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Hillsboro Knowledge Beginnings

Shawna Gager, Center Director

3585 NW 215th Ave. Hillsboro OR 97124
(503) 614-1141 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off NW 215th Ave. and Evergreen Pkwy East of Cornelius Pass Road

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Bethany, Springville, Quatama, Lenox, Orenco, Rock Creek, Forest Park, Ladd Acres, and Jacob Wismer

Our Hillsboro Knowledge Beginnings has its own Learning Adventures classroom which is very large and beautiful. The center has hardwood floors in the lobby and hallways, and artwork dispersed throughout the building. We also offer a large indoor stage area for large motor skills, events and performances.

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Welcome

Welcome to Hillsboro Knowledge Beginnings supporting the Hillsboro and Beaverton communities for over 12 years. Our friendly team of child care professionals look forward to meeting and getting to know you and your child. Our staff provides a safe, nurturing and loving environment for your infant and toddler to establish a strong bond between home and school. The teachers continue to build a foundation for your Preschool through Kindergarten child for a lifelong love of learning and academic success. We provide homework assistance and fun activities for your school age child with before and after school bus transportation to several local elementary schools. Our building is designed as a school setting with individual classrooms that are bright and full of natural light. We enjoy our outside time with three large playground areas. We would love to have you and your child become part of the Knowledge Beginnings family!

Shawna Gager, 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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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

Cooking

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Monday August 01, 2016
    1. Spirit Week

      August 1 - 5

  2. Tuesday August 09, 2016
    1. Join us for our Curriculum Night

      Find out how we can work together to give your children a brighter future!

      On August 9th, you’ll see firsthand how we nurture your child’s curiosity. Come meet our wonderful teachers and find out what a day at our center is like. Participate in some of our engaging curriculum activities, like creating modern renditions of pop art or discovering gross and gooey physiology! Curriculum Night gives you the opportunity to see how your child will grow and develop at our center, all while having fun. You’ll also get to talk with other parents who are already a part of our family.

Teachers & Staff

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes in 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.

  • Shawna Gager

    Shawna Gager, Center Director

    Shawna has had the privilege of opening the Knowledge Beginnings in Hillsboro and has experienced many opportunities in the company working as a Kindergarten teacher, Assistant Director and Director of another center. Shawna was excited to be returning to Knowledge Beginnings as the Director in 2009. Her experience in the Army allowed her to live around the world and appreciate various cultures. She has worked with children for over 18 years and received her Associates in Early Childhood Education and is continuing to further her education. What she enjoys most about her job is building relationships with children and families.

    Years in ECE industry:
    17 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mr. Noemi

    Mr. Noemi, Assistant Director

    It's not what the world holds for you it's what you bring to it."- Anne Shirley

    Mrs. Noemi enjoys spending time with her husband and furbabies. She spends her free time reading, hiking, kayaking and crafting. 

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our team, Noemi worked as a teacher at KinderCare in Arizona.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Liberal Arts, Currently obtainining Bachelors in Early Childhood Education
  • Mrs. Megan

    Mrs. Megan, Health and Safety Coordinator

    I have a very strong passion with encouraging children to be who they truly are and observing them as they have an “ah- ha!” moment.

    Mrs. Megan spends a lot of time at home with her family, and she home schools her oldest child. She also likes exploring the outdoors.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our team, Megan worked with YMCA. She also worked at an in-home day care and has eight years of experience babysitting.
    Year Started:
    10/21/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 years
    Education:
    She is currently pursuing an Associates in ECE and Family Studies as well as a Diploma in Medical Assisting.
  • Ms. Judi

    Ms. Judi, Infant Classroom

    I really enjoy working with the infants and providing them with the care that they deserve when they are away from home. I take pride in making sure that both the child and parents feel safe and comfortable. I understand that all babies are unique and that they each have their own individual needs.

    Ms. Judi has been our Infant teacher since joining our team back in 2001. She is a wonderful nurturer who truly treats each child as her own while they are away from their parents. She has raised four children of her own. In her spare time, Ms. Judi enjoys reading, gardening and cooking.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Judi had been working in the daycare setting for ten years before joining our team as an Infant teacher.
    Year Started:
    2/12/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    23 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credits
  • Ms. Kristie

    Ms. Kristie, Infant Classroom

    Coming into work everyday to love on and take care such wonderful children is a great way to begin each day. I love assisting the infants in fun art and sensory projects. I enjoy watching them grow up to be their own little individuals with their own little personalities.

