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Knowledge Beginnings

Monika Penn, Center Director

450 College Rd. East Princeton NJ 08540
(609) 720-0045 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
"Off Rte 1, accross Forrestal Village"

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Wicoff and Town Center Elementary Schools

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  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC


Whether it's first words or first grade, Knowledge Beginnings prepares your child for the next step. As industry leaders, we provide some of the most innovative approaches to early childhood development and education.


Monika Penn, 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.

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?

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  1. Sunday January 01, 2017
    1. January's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Light and Dark, plus the Sky and Weather

      Through shadow play, experiments with flashlights, observing the Sun and more, infants and toddlers will enjoy learning about light and dark this month. Infants continue sensory development by looking at contrasting patterns and at objects that are clearly defined by sharp edges and bright colors, while toddlers will build on their understanding of the light and dark concepts with play around daytime and nighttime. The older Discovery Preschool children will turn their attention to the sky as they learn about weather, the Moon, the Sun, and stars.

      Children 4–5 years old: Transportation, Healthy Bodies, and Winter

      For children in the Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms, January is filled with variety! They’ll begin by learning about transportation and studying how things get from “here” to “there.” A few weeks later, the focus will shift to health and bodies, with an emphasis placed on how to make good choices for a growing body. Towards the end of the month, children will be introduced to the transformative nature of the winter season and learn how to dress and take care of themselves when it’s cold outside. 

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

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

    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
  • Geraldine Fernandes

    Geraldine Fernandes, Assistant Director

    I love the children' eagerness to learn and hear about different things and the fact that everyday I learn something new from them.

    Geraldine has been the Assistant Director here at Knowledge Beginnings since October, 31 2013. She also worked as a toddler teacher for two years. Ms. Geraldine has recently completed her Child Development Associates. 

    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
  • Ms. Kathryn

    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:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    34 years
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education

December 2016 Events

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  1. Thursday December 01, 2016
    1. December's Learning Focus

      Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Family, Friends, and Things that Go!

      Infants and toddlers will be exploring family and friends, while three-year-olds will focus on things that go vroom! Social and emotional development is foundational to growth and development in babies, so this month, infants and toddlers will participate in activities that reinforce their connection to family while also exploring connections that exist outside their home, such as friends. Meanwhile, their older friends in Discovery Preschool will learn about and play around with things that move (like bicycles, cars, buses, trains, and airplanes), which are all very exciting for little ones as they continue to explore the world outside their homes. 

      Children 4–5 years old: My Country + Tools and Machines

      The four- and five-year-olds continue exploring the world around them by learning about the state and country they live in! They’ll sings songs, play games based on travel, and learn about flags, state foods, and more. Children will also be introduced to cardinal directions (east, west, north, and south) and gain an appreciation for travel and meeting new friends from different places. 

      Children are naturally fascinated with machines and how things work and are put together. So to encourage that fascination, during the second half of this month children will learn about and play around with tools and machines. In addition to building literacy skills by using the names of machines and tools, children will develop math skills by graphing information, counting wheels, and more.

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

About Our Center

A few reasons to visit Knowldge 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!


Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Portugese, Polish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • 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

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.

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.

Our daughter started at Knowledge Beginnings almost eight years ago, when she was 10 months old. Our experience was great, so last fall, when our son was 10 months old, the decision was a no-brainer: we chose Knowledge Beginnings again. The teachers, old and new, are wonderful, very caring, doing their best to make children feel at home. Our son is happy, and we have peace of mind. Priceless.

- Mother

We have had a fabulous experience here at the 450 College Road East, Princeton - Knowledge Beginnings Center. The foundation of any good center begin with the Director and Assistant Director. Hilda and Courtney have are always there to greet you with a smile and set the tone on how the school is managed. They are incredibly responsive and will address any issue that are brought to their attention immediately to your satisfaction. The teachers follow suit and are always smiling and have a great disposition. My child absolutely loves going to school and never wants to stay home with grandparents, that may be visiting, if she can go to school instead. That illustrates how attached she is to the teachers and the other students at school and how much she enjoys it. She LOVES to learn in school. The school is always clean and they are always plenty of supplies for the kids. The playground is also well maintained and perfectly suited for the kids. Great facilities and an even better staff make is great environment for my child!

- Mother

I am very pleased with the professionalism of all the staff at Kinder Care. It has been a really positive experience for my daughter, she has improved very much socially and also she has learned so many new things. The teachers are kind, and take very good care of the kids. I find the center to be very clean and well kept. My daughter used to go to another day care and she was sick all the time. It's been almost a year since my daughter started going to KinderCare and she has been very healthy and happy! I have no complains!

- Mother

We would like to say "thank you" to the entire team of teachers from "Knowledge Beginnings" at Princeton for all their dedication, kind hearts and amazing job they did in taking care of our daughter, teaching her so many wonderful things, helping her discover and getting a better understanding of the world around her. Now that we are getting ready for kindergarten, we can only appreciate all your efforts and patience, and for sure we will miss you dearly.

- Mother

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