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Littleton Knowledge Beginnings

Christy Willemsen, Center Director

6000 W. Grant Ranch Blvd. Littleton CO 80123
(303) 730-2568 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
Off Bowles Ave. in the community of Grant Ranch

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Blue Heron Elementary, Wilder Elementary, Centennial Academy and Grant Ranch K-8

For the 2015-2016 school year, Knowledge Beginnings will be providing before and after school care for Centennial Academy, Wilder Elementary, Dutch Creek Elementary, Grant Ranch Elementary and Blue Heron Elementary.

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Welcome

Thank you for your interest in Knowledge Beginnings. We understand how important it is to find child care you can really trust and an educational program that meets your expectations. Our parents have faith in Knowledge Beginnings to provide the highest quality care and education their children ranging in age from 8 weeks to 12 years. We are more than a child care center. As a school, Knowledge Beginnings is a place where children explore, discover and learn. We respect children as individuals and our dedicated teachers ensure that children get the positive learning experience they need to grow up happy and confident. We believe that as partners with you, we can inspire your child’s love of learning. Knowledge Beginnings offers enrichment areas outside of the classroom experience to support our philosophy that children learn through active exploration. Reading, writing, speaking and listening activities are the focus in Poet’s Place. Imagination Station provides a space which appeals to a child’s natural sense of make-believe, allowing for exploration of performing arts which build creativity, confidence and presentations skills.

Christy Willemsen, 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.

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.

ABC Music and Me

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

Learning is meant to be a natural, joyful experience. Children learn by playing, experimenting, exploring, and testing. Children flourish when the process of discovery is lovingly encouraged and gently reinforced. This is the philosophy behind our research-based curriculum, which fosters individual growth by providing plenty of opportunities for exploration and child-initiated choice. All children need opportunities to be responsible, to make choices, and to be treated with respect. Our programs encourage your child’s growth and development with early-learning experiences that build a strong foundation for children’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills. We believe each child has unique talents and interests. We honor these differences by providing children with customized attention and activities that enable them to learn and grow at their own paces and in their own ways. Specific activities may vary depending on the classroom and the age of the children. The underlying principles of our programs, however, remain the same: Children learn through active exploration; children initiate their own learning; learning comes from open-ended experiences; and adults are facilitators of children’s learning.

  • Christy Willemsen

    Christy Willemsen, Center Director

    I strive to form lasting relationships with children and their families. It brings me great joy to have a positive impact on everyone I meet, and create an environment that provides excellent care and education.

    Christy has been working with children for 15 years. She has worked for the company since 2005 and has been a director since 2008. She earned her Early Childhood Education Degree and has her Center Director Certification. She provides families and staff with information and support, and ensures the center is providing high quality education and care for children. Christa is also a Quality Team Leader for the district and supports other directors in Littleton, Lakewood, Highlands Ranch and Parker. In her free time, she enjoys going to the movies, making pottery, and snuggling on the couch with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Knowledge Universe in 2005, Christy worked as a private nanny and also as an infant and toddler caregiver at Bear Valley Church.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2005
    Tenure:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 years
    Education:
    Colorado Director's Liscensing Credential and Early Childhood Education Degree
  • Sarah Hawes

    Sarah Hawes, Assistant Director

    “You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child.”
    -Dr Seuss

    Sarah Hawes, has been with Knowledge Universe since May of 2011. Through the years, she has taught in Preschool and the School-Age classrooms. Sarah has a Bachelors Degree in Education from Alfred University in NY. Sarah has been in the Early Childhood field for 8 years. Before coming to Knowledge Universe she was a private school Kindergarten teacher in Dartmouth, MA. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading, watching movies, playing with her dog, is a huge Yankee, Patriot and Manchester United fan. Sarah grew up in the small town of Arkport, NY. When able she tries to return home as often as possible to spend time with her family and nephews. Sarah comes from a family of 6. She has 2 brothers, one sister and 5 nephews. Sarah loves to play soccer and has been playing since the age of 4 and continues to play in small leagues here in Colorado.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to the Knowledge Universe Sarah was a private school teacher in Dartmouth, MA. She relocated to Littleton, CO in 2011 when she started working for Knowledge Universe. She was the Preschool and School-Age teacher at CoalMine. She was moved to an Assistant Director Position.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    All By My Self-Mercer Myer
    Year Started:
    5/12/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Anna Hickey

