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Glenview Knowledge Beginnings

Kelly Marolt, Center Director

2401 Compass Rd. Glenview IL 60026
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Welcome

Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings at the Glen! We are very excited to share our school with your family. 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 school is designed for learning! Call us today so we can set aside a time for your family to come and learn more about Knowledge Beginnings at the Glen.

Kelly Marolt, 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.

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

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 teaching staff is passionate about your child's happiness and growth. Each member of our team strives to provide a safe and nurturing environment that promotes self-esteem. Our staff is committed to providing each child with the best social and educational experience by inspiring, engaging and encouraging each student.

  • Kelly Marolt

    Kelly Marolt, Center Director

    As a Center Director, I love being able to connect with so many families and children each day. My greatest passion is working side by side with my teaching staff and families to help develop the best social and educational experiences for all of our children. Each child is so unique and has so much to offer our learning environment. Being able to see smiling children eager to learn and teachers ready to make a difference, truly make our job the best.

    Kelly received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and has an Illinois State Teaching Certificate from Northern Illinois University. Prior to Northern, Kelly received her Associate’s Degree with an emphasis on Early Childhood Education. She has had experience working in public schools with students in a variety of grade levels as a substitute teacher.
    Kelly started her career with Knowledge Universe in 2004 as a two-year-old teacher. After the first couple of years, she became Assistant Director, where she worked with the families and teachers to ensure each child received the very best care and education while enrolled in our program. In 2013, Kelly joined our Knowledge Beginnings team in Glenview where she loves to come to work each day!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education, Gateway Registered Approved Trainer
  • Krystal Luce

    Krystal Luce, Assistant Director

    Every moment is a teachable moment!

    I love coming to work each day because I enjoy seeing children learn, grow, and flourish at our center. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to connect with each child and their family. Education is one of the most important gifts you can give a child and is something that they can keep with them for the rest of their life.

    Ms. Krystal received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in psychology. In 2009 she graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Ms. Krystal has had experience working with students of varying ages and is certified to teach grades K-9, along with middle school science, social science and language arts.  She has been with Knowledge Beginnings since November 2009 and was the Private Kindergarten teacher for four years. In 2014, Ms. Krystal moved into the assistant director roll. She looks forward to being able to works with families to ensure each child expreiences the best care and education possible within our program.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Horton Hatches the Egg
    Year Started:
    11/13/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Learning Adventures Classroom

    Getting up in the morning to come to work is so easy knowing I'll see the smiling faces and happy-to-see-you hugs!

    Ms. Susan started working with four year old children in Summer day camps where she discovered her passion for young children! She completed her Bachelor's Degree at Ohio Wesleyan University with a major in Child Development and Family Studies. After college, Ms. Susan worked with children ages two to five years old in full day Preschools and Summer Camp programs. She has also been involved with teacher and parenting groups as well. Since October of 2007, Ms. Susan has found her niche with small group enrichment learning at Knowledge Beginnings.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ferinand, Rainbow Fish, Owl Babies, Kissing Hand
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    38+ Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Kristi

    Ms. Kristi, Infants

    My favorite part of being a teacher is coming to work to see the babies' smiley faces and watching them go through all the first stages of development. Best of all, being a friend of theirs while their parents are at work is the most rewarding part of my job.

    Kristi has worked with children since she was 13 years old. She started out as a day camp counselor then moved up to a day camp rec. leader. She has worked in a daycare school setting for over 10 years while also working as a nanny in-between. Kristi has an infant son who she loves spending time with at home and at school!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    I Love You Forever
    Year Started:
    11/5/2014
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Early Childhood
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infants

    My favorite part of being a teacher is coming to work everyday and teaching the children new and fun learning activities!

    Amanda went to Western Illinois University and continued her education at Oakton Community College to study early childhood education. She has experience working with many different age groups and has a passion for teaching children new skills and helping them grow. Amanda's favorite thing to do outside the classroom is dance! She has been dancing since she was 4 years old!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Guess How Much I Love You
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    22 Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kelly

    Ms. Kelly, Support Teacher

    Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you are going to get.

