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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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Special Instructions:
Off of Lexington Ave. behind Holiday Gas and McDonalds

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Red Pine, Woodland, Pine Wood, Oak Ridge, Northview, Glacier Hills, Deerwood and Faithful Shepherd.

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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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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.

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


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.


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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

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:
    21 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 years
    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:
    18 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child development Associates
  • Betsy Rada

    Betsy Rada, Infant Teacher

    Previous Experience:
    Betsy has had over 20 years experience as an Infant Teacher
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    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:
    15 Years
  • Madison Shephard

    Madison Shephard, Multi Age Assistant

    Year Started:
  • Jackie Matthees

    Jackie Matthees, Prep 1

    Year Started:
    12 Years
  • Sam

    Sam, Prep 2 Teacher

    I love helping children ignite their passion for learning!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    BA in Psychology
  • Kitty Fink

    Kitty Fink, PreSchool 2

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    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:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Child Development Associate
  • Joy

    Joy, PreSchool Teacher

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    BA in Early Childhood Family Education
  • Breanne Swanson

    Breanne Swanson, Toddler A

    Year Started:
    Bachlors in Elementary Education
  • Kim Milesko, Toddler B

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Bachlor of A.S.S. in psycology
  • 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:
    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. Hayley

    Ms. Hayley, Discovery Preschool

    Learning new things about each child and always seeing their smiley faces!

    Watching the children learn new things and know that I helped with that!

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Bachelors Degree in Child Development and Family Studies
  • 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:
    2 Years
    B.A. Educational Studies
  • Lisa Bender

    Lisa Bender, Chef

    Year Started:

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

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.

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