Nicole Gortze, Center Director
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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.
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?
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!
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.
We at Knowledge Beginnings are committed to 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. Our teachers hold degrees ranging from Child Development Associate Credentials to graduate degrees. All of our caregivers hold a State Certificate from the Department of Early Education and Care.
Nicole has an Associate's Degree and Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has experience working as a Lead Preschool Teacher, Curriculum Coordinator and Program Director for her previous company.
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.
Watching the kids grow and develop throughout the time that I have them is the most rewarding thing, in return this drives my passion as an early childhood educator.
Stephanie attended Boston College and majored in Sociology. She has been working with kids for as long as she can remember, helping her mom with their family day care. Stephanie has been working as a Toddler 1 teacher at Knowledge Beginnings for 2 1/2 years. Her favorite part in the day is doing art with the kids where she enjoys watching them explore new ways of expressing themselves. In addition to art, Ms. Stephanie loves cooking and making different creations that the children get to enjoy and eat right after. Along with being a Toddler 1 teacher, Ms. Stephanie is also running the music program here at Knowledge Beginnings. Here Ms. Stephanie guides children in exploring music and it's many educational values it has to offer. Ms. Stephanie is currently attending Fisher College to help strengthen her knowledge in early childhood education.
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.
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!
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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