    Ms. Anna Hickey, Program Specialist

    Ms. Anna is a Colorado Native.  She has a 3 year old son named Lucas who also is here with us at Knowledge Beginnings.  Before coming to KB Ms. Anna was a teacher at a sister school not far from here.  She has worked in almost every classroom and has really found a passion for management.  She loves the Rockies and taking her son to see every game they can.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Anna taught at a child care center in southern Colorado before moving to Littleton.
    Year Started:
    10/11/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    ECE Certificate
  • Ms. Christine

    Ms. Christine, Office Secretary

    The best thing of being part of ECE is watching them learn.  It's so rewarding to watch a child accomplish something for the first time.

    Christine loves Early Childhood Education.  She love to interact with children everyday and make a difference in their lives.  She is married and has a daughter Anna Leah and has a puppy named Bandit.  She loves to hike, bike, play tennis, gymnastics and sing.  She mostly loves spending time with her family whether it's at the zoo, museum or park it doesn't matter she loves it all.

    Previous Experience:
    Christine worked at Kingdom Kids in the 2 1/2 year old classroom, she also worked at The Village as an intern with the Head Start program. Before coming to Knowledge Beginnings Christine was a director at Smart Start.
    Year Started:
    11/24/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
    Education:
    Associates in Elementary Education, Associates in Early Childhood Education, Directors Certificate
  • Ms. Kim

    Ms. Kim, Infant Classroom

    We are truly a team.  Not many schools can honestly say that.  We care about each other, support and encourage each other, and bounce ideas off of each other.  We work together to do what's best for the children and their families.  Day in and day out we give our all for the school.  We are so proud of our school and we work hard to share that with everyone."

    -Kim Wallace

    Ms. Kim has been at Knowledge Beginnings since 2010. During her time here, she has been a Kindergarten teacher, support teacher, School Age teacher and Toddler teacher. She is now teaching in the Infant Room and loving it! Ms. Kim loves to dance, sing, make art, read stories and spend time teaching children to use their imaginations.

     

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings Ms. Kim completed her elementary school student teaching.
    Year Started:
    4/1/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in Liberal Arts and Elementary Education
  • Ms. Chelsea

    Ms. Chelsea, Infants

    I get to make a difference in a child's life every day and form bonds that last a lifetime. I am passionate about the first year because children go through so many changes and I get to be a part of that.

    Ms. Chelsea is one of our Support Teachers here at Knowledge Beginnings. She has a love of the outdoors and is an adventure seeker. So whether our students are on a nature walk outside, playing in snow at the table, or setting up an obstacle course around the room, she tries to bring a bit of excitement into the classes.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Chelsea joined our company after high school and has grown and developed with our company for the past 10 years.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2003
    Tenure:
    13 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher Credential, Infant Nursery Supervisor Credential
  • Ms. Megan

    Ms. Megan, Infants

    I love when children learn something new. Their eyes light up and they are so excited. It is the best feeling as a teacher.

    Ms. Megan supports all of the classrooms at Knowledge Beginnings, but spends most of her time in the Toddler Classroom. Her ability to adapt to each age group makes her an essential part of our team.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Megan has worked as an infant teacher as well as a school-age teacher at other child care centers prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings.
    Year Started:
    2/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Teacher Certified
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Toddlers

    We work had to create a warm, nuturing, fun enviornment for the children to learn and grow.

    Ms. Angela has been in the ECE field for 21  years.  She went to school at Arapahoe Community College and received her Director's Certificate.  She worked as a director for three years.  She felt it was a great experience, but her passion was to work in the classrooms with the children.  She has been the Toddler Teacher here at KB for 2 1/2 years.

