Mrs. Nicole Gortze, Center Director
- Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings of Needham, Ma. At Knowledge Beginnings the staff and I are committed and take pride in providing the highest quality of child care and early childhood educational services in an environment that is safe, diverse and nurturing. Our programs are developmentally appropriate; provide stimulating experiences, exploration and creativity that will strengthen your child’s cognitive, social, emotional and language development.
Mrs. Nicole Gortze, Center Director
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather
Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.
Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter
For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside.
Here at the Knowledge Beginnings in Needham we strive to not only meet the needs of our families but also to exceed those needs and expectations. We provide a balance between choice and structured activities, group and individual pursuits and between teacher and child-directed activities. As a team of early education specialists we value each and every opportunity to encourage questions, foster children’s development and encourage laughter. Our number one priority is the safety and education of the children that out parents trust us with every day. We believe a whole child is a happy child!
Joanna Siegal, Center Director
Joanna has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2007 and joined the Needham team in 2016. She started with as a Prekindergarten Teacher in 2007 and quickly showed her ability to lead. She has grown within the company and proved to be an integral part of building a great team of teachers and being a support system to her staff and families within her program. Joanna has the innate ability to make you feel at home from your first interaction with her.
I love coming to work each day knowing that I make a difference in the lives of children.
I have always loved babies. They are cute, smart and all about their needs. I really enjoy taking care of them and helping them grow.
Ms. Lisa started at Knowledge Beginnings In December 2013. Until then she was a substitute teacher in private and public schools for 14 years, grades pre-k through 8. Now she considers it a special gift to be able to spend each day with the babies of Infant 1 and nurture them as they begin their journey.
Over a lifespan, you will see the most development in the first year. To be a part of fostering that development is an important role, and one I take very seriously.
Ms. Tricia has been an infant teacher at Needham Knowledge Beginnings for over 10 years. Her background includes a Bachelor of Nursing degree from Boston College, and she has over nine years experience in the medical and surgical nursing field. During her college years, she spent time babysitting and found it to be quite rewarding. The experiences stayed with her and inspired her to become and early education teacher. She is grateful for the opportunity to nature the infants in her classroom.
I love coming to work each day and interacting with great children in my care!
Ms. Eileen has been part of the Knowledge Beginnings team since February 2009 and has spent most of her time with the Infants and Toddlers. In 2012 she became teacher certified and was extremely excited to take over Infant 1 as the classroom teacher. Ms. Eileen loves to be a part of each child’s life as they grow and develop.
Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!
Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes.
Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines
The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places.
Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.
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.
We observe the following holidays:
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 are of the utmost importance here at Knowledge Beginnings. We have a key padded entrance system along with a visible front desk allowing us to see who enters and leaves the building. The entire front entrance and playground are completed gated. We also have a registered nurse in the building and our entire staff is first aid and CPR certified.
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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