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W 75th St Knowledge Beginnings

Melissa Peterson, Center Director

812 W. 75th St. Naperville IL 60540
(630) 357-8263 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Maplebrook, Elmwood, Kingsley, Prairie, Owen, Patterson, Scott, Clow, Builta, Springbrook, Cowishaw, Mae Watts, Naper, Riverwoods and Welch Schools

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Hello and thank you for visiting the Naperville Knowledge Beginnings web page. Our school is proud to serve the communities of Naperville, Lisle, Woodridge, Bollingbrook, Aurora, Plainfield as well as other surrounding areas. We educate and care for children six weeks to twelve years and our curriculum is research based to provide for the best possible education. Our buses allow us to transport your School Age child to and from the local 203 & 204 school districts as well as several private schools. Please take a moment to view some of the photos we have of our unique classrooms. We would love to set up a time for you and your family to tour our school.

Melissa Peterson, 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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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 passionate, well trained teachers look forward to each interaction they encounter with every child. It is important to us to develop a bond that will carry on throughout your time here at Knowledge Beginnings and beyond.

  • Melissa Peterson, Center Director

    I love seeing our friends progress each year and grow into independent thinkers. It is amazing to be able to witness and be part of their development!

    Melissa has been with the company since October 2007. She started off as the Assistant Director at a KinderCare in Bolingbrook. Melissa then transferred to Knowledge Beginnings to become the Assistant Director in 2010. She was recently promoted and she became the Center Director of Knowledge Beginnings in 2016. Melissa has formed a strong bond with many families since she has started at the center. She goes above and beyond for each and every family to make sure the needs of the children are met. Her goal as a Director is to promote each child's strengths by supporting and encouraging the differences in every child that sets foot in her center. She feels that the most important part of her center are the families that make up the Knowledge Beginnings Family.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Education
  • Angelica Abraham

    Angelica Abraham, Assistant Director

    While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about."-Angela Schwidt

    Angelica has been working for KinderCare Education since 2013. She started her journey at the Ace Lane Kindercare in Plainfield as an early childhood teacher working with the two year olds. Thorugh the years Angelica worked at many different centers including the Montgomery and Rickert Rd. Kindercare before accepting the position as Assistant Director here at Knowledge Beginnings. Angelica enjoyes being a part of each child's life by inspiring them to do their very best as a mentor for them. Her goal as an Assistant Director is to promote diversity and creating new experiences to make wonderful memories when they are here at Knowledge Beginnings.

    Previous Experience:
    Bachelor in Social Science W/ Concentration in Psychology
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Bachelor in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Kattie

    Ms. Kattie, Infant Teacher

    I love helping the children learn, explore and use their imaginations.

    Ms. Kattie has worked in every classroom since she has been at Knowledge Beginnings. She is very flexible and can adjust to working with every age group. Ms. Kattie always has a smile on which carries over to our friends.

    Year Started:
    6 Years
  • Ms. Tina

    Ms. Tina, Infants

    Being with the Infants and watching them grow is so heart warming to me to see them accomplish milestones at such an early age.

    Ms. Tina has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2010. She started as a School - Age teachers and then found her love for the Infant room. As an infant room teacher she loves engaging with the infants and communciating with parents. Ms. Tina is working toward her CDA in Early Childhood Education and continues to stive in education. She believes in learning through creativity and has a wonderful personality that shines through our center.

    Year Started:
    7 Years
    Early Childhood Education/ CDA
  • Ms. Lindsay, Infants

    I believe children learn through art, no matter what the age is

    Ms. Lindsay has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2013. She works with our Infants and enjoys the different personalities each child has. Ms. Lindsay is currently working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys babysitting and getting to know each child's strengths.

    Year Started:
    4 Years
  • Ms. Ashley D.

    Ms. Ashley D., Infants

    Dropping my daughter off at her class has always been heart warming and pleasant because of her awesome teachers; my co-workers that make her feel special everyday she's at KB

    Ms. Ashley has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2016. She has been a wonderful addition to our team and the children adore her. Ms. Ashley has been working with our Infants and loves watching them grow and develop. She is a mother of one and enjoys witnessing her daughters growth here at Knowledge Beginnings. Ms. Ashley is currently working towards her CDA in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Alyssa

    Ms. Alyssa, Infants

    I love coming to work everyday to see my little kiddos, it makes it so hard to see them move up to the next room but I know they are ready

    Ms. Alyssa has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2015. She has an Early Childhood Education degree and currently works with our older Infants. She is becoming a mother of her own and is excited to bring her little one here to watch her develop and grow. Ms. Alyssa sings songs and loves to move around with the more mobile infants who are just starting to crawl and/or walk.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Ashley B., Floater

    Being able to be with all ages is always an experience, it's fun to watch each child develop and grow at their own pace.

    Ms. Ashley has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2014. She has worked with every age and is always willing to challenge her limits. Currently, Ms. Ashley is enrolled in school where she is working toward her Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Eva, Toddlers

    I love watching each child grow and advance to their next milestones.

    Ms. Eva has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2014. She is our Toddler room teacher and is constantly evolving as a teacher. Ms. Eva works hard and has amazing communication skills with parents. She has a college degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Nela, Todders

    Learning through experiences help develops the mind

    Ms. Nela has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2016. She has become a wonderful addition to our team here at KB. Ms. Nela works with our Toddlers and has a college degree in Early Childhood Education. She enjoys coming to work everyday because each day is a new adventure.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Matilda

    Ms. Matilda, Discovery Pre School Classroom

    I love helping children learn new things. The infants learn so much everyday; how to speak, crawl and roll over. I love to help them grow and learn in any way that I can.

