4155 Lexington Ave. S. Eagan MN 55123
(651) 994-4588 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Red Pine, Woodland, Pine Wood, Oak Ridge, Northview, Glacier Hills, Deerwood and Faithful Shepherd.

Welcome

Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings, Eagan's Premiere Child Development Center. Communication and family inclusion, from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for education and nurturing children.

Jon Woodruff, 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.

Monthly Activities

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.

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.

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff would like to welcome you to Eagan Knowledge Beginnings.

  • Jon Woodruff

    Jon Woodruff, Center Director

    The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. We have great teachers at Eagan Knowledge Beginnings.

    Jon has worked for KinderCare Education since 1995. He studied Early Childhood Education at Minnesota State University in Mankato.

    Previous Experience:
    Jon was Prekindergarten teacher and Assistant Director before being promoted to a Center Director in 2001.
    Year Started:
    3/1/1995
    Tenure:
    22 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Kelsey Sherman

    Kelsey Sherman, Assistant Director

    I love making a difference in the lives of children. Justing knowing I made an impact is why I love my job!

    Year Started:
    2/3/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood and Youth Development
  • Holli Freeman

    Holli Freeman, Program Director

    I touch the future, I teach! Watching a child grow in every way and building lasting relationships with them and their families!

    Knowing that I make such an impact in a child’s life, present and future. I love my job because I make a difference!

    Previous Experience:
    I started in ECE 17 years ago as an assistant pre-school teacher at Children's World. I joined Knowledge Beginnings when we opened our doors in 2001, and have loved every minute of it.
    Year Started:
    4/8/1998
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Child development Associates
  • Betsy Rada

    Betsy Rada, Infant Teacher

    Previous Experience:
    Betsy has had over 20 years experience as an Infant Teacher
    Year Started:
    1/11/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachlor of Science
  • Brianna

    Brianna, Infant Teacher

    Sharing in the day-to-day activities with the children. Watching them develop and creating a strong bond with their families!

    Year Started:
    9/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
  • Madison Shephard

    Madison Shephard, Multi Age Assistant

    Year Started:
    5/23/2016
  • Jackie Matthees

    Jackie Matthees, Prep 1

    Year Started:
    4/26/2004
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    CDA
  • Sam

    Sam, Prep 2 Teacher

    I love helping children ignite their passion for learning!

    Year Started:
    1/28/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    BA in Psychology
  • Kitty Fink

    Kitty Fink, PreSchool 2

    Year Started:
    7/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachlors in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Paula

    Ms. Paula, Preschool One

    I love working in Early Childhood Education because I get the opportunity to watch the children meet new developmental milestones while expanding their knowledge of the world!

    Ms. Paula has worked for KinderCare Education since 2013.  She brings creativity and a passion for teaching to the Preschool One classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining us at Knowledge Beginnings Ms. Paula gained experience in early childhood education as she worked at another preschool.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Joy

    Joy, PreSchool Teacher

    Year Started:
    9/10/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Education:
    BA in Early Childhood Family Education
  • Breanne Swanson

    Breanne Swanson, Toddler A

    Year Started:
    5/23/2016
    Education:
    Bachlors in Elementary Education
  • Nichole

    Nichole, Toddler Teacher

    being able to help the children reach their milestones! Knowing that i get to see the smiling faces of the children and knowing that the parents are comfortable leaving their children in my care!

    Year Started:
    6/23/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kristen

    Ms. Kristen, Infant Lead Teacher

    Watching the children learn something new! Seeing each smiley face everyday!

    The children inspire me to come to work each day. Each day brings something new and it’s always exciting. Seeing their faces when they learn something new is priceless!

  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, PreSchool

    I love watching children grow and laugh as they are learning new things!

    I love being an auntie to 3 great nephews and 1 darling neice! I love anything outdoors!
    I cherish my friends, faith, and family!
    I enjoy life the fullest!

    Year Started:
    10/29/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    B.A. Educational Studies
  • Lisa Bender

    Lisa Bender, Chef

    Year Started:
    3/10/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year

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.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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 have keypad code-secure doors with individual codes for families, computer check-in, and age-appropriate fenced-in playgrounds. We are also a peanut-free center.

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.

I can't imagine trusting anyone (or anywhere) else with my child. The minute we walk into the building and my daughter sees her teacher(s) she lights up and can't wait to get a morning snuggle (which is always instantaneous). All of the staff (truly, ALL) love the kids as if they were their own, and there is no greater feeling as a parent. I know she is safe, she is loved, and well cared for the entire day. One of the many unique things about KB - they allow and encourage the infants to explore and play (there are no swings or bouncers). The staff is truly hands on with the kids, all day. Lastly, I really appreciate that we are greeted the minute we walk in the doors. The managers and directors know all the kids by name, and take the time to get to know the children individually. It's pretty great!

- Parent

My toddler has been at Knowledge Beginnings for one year, and I have always felt like he is extremely well cared for at KB. All of the teachers as well as Jon and the other office employees are very involved with each child individually and can tell you about their day the moment you walk in the door to pick them up (good/crabby/napped well/activities/new skills/etc.).

The teachers are also great listeners and advice-givers. They will follow special instructions you have for your children, as well as answer questions or give you advice if you’re asking for it. As a new parent, I found this really helpful because they can recommend ways to get thru challenges, start something new, etc.

I also really like the curriculum-based approach they take to childcare. While they ensure the kids learn thru playtime and interaction with others, they also incorporate different educational themes each month. I love seeing all of the things my son learns and hearing about all of the creative activities he does.

Most importantly, my son comes home happy and smiling, and is excited to go back the next day. So I know he’s having fun, learning, and feels cared for. I would recommend KB without hesitation!

- Parent

We absolutely love having our children attend Knowledge Beginnings in Eagan! The teachers and staff are fabulous. I leave my two children in the hands of dedicated, loving, and nurturing teachers each day. My girls are always excited to go each day. The facility is safe, secure, and clean and they have a great curriculum they use to focus on those early learning skills and standards. Without hesitation, I would highly recommend this center.

- Parent
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