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Maynard Knowledge Beginnings

Amy Callbeck, Center Director

4 Mill and Main Place Ste 100 Maynard MA 01754
(978) 461-6044 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
Family friendly community that is close to Route 2, Route 62, Route 117, Located inside the historic Clock Tower Mill.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Greenmeadow Elementary School is located 0.7 miles from our center and the parents provide the transportation to our school.

Welcome

Here at Knowledge Beginnings in Maynard we consistently strive to not only meet the needs of our families, but also exceed those needs. We believe that each day we are provided opportunities to play a positive role in the life of a child, and we embrace that opportunity for the honor that it is. We provide a balance between choice and structured activities, between group and individual pursuits, and between teacher and child-directed experiences. You can have confidence that your child receives the best care and education possible at Knowledge Beginnings. As a team of early education specialists we value each and every opportunity to encourage questions, foster children’s development and encourage laughter. We believe that a whole child is a happy child.

Amy Callbeck, 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.

Monthly Activities

April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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

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

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

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

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.

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

Teachers & Staff

Our team of educators walk through the door each morning with a renewed energy and desire to love and educate children. Collectively, our educators understand what it means to "have a good day at school" and do everything in their power to ensure that their children have just that. While we each come from different schools of knowledge, and bring a variety of experiences to the table, our love and passion for teaching is what truly unites us together. The phrase, "It takes a village to raise a child" is not only embraced here in Maynard, it's lived by daily. We welcome you to come and spend time getting to know us, you will be glad you did.

  • Amy Callbeck

    Amy Callbeck, Center Director

    Amy has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for more than 20 years. She has two sons that fulfill her days off with plenty of football and Boy Scout activities. Amy has earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in the field of Education. Amy joined Knowledge Beginnings in Maynard in 2001 and prides herself in running a high quality early education center and is here to support children and families each day.

    Year Started:
    11/15/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology
  • Brittany Biddy

    Brittany Biddy, Assistant Director

    Brittany has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2009. She is the proud mother of three amazing boys that keep her busier than ever but she still manages to find time to attend Fisher College. Brittany is finishing up her Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Development, as well as, taking classes on Leadership and Management. She started with us as an infant teacher in 2009 and quickly showed her ability to lead. Brittany took the opportunity to be an Infant Program Specialist - where she was an integral part of building a great team of teachers and being a support system to her staff and the families within her program. For the past year, Brittany has taken on the role of being the Assistant Director here at our school. Brittany has the innate ability to make you feel at home from your first interaction with her and we are so lucky to have her as such an important part of our school.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked for Company since August 2009
    Year Started:
    8/10/2009
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    Pursuing associate degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Doris Asencios

    Doris Asencios, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Doris has been a member of the Knowledge Beginnings team since August 1999. She is currently the lead teacher in our Kindergarten classroom. Ms. Doris holds her bachelor of art degree in education, specializing in Primary Education. Prior to coming to Knowledge Beginnings, Doris taught at a daycare in the toddler program. Doris is a great early childhood educator!

    Year Started:
    8/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Education, specializing in Primary Education
  • Jean Walsh

    Jean Walsh, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Jean has been a member of the Knowledge Beginnings team since November of 2012. She is currently the lead teacher in our Preschool classroom. Ms. Jean holds her bachelor of art degree in elementary education and communication, as well as her master's degree in education. Jean is awesome!

    Year Started:
    11/12/1912
    Tenure:
    104 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor of Art in Education and Communication; Master's Degree in Education
  • Michelle Sandstrom

    Michelle Sandstrom, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    You can do it if you put your mind to it!

    Ms. Michelle has been a member of the Knowledge Beginnings team since August 1999. She is currently the lead teacher in our Discovery Preschool classroom. Ms. Michelle holds her associate degree in education from Becker College. Prior to coming to Knowledge Beginnings, Michelle taught at Children's World in Marlborough. She is a great asset to our team!

    Favorite Children's Book:

    Goodnight Moon

    Year Started:
    8/2/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17
    Education:
    Associate in Education
  • Rachael Carlstrom

    Rachael Carlstrom, Infant Classroom

    One step at a time!

