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Needham Knowledge Beginnings

Mrs. Joanna Siegal, Center Director

206 A St. Needham MA 02494
(781) 455-8723 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Here at Knowledge Beginnings we have the ability to offer gross motor activities every day, regardless of the weather.  With our gym, students have a place to ride bikes, run or even play basketball during the cold and rainy months.

Welcome

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. Joanna Siegal, 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.

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.

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.

Music

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.

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Teachers & Staff

Welcome

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

  • Mrs. 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.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Degree in Early Childhood Education; DII Certification
  • Mrs. Nickole Johanson

    Mrs. Nickole Johanson, Assistant Director

    I love coming to work each day knowing that I make a difference in the lives of children.

    Year Started:
    10/30/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Master's in Special Education; DII Certification
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Lisa has spent 14 years in education, both in private and public schools.
    Year Started:
    12/2/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in American Studies
  • Ms. Tricia

    Ms. Tricia, Infant Classroom

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Tricia has experience in the medical field as a surgical nurse.
    Year Started:
    8/1/2001
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Ms. Eileen

    Ms. Eileen, Toddler 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.

    Year Started:
    2/1/2009
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
  • Ms. Elisabete

    Ms. Elisabete, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Elisabete is a toddler teacher and loves doing hands on activities with the children.  Ms. Elisabete is a new mom and is loving the experience.  

  • Ms. Jess

    Ms. Jess, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Jessica loves working with toddlers.  She has a toddler and an infant.  She is a loving and caring teacher.

    Year Started:
    1/5/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Arryanna

    Ms. Arryanna, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Arryanna is a teacher in our Toddler program.  She loves teaching the toddlers new skills that they can use at school and at home.  Ms. Arryanna loves to sing with the children.

  • Ms. Diane

    Ms. Diane, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Diane is one of our toddler teachers.  She loves to make fun messy art with the children so they can explore with all their senses. 

    Year Started:
    8/5/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Andrea

    Ms. Andrea, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Andrea is a Preschool teacher.  She loves teaching the children everything from counting, shapes, and to learning how to write.  Ms. Andrea loves to read and act out stories with the children.

    Year Started:
    5/5/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Kiara

    Ms. Kiara, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kiara is a Preschool teacher and loves to work with the children so that they will attain the skills they will need for Pre-K.

    Year Started:
    5/1/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Sandra

    Ms. Sandra, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sandra is the Pre-K teacher.  She loves knowing that the children in her classroom will be ready for Kindergarten. 

    Year Started:
    3/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Floater

    Ms. Emily loves working with the preschooler and pre-k children.  She has so much fun teaching them new things everyday.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Liz loves working with the infants and toddlers.  Ms. Liz enjoys singing and dancing with the children.

    Year Started:
    10/6/2016
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Floater

    Ms. Lindsay works in all of our classrooms.  She loves to see the children play and learn at each stage of their life.

    Year Started:
    2/5/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year

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
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • 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 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.

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.

Where to begin …
 
We can’t say ENOUGH about the caregivers at Knowledge Beginnings.  We called KB “home” to our two children for nearly eight years.  You nurtured and watched them grow to be the bright, young, masterful children they are today.
Let’s start from Day One:  
There isn’t a parent out there that isn’t hesitant about leaving their child in someone else’s caring hands – especially an infant.  Even BEFORE we started the program, we would fret over dropping our daughter off – wondering if she’d be cuddled when she cried, acknowledged when she laughed and changed when she pooped.  She as well as our son received that and so much more.  
No one could ask for better infant teachers.  Not only did they care for our babies, but they took care of us parents… our concerns, our fears, our crazy schedules.
They then took that toddler “energy” and really channeled it into something great and productive.    
Both of our children made long-lasting friendships that left big impressions on them. 
It sad to think that they’re no longer at KB – all grown up and moving on with life.  But they have those first few years at the wonderful Knowledge Beginnings to thank for helping pave their paths in life. 
Thank you Knowledge Beginnings,
 

- mother

A wonderful center! My son started here at 5-months old. We chose this center because of the amazing Infant program. Although we live closer to other centers in the Needham area, this one had the strongest Infant program because the staff is excellent. Each time we visited, we always saw the teachers engaging the children in activities, books, songs etc. The center is clean, warm and inviting. We loved that we could tour anytime without an appointment. We loved that the teachers always made sure to communicate daily. The center director is present, available and approachable. She makes sure to check in with you in a regular basis for feedback. The students are always engaged in  activities and their work is displayed beautifully on the walls, so you can SEE that there is learning taking place on a regular basis. They have a wonderful, fenced in play area outside that is used daily, weather permitting, and they also have an indoor gym, which is a great space because they use it on rainy/snowy days for games, parachute, ride-ons etc. I am also thrilled that BOTH Soccer Shots and Amazing Athletes offer programs here, which my 3.5 year old loves. The center also has a Learning Adventures program that offers phonics, music, and cooking enrichment classes. It's really a fantastic center! We couldn't imagine our children anywhere else! 

- Mother
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