    Previous Experience:
    Before coming to Knowledge Beginnings Ms. Angela was a director at another child care center here in Littleton.
    Year Started:
    3/4/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    21 years
    Education:
    Directors Certificate/ECE Certificate
  • Ms. Anni

    Ms. Anni, Toddlers

    I enjoy being an advocate and making a difference in a child's life. Our future is their future.

    Ms. Anni is originally from New York City. After moving to Colorado in 1996, she became interested in working with children. Ms. Anni has been employed with our company for over 12 years. As much as she teaches the children, there is always something that she takes away from her day that the children have shared with her. She enjoys doing art, (the messier the better), reading stories, making up stories, listening to them, and making learning fun.

    Previous Experience:
    Formerly a graphic designer in New York, Ms. Anni began working for our company at a different location over 12 years ago. She has had the opportunity to work with every age group.
    Year Started:
    9/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 years
    Education:
    Associate's Degree in Fine Art and Commerical Art, Group Leader Certified, Infant Nursery Supervisor Credentials
  • Ms. Laura R

    Ms. Laura R, Discovery Preschool A

    As an educator my goal is to create a fun learning environment to promote learning

    Ms. Laura has an A.S in ECE and a Bachelors in Social Work.  Her first job was working in the child care center at her local YMCA in NY.  Ever since working there the knew that she had a love for working with children.  She moved from Rochester, NY to Denver with her Fiance.  She loves being surrounded by the beautiful mountains and in her free time enjoys playing tennis.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura was a teacher at a sister school located in Highlands Ranch. She also worked at a local YMCA in her hometown in NY
    Year Started:
    6/29/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    A.S in ECE
  • Ms. Rachel

    Ms. Rachel, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love my two-year-old kids. I love their developing sense of self and independence. I love their growing personalities and imaginations, and hugs that make my day!

    Ms. Rachel adds a bit of diversity to our teaching staff. Having formerly been a tiger trainer, Ms. Rachel takes on the two-year-old children with quite a flourish. She grew up in West Virginia, trained animals in California and moved to Colorado because of her love for snow. Then she discovered that she loves working with children just as much!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Rachel previously worked in after school, summer and outreach programs.
    Year Started:
    10/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Bachelor's of Arts Degree, College Credits in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Laura E

    Ms. Laura E, Discovery Preschool B

    Ms. Laura is a Colorado Native and has lived in Colorado most of her life.  Sh is married and has a son who is 8 and also comes to KB after school.  She has worked in the ECE field for 8 years.  She enjoys teaching children and watching them blossom.  She has worked with children ranging in the ages of 1-4.  She really enjoys working with the younger ages such as toddlers and twos.  She finds it very rewarding to see the children succeed and grow.  She has taken all of her ECE classes along with CPR, First Aide and Universal Precautions.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Laura has taught in the ECE field for 8 years.
    Year Started:
    2/27/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 Years
    Education:
    ECE Certificate
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Preschool A

    Melissa is the teacher in our Preschool A classroom. She provides the children with the structured environment and stimulating activities that they need to develop and grow. Her preschool classroom sets children up for school success!

    Previous Experience:
    Melissa worked as a Child Advocate for 9 years before beginning work at Montessori Peaks Academy. She then worked at another ECE center for a year before joining Knowledge Beginnings.
    Year Started:
    6/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2012
    Education:
    BA from Metropolitan State and Early Childhood Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Kara

    Ms. Kara, Preschool B

    Ms. Kara is one of our most experienced teachers. Her preschool classroom is a wonderful place filled with excitement, imagination and fun. She provides her students with an enriched educational experience that will set them up for a life-long love of learning!

    Previous Experience:
    Kara has worked for Knowledge Universe since 1996 as a teacher and a center director.
    Year Started:
    6/17/1996
    Tenure:
    20 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    18
    Education:
    BA in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Nicole

    Ms. Nicole, Prekindergarten

    Nicole is our Lead Prekindergarten Teacher. Her knowledge of education both in public and private schools makes her a perfect fit for her students that are preparing for Kindergarten. She implements an amazing curriculum that gives students every tool necessary for success. Children and parents love Nicole's energy and passion.