    Ms. Rachael has been a member of the Knowledge Beginnings team since November of 2014. She is currently the lead teacher in our Infant One classroom. Ms. Rachael holds her bachelor of arts degree in Human Services, and is currently enrolled to complete her Masters in Early Childhood Education. Rachael also holds certifications in the Infant/Toddler program. Prior to coming to Knowledge Beginnings, Rachael has worked at the Salmon Center for Early Education in Natick. We are so lucky to have her!

    Year Started:
    11/10/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
  • Ms. Erin

    Ms. Erin, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Erin has been a member of the Knowledge Beginnings team since August 2012. She is currently the lead teacher in our Preschool classroom. Ms. Erin holds her Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, as well as her Early Childhood Education certification for Preschool. Prior to coming to Knowledge Beginnings she taught first through fifth graders as part of her student teaching and was a summer camp counselor for the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erin previously taught first, second, third and fifth grade in student teaching.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1 year
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education, Preschool Teacher Certification

Upcoming Center Activities

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April's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Growing Gardens

What better time to explore the beauty and science of flowers and gardens than the spring? Infants’ learning will focus on sensory experiences with different plants and flowers, while toddlers and three-year-olds have the opportunity to learn how to care for plants. We’ll plant seeds in soil, water the plants, observe bugs and discover how they help plants grow, and even plant a butterfly garden outside! We’ll build math skills by counting seeds, learn new vocabulary words related to flowers and plants, and as always, sing songs and read books involving gardens. 

Children 4–5 years old: In the Spring + Wild Animals

For children in the Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten Classrooms, April is about exploring all things spring and discovering wild animals! Preschoolers will look for signs of spring outdoors, make mud cakes and count the twigs placed in them, and paint still-life paintings of things related to spring. When our learning turns to wild animals, we’ll learn about the habitats and habits of creatures big and small while maintaining a focus on learning lowercase letters. 

The older children in Transitional Kindergarten will focus on project-related work and pick something to work on together. In years past, children have painted a mural, made spring parade floats, painted wild animal masks, and created a model of a wild animal’s habitat. Both of these units focus on expanding the children’s understanding of the natural world around them.

Monday April 10, 2017
Come get a sneak peek of summer at KinderCare during our Open House event, from April 10th – 14th.

At KinderCare, our summer adventures are designed for learning and fun. We love taking our experiments outside, having special guests visit our centers, and even exploring our senses on walks outside or by rolling around in the cool grass. We can’t wait to meet you and show you what makes our centers special and why we would love to spend our summer with you!

About Our Center

Our staff would like to welcome you to visit our center. The staff takes pride in keeping up to date with the latest trends in Early Childhood Education. Ongoing training is offered to the staff during the year at the center and through the various training opportunities in the community.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • 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 prides itself in minting the highest level of efficiency in regards to health and safety. We proudly offer not one, but two coded door entrances which require families to know two different codes to enter certain portions of our school. Our school playground is completely fenced in and each developmental age group enjoys its own separate play space outdoors. Each member of our team is certified in both First Aid and CPR annually, and medications are administered with written physician/parental consent by certified trained administrators. The health and safety of our children is our utmost priority and we do all we can to ensure that we meet the highest level of accomplishment in this area.

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.

Richard and I want to thank you for such a wonderful end to our work week with that "Holiday Gala Concert". It was way more than we expected and we thought you did such a wonderful job coordinating it all and dedicating all that extra time and service to make it all possible. The juice and cookies in the reception area was adorable, the children sparkled in their homemade scarfs, and we laughed, we cried and just had a wonderful time. Thank you both for all you do there to make Knowledge Beginnings the wonderful school that it is. We feel so fortunate to have our son there and more importantly that he is surrounded by such kind and caring caregivers. We wish you and yours a warm and wonderful holiday season.

- Mother

What separates Maynard Knowledge Beginnings from other child care centers is their staff. Aside from being qualified professionals, they act as an extension of your family. During our time there, my daughter grew very close with much of the staff and I watched the staff treat her with the utmost care possible. As a parent, I dropped my child off every day with confidence, knowing she was in the most capable hands. When I picked her up every day, she left with a smile on her face and stories to tell me on the ride home about how much fun she had.

- Father
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