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Laurel Knowledge Beginnings

Gena Fitzgibbon, Center Director

7551 Montpelier Rd. Laurel MD 20723
(301) 725-6500 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Off Rte 29 and Johns Hopkins Rd." across from Verizon Wireless

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hammond, Fulton, Gorman Crossing, Laural Woods, Bowman Bridge, Forest Ridge *ONLY TRANSPORT AGE 5 and UP*

Our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing the best quality care possible. Many of our teachers are parents themselves with young children who attend the center, so you can rest assured that your child will receive nothing less than what we would want for our own children. When you visit our center our passionate teachers will be more than happy to show you their classroom, tell you about all of the exciting things the children are working on, and answer any questions you may have.

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Welcome

Welcome to Laurel Knowledge Beginnings. We understand that your children are the most important and precious things in your life, which is the reason that our staff is committed to providing all of our families with the highest quality in early childhood education. We have been serving children and families since 1992. We are NAEYC accredited and pride ourselves in following the criteria guidelines set forth by both NAEYC and our parent company, Knowledge Universe. We believe in developing your child's educational foundation through enrichment activities that will further their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth. Our family oriented center provides a warm, nurturing atmosphere for the children. We look forward to serving your family in the future.

Gena Fitzgibbon, 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.

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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.

Spanish

Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language for vocabulary and conversational development. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts and pets as well as how to get engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo. Qué pasa?

Teachers & Staff

Our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing the best quality care possible. Many of our teachers are parents themselves with young children who attend the center, so you can rest assured that your child will receive nothing less than what we would want for our own children. When you visit our center our passionate teachers will be more than happy to show you their classroom, tell you about all of the exciting things the children are working on, and answer any questions you may have.

  • Gena Fitzgibbon

    Gena Fitzgibbon, Center Director

    As educators, we have a job in this society to make a positive difference in the lives of the children that come through our door each and every day. My job as a Director is to lead my team and to help them gain the understanding of the impact that we have and the difference that we can truly make in the life of a child and a family. I love being a part of the 'bigger picture.' Being a part of early childhood education is a gift.

    Ms. Gena graduated from UMBC in 2004 after completing the Early Childhood Education program. She also received a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Dance, and her Child Development Associates. She has been teaching preschool for ten years, five of those years have been here at Knowledge Beginnings. Along with being a Director, Ms. Gena is also the mother of two little boys, both of whom attend Knowledge Beginnings.

    Previous Experience:
    Preschool, Prekindergarten, Kindergarten Teacher, Health and Safety Coordinator, Program Specialist, Assistant Director
    Year Started:
    8/10/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Dance
  • Lauren McAleer

    Lauren McAleer, Assistant Director

    I believe that every child deserves the opportunity to reach their full potential. As educators, we have the opportunity to help the children learn, grow and reach their full potential. I love walking into a classroom and hearing all of the stories of what they learned that day and special things that happened.

    Ms. Lauren graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in Spring 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Science.  She also holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education from Howard Community College.  She has has worked at Knowledge Beginnings for 3 1/2 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Infant Teacher, School Age Teacher, Program Specialist
    Year Started:
    9/26/2011
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Family Science
  • Jasmine Thompson

    Jasmine Thompson, Program Specialist

    Children are my passion. I love being a positive influence in my students' lives and helping shape the people they will become as adults.

    Ms. Jasmine is in her third year as a Knowledge Beginnings staff member. She served as a Toddler Room teacher for a year before she took her expertise to the Discovery Preschool classroom, and is now mentoring other teachers as the Program Specialist. Ms. Jasmine received her Bachelor's of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Elementary Education and Special Education from Washington Adventist University. She loves to be silly in the classroom with her students. Ms. Jasmine's playful approach allows her to quickly build strong relationships with each child. Ms. Jasmine gets to know each of her students as individuals which allows for many effective teachable moments.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education/Special Education
  • Ms. Amber

    Ms. Amber, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/20/2012
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler Certificate
  • Ms. Tallat

    Ms. Tallat, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/28/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler Certificate
  • Ms. Caleigh

    Ms. Caleigh, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/24/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Gail

    Ms. Gail, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/25/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler Certificate
  • Ms. Marina

    Ms. Marina, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/22/2007
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler Certificate
  • Ms. Xiang

    Ms. Xiang, Toddler Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/2/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler Certificate
  • Ms. Danielle

    Ms. Danielle, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/9/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jade

    Ms. Jade, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/11/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Kita

    Ms. Kita, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/20/2010
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Preschool Certificate
  • Ms. Keisha

    Ms. Keisha, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/3/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Stephany

    Ms. Stephany, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/23/2014
  • Ms. Alesia

    Ms. Alesia, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/2/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
  • Ms. Terry

    Ms. Terry, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I take pride in the children's achievements and helping them to obtain those developmental milestones.

    Ms. Terry has been with Knowledge Universe for 14 years. She has her Child Development Associate's credential and loves working with children. Ms. Terry incorporates hands-on learning experiences for the children in her classroom. She loves being creative and enriching the children's' learning in many ways. You will always find something new and exciting in her classroom.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings Ms. Terry worked at another preschool for ten years.
    Year Started:
    11/1/1998
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    35 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential in Preschool Education, 90 Training Hours

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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

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

  • Maryland Excels

    Maryland Excels

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
  • Chinese

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

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 health and safety coordinator is Binni Naik. Management is MAT certified. All staff are First Aid & CPR certified. The front door is secured and a code is required. There is extensive cleaning and sanitizing throughout classrooms. Children are only released to adults authorized for pick-up/drop-off. Enclosed play areas are divided by age. Older children do not play with younger children.

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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We enjoy the warm welcome we receive every day and evening when we drop off and pick-up our child, and the response time to inquiries - your customer service is excellent.

- Parents

The teachers helped my daughter learn so much about herself and others. She learned the concept of sharing, listening and how important her voice is. She learned how to embrace being different and walking to the beat of her own drum! My family enjoys being a part of the larger Knowledge Beginnings family. They are truly an extension of our family and we know our daughter is the independent person that she is because of the village that help to mold her!

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