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N Reading Knowledge Beginnings

Margaret Morriss, Center Director

48 Main St. North Reading MA 01864
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Ages: 6 Weeks to 7 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
on Route 28 across from McDonalds near Wal-Mart

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
We do not provide transportation but we are on the bus route for the Little School in North Reading. We provide before and afterschool care from the Little school.

Knowledge Beginnings in North Reading is more than a place for your child to learn and grow; it is an extension of your family! We hold various family events throughout the year, giving children and families the opportunity to form friendships that last well beyond their years here at Knowledge Beginnings.

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Welcome

Knowledge Beginnings in North Reading is conveniently located on Route 28. We are minutes away from Routes 93 and 495 and a quick drive to several area commuter rail stations. We have been providing the highest quality childcare for the families and surrounding communities of North Reading since May 2000. Our comprehensive curriculum and spacious, bright classrooms make Knowledge Beginnings a wonderful place for children to learn and grow.

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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.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

As children reach school age, our comprehensive full-day kindergarten program helps them explore, communicate, and create – all in a nurturing, small-class setting. Our team of expert educators has created a unique curriculum of reading, language, arts, math, science, and physical fitness that’s presented in a fun way to encourage a lifelong love of learning. Plus, our program is aligned with local and state elementary school standards, so children will be prepared to confidently enter first grade.

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.

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

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

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

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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 and 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's Credentials to graduate degrees. All of our caregivers hold a State Certificate from the Department of Early Education and Care.

  • Margaret Morriss

    Margaret Morriss, Center Director

    I pride myself on making the center feel like a second home to all who walk through our doors.

    Margaret has been part of the KinderCare Education family since July 1999 working as a Center Director at two other locations prior to taking on the role of Center Director in the North Reading center in May 2006. Margaret loves working with the children and families. Margaret began her career in Early Childhood Education in 1986 while still attending high school. Her love for teaching young children inspired her to take a variety of courses in Education and Business Management at both North Shore and Salem State College.

    Previous Experience:
    Margaret began in the field as an assistant teacher while still in high school. She worked her way up to teacher and took on a variety of roles working with Infants through School Age children before becoming a Director.
    Year Started:
    7/26/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    30 Years
    Education:
    Mass Early Education and Care for Infant/Toddler/Preschool and Director II Certificates
  • Katie Fillmore

    Katie Fillmore, Assistant Director

    A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops

    Katie joined the Knowledge Beginnings team in August 2011. She worked in a daycare with toddlers two years after graduating college and enjoys working with children everyday. She loves children's engery and excitement to learn new things.
    Katie spends her time on the weekends with her husband and her daughter, Ava. They love going to the beach and spending time with extended family.

    Previous Experience:
    Katie previously worked at Bright Horizons as an Infant/ Toddler teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka chicka Boom Boom
    Year Started:
    8/14/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Arts-Sociology Minor-Psychology
  • Ms. Nicole Giordano

    Ms. Nicole Giordano, Program Specialist

    Children do not care how much you know unitl they know how much you care

    Nicole has worked in childcare for over 15 years. She enjoys working with children everyday. Nicole hopes to further her career in going back to school to earn her Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology someday. She loves to spend time with her family and friends and enjoys going up to Maine every weekend.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at Knowledge Beginnings, Nicole held a postion as an Assistant Director and also as a Lead Preschool Teacher at Tender Learning Center.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
    Year Started:
    12/9/2014
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Melissa

    Ms. Melissa, Center Support Staff

    Ms. Melissa has had a variety of experience working with various age groups. She has a child of her own in our care and greatly enjoys working with all age groups.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa has previous experience babysitting.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 Years
    Education:
    Early Education and Care Certificate for Infant/Toddler/Preschool
  • Ms. Bev

    Ms. Bev, Infant Classroom

    To teach is to touch a life forever.

    Ms. Beverly has been working in the Infant department since our center opened in 2000. After her son was born she became interested in working with Infants and finds it very rewarding. After the children move up from her Infant program, they always stop by her classroom just to say hi.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings Ms. Bev worked as a Kindergarten teacher for eleven years in Jamaica.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    12 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, Early Education and Care Certificate for Infant/Toddler/Preschool
  • Ms. Sarah Carroll

    Ms. Sarah Carroll, Pre-K

    No matter what happens in life, be good to people. Being good to people is a wonderful legacy to leave behind.

