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Lincoln Knowledge Beginnings

Chris Haen, Center Director

6700 S. 32nd St. Lincoln NE 68516
(402) 423-1188 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
32nd and Pine Lake Road

Neighborhood:
We are located behind South Pointe Pavilions Shopping Mall

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
KB Van transports to/from Cavett, Adams, Hill, and St. Peter's

At Knowledge Beginnings we are proud to be a NAEYC accredited program.  Our team works together to give you the highest quality care and education for your family.  We are dedicated to providing an atmosphere full of nurturing attention, compassion and love.  We would love to have you come in to see our program in action.

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Welcome

Welcome to Lincoln's Knowledge Beginnings. We are very excited to meet with you and your family. We believe in developing the whole child with an emphasis on assisting your child's growth with their social, emotional, cognitive and physical development.
Here at Knowledge Beginnings, we believe it takes a village to raise a child, and our parents consider us to be an extension of their families (their village). Your child will not only have a safe, secure and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of child development experts who have a true passion for education and nurturing children.
We also proudly serve military families through Child Care Aware fee assistance.

Chris Haen, 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.

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.

Dance

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

  2. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

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      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Lincoln's Knowledge Beginnings are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associate's Credential, Associate's Degree or Bachelor's degree in early childhood education. The Lincoln's Knowledge Beginnings team strives for excellence through continuing education from biannual company professional development trainings to seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. At the end of the day, the true key to our teacher's success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Chris Haen

    Chris Haen, Center Director

    I love seeing the satisfaction in the families that I serve, when I can fulfill their needs.

    Chris Haen started with KinderCare Education in 2000. She has experience as a teacher, program specialist, and assistant director. Currently, she enjoys having the opportunity to support all of the wonderful children, parents, and teachers here at Knowledge Beginnings. Her goal is to provide the best educational experience for every student enrolled in her program. Chris was born and raised in Illinois. Chris attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska where she met her husband. They now have two children, Patrick and Piper. Chris has been working with children since she was in high school. Children bring true joy into her life.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at Knowledge Beginnings, Chris taught in elementary classrooms.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza. Every child deserves a loving Mother!
    Year Started:
    3/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Jennifer Myers

    Jennifer Myers, Assistant Director

    I enjoy getting to know all of the families that we serve. I also enjoy working with our staff to continue our quality programming.

    Jenny started work with Knowledge Beginnings in 2002. Her experiences as a teacher brought her to the Infant and Preschool classrooms. Now she brings her passion for all age groups to her position as Assistant Director where she is able to play an integral part in the lives of every family among us. She has two children with her husband and they are the light of her life. She is also currently finishing up her Bachelor's Degree in Business Management.

    Previous Experience:
    Jennifer has worked as an Infant and Preschool teacher prior to becoming our Assistant Director.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell
    Year Started:
    10/1/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Andrea Heiden

    Ms. Andrea Heiden, Assistant Director

    To be in your children's memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.

    Andrea has been a vital part of our program for many years and has a wealth of knowledge that she brings to our center. She taught in various classrooms in her previous experiences.  We were blessed to have her in our Prekindergarten Two classroom for the majority of her teaching career.  We are so excited to give her the opportunity to share her experiences with all of the teachers in our program.

    Previous Experience:
    Andrea has been working with children in various fields. Most recently, she was one of our Prekindergarten teachers. She worked together with the families to ensure that every child was prepared for their first day in Kindergarten.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Three Little Kittens" by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen
    Year Started:
    10/31/2002
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Associate's of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Infant Classroom (1)

    I love this classroom because it's amazing how fast infants learn and grow.

    Ms. Lindsey has been one of our infant teachers since the day we opened.  She has spent so many hours with all of the infants and she is able to make the families at ease when leaving their precious bundles in her care.  She is lovingly called the "baby whisperer".

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Amy

    Ms. Amy, Infant Two Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/28/1995
    Tenure:
    21 Years
  • Ms. Rachel, Infant One Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/5/2015
  • Ms. Alexa

    Ms. Alexa, Infant One

    It's so amazing to see the babies grow and develop their own unique personality.

    Ms. Alexa is a fantastic teacher in our Toddler Two program.  She treats all of the toddlers as though they are one of her own.   She then spends her time with her daughter, Evie.

    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Cat

    Ms. Cat, Infant One Classroom

    Year Started:
    3/8/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Nichelle

    Ms. Nichelle, Infant Two Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/25/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Infant Two Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/7/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kelsey, Toddler One Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/9/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Shelly, Toddler Three Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/28/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Toddler Three Classroom

    Year Started:
    1/7/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/1/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Cari

    Ms. Cari, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/2/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Kiera, Preschool Classroom

    Year Started:
    6/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Prekindergarten One Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/9/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
  • Ms. Alex, Prekindergarten One Classroom

    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
  • Ms. Brandy

    Ms. Brandy, Prekindergarten Two Classroom

    Year Started:
    8/17/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Bri

    Ms. Bri, Prekindergarten Two Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/14/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Tristen, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/20/2015
  • Ms. Paige, Toddlers Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/13/2015
  • Ms. Jeniffer

    Ms. Jeniffer, Toddlers Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Marissa, Infants Classroom

    Year Started:
    2/7/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      Your whole family is welcome to join us September 13th for our community social.  Summer is winding down, Fall is approaching and that means it’s Back to School season!  Now is the perfect time to get a glimpse of the KinderCare curriculum and experience in our centers.  Our director and teachers can’t wait to point out their favorite aspects of the classrooms.  This is also a great chance to spend time with current families who stay and have fun at the social!  See you there!