    Kelly has always had a passion for working with children. She started her career at Kindercare in 2011 and continued her career at Knowledge Beginnings in 2014. She loves to see the children develop and grow into unique individuals. Kelly looks forward to many more years of working with children and putting her education and experience into good practice!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ruby the Copy Cat & If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
    Years in ECE industry:
    3.5
    Education:
    Master's Degree in Child Development and Family Services
  • Ms. Atiya

    Ms. Atiya, Toddler Classroom

    My toddlers brighten up my day. It's very rewarding to teach them new skills and watch them grow on a daily basis. I love what I do. I also learn from them. My class is very special to me!

    Ms. Atiya received a Bachelor's of Arts degree from Women's College in India in 1972. She then received her Early Childhood Certificate from Oakton Community College and continues to go to school for Early Childhood. Since then, she has been working in the Early Childhood field as the Director at the Morton Grove Child Center as well as plenty of experience working with children from Infants through Preschool. Ms. Atiya loves to teach children new things on a daily basis and especially enjoys working with Toddlers. During her time away from work, she enjoys inviting others to her interfaith group. She is a mother of two and is a grandmother to six beautiful children.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chick Chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree, Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Shoshanna

    Ms. Shoshanna, Discovery Preschool

    My favorite part of being a teacher is working with children and seeing the excitment children have when making a new accomplishment of a skill we have been working on.

    Shoshanna went to University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. She graduated with high honors with her Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Services. She loves using her creativity for unique, educational projects in her classroom. Her favorite part of working with children is being able to be silly with them.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Wayside Stories
    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Human Development and Family Studies
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    My favorite part of being a teacher is coming into the classroom and seeing their smiling faces! I love seeing their faces light up when they understand something or make a new discovery.

    Ms. Megan went to Oakton Community College and graduated in 2007 with an Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Megan is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern Illinois University in Vocal Music Education. Her true passion is to teach music to children of all ages.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham, Leo the Lop
    Year Started:
    8/18/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education, Three to Five-year-old Certificate
  • Ms. Anna

    Ms. Anna, Preschool Classroom

    I love coming to work each day because I know I get to teach the children new things and see them grow each day.

    Ms. Anna graduated in 2006 with an Associate's of Arts Degree and a Certificate in Early Childhood Education ages three to five. She started working at KinderCare in Buffalo Grove, Illinois for a year and a half when she transferred to the Glenview Knowledge Beginnings. She has been working for the company for six years. Ms. Anna has worked in all age groups at the center and has been a Preschool teacher for the last three years.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Llama, Llama Misses Mama
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Arts Degree, Certificate in Early Childhood Ages Three to Five
  • Ms. Rebecca

    Ms. Rebecca, Preschool Classroom

    My favorite part of being a teacher is seeing how the children grow and develop new skills over an extended period of time. Also, I love being able to make learning fun for the children!

    Ms. Rebecca graduated in 2010 from Bradley University and received her Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education with an endorsement in Early Childhood Special Education. She is certified by the Illinois State Board of Education as a teacher in the field of Early Childhood. She started working at Knowledge Beginnings immediately after graduating college. Ms. Rebecca has worked in the Prekindergarten and Discovery Preschool classrooms. Most recently, she has been working as a teacher in the Preschool classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Tacky the Penguin
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Education Endorsement; Early Special Education Teacher's Credential
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Prekindergarten Classroom

    My favorite part of being a teacher is being able to experience children learning and listening to their stories!

    Ms. Megan started at Knowledge Beginnings in June 2012 teaching Preschool. She received her Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology in 2012 at John Carroll University. She has been around children her entire life as she comes from a very large family. Ms. Megan is currently studying at Erikson Institute for her Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Tikki Tikki Tembo
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Psychology, Pursuing Master's Degree in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Kanisha

    Ms. Kanisha, Pre Kindergarten

    My favorite part of being a teacher is being able to be a big kid!