    Sarah has 10 years of experience teaching preschool age children and enrichment classes. She enjoys spending time with her son and extended family. She also enjoys family dinners, spending time outdoors, and also visting zoos and museums.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to working at Knowledge Beginnings, Sarah worked as a preschool teacher at a local YMCA.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    We are in a Book
    Year Started:
    8/22/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Michelle Rota

    Ms. Michelle Rota, Preschool

    If you can dream it, you can do it

    Michelle loves being with children. She has been a teacher for 9 years and see's many more years in her future. It's been her experience that if you just listen to children all things are possible. Michelle loves anything Disney. She is a Girl Scout Leader and a Boy Scout Leader. She also enjoys bike riding.

    Previous Experience:
    Michelle previously worked at the YMCA as a lead preschool teacher.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Bear Snores On
    Year Started:
    3/26/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associates Degree
  • Ms. Ruthie

    Ms. Ruthie, Toddler Classroom

    Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

    Ms. Ruthie has worked in our Toddler program since we opened our doors in 2000. She has met many wonderful families and has had the pleasure of teaching their children, as well as, many siblings. She is a very enthusiastic teacher and takes pride in her daily classroom activities. Ms. Ruthie ensures that there will never be a dull moment in Toddler One. She loves working with the children and watching them learn and grow at their own pace.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings Ms. Ruthie worked as a housekeeping supervisor and was the head of Health and Safety at a nursing home.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Early Education and Care Certificate for Infant/Toddler/Preschool
  • Ms. Stacy

    Ms. Stacy, Toddler Classroom

    Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers and teachers." - Richard Bach

    Ms. Stacy sees herself teaching children to be wonderful adults for the future.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings Ms. Stacy worked at Wish Upon a Star and Little Angels learning centers.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 Years
    Education:
    Business Administration Courses
  • Ms. Kelley

    Ms. Kelley, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Kelley enjoys the unique opportunity to experience every age group. She meets the needs of the children in her care.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings Ms. Kelley worked as a nanny and at Centerbury Children's Center.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    4 Years
    Education:
    Lead Early Education and Care Certificate for Infant/Toddler/Preschool
  • Ms. Maryellen

    Ms. Maryellen, Private Kindergarten Classroom

    Teaching children to count is fine, but teaching them to count is best.

    Ms. Maryellen loves being a part of the early development of children and enjoys watching them learn and grow as individuals. Working with children everyday allows her to learn, grow and continue to be a child at heart.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to joining Knowledge Beginnings Ms. Maryellen worked as a babysitter, a nanny and was a student teacher.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2004
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 Years
    Education:
    Degree in Human Development, Lead Early Education and Care for Infant/Toddler/Preschool and Director II Certificates

September 2016 Events

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  1. Tuesday September 13, 2016
    1. “All About Me” Community Social

      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!

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

Observed Holidays

Our Centers observe the following holidays:

  • New Year's Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • 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 top priorities here at Knowledge Beginnings. All of our educators are certified in CPR and First Aid and receive ongoing trainings in all areas of health and safety. In addition, we have a keypad entry system designed for secure access for each individual family into our building. We also have fenced in playgrounds for all age groups. Our onsite Health and Safety Coordinator directs emergency preparedness activities as well as provides useful trainings to keep our staff and families safe and healthy. By overseeing our stringent daily cleaning and maintenance schedules, our Health and Safety Coordinator leaves nothing to chance.

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 daughters are in the preschool room and have had the privilege of attending Knowledge Beginnings since they were in the infant room. Ever since we walked through the door, we have had nothing but positive experiences! The staff and teachers are loving, supportive, patient, accommodating, knowledgeable, friendly,and helpful. I love how my girls wake up each morning wanting to go to school to see their friends and teachers! As an educator myself, I really wanted a school where my girls would be in an enriched environment where they would be encouraged and taught to reach new milestones: Knowledge Beginnings does that! As a parent and educator, I could not be any happier with what my girls are learning academically and socially and wouldn't want them to go to any other school!

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