    During her time at Knowledge Beginnings, Ms. Matilda has worked as a teacher in our Infant and Toddler classrooms. Ms. Matilda works to provide each child with quality care and focuses on helping each child learn at their own developmental level.

    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Jessie

    Ms. Jessie, Discovery Preschool

    You can see the world through childrens eyes if you just get messy and explore with them

    Ms. Jessie has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2015. She is our Discovery Preschool teacher who works with our two year olds. Ms. Jessie is working towards her degree in Early Childhood Education. She really enjoys our two year olds because of how much they are learning and developing at that age. She creates such a warm and welcoming environment for our children.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Sofie

    Ms. Sofie, Preschool

    Children explore best by using their sensory motor skills

    Ms. Sofie has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2014. She is our Preschool teacher who works with our  3 years olds. She really enjoys implementing her ideas to the curriculum. Ms. Sofie is outgoing and motivated in giving each child the individual attention to focuses on every child's needs.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Tanveer, Pre-K

    Stucture is key in a childs development

    Ms. Tanveer has worked with Knowledge Beginnings since 2002. She is one of our Pre-K teacher here at KB who focuses on our 4's and 5's. She believes that children should be able to explore and grow at their own pace. Ms. Tanveer has a degree in Early Childhood Education.

    Year Started:
    15 Years
  • Ms. Jamie

    Ms. Jamie, Pre-K

    Teaching is passion, not everyone can do it.

    Ms. Jamie has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2015. She is our Pre-K teacher who works with our older 3 year olds and 4's. Ms. Jamie has her degree in Early Childhood Education where she focused in early elementary. She is a wonderful teacher and really strives for children to do their best. Ms. Jamie enjoys being able to advance the childrens education with our Smart board that is in her classroom and incorporates it into the curriculum.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Shonta, School-Age/ Floater/Bus Driver

    Having fun is what learning is all about

    Ms. Shonta has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2015. She has worked with all ages but really enjoys being with our School-Agers. Ms. Shonta focuses on each child's needs and is a wonderful role model. She encourages every child to strive to do their best.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kasia, School-Age/Bus Driver

    We always have fun here at KB

    Ms. Kasia has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2014. She believes that each child is different and that we should promote each individuals strengths. Ms. Kasia has her CDA in Early Childhood Education and has accomplished many certifications within Health and Safety and Food Services. She encourages each child here at KB to be who they are and to stand up for what you believe in.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Katy, School-Age

    To teach you must also be the student

    Ms. Katy has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2016. She has been a wonderful addition to our KB team. Ms. Katy has been student teaching and is on her way to achieving her Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education. She really admires each child and the goals they set for themselves.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Floater

    I love exploring with all ages

    Ms. Stephanie has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2013. She works as a floater, helping out in every room she is needed. Ms. Stephanie is currently attending school to achieve her Bachelors in Early Childhood Education. She is motivated and loves learning new things with the children.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Angela

    Ms. Angela, Floater

    Playing together is learning together

    Ms. Angela has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2016. She has been a great addition to our team and hopes to learn each child's specific needs. Ms. Angela is working towards her CDA in Early Childhood Education. She really enjoys giving exploring with the children at each age level.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Rita

    Ms. Rita, Cook

    My favorite thing about working with children is making them happy and making them good food. I like it when the children run up to greet me when I walk into a classroom, it makes me smile.

    Ms. Rita spends part of her time working in the kitchen to prepare meals for our friends at Knowledge Beginnings. She spends the other part of her day assisting in the Infant room. She takes pride in her work and always makes time to spend a few minutes in each classroom with our friends. Our friends bring great joy to Ms. Rita!

    Year Started:
    9 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

Come see the Knowledge Beginnings difference for yourself. We have teachers dedicated to providing a high quality experience for you and your child. We have four highly engaging enrichment rooms that promote discovery. Knowledge Beginnings services both school districts 203 and 204.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • Arabic
  • Spanish
  • Albanian, Greek, Polish, Hungarian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

New Years Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after and Christmas Day

Health and Safety

At Knowledge Beginnings the health and safety of your child is highly important to us. We have a Health & Safety Coordinator that completes safety checks as well as a health nurse that completes monthly well visits.

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.

My son is 11 months and joined Knowledge Beginnings in April when he was just 6 months. I am so happy I decided to enroll him with West 75th Street Knowledge Beginnings.

First, the staff are great. They are very understanding of parents' needs and are flexible. The teachers ensures that the children are taken care of well (fed, diaper changes, naps), and the early education which is provided by their center is wonderful, which I believe is the most important thing.

I am very happy with the services and the care they provide my son. I will definitley recommend the center to other parents!

- Mother

The Kindergarten program at Knowledge Beginnings was the perfect balance of fun and learning that we were looking to introduce our daughter to for a school environment. Ms. Michele, Ms. Kelli and the other teachers are absolutely amazing. They have a genuine interest in the children's educational growth and their development of social skills. My daughter came into the program shy and timid and, although she is still shy, she is leaving a more confident and well-balanced first grader. The program features educationally creative projects, field trips, and activities.
Thank you Ms. Kelli for your dedication! We will be enrolling our younger daughter in the program in a few years!

- Parents

I would like to take a moment to express my praises for the Knowledge Beginnings in Naperville. My children have been attending the center since 2008, and I can not say enough good things about the staff. I always feel comfortable leaving my children in the care of the Knowledge Beginnings teachers and they always are so professional and kind. We are very blessed to be part of the Knowledge Beginnings family and I think you all should be very proud of the staff for their everyday efforts.

- Parent

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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 though the various training opportunities in the community.

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