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Knowledge Beginnings North

Karin Metivier, Center Director

11 Research Place N. Chelmsford MA 01863
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 9 YEAR-OLDS

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Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings North! We are looking forward to sharing our passion with you and your children. Our quality standards are held in high regard. We work to keep up with the current trends in early education to provide the very best care for children and families. We look forward to having you join our Knowledge Beginnings family.

We are currently enrolling in our Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Prekindergarten and Private Kindergarten programs. Come and see our current research-based curriculum in action. Our programs will prepare your child for grade school success because everything that we do is designed for learning. Come by and visit our exceptional school and meet our amazing teachers!

I am excited to give you an update on our Literacy Event on Saturday, September 19th, from 10 am -12 noon! See our center calendar for more details.

Karin Metivier, Center Director

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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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Our kids are taking off!

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


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.

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.

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


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.


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.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.


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

Teachers & Staff

Our staff are passionate, warm and welcoming. They have many years of combined education and experience, both within the field and with Knowledge Beginnings. They create a well balanced environment where children can learn, grow and develop important social relationships. This critical foundation will set the tone for many years of successful education long after they leave our center. They look forward to sharing all of this with you and your family!

  • Karin Metivier

    Karin Metivier, Center Director

    Karin has enjoyed the many relationships she has forged during the 20 years she has worked with KinderCare Education. Being with the children on a daily basis is a delight for her. She likes the contact with the parents and is able to give them support with challenges regarding their children.

    Year Started:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Linda Stevens

    Linda Stevens, Second Assistant Director

    Linda has 18 years of experience as a teacher of children of all ages and has been a manager for seven years. She enjoys all aspects of her position. Her favorite part of the day is being part of the children's teachable moments.

    Year Started:
    30 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years

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 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
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

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

Health and safety is held to the highest of standards at our ceneter. Our center offers keypad entry, fenced in play areas, and all staff are First Aid and CPR certified, this certification is updated yearly. Background checks are done annually on all staff. Child release procedures are followed according to state and KinderCare Education policy. Cleaning is done daily, again following company and licensing standards.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

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If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

Over the last three years my family has had to move across the country forcing us to change our childcare multiple times. Of all the day care/learning centers we have placed our children in the Chelmsford Knowledge Beginnings is hands down the best. From the moment I walked into the Chelmsford Knowledge Beginnings I had a sense of how much the staff loved their jobs and truly cared about the kids. Almost a year later I feel the same way; both of my kids have flourished under this love and excellent curriculum. Thank you Chelmsford Knowledge Beginnings for everything you do.

- Mother

Life with three children close in age presents many daily challenges. Rose and her team are consistently helpful and flexible with us, offering us the opportunity to deal with these little things more easily as they arise. However, every so often, life presents more than a daily challenge and it is one such event that occurred in our family recently and your exceptional team made a real difference in our lives well beyond our expectations. We found ourselves with my wife unexpectedly admitted to the hospital and Rose and her team made it possible for me to be by her side. During this time we threw several aged relatives who had never dropped off or picked up the kids into the mix and asked Rose, Linda and Karin to teach them on the fly, to reassure the kids, including lots of help way above and beyond the call of duty. I wanted you to know that our experience with your staff has been exceptional.

- Father

We appreciated very much how you intertwined learning with fun activities all through the year. We liked the even paced learning throughout the year with the focus on reading, writing and math. The family projects were a great opportunity for us to work on something together and share with rest of the classroom. The field trips provided varied experiences from being out on the farm to bringing holiday cheer to Meadow Lodge to appreciating the arts at the Performing Arts Center. The year end projects of studying life-cycles of butterflies and chicks were equally amusing and instructive at the same time. We thank you for all your efforts and hard work in making this school year so enriching and memorable and we wish the very best to you and your future students.

- Parents

I just wanted to take a few minutes and share some opinions and feelings I have regarding Knowledge Beginnings. As you know our daughter has been attending Knowledge Beginnings since 2009, just after her first birthday. When we first began the search for appropriate child care for our daughter, we searched and researched over and over. We went on multiple interviews and tours of different centers. Up until that point she had never been left in the care of "strangers" - family only. I just wanted to tell you how happy I am that we chose Knowledge Beginnings for Eliza. You and the wonderful staff have always provided nurturing, and comforting care not just to her, but also to us as parents as well. We always feel safe knowing that Eliza is your care. The one troubling problem we have encountered over and over again is we have grown so attached to each and every teacher so much we have always struggled moving our daughter forward to her next classroom. Thankfully we have been blessed to find EVERY classroom she's been in is as great as the previous. It would be impossible to mention all the wonderful things and most excellent people that have touched and shaped her life thus far through Knowledge Beginnings, but I would be remiss not to call out the superstars: Ms. Linda, Ms. Karen, Ms. Megan, Ms. Sara, Ms. Amy, Ms.Wendy, Ms. Dawn, and of course yourself. Now, with all due respect the Golden circle superstars Ms. Paula, Mr. Jarrod and the unbelievable Ms. Jan. We love and respect you all so much that I wanted to be certain another day does not go by without telling you and thanking you. You have sadly created a problem for our future: What do we do after Kindergarten? How can we ever be as confident, in the learning experiences our daughter will have in her future? You have set the bar very high, and for that we will be forever grateful!

- Parents

I just want to take a moment to send a sincere heart felt thank you to all at Knowledge Beginnings North. I have had the pleasure of sending both of my children to Knowledge Beginnings. They both started at about three months old. My son Brandon is now nine years old and my daughter Juliana is six years old.
My situation is unique, as I am the Director at this center and was able to truly enjoy having my children close to me and them receiving the very best education and care. This was truly a situation of having your cake and eating it too.
I can go on and on about the wonderful daily interactions I saw as they grew within the program but I want to share what I see now and how the amazing foundation created by everyone that touched Brandon and Juliana in Knowledge Beginnings has helped create amazing, well prepared, excited and passionate children, not only with school but with everything they do. Teachers not only helped create a spark and a true love for learning, but they also helped create confident children. Seeing and feeling that puts me at ease and I know that all that has been instilled in them will continue to be with them through out their lives.
You truly have become extended family to my children, and for that, as a mother, I am eternally grateful.

- Mother

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