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Lincoln Knowledge Beginnings

Ms. 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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Neighborhood:
We are located behind South Pointe Pavilions Shopping Mall

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Cavett, Adams, Ruth Hill, St. Peter's, Humann, and Wysong Elementary schools

Welcome

Welcome to Lincoln Knowledge Beginnings. We are very excited to meet with you and your family! We believe in developing the whole child, so we place an emphasis on assisting children's 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.

Ms. Chris Haen, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Lincoln Knowledge Beginnings are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have their degree in early childhood education. The Lincoln 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 teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Ms. Chris Haen

    Ms. Chris Haen, Center Director

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

    Ms. Chris 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. Ms. Chris was born and raised in Illinois. She attended Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska where she met her husband. They now have two children, Patrick and Piper. Ms. 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, Ms. Chris taught in elementary classrooms.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza

    Year Started:
    3/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Jennifer Myers

    Ms. 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.

    Ms. Jenny started working 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:
    Ms. 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:
    14
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Andrea Heiden

    Ms. Andrea Heiden, Program Specialist

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

    Ms. 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:
    Ms. 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 the first day in kindergarten.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Three Little Kittens by Eliza Lee Cabot Follen

    Year Started:
    10/31/2002
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14
    Education:
    Associate of Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Infant Classroom

    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 put the families at ease when leaving their precious bundles in her care. She is lovingly called the "baby whisperer."

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Monster At End of This Book

    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Child Development
  • Ms. Alexa

    Ms. Alexa, Infant Classroom

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

    Ms. Alexa is a fantastic teacher in our Infant Classroom. She treats all of the children as though they are her own. She loves to spend her free time with her daughter, Evie.

    Year Started:
    10/21/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    7/7/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Jenn's favorite thing about teaching is seeing the growth in every child witnessing the aha moment. Learning something new everyday inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because she genuinely cares for every child in her care. She wants every child to feel and hear that they are loved.

    Year Started:
    1/7/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
  • Ms. Paige

    Ms. Paige, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Paige's favorite thing about teaching is watching the children grow and reach new milestones in their learning. Learning new ways to keep my children engaged and excited about learning inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because they are always learning something new and exciting.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

    Year Started:
    10/13/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Elementary & Special Education
  • Ms. Jeniffer

    Ms. Jeniffer, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love helping children learn and grow!

    Ms. Jeniffer's favorite part about teaching is helping children learn and grow. Still being a child at heart inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because they are doing something new and fun everyday.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Toy Story

    Year Started:
    9/4/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Sarah

    Ms. Sarah, Preschool Classroom

    I love seeing the children develop and learn!

    Ms. Sarah's favorite part about teaching is she loves seeing the children develop and learn. Children love being in her classroom because she loves providing learning situations and activities to help their growth and development.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Bad Case of Stripes

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

    Ms. Cari, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love getting to know each child personally and watching them grow!

    Ms. Cari's favorite thing about teaching is getting to know each child personally and watching them grow. Watching the children explore inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because they have fun!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Dragons Love Tacos

    Year Started:
    8/2/2011
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Linda

    Ms. Linda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love sharing the joy children experience when they learn something new or conquer a challenging skill!

    Ms. Linda's favorite thing about teaching is sharing the joy children experience when they learn something new or conquer a challenging skill. Reading about a subject she is interested in inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because they read lots of interesting books!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete and Pillar and Preschool to the Rescue

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

    Ms. Alex's favorite thing about teaching is seeing the unconditional love that each child has with continuous hugs each day. The curiosity of the children inspires her. Children love being in her classroom because they facilitate learning with technology by watching short videos that revolve around our theme that help them to better understand.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Giving Tree

    Year Started:
    12/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Brandy

    Ms. Brandy, Prekindergarten Classroom

    My favorite thing about teaching is the kids! I love watching them grow and learn everyday!

    Ms. Brandy's favorite thing about teaching is the kids! Watching children learn and grow everyday. Seeing the change that she makes daily with the children she teaches inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because they love to learn and have fun teachers!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fox in Socks

    Year Started:
    8/17/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
  • Ms. Bri

    Ms. Bri, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Year Started:
    9/14/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Tristen, School Age Classroom

    Year Started:
    10/20/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Aubrey, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love teaching because I get to watch the kids grow and be excited about learning new things!

    Ms. Aubrey's favorite thing about teaching is watching the kids grow and being excited about learning new things. Children love being in her classroom because they love to have fun and play games together!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Dr. Seuss!