    Ms. Kanisha graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2014. She was born and raised in Chicago and is the second eldest of seven siblings! Kanisha's passion is to provide children with quality care so they can truly be themselves.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Green Eggs and Ham
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science in Family and Child Studies
  • Mr. Rebel

    Mr. Rebel, Cook

    My favorite part of working with children is seeing them grow and having fun while enjoying the food I prepare for them.

    Mr. Rebel loves to cook different foods. He loves to ride his bike when the weather is nice and warm. He collects basketball shoes and enjoys playing basketball with his son.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs
    Year Started:
    8/25/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Illinois Food and Sanitation License
  • Ms. Olivia

    Ms. Olivia, Discovery Preschool

    My favorite part about being a teacher is coming to work everyday with a smile on my face and seeing the children smile back at me.

    Ms. Olivia joined Knowledge Beginnings in May 2015 with a lifelong passion for teaching. She has worked at Kumon Learning Center, observed early childhood education classrooms, and has volunteered as a Book Buddy. Ms. Olivia loves teaching her students new things everyday and seeing their smiles.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Ferninand, The Tub People
    Year Started:
    5/13/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Media
  • Ms. Allana

    Ms. Allana, Waddlers and Toddlers

    I love having the ability to teach children something new and help them acheive academically, as well as socially and emotionally.

    Allana has a passion working with families and is excited to start her career working with children and parents. She has two children, ages twelve and five and lives in the Cook County area. Ms. Allana is looking to earn her Child Development Associate certificate while working at our program. She also has a passion for art and photography which will shine in her classroom.
     

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteer at Children's School
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes by: Mark Pett & Gary Rubinstein My Grandfather's Coat by: Jim Aylesworth
    Year Started:
    5/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Human Resource Specialist

August 2015 Events

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  1. Wednesday August 05, 2015
    1. Fairy Tale Cabaret Show

  2. Monday August 10, 2015
    1. Open House

      Come and visit our center and see our teacher's "super powers" in action!

  3. Thursday August 20, 2015
    1. Paddy Lynn Story Acting

  4. Monday August 24, 2015
    1. Science Fair Week

      Join us on a science expedition as each classroom explores a scientific concept and shares their findings with the school!

  5. Tuesday August 25, 2015
    1. Science Fair Week

      Join us on a science expedition as each classroom explores a scientific concept and shares their findings with the school!

  6. Wednesday August 26, 2015
    1. Science Fair Week

      Join us on a science expedition as each classroom explores a scientific concept and shares their findings with the school!

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • EXCELERATE ILLINOIS GOLD CIRCLE OF QUALITY

    EXCELERATE ILLINOIS GOLD CIRCLE OF QUALITY

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish
  • Tagalog

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
Fourth of July
Labor Day
President's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At Knowledge Beginnings, the safety and security of our students is one of our top priorities. Our front door has a coded entry where only authorized family members have the code. Other visitors must ring the door bell and be greeted by a member of our management team. Authorized family members must enter a second code for the doors which lead to the classrooms. This additional set of doors adds another layer of safety for our students. Each classroom has a video camera in place and parents are able to view the classrooms from monitors in the lobby area. We know that your children are your personal treasures and we protect them as such.

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.

Every once in awhile, there is a spark - a connection between student and teacher - that helps open a world of possibilities.
 
My daughter is a bright, funny, caring, stubborn, shy 4 year old. She walks into a new room and isn't immediately comfortable in unfamiliar surroundings. Once she finds her bearings, she excels. When she entered her new classroom in the fall, I couldn't believe how quickly she acclimated. She started coloring with renewed interest and precision, she showed an interest in Spanish, she wanted to practice writing when she walked in the door, she recounted science experiments in detail and she is learning to read - she just turned 4!
 