About Our Center

Our center began sharing our educational experiences in September of 2000.  We have watched so many children grow and develop, and we would love to visit with your family about our experiences.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, The Day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.  President's Day and Columbus we are closed to our families so our teachers can participate in inservice training.

Health and Safety

Child safety is a primary focus for our center. The center has a dedicated Health and Safety coordinator, all center staff are trained on SIDS prevention, Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention, First Aid and CPR.  The center has an office in the front of the building and key code access to the classrooms. The building and playground are completely fenced in with access only from the inside of the building. The teachers take attendance every 30 minutes to ensure all children are accounted for at all times. Only parent authorized individuals are allowed to take children out of the center and are required to have photo identification. We take the safety of the children in our care very seriously and provide a healthy and safe learning environment.

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.

Knowledge Beginnings Amazing Teachers and Staff,
We wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all that you do!  Words cannot express how much each and every one of you has meant to us and our children over the years.   You need to know that you live a life of significance for all of the young children whose lives you touch each and every day!    Over 6 years ago when we decided to start Brenly at Knowledge Beginnings, I had no idea the impact it would have on our family.  The knowledge, care and love you show the children on a daily basis cannot be matched.    I admire all of you for what you do for the children each and every day!   This center and each of you have become like a second family and a place where we feel most comfortable when we drop off the kids.  The things you teach the children day in and day out amazes me!  There is not a day that goes by when my kids do not mention an experience they had at the center that day…and that is all because of YOU!   Thank you again for all that you do…YOU TRULY ARE AMAZING!
We hope you enjoy you holidays as you definitely deserve it!
Thank you again for making our family so blessed to be a part of this great place!
The Noerrlingers- Brandon, Genny, Brenly, Nash, Drake
 

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We have been very happy with Knowledge Beginnings since enrolling our two year old daughter. We feel the curriculum is strong, they encourage creative play, and have great teachers. Our daughter loves to go to school, which is a wonderful thing. She enjoys her friends, cooking and music class. We as parents are happy with the experience we are having at Knowledge Beginnings.

- Parent

We have had at least one child at Knowledge Beginnings consistently since January 2003. Our oldest child started in the infant room four times per week when he was ten weeks old. He was there until he went to kindergarten. Our daughter came along two years later and also started as an infant, continuing on until Kindergarten. Shortly before our third child was born, I decided to become a stay at home mom. I still started him part time when he was two because we truly believed that it was worth the cost, even less one income, to have him attend KB at least a couple of times a week. We'd seen the positive impact it had on our older children. Our fourth came along in 2010. When she was one, I decided to go back to work part-time. She started in January 2011 and, like all the others, is loving it. There are so many things that have kept us at Knowledge Beginnings for over a decade. First and foremost...the teachers. There are several there today that were there when Will started in 2002. Jenny, Lindsay, Sarah, Alison...their longevity speaks volumes to the quality of care my children have received and continue to receive. Also very important - the flexibility has been key for us. Over the ten years there, I have worked full time, part time, and not at all. It has been nice to be able to have the part time option (we have done 4, 3 and 2x/week over the years), but also the ability to switch a day or add a day here and there with enough notice. I know from friends that this IS NOT an option at many other facilities in town. We have always felt a real family connection to KB...they really care for our kids and go above and beyond every day. We've attended ten Christmas programs, ten Halloween parties, countless Thanksgiving, Mother's Day and Father's Day gatherings. We have really seen the extra effort and love that the teachers put forth for our kids. We love KB and are glad for all they have given, and are giving, to our four children!

- Parents

1. From the minute I first walked into the Center, I felt like it was a safe place for my children to thrive. And after touring other facilities, I was even more sure that KB was the right place for my kids! 2. The teachers and the director do everything possible to make sure that the kids are their number one focus and that each kid gets the individual attention that they need. 3. My children amaze me everyday with what they are learning at KB. They will be more than ready for kindergarten! 4. I cannot believe how lucky we are to have found KB! My children are happy there, I feel like the curriculum is challenging for my kids and I know that I can always talk to the teachers or director with any concerns I have. 5. The teachers are the best at KB! They truly care about your kids and work with you on every step of their development. We are lucky to have such wonderful people in our children's lives!

- Parent

We have been very fortunate to have Knowledge Beginnings as part of our lives for the past eight and a half years. The care and compassion that Knowledge Beginnings has provided for our two children is invaluable. The educational activities and opportunities that the center provides are top-notch as well. Being an educator myself, I appreciate the true commitment and dedication of the KB staff--many current teachers have been at the center longer than we have. The families, children, teachers and directors of Knowledge Beginnings create a community which we feel very blessed to have our children be a part of!

- Parent

During our search for child care, we sought the counsel of a college professor specializing in early childhood development. She advised us to look for centers that have the NAEYC Accreditation. This lead us directly to Knowledge Beginnings in Lincoln, NE. This accreditation gives us the confidence that the activities in which our son is participating are evidence-based and promote positive child outcomes.

- Parent

We have been so happy at Knowledge Beginnings for the past six years! Our son started there when he was six weeks old. Now he’s thriving in Kindergarten because of the knowledge, love, confidence and discipline that he experienced at Knowledge Beginnings. Our two year old, who currently attends, is excited everyday to see her friends and teachers. We did research on other centers and we’re so happy that we sent our kids to Knowledge Beginning. It’s a great facility but the wonderful teachers and staff truly make the difference!

- Parent

Knowledge Beginnings is a great place for kids. The staff really helped my son through difficulties he was having. They are knowledgeable, helpful, kind, supportive, and provide many learning opportunities for the kids. They are always willing to help and support your child as they grow and develop. The center itself provides a good learning setting with a variety of activities. I couldn't have chosen a better place!

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