Erica Nikodem, Center Director
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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.
Erica Nikodem, 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.
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.
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.
I love to see the excitement on a child's face when they have learned something new and can not wait to share it with everyone they see!
Ms. Erica graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2003 with a Bachelor's degree in art education and a Bachelor's degree in fine arts. She started out as a discovery preschool teacher at the Glen Ellyn KinderCare. Then, she became the Assistant Director and stayed in that position for three years before being promoted to the Director at the Glen Ellyn KinderCare. In 2010 she transferred to the Meyers Road KinderCare center. Then in 2016 she transferred to the Glenview Knowledge Beginnings. Erica loves to spend time in the classroom reading Dr. Suess books to the children and helping them with any art project. She enjoys being a part of so many children's lives and helping the families feel comfortable leaving their children in her care.
Since Ms. Heather was in Kindergarten, she knew that she wanted to be a teacher. She pursued this goal by graduating from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has been part of the Knowledge Beginnings family and has been in the PreK classroom and is now currently our Kindergarten/School Age teacher. Watching her students grow inspires her to come to work each day!
Ms. Jasmine started with the KinderCare Education company more than 9 years ago. She has been the cook, Program Specialist, and is currently one of the Assistant Directors at Knowledge Beginnings. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern Illinois University with a minor in Social Work. She enjoys being around the children and enjoys seeing children grow and learn through various ways throughout the day!
Ms. Cheryl worked in the public school system for more than 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary education from Concordia University. She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge. She has worked as a Kindergarten teacher for 2 years as well as a substitute teacher for K-5.
Ms. Serena started as a teacher's assistant at the Northwestern Saturday enrichment program all while being trained to become a lead teacher. She moved onto the Wilmette public school system as a child care worker for before and after school care. She is currently working on becoming trained as a behavior technician following ABA therapy regulations.
Ms. Hannah has many years of experience in different classrooms and from different centers. She enjoys reading children’s literature with her class. She loves watching her class grow and seeing each individual child reach a new milestone.
Ms. Vanesa began working with children in 2008 while she was in high school. She is currently enrolled in an Early Childhood Education program and is in the process of obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree. She has spent her summers volunteering as a teacher’s aid at local elementary school and also tutoring children. She loves being able to witness the children’s growth throughout the year!
After completing her BA, Ms. Faiza worked for a school district for one year then proceeded to work for another childcare company for 2 years. At that time, she was recognized and awarded for her accomplishments within the company. She loves to help her students problem solve and cooperation while learning new skills. Ms. Faiza is thrilled when she sees them grow and blossom over the course of a few weeks! She is delighted to come to work and loves helping her students minds grow creatively.
Ms. Eileen has been volunteering and working with children since she was 13 years old. She has her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Middle School Education. Before coming to be a part of the Knowledge Beginnings team, she worked as a summer camp director for 2 years. She was also part of a program called Ready, Set, Kindergarten within a school district. She has a passion for helping children learn and grow!
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!
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 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.
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.
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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