But most of all, she can't wait to see Ms. Megan, her beloved teacher. I can tell you about Ms. Megan's favorite color, her car, her friends, when she is home sick and when she has done the coolest thing at school because there is a daily account. She is open, caring and nurturing but she pushes my daughter - she wants her to learn more, to do more, to be more yet and still loves her exactly the way she is. While I appreciate the special bond Ms. Megan shares with my daughter, I'll forever be grateful that she's inspired a desire for her to learn and love school - this is a tall order at any age.
 
I only hope that some of you reading this have an opportunity for your children to learn and grow with Ms. Megan - it's an experience that will pay off for a lifetime.
- Mother
 
We brought our older daughter (now in second grade) to the center the first day it opened. She thrived in the warm, supportive and safe environment. We knew this was the right choice for our family and we haven't been disappointed. When our second daughter was born we didn't hesitate to enroll her in the same center. The staff have always provided individual care that reflects the unique nature of each of our girls. The age-appropriate and fun academic programs insured our older daughter was ready to tackle kindergarten. Our 2-year-old wakes up on school mornings asking to see Miss Katie and dances her way into school. We have always valued the partnership we as parents have with the staff and know our daughters are cared for and happy in wonderful ways.
- Parent

As parents of twin 2 year olds about to enter preschool for the first time, my husband and I were quite nervous and had many questions for the school we would select. After touring Knowledge Beginnings twice, speaking to the staff at length and hearing what other parents had to say, we knew KB was the place for our boys.
The teachers and support staff create a safe, warm, friendly and fun environment for all children. Each day our boys come home with a special drawing, story, or anecdote to share with us. They love school and often ask if the teachers can come visit them at home! KB encouraged both boys when it came to potty training in a nurturing way. Now, they love using the toilet and have a sense of pride when they are successful in that area!
Overall, KB will always be a special place for our family since our boys have learned so much here and have developed social and independence skills.
Thank you KB!

- Parent
Our girls have been at Knowledge Beginnings in Glenview since they were at least 1 year old. The teachers are caring and approachable. It is wonderful to see your kids learning new things and being excited about it while developing their first friendships. You know that your kids are happy when you go to pick them up after a long day and they do not want to leave! All classrooms and programs are really good but I would like to highlight Kindergarten. Kids learn how to read very early in the program, are taught about arts and science, and have fun/educational monthly field trips.
 
- Parent

Knowledge Beginnings has been a significant part of my life for five years. I have enrolled all three of my sons (ages five, three, and one) since they were each three months old. What makes KB special is the people. Sounds cliche, but it's true. From the director, to the teachers, to the cook! I have felt very fortunate to be able to drop my children off at a facility every morning and feel that they are getting consistent attention, positive reinforcement, and genuine affection. The teachers are prepared, interested, and personable. At each age level we have been able to take advantage of each teacher's individual passions. Some teachers are artists and my child may come home every day with an amazing art project. Some teachers are scientists, and my child may come home with stories about "Experiment Friday" and pictures of himself in a lab coat performing one! Some teachers are bookworms and expressly seek out a book about rhinos because my son is obsessed with pachyderms. Even teachers my children do not have as classroom teachers know their names and surprise me with the insight they have into my boys. Whatever strength the individual teacher brings to the classroom, it is noteworthy that through the years, all the teachers have made me feel that my children stand out, are special, and memorable. We have never referred to KB as a daycare, nor have the teachers or staff. We call it "school." While it is play-based care, as it should be for infants through prekindergarten, there is an academic component at each level. There are lessons plans (even in the infant room!), curriculum planning, and skill sets that the teachers help the children master. KB takes their curriculum very seriously, but are flexible enough to allow teachers to augment their teachings, as is desired and appropriate. I am delighted to say that I am sometimes surprised by the skills (like public speaking, reading, math, social, and academic) my boys have, that were developed at KB, that I never knew they had. Group care was a decision I made because I felt it was important to have my sons in a social environment with peers during their early years. I wanted them to learn to interact and share and be sympathetic. What I found at KB is much more and I am thrilled to have found such a safe, fun, and educational place to care for my children.

- Parent
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