Monika Penn, Center Director
Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings, a Nationally Accredited School! We look forward to getting to know your family better and building a relationship centered on the growth and development of your child. We are proud of our center and our team and are excited to make you part of our community. We see the greatness in each child, and we believe our teachers can change the world. Every day, our more than 33,000 employees create a world of learning, joy and adventure for more than 160,000 children.
Monika Penn, Center Director
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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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
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.
The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.
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?
Teachers & Staff
Being a NAEYC accredited center, we follow only the highest standards in early childhood education. Our Teachers are passionate about making a difference in children's lives. They are enthusiastic professionals who provide children with a nurturing, safe and academic rich environment to allow your children to develop to their full potential.
Monika Penn, Center Director
Working with little children is the best job in the world! How many people can honestly say at the end of their work day that they got a hug, or that a child told them "I love you" or "I like your necklace!" Children have endless energy and I absolutely love their honesty, their imagination, and their unconditional love.
Miss Monika was born and raised in Slovakia where she obtained her degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology. Immediately after finishing her study, she decided to move across the world and quickly found a new home right here, in NJ. She has been working with young children, their families, and dedicated educators for nearly 18 years as a school director. In 2003 Miss Monika married her loving husband and soon after that they got her first dog; beautiful but very stubborn Siberian husky named Frodo. In 2007 their lives have changed completely as their amazing little twin girls were born. Miss Monika always says that they have “just the right amount of sugar and spice”. Her future plans are quite simple: provide a “home away from home” for children and their families at Knowledge Beginnings, enjoy life’s simple moments with her family, and surround herself with kind, honest, and wonderful people.
- Years in ECE industry:
- 18 Years
- Degree in Early Childhood Education and Psychology
Ms. Kathryn, Program Specialist
I love watching children learn and grow everyday.
Ms. Kay has worked for the Princeton Knowledge Beginnings since 1999. She started as our Preschool teacher and in 2005; she became the Center’s Program Specialist. In 2011 Ms. Kay became our Learning Adventures Teacher. She has earned a Teacher of the year award in 2007. Ms. Kay has Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.
- Year Started:
- 18 Years
- Years in ECE industry:
- 34 years
- Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education
Upcoming Center Activities
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!
About Our Center
A few reasons to visit Knowledge Beginnings, a Nationally Accredited Program
Our proprietary Early Foundations® curriculum is designed with specific outcomes in mind. In fact, our activities align with learning standards that are backed by experts in each content area. We provide a balance of small- and whole-group activities that are both child- and teacher-led. We also give families the tools to continue the learning experience at home.
People are the most important part of your child’s learning experience. That’s why we only hire and retain the most qualified, passionate teachers and center directors. Engaging your child is what our teachers do best—and they love doing it!
Your child’s health and safety come FIRST. That’s why we provide safe and developmentally appropriate facilities that are designed to foster growth and encourage learning. From meals to hand-washing, our more than 40 years of experience means every child is happy, healthy and safe.
Every family’s schedule is different. With that in mind, we offer partial-day, full-day and partial-week plans. We also offer before- and after-school programs that focus on continued education and growth.
With the help of a registered dietitian and continuing research on childhood nutrition, we have a comprehensive meal plan that’s good for kids, establishes good eating habits, encourages socialization and is delicious!
Come in for a tour today!
We look forward to welcoming your family to ours.
Languages Spoken at Our Center
- American Sign Language
- Portugese, Polish
Meals & Menus
- AM Snack
- PM Snack
Additional Menu Options
- Special diets
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
At KinderCare, the safety of our children and the confidence of our parents are points of pride. From daily sign-in to strict parent / guardian identification and single keypad access, we maintain a rigorous standard for safety. Plus our daily cleanliness and maintenance schedules leave nothing at all to chance.
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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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