    Ms. Kristie strives to use continuous verbal. In her spare time she likes to be outdoors. She loves spending any free time that she has with her children.

    Year Started:
    10/1/1996
    Tenure:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
  • Ms. Liana

    Ms. Liana, Infant Classroom

    I love developing new skills amd working with all of my students.

    Ms. Liana enjoys playing piano and violin in her spare time.  She also enjoys golf and soccer.  When she is not studying her college courses, she likes to listen to music and crochet.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Liana was previously the Lead Infant Teacher at a local Kindercare several years ago before moving to a facility out in Arizona. She worked as a Infant Lead Certified Teacher at Sunrise Preschool until returning back to Oregon.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Currently attending college at Portland Community College in pursuit of her Bachelor's of Science in Business Administration
  • Mrs. Ruby

    Mrs. Ruby, Toddler One Classroom

    Being able to see the children grow mentally and physically means so much to me. I enjoy seeing the excitement on their faces when they have accomplished something new for the first time. I love that I can be a role model for my children.

    Mrs. Ruby came to Knowledge Beginnings as a teacher assistant and has worked her way up to a lead teacher role. Mrs. Ruby enjoys spending her free time with her family. She enjoys any family time, but especially being outdoors.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Veronica

    Ms. Veronica, Toddler One Classroom

    I want to make an impact to our future. The children are our future.

    Ms. Veronica enjoys being a mommy and spending her free time making memories with her children.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Veronica has worked at two other preschools previously before joining our team.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
    Education:
    Working towards Associates in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Allie

    Ms. Allie, Toddler Three Classroom

    I love creating a bond with each child.  I enjoy wacthing them grow and develop.  I take great pride in assisting them as well.  Teaching my students something new is very rewarding.

    Ms. Allie enjoys coaching volleyball, eating and spending time with my family and friends.  She also enjoys taking spontaneous road trips.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Allie worked for another center as a toddler teacher before joining our Knowledge Beginnings family.
    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Currently obtaining her associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sophia

    Ms. Sophia, Toddler Three Classroom

    It's exciting to watch these toddlers think, discover, and grow right before my eyes. I love seeing each child's individual personality develop overtime. I find it to be extremely rewarding.

    Ms. Sophia recentlty graduated from University of Oregon. She spent her time in Eugene metoring 1st year college students. While obtaining her degree, she also worked in the Elementary school setting as well. In her free time, Ms. Sophia loves going to the beach, snuggling with her dog, watching tv, baking, painting, and crafting.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously, Ms. Sophia has worked as a teacher/counselor at a residential facility for youth with behavioral, emotional, and mental health issues. She has also been an assistant teacher in 1st and 3rd grade classrooms; as well as a volunteer at the Boys and Girls Club.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2015
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Family and Human Services from University of Oregon
  • Ms. Tasha

    Ms. Tasha, Toddler Two Classroom

    I enjoy building bonds and connections with each child. I like getting to know each child's individual personality.

    Ms. Tasha has known since high school that she has wanted to work with children. She took all classes offered in high school, and began college courses in Early Childhood as well. She enjoys painting and going to the movies in her free time. Ms. Tasha likes to take road trips to the coast as well.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Pursuing Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Criselda

    Ms. Criselda, Toddler/Twos Classroom

    I enjoy working with children because they are so spontaneous and enthusiastic about the world around them. 

    When Ms. Criselda is not teaching children she is spending her free time with her family and friends.  She also finds time to pursue her degree and travel.   

    Year Started:
    6/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Currently pursuing a teaching license from Linfield College
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Young Toddler Classroom

    I love the bonds that I get to build with each child.

    Ms. Jessica comes to us from previously working at another preschool in the area. She is looking into applying for her Child Development Associates while working here at Knowledge Beginnings. Ms. Jessica loves spending her free time with her son and husband. They enjoy taking walks in the park.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Wendi

    Ms. Wendi, Young Toddler Classroom

    I love watching kids get excited when they discover something new.