    Year Started:
    2/14/2017
  • Ms. Ryan

    Ms. Ryan, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Ryan's favorite thing about teaching is seeing the children getting excited about what they learn. Learning new things from others inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because they have fun and they know they are loved.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Mr. Panda Please

    Year Started:
    7/5/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Floater

    I love watching children learn and grow as well as getting to know each child individually.

    Ms. Amanda's favorite thing about teaching is watching children learn and grow as well as getting to know each child individually. Seeing each child learn and explore new things inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because it is a fun learning environment.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; The Rainbow Fish

    Year Started:
    3/20/2017
  • Ms. Jordan

    Ms. Jordan, Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children grow and learn new things!

    Ms. Jordan's favorite thing about teaching is watching the children grow and learn new things. Seeing the children explore inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because she makes everyday different and fun.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Oh, the Places You'll Go!

    Year Started:
    7/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Jehani

    Ms. Jehani, Toddler Classroom

    I love seeing the growth in each child!

    Ms. Jehani's favorite thing about teaching is watching/seeing the growth in each child. Seeing the world through the eyes of a child inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because she has lots of energy and enjoys being silly with them.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Llama Llama Red Pajama

    Year Started:
    11/28/2016
  • Ms. Darla, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Darla's favorite thing about teaching is watching the babies learn new things and reaching new milestones. When she sees an opportunity to experience something new her curiosity is inspired. Children love being in her classroom because it is a peaceful, fun, and happy place!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat

    Year Started:
    10/11/2016
  • Ms. Sam, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Sam's favorite thing about teaching is watching the children learn. Finding out how each child learns and figuring how out to mold my curriculum to their learning style inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because the children get to do crafts, sing, and hear stories.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    The Boxcar Children series

    Year Started:
    10/3/2016
  • Ms. Anna, Floater

    Ms. Anna's favorite thing about teaching is being able to build relationships with children and watching them grow. Being able to continue learning new things inspires her curiosity. Children love being in her classroom because they love coming to learn new things and play with friends.

    Favorite Children's Book:

    A Bad Case of the Stripes

    Year Started:
    1/9/2017
  • Mr. Levi, School Age Classroom

    Mr. Levi's favorite thing about teaching is watching the child expand their minds. Wanting to learn more in order to teach better inspires his curiosity. Children love being in his classroom because of all the activities they do together!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Pete the Cat

    Year Started:
    11/9/2016

Upcoming Center Activities

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September's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Spaces and Places and All About Me
As infants and toddlers explore the spaces and places around them, children in Discovery Preschool will learn all about what makes people the same as well as what makes them different. Infants will experiment with moving toy cars around, build block towers and then knock them down, and even take a tour of the center to see what things are like outside of their classroom! Toddlers will get all revved up as they take a closer look at different vehicles and learn more about neighborhoods, communities, and the jobs that grownups have. In Discovery Preschool, children will be learning about themselves as they play games that strengthen their five senses, discuss feelings and emotions, practice self-help skills, and work on learning the names of body parts.

Children 4 to 5 years old: All About Me and My Home and Family
It’s the beginning of the school year—the perfect time to get to know each other better! Older children will be spending time sharing about themselves, their homes, and their families as they learn what makes people the same and what makes them different. Children will bring their own experiences to the drawing board as they create group stories and 3-D collages about families and homes, pantomime different home- and family-related activities, and draw self-portraits. With our curriculum’s project-related learning component, children in Transitional Kindergarten work together to decide on an individual or whole-group project related to the theme. Past projects have included creating a class book about emotions or working together to build a small-scale home, but who knows—the children may come up with a unique idea that’s entirely their own!

Monday September 04, 2017
Center Closed for Labor Day

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 in-service 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.

Lincoln Knowledge Beginnings, we want 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 six years ago when we decided to start our child 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!

- Parent

We have been very fortunate to have Lincoln 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

We have had at least one child at Lincoln Knowledge Beginnings consistently since January 2003. Our oldest child started in the Infant Classroom 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 minus 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 who were there when our first child 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 our 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 two, three, and four times per 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, and countless Thanksgivings, 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

We have been so happy at Lincoln 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 every day 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

We have been very happy with Lincoln 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

From the minute I first walked into the Lincoln Knowledge Beginnings, 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! The teachers and the Director do everything possible to make sure that the kids are their number one focus and that each child gets the individual attention that he or she needs. My children amaze me every day with what they are learning at KB. They will be more than ready for kindergarten! 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 about any concerns I have. 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

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 led 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

Lincoln 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 children 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!

- Parent
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