    Previous Experience:
    Before joining Knowledge Universe as a preschool teacher, Nicole worked in Special Education for Jefferson County and Douglas County Schools. Nicole also worked as a Preschool Teacher and Center Director for KinderCare in Lakewood.
    Year Started:
    6/25/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    7
    Education:
    BA in Speech Pathology
  • Ms. Mel

    Ms. Mel, PreKindergarten

    Mel is our fun and energetic teacher for our School Age program. She loved reading to her students and helping them with fun and messy activities that keep them engaged and excited.

    Previous Experience:
    Mel has worked at a private kindergarten teacher and a summer camp counselor.
    Year Started:
    5/20/2010
    Tenure:
    6 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    BA in Elementary Education and Masters in Library Science
  • Ms. Naomi

    Ms. Naomi, School-Age/LA

    I love that every day is a new learning experience for me.

    Ms. Naomi has been with Knowledge Universe for over four months now. She loves that everyday is a new learning experience. She has been going to school and working towards getting her AC.

    Previous Experience:
    Her Senior year of high school she took a teacher cadet class which allowed her to go observe at an elementary school. She firsta observed a Kindergarten class as well as teacher a lesson plan. Then she observed a third grade science class.
    Year Started:
    2/2/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Teacher Certificate
  • Ms. Susan

    Ms. Susan, Support Staff

    Susan has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2009. When she first joined our school she taught our tutorial programs for 4 years. She joined the preschool teaching team last year and has truly blossomed as a teacher. We love seeing Susan singing, laughing and working with her students. She is a loving teacher who is filled with a passion for education.

    Previous Experience:
    Susan started working in Early Childhood Education in Missouri in 1991 where she was the director of a child care center. Since then she has worked as a teacher at other centers in Missouri and Colorado.
    Year Started:
    1/26/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1991
    Education:
    BA in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Sue

    Ms. Sue, Support Staff

    Sue has worked at 3 other child development centers in Colorado since 1998 and joined our company in 2013. She brings a calm and patient nature to the busy 2 year old classroom and enjoys singing and reading with the children.

    Previous Experience:
    Before working in Early Childhood Education, Sue spent many years working in the public school system in Colorado as a teacher's aide.
    Year Started:
    7/17/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1998
    Education:
    Child Development Associate Certification

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

Littleton Knowledge Beginnings is now a NAEYC Accredited school!!

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • 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 school takes pride in the health and safety of our children, staff and families. Miss Nicole is our Health and Safety Coordinator for our school and takes on the role with great pride. Miss Nicole works regularly with our team to achieve a safe and clean learning environment for everyone.

With an exciting schedule of summer activities planned at Knowledge Beginnings, it’s time to brush up on the S.A.F.E. way to encourage safe play for children on the playground.
      Supervision, Age Appropriate, Falls, Equipment

Miss Nicole and the staff at Knowledge Beginnings are doing routine playground safety checks to assure the equipment is in good repair, age appropriate for the children and using our heat stress index to ensure proper temperature for outside play times.

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.

Our whole experience at Knowledge Beginnings has been extremely positive! The entire staff is warm and welcoming and we are always greeted with a smile and a kind word. My child is in second grade and attends Knowledge Beginnings before and after care program during the school year, as well as the all day summer program. All of the teachers know who she is and they make every effort to make her feel special. No matter which teacher is with your child during drop off or at pick up, they always have something nice to say. They truly care about your children. You know your child is in a great environment when you pick her up early and she is never ready to go... and when you take her out for a day to go to "Disney on Ice" and as soon as the show is over she says, "Can I go to Knowledge Beginnings now?" ... and when you drive back into the neighborhood, after returning from your Christmas vacation, and she sees cars in the parking lot and asks "Are they open today?" and then asks "Well then can I go?" It makes our family feel so good to know that she would rather be at Knowledge Beginnings than with us! She not only loves the teachers, she has made some of her best friendships there as well. We never worry when we walk out the door! And when we pick her up, we love hearing about all of the things she has learned, about all of the activities she has participated in, and about all of her friends. And the summer program is amazing! Her favorite part is being able to go to swimming lessons every day! We feel so thankful for Knowledge Beginnings!
 

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