    Ms. Wendi spends her free time hiking and at the beach with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Wendi previously taught preschool for six years. She has been teaching Infants and Young Toddlers for the past 3 years 6 months.
    Year Started:
    7/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Mrs. Capri

    Mrs. Capri, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I like watching each child grow confidence in their own abilities.

    Mrs. Capri has such a calm demeanor with the children.  She is a wonderfully patient person that will work time and time again with a child until they suceed at a task.  She likes exceeding beyond curriculum standards with the children each day.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, painting, and practicing sign language.  She loves to go to the park with her family as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Capri worked for an elementary school before joining our team.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years
    Education:
    Bachelors degree in Psychology, Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice, and continuing Adult Education in American Sign Language
  • Mrs. Sonya

    Mrs. Sonya, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Hearing a child say 'I did it!' with huge wide open eyes and big smiles is the most wonderful experience you can witness. Being able to see a toddler blow bubbles for the first time with the excitement and enthusiasm that they have mastered a new skill is a wonderful memory I have gained since working here at KB.

    Mrs. Sonya is striving to achieve her Bachelor of  Arts in Business with a minor in Childhood Family Studies. She currently has obtained her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education through Portland Community College. When Mrs. Sonya is not working or attending school, she enjoys being with her family of six. She enjoys walking around Northwest 23rd, going to the movies, and taking a trip out to the beach.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Sonya was previously a part of KinderCare back in 1996.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Human Development, along with a secondary Bachelor's degree in Family Sciences
  • Mrs. Taryn

    Mrs. Taryn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I learn as much as I teach.

    Mrs. Taryn moved to Portland, OR about two years ago from Seattle, WA. During her free time, she loves exploring around the new city. She also enjoys baking cookies, reading, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Over the last 14 years, Mrs. Taryn has worked with multiple age groups of children ranging from Toddlers to Kindergarten prep at Bright Horizons.
    Year Started:
    11/9/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Education Credentials
  • Ms. Lynnae

    Ms. Lynnae, Kindergarten Classroom

    I enjoy planning the children's activities and hearing what they have to say when they participate in them.

    Ms. Lynnae brings a lot of experience to our team. She focuses on the whole child when she plans her extra curriculum for her class (focusing on the social, emotional, physical, and mental development of each child). In her spare time Ms. Lynnae enjoys going to Portland Timbers games, being out on her farm, and watching movies.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lynnae was previously a substitute teacher before taking a teaching position within a school district.
    Year Started:
    11/21/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood & Elementary Education, English as a Second Language Endorsement, Master's in Education & Reading Endorsement
  • Mr. Gustavo

    Mr. Gustavo, Preschool One Classroom

    I enjoy making the children laugh. Getting to work with them each day is such a rewarding experience. I strive to be the example for the children and feel rewarded when seeing it expressed back." 

    Mr. Gustavo has been working with children since he was in high school. He continued to teach and mentor young adults while he attended St. Martin's University for his degree. Mr. Gustavo spends the majority of his spare time at the gym. He enjoys weekend vacations with friends and family as well.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelo'rs degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Human Services.
  • Mrs. Alma

    Mrs. Alma, Preschool One Classroom

    What I've always enjoyed most working with children is the rewarding feeling I get when a child reaches an educated or personal milestone; no matter at what level it may be. I enjoy seeing a child finally be able to voice hello to a friend for the first time. I enjoy watching a child finally write their full name. Seeing a child's excited, proud expression on their face for achieving those great moments is what I find most priceless!!

    Mrs. Alma has been teaching children for her entire working career. Mrs. Alma loves to collect and watch movies in her free time. She enjoys being outdoors, simple walks in Portland, or going to the beach. Mrs. Alma's dream day is to be able to have her entire family all together to spend time together; laughing, conversating, and creating memories.   

    Year Started:
    2/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21
  • Ms. Caitlin

    Ms. Caitlin, Preschool Two Classroom

    I enjoy forming bonds with the chidlren that I work with.  I enjoy watching them gain new skills as they develop in age.  I take pride in knowing that I contributed to their development and putting smiles on their faces each day.

    Ms. Caitlin enjoys reading non-fiction novels in her spare time.  She enjoys expressing herself artistically through painting and drawing.  She enjoys being active and living a healthy lifestyle through exercising often.  She prefers to keep busy in her free time, but does not mind relaxing every so often.

