Kelly Marolt, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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 though the various training opportunities in the community.
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