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Needham Knowledge Beginnings

Nicole Gortze, 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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Special Instructions:
off 2nd Ave in the Needham Industrial Park

Elementary Schools Bussed To:

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.

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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

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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.

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.


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?


Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

  2. Monday December 26, 2016
    1. Center Closed in Observance of Christmas Day

Teachers & Staff

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 Gortze, Center Director

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining KinderCare Education, Nicole worked as the Program Director of a multi-site child care center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education; EEC DII Certification
  • Ms. Lisa

    Ms. Lisa, Infant 1

    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:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 years
    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:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Nursing
  • Ms. Stephanie

    Ms. Stephanie, Toddler 1

    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.

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteered at a Preschool family day care for 15 years.
    Years in ECE industry:
    2 1/2 years
    Bachelors in Sociology, teacher certified.
  • 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:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      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.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      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!

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

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.

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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

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