    Previous Experience:
    Student teacher at Falcon's Nest Preschool for a year and a half before joining us here at KB. Ms. Caitlin also mentored at Mooberry Elementary and volunteered at OMSI. She got to not only work on the floor in different exhibits with the children, but also do demonstrations for them as well.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
  • Mrs. Carly

    Mrs. Carly, Preschool Two Classroom

    Watching the children go through different stages and figuring out new things - each time they learn or accomplish something new, the look on their face of amazement is astounding!

    Mrs. Carly is currently striving to complete all levels of the step program for Early Childhood Education. She enjoys spending all of her free time with her 12 year old daughter, Emma. She loves to take her to the beach, go shopping, going for long drives, and sharing their biggest joy of all, music!

    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    19
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Prekindergarten One Classroom

    I love watching a child's face light up when they conquer a concept or achieve a new task.

    Ms. Christine joined our team in October of 2012. With her previous experience, she brings excitement to her curriculum. She takes great pride in being a grandmother and enjoys taking vacation to see her grandchildren. She enjoys being able to communicate with them routinely through face time. She also likes to scrapbook amongst other various craft activities in her spare time.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Christine worked for Valley Catholic for three years and has been working in a daycare environment since the year of 2000. She has had the opportunity to shadow children with limited abilities to determine the best avenue to success for the child.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Prekindergarten One Classroom

    I love to see the children's eye light when they grasp a new concept. Children are naturally curious and eagerly soak up all you have to offer them. Often, they push you to grow and discover right along with them.

    Ms. Michelle loves ballroom dancing in her spare time; especially waltz and rumba. She also enjoys scrapbooking, reading, and browsing on Pinterest.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Michelle was running Hendrickson Academy before moving to Beaverton.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Larisa

    Ms. Larisa, Prekindergarten Two Classroom

    Guiding children in learning and learning alongside of them.

    Ms. Larisa really enjoys discovering beautiful Oregon with her husband and two children in her spare time.  She likes to play soccer, go hiking, and reading in her free time as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Bilingual Instructional Aide in School Readiness, Preschool Teacher, and Kindergarten Lead Teacher in Kinder Camp with Folsom Unified; Elementary Substitute Teacher with Natomas Unified.
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelors degree in Liberal Studies
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Prekindergarten Two Classroom

    I enjoy watching the children learn and grow; knowing that I have contributed to that is a wonderful feeling! Seeing a child achieve something that is not possible is an amazing experience to be apart of; such as achieving potty training.

    Ms. Liz enjoys working our evenings and being able to send our families home at the end of the day with a warm, friendly smile. She responds quickly to families needs and works hard to make them feel heard.  Ms. Liz likes to spend her free time with her family and three dogs. She loves to listen to music as well.

    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Grace

    Ms. Grace, School Age Classroom

     I really enjoy interacting with the kids and watching them grow in all forms; physically, mentally, and emotionally.

    Ms. Grace was born in Los Angeles, California and moved to Portland, Oregon when she was seven years old.  In her free time, she enjoys going out to downtown Portland to eat with her friends.  She also likes watching action and comedy movies with her siblings.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Grace has worked as a teacher's assistant while obtaining her degree. She was also a lead teacher for a summer internship program.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelors degree in Linguistics/Chinese
  • Mr. Jacob

    Mr. Jacob, School Age Classroom

    I enjoy providing a second home for children where they can feel safe and comfortable, while enjoy learning.

    Mr. Jacob coaches youth football in his spare time. He enjoys all sports. He likes to go snowboardingand play golf in his free time as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Mr. Jacob previously spent two years at Hillsboro High School Little Spartan Preschool.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Mr. Jacob is currently majoring in Marketing at Portland Community College.
  • Mr. Ryan

    Mr. Ryan, Summer School-Age Teacher/ Support Staff

    I enjoy working with the children on a daily bassis by doing the different activities that occur during our summer program.  I also enjoy going on the field trips with the children to our local businesses.

    During the school year, Mr. Ryan teaches for the Beaverton School District.  He enjoys spending his free time doing anything that involves outdoors, but epecially being out camping, hunting and hiking.

