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Raleigh Knowledge Beginnings

Anneke Dickerman, Center Director

10741 Forest Pines Dr. Raleigh NC 27614
(919) 570-3401 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
Last Building on right next to Capital Pediatrics.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
North Forest Pines Elementary- ( Before and After School). Forest Pines Elementary- (Before and After school). Wakefield Elementary- (Before and After School). Heritage Elementary- (After School).

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Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings of Raleigh-Wakefield! Our school has been caring for our community for over 15 years.  We thank you for the opportunity to teach, nurture and care for your child(ren) each and every day.  You and your family are a very important part of Knowledge Beginnings. Our Nationally Accredited school is designed to be a home away from home for children where they can learn, laugh, grow and have fun. With designated learning centers in every classroom, children have the opportunity for rich social play and child-initiated discovery.
We believe the most powerful learning comes from a self-discovery process that actively engages a child's critical thinking skills. Children are natural learners who flourish in a responsive environment centered on respect, creativity, and joy. We promote an environment that encourages indpendence and allows children the freedom needed to become capable and confident individuals.  
 Your child will not only have a safe, secure, and stimulating environment to learn in, but will have support from a team of early childhood educators who have a true passion for educating and nuturing children. Teaching is at the heart of everything we do and we look foward to showing you everything our school has to offer.

Anneke Dickerman, 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.

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.

Interactive Kindergarten (5 - 6 Years)

A full-day interactive Kindergarten program that utilizes new curriculum with an interactive smart board making first grade readiness a priority.

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 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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Sunday October 23, 2016
    1. Happy Birthday Jessi!

  2. Monday October 24, 2016
    1. Make A Class Book

Teachers & Staff

At Knowledge Beginnings Wakefield we work together, learn together, aspire together and laugh together. We gain strength from each other, help each other and most of all empower each other … all of that with one common goal - to make our school the best educational environment for children.

  • Anneke Dickerman

    Anneke Dickerman, Center Director

    All children deserve to have an advocate and voice that not only speaks for them, but with them.

    Anneke Dickerman started with Knowledge Beginnings in the summer of 2006. She has experience as a program specialist, and assistant director with Knowledge Beginnings. Currently she enjoys having the opportunity to support the wonderful families, children and staff at the school with the best educational experience. Anneke was born in Washington D.C., and has lived in five different countries while growing up. She graduated from East Carolina University with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Family and Community Service with a minor in Health Education. Go Pirates! Anneke also completed her Administration I and  II courses during her time as a program specialist. Anneke has been working with children in a variety of settings over the last 15 years. She looks forward to working with children and helping them become educated, confident, compassionate and contributing members to the community.

    Previous Experience:
    Anneke began her career as a child care provider in the Early Childhood developmental center at East Carolina University, and completed an internship as a crisis counselor.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1998
    Bachelor of Science in Family and Community Service, Minor in Health Education, Adminstration I & II
  • Jamie Amuso

    Jamie Amuso, Assistant Director

    Every child is a different kind of flower and all together make this world a beautiful garden.

    Ms. Jamie started with Knowledge Beginnings in the fall of 2013. She was inspired to become a teacher in high school because of a wonderful and effective teacher she had. She has her Associate's and Bachelor's degrees. Ms. Jamie was born and raised in Oriskany, New York and recently moved to North Carolina. She strives every day to make a difference in every child's life she comes across. Ms. Jamie believes the children of today are the future of our tomorrow.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2008
    Associates and Bachelors Degree
  • Ms. Erica S.

    Ms. Erica S., Program Specialist

    To the world you may be one person, but in the eyes of a child you are the world.

    Ms. Erica started caring for children as a nanny when she was a teenager. She then joined the KinderCare Education family in 2001 working with Infants, Toddlers and Preschool children. She started school in 2003 to earn her degree in Early Childhood Education. After graduating, Ms. Erica held positions in both management and teaching within the Early Childhood Education field. After taking some time off the start a family of her own, Ms. Erica returned to KinderCare Education in 2013 as a Preschool teacher. Although not fluent in Spanish, she enjoys incorporating the language in her classroom whenever possible. Her favorite thing about working with Preschool children is watching the world through their eyes as they build their independence and gain understanding of their place in the world.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Erica has previous experience working as a drop-in care facility manager, education coordinator and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1996
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Shenika

    Ms. Shenika, Infant Classroom

    While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
    - Angela Schwindt

    Ms. Shenika is a teacher in the Infant classroom and has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2008. Ms. Shenika has interned within childcare centers, volunteered, and worked with children through the YMCA youth programs. She earned her Early Childhood Education Credentials at Haywood Community College. Ms. Shenika loves all children but her passion is working with Infants and Toddlers. She loves working with them everyday and enjoys seeing all the kindness and generosity they have in their hearts. She also loves how much they teach her while she teaches and watches them grow and develop.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Shenika worked at YMCA if the Triangle for 2 years as a camp counselor and youth counselor for 4 & 5 year olds. She interned 2 yrs for a Preschool and Elementary School.
    Year Started:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2002
    North Carolina Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Lasheeka

    Ms. Lasheeka, Infant Classroom

    Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.
    - Dr. Hiam Ginnot

    Ms. Lasheeka is a teacher in the Infant Classroom at Knowledge Beginnings. She has 10 years of experience in  the Early Childhood field. In her career she has held different positions such as Childcare Provider, Tutor, and Lead Teacher in the Two and Three year old Classroom.
    Ms. Lasheeka obtained her Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education in December 2014. Since then she has strived to enrich the lives and provide quality care to all children entrusted in her care.
    Ms. Lasheeka loves being creative. She believes modeling positive behaviors and allowing children to explore, create and discover gives them vital tools to be successful in their journey of learning.
    Ms. Lasheeka will be attending The University of North Carolina Greensboro this Fall, in pursue of a Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lasheeka worked with children 6 wks- 12 years for 5 years. She worked as lead teacher for 2-3 year old classroom. She also worked as a private nanny.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1990
    Associates of Science in Early Childhood Education. North Carolina Early Childhood Credential. Infant Toddler Care Certification
  • Ms. Susan N.

    Ms. Susan N., Infant Floater

    There is nothing like working with young children to keep you in check about what is important in life.

    Ms. Susan is a teacher in the infant classroom. She has been with KinderCare Education for seven years in schools in Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina. She had a New York City teacher's license in Art, but chose to be with her babies; first at home and then in school. Ms. Susan tries to bring her creative spirit to the classroom by surrounding the children with plenty of visual and tactile sensations. Babies make beautiful art.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1993
    Master of Science Degree in Education, North Carolina Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Lilly

    Ms. Lilly, Toddler Classroom

    I love my job because through my teaching, I see children develop. My children spend a good portion of their day with me and that is a huge responsibility and privilege. Each day I implement new strategies for communicating with them and this makes my career exciting.

    Ms. Lilly is a teacher in the toddler classroom and has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2007. Originally from Colombia, Ms. Lilly earned her Associate's Degree in Education before moving to the U.S. in 2005, where she continued her studies. Ms. Lilly has a vast amount of experience with toddlers and enjoys teaching them sign language as well as Spanish. She makes weekly enhancements in her room to encourage the children to manipulate different types of elements and textures; making learning fun.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1985
    Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education, North Carolina Early Childhood Education Credentials I and II
  • Ms. Emily

    Ms. Emily, Toddler Classroom

    I love to guide and enjoy watching children as they discover and interact with the world around them.

    Ms. Emily is originally from Kenya and moved to the USA in 2005. Before moving to the USA, she was a teacher back home for 15 years. She has been working with KinderCare Education for eight years. She has 15 years experience working with children of different ages. She recently transfered from a sister school in Raleigh where she was since 2007. She has been a teacher for 26 years and loves every minute of it!

    Ms. Emily has her Associate degree in Early Childhood Education and EDU 119. She has her SIDS, CPR and first aid certification. She is also working on her Bachelor's degree. Ms. Emily loves singing and sports. Ms. Emily always smiles and bonds with children easily. She transfered in April of 2015 and has already made a tremendous impact in the lives of so many children.

    Previous Experience:
    15 years
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1992
    Associates Degree in Education. EDU 119
  • Ms. Hope

    Ms. Hope, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    A secure child is a happy, well rounded child.

    Ms. Hope began her career with Early Childhood Education when she first opened an in-home childcare center. She loved working with children of all ages so much that she started working with them in a school setting. She started working for KinderCare Education in 2006 and has loved working with the two year old classroom the most. She is also an ordained minister and a professional singer. She loves utilizing her singing skills in her classroom to help bring out the inner star in each child. Ms. Hope also loves watching the children grow and develop everyday.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Hope has been a two-year-old, toddler, and preschool teacher.
    Year Started:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 1985
    North Carolina Early Childhood Education Credentials I & II
  • Ms. Cassandra

    Ms. Cassandra, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students

    Ms. Cassandra is a loving and caring person. She has always been a team player and is always ready to learn something new. In her spare time she spend time with family and her godson. Ms.Cassandra is going back to school in April to finish up her Associate Degree.

    Previous Experience:
    She has been working with two year olds since 2001.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2001
    Working on her Associate Degree
  • Ms. Jolene

    Ms. Jolene, Preschool Classroom

    Children have been imprinted on my heart since, I myself, was a child.

    Aloha! Ms. Jolene is the Preschool teacher here at Knowledge Beginnings. She has recently completed 3+ years in her Bachelor degree program for Elementary Education, from Elizabeth City State University.
    Her mother owned her very own successful home daycare business out of Silverdale, Washington. It was then she discovered her passion for children. She has spent almost half of her life working with children in different settings. There no age group Ms. Jolene has not had the opportunity to care for. She is also BLS and CPR certified.
    Ms. Jolene think it is very important, as a teacher, to form and build personable  relationships with each individual student, and their parents. She wants children to feel as comfortable as possible with her, especially since she feels both will grow and embark on many adventures together! Education is essential.
    She believes learning should be fun, challenging, and enriching. All children grow, and shine in their own way, at their own pace, and she feels that it is us who help them realize their star potential. Ms. Jolene is looking forward to helping children grow and emerge stronger!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Jolene has experience working in different setting such babysitting, volunteering, daycare centers, Sunday school church classes and teaching in the public school system.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    Working towards her Bachelor degree program for Eductaion. CPR & BLS certified.
  • Ms. Beth

    Ms. Beth, Transitional Kindergarten

    It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. -Albert Einstein

    Ms. Beth graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor's degree. She has been working with children most of her life, so after graduation, she went back to school to get her NC Credential in Early Childhood Education. She has been a personal caregiver for the past four years. Ms. Beth started working at Knowledge Beginnings in the beginning of the year. She enjoys exploring the creative mind of the children within the classroom. She believes that learning should not only be education but fun as well.

    Previous Experience:
    Three years as a personal at home caregiver and two and a half years at St. Michaels Church.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2012
    Pachelors in Psychology. NC credentials.
  • Ms. Jessi

    Ms. Jessi, Pre- Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Jessi has been teaching since 2003 primarily with 2-13 year old children, though she has a considerable experience with school age children as well. She has been in NC for 18 years, 15 of which has been right here in Wake County.
    Ms. Jessi has a deep appreciation and highly value stability and continuity in the lives of young children. She was at her previous school for six years before coming to Knowledge Beginnings. She is excited to join such as dynamic and child focused company and plan on making it her work home for the foreseeable future.
    She is a very proud single mom of two beautiful and fiercely independent daughters.
    One of the most important aspects of her job as a teacher is to support and assist children and their families to the best of her ability in whatever capacity she can.
    Ms. Jessi believes strongly in parent communications. She wants parents to know exactly how their child spent the day and loves sharing the joyful discoveries, proud moments, and belly laughs the child experience through out the day. After this many years in a classroom, she knows absolutely that she has the best job in the world. She couldn't imagine spending her days anywhere but in a room full of children, helping them discover the world and their place in it. As a mom herself, she is so grateful for the trust parents place in her every time they kiss their precious kiddo goodbye. She knows it's not easy!
    She looks forward to getting to know each one of the children and families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are.
    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    NC Credentials & working towards her Associate Degree.
  • Ms. Kate

    Ms. Kate, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

    I love seeing chidren get excited about the world and experiencing so many firsts in their lives.

    Ms. Kate is a teacher in the Transitional Kindergarten class and has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2011. Ms Kate earned her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University. She has been living and teaching in North Carolina since 2003. She loves watching children grow and change as they prepare for their future.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Kate has been our TK teacher here at Knowledge Beginnings Wakefield for the over 3 years. Prior to her time with us she spent 3 years with preschool and preK children and 4 years as a 4th grade teacher
    Year Started:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2005
    Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom

    The best part about my job is to watch children fall in love with learning.

    Ms. Amanda recently graduated from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Education: General Studies. This allowed her to build a strong foundation of teaching in multiple areas. She grew up in western North Carolina, but fell in love with Raleigh and have decided to stay. Growing up she spent a great deal of time with children, babysitting family members or other children in the community. She was also a Girl Scout for 11 years, which allowed her to gain many experiences throughout her childhood.

    During her time in college she spent a good amount of time studying Elementary Education, but after much thought changed her major to encompass a larger variety of options in the education field.
    At NC State she was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed leadership and service fraternity based on scouting. She worked closely with the Boys and Girls Club and scouting troops in the area. She was also participated in the Disney College Program where she spent about 8 months living and working at Walt Disney World. During her time at the happiest place of Earth her love for children and their laughter grew even more and ignited her passion for completing a degree that would allow her to experience this joy everyday.
    Her biggest goal as a teacher is to provide an environment that allows for children to fall in love with learning, just as she did as a child. Ms. Amanda enjoys incorporating lots of arts and crafts, music, and movement into the classroom to get the student excited to be here. Ms. Amanda is very much looking forward to working here at Knowledge Beginnings and in the classroom with the children!

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelor of Science in Education- General Studies.
  • Ms. Leigh, Kindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Leigh graduated from Western State College of Colorado in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Math and Science and an Elementary Education Licensure. Ms. Leigh grew up in Raleigh and after graduