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Knowledge Beginnings

Jennifer Cmielewski, Center Director

300 D Princeton-Hightstown Rd. East Windsor NJ 08520
(609) 448-4333 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS

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Special Instructions:
Corner of Rt. 571 & Old Trenton Rd.

Route 571/ Old Trenton Road, behind The Bank, across from Corner Copia and Hiseido Factory

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Public Schools will provide transportation upon parents request. Parents must contcat school district. We also can provide busing to and from different schools.

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Knowledge Beginnings of East Windsor New Jersey is an energetic and active learning community. All of the children, staff, parents and community partners work together to ensure a positive and supportive learning experience for all. Our center truly focuses on excellence, success, and we celebrate our accomplishments. The essential purpose of our school is to ensure that all children learn at high levels and maintain a safe environment with lots on enrichment; all our practices align with this fundamental purpose. Our staff works collaboratively to continually provide a safe and happy learning environment. We do quarterly assessments to recognize all milestones and to also find out where each child might need a little more work. We are a school that provides solid evidence that our children are acquiring the knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential for a bright future!

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Jennifer Cmielewski, 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.

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


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 teachers are dedicated professional with a passion for teaching and making a difference. Each teacher has formal education in the field of Early Childhood Education and many on staff are certified teachers. There is longevity with our staff, primarily within KinderCare Education.

  • Jennifer Cmielewski, Center Director

    Previous Experience:
    I started my career right out of college teaching in the public school system in both Florida as well as NJ. I taught first grade as well as K-5 remediation and enrichment. I took some time off from teaching career as I was raising my 5 children. During that time at home I started a family construction business that I ran all components of.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Giving Tree
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Certified Teacher Pre-K-5th, B.A. in Early Childhood with 20 Masters Credits in counseling
  • Karen-Ann Bennett, Assistant Director

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

  • Arabic
  • French
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

We are closed for the following holidays:

New Year's Day
President's Day (Our Professional Development Day)
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day (Our Professional Development Day)
Thanksgiving Day
The Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

We see to it that every child takes it outdoors for plenty of exercise and activity time. We make sure that the outdoor playground Is kept safe to assure that there a fewer accidents. We have excellent playground equipment in fantastic working order that allows children to slide, spin and swing safely.

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.

My daughter has been attending this center since August 2008, when she was just 20 weeks-old. SHe is now in their kindergarten program, which will be her last year attending. This year is bittersweet that she will be leaving the center to start first grade in the fall.

This center has not just been a daycare, but her first educational environment. It has also been her home and the people there are like family to us. It is such a warm and nurturing environment. I am forever grateful to the amazing people there. Most especially to Ms Dana, the center director, who has embraced this center and the people within it as her family.

My daughter cannot wait to go to school every single day, which is because of people, like Dana, who make it such a wonderful place for her. The teachers are all so happy and clearly love it there. You can tell that they love what they do, which is evident on the happy, eager faces of all the children there. I am happy and proud to say that Knowledge Beginnings has been Luciana's home for over five years now!

- Mother
My daughter has been enrolled since 2012 and making the decision to go back to work full time and leave my only child in daycare was devastating for me.
Other facilities in the area were cheaper but I chose Knowledge Beginnings because it was right across the street from my job so I would have close access to my child if need be.
The 1st year was very rough for me as Eva was only a year old. Eva was born prematurely, and has always been very tiny, suffers from eczema, had to endure a milk allergy for her 1st two years.
As a first time mother and one of a preemie , I was very nervous, skeptical, and apprehensive of letting anyone take care of my child. The transition to daycare was tough, Eva was sick quite often her first year as most kids are when first introduced to daycare or school environment.
I remember when Lisa A. was there as Assistant Director, she was always smiling and very attentive to our needs. We were very happy for Lisa to have moved on and to see she was promoted and obviously recognized for her great efforts. However, when she left we were saddened as we felt we lost that 'happy feeling' she possessed and sense of security.
Time passed and I did not feel the same with the staff and management that was in place at that time, I contemplated looking for another daycare facility.
Luckily in 2013, Dana Friedman came along. Almost immediately I could see a change in the facility, a change in the staff....things seems more vibrant and upbeat.
What I noticed most, was how attentive Dana and Katie were to all the parent needs, questions, and requests.
Dana was interested in our personal needs, and she wanted 'us' parents to feel comfortable and 'not have to worry' when we walked out the door.
The best part of all, it wasn't lip service. You can see how much the staff cares for these kids as if they are their own.
Every time I walk in , whether a child is having a bad day crying for their mommy, or someone is sick, or maybe the kids are just too rambunctious for the day, the staff has everything under control.
The social events that they design and spear head for the kids are wonderful, I can honestly say KB is much more than a 'daycare' and by no means a babysitting type environment.
I love the curriculum, my daughter is learning so many wonderful things and she is only 4 years old. My husband and I are just amazed at the things she is learning and retaining. Not only is the educational curriculum excellent, theses children are learning, intense social skills that are so important in preparing them for elementary school and every day life.
Being a working mom, you have to juggle your work schedule and your child. Very hard thing to do as we all know , children do not come with handbooks, children are not robots...they are beautiful blessings that thrive in the right hands. Little Joey may be having an off day crying at morning drop off but Mom had a 9am meeting to get to. What do you do, do you stay with your child, do you run to your meeting? The decision of what to do may be easy for some parents and hard for others.
I have been faced with these situation many times and Dana and her staff have always been very accommodating in helping me balance that 'schedule'. .Whether I did have to rely on one of the teachers to make my child feel safe and ok that mommy was leaving or whether I chose 5 more minutes to stay and calm her down myself, that flexibility was there as well the assurance that my child would be ok.
I feel praise are seldom given in the world of education and customer service.
Dana Friedman and her staff need to be recognized for their outstanding facility and most importantly their SERVICE.
They continually go above and beyond to ensure that all the children's best interest are being met. They are nurturing, caring when they need to be . They also are disciplined and professional all the while keeping our children happy and safe.
I want to personally thank Dana and the KB staff for all that they do.
They have made my day to day easier knowing my daughter is happy, safe and thriving their hands.
Thank you for your time and I hope that Dana and her team are recognized for their 'above and beyond' efforts.
- Mother

Knowledge Beginnings has provided my daughters with a caring and nurturing environment that is also fun and educational. The staff feels like family and is always accommodating to the needs of the individual children. I would recommend this Knowledge Beginnings to any parent that needs child care.

- Mother

Our son, Jason, has attended Knowledge Beginnings Learning Center since May of 2010. Similar to many parents, my wife and I did lots of online research on various daycare centers in our area coupled with on-site visits. We found Knowledge Beginnings to be the best fit for our family. 

This is because the staff is attentive and caring to both their students and parents. They help you manage work and family obligations, which is not an easy task. Knowledge Beginnings makes things easier for our family, as we know Jason is getting a high quality education, within a nurturing and caring environment. 
Recently, our family approached the decision on whether to place Jason in public kindergarten, or to have him remain at Knowledge Beginnings. The decision was easy for us! We knew the additional year in a small classroom would continue to develop Jason.

Our family also welcomed our newest addition to our family with our newborn, Austin. Currently, my wife decided to take additional time off of work to remain at home with Austin. However, when she decides to transition back to work, we plan to have Austin attend Knowledge Beginnings like his older brother.  

Overall, our experience has been great. I believe that the teachers and staff take their queues from their managers. Dana Friedman is an amazing Director. She is approachable and always willing to address our questions. Of most importance, or son loves going to school and thinks Ms. Sara is great. It has been a first class environment that we plan to use in the future.

- Father

I just wanted to drop a note to compliment you on the great job you are doing at Knowledge Beginnings. The changes you have made to staffing, food selections, and overall care have caused me to feel very confident that my son, Avery, is receiving better education and overall care. My daughter, Olivia, seems to be doing well with transitioning classrooms, even with staff changes. The transition or changes in teachers have not delayed her at all. The teachers for both Avery and Olivia seems to genuinely care about the children and want to be there.
Overall, we think you and your staff are valuable assets to this Knowledge Beginnings.

- Mother

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