    Previous Experience:
    Previously worked at a boys and girls club, a preschool and elementary schools in Nebraska.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science in Education Elementary and Early Childhood Endorsed; State of Oregon Certified
  • Ms. Vickie

    Ms. Vickie, Bus Driver / Support Staff

    I really enjoy the interaction with the kids. We have some great families here at Knowledge Beginnings.

    Ms. Vickie joined Knowledge Beginnings in 2003. She has worked in all rooms, and is very familiar with company guidelines and curriculum. In her free time she is a part of a marching band. Ms. Vickie enjoys marching with the Rose Festival parades and reading. She holds the secretary position for an Italian club in downtown Portland, as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Vickie has worked in the childcare field since 1984. She has been the Infant, Toddler and Preschool classroom teacher before starting as the School Age teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Mrs. Olivia

    Mrs. Olivia, Support Staff

    I love seeing how the children light up when they've achived a new skill that was previously a chllenge or struggle for them to master.

    Mrs. Olivia is currently teaching at West Union Elementary during the day. She comes to us after school is released to assist in the Infant room. Mrs. Olivia enjoys playing board games, video games, and various outdoor activities with her family during her free time. She and her husband have enjoyed swing dancing for several years now as well.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Mrs. Chelsey

    Mrs. Chelsey, Kitchen and Support Staff

    I enjoy being able to work with a wide variety of ages of children.   By being able to work in the kitchen, I am allowed to incorporate my skills as a coo, alongside with my love of working with children.

    Ms. Chelsey enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and fishing.  She also enjoys having family movie nights. 

    Year Started:
    4/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Culinary Institute
  • Ms. Heather

    Ms. Heather, Learning Adventures Classroom

    I enjoy being a part of a child's life as they learn and grow. I also enjoy the hugs.

    Ms. Heather brings such a creative environment into a classroom. She is always able to get children excited about any subject. She enjoys art, reading, biking and participating in living history/historical reenactments.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Heather previously worked for three other daycare centers before joining our team in 2010. She has worked as a seasonal teacher and a math teacher as well.
    Year Started:
    4/21/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Technical Theater, Early Childhood Education Certificate, Teacher's License
  • Mr. Jeremy

    Mr. Jeremy, Support Staff

    I enjoy watching children grow and learn through education and play. 

    When Mr. Jeremy is not at Knowledge Beginnings you will find him at Errol Hassel Elementary School running the Champions program. He his an avid movie goer and enjoys road trips with his family. 

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining our team Mr. Jeremy worked as a teacher at YMCA. and is currently the Site Director at Errol Hassel Elementary School Champions program. .
    Year Started:
    8/1/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
  • Mrs. Heather

    Mrs. Heather, Support Staff

    I love watching the children learn and discover new things.

    Mrs. Heather likes to read lots of books, and she enjoys knitting and being crafter. In her free time, she also likes to bake.

    Previous Experience:
    Mrs. Heather has been taking care of children for over 7 years.
    Year Started:
    12/3/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Mrs. Heather is currently working on her Paraeducator degree at PCC.

July 2016 Events

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  1. Monday July 04, 2016
    1. Independence Day - Center Closed

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
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Ukrainian, Russian

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

Our center has a secured entrance that each family receives their own personal code to gain access to center. All three playgrounds are fenced and secured with each classroom having immediate access. We require only authorized individuals with valid identification to pick up a child. All staff are certified in CPR & 1st Aid and we practice monthly fire and natural disaster drills.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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My son has been with Knowledge Beginnings since he was nine weeks old. There is no other place I trust more with the care of my child. From the teachers in the classroom to the management team, everyone has been more than accommodating to our family situation. Ms. Judi and Ms. Kristie are fabulous with the babies, they are loving and nurturing. Ms. Heather has been incredible. She has done so much for our family. She worked with my son's quirks and provided a creative atmosphere where my son can thrive. Also, she is great with the children in the phonics learning adventures. My son is now writing his name and letters, knows how to count to 20 and can carry on a conversation that goes beyond a child of his age. I have been very pleased.

Not to mention the management team, Mrs. Shawna bends over backwards to make everyone feel comfortable and works with each family situation. Mrs. Kristen greets every child with a hug and "I love you" which always makes you feel good when in her presence. Overall,there is no other place I would trust. They are family and make sure that our family knows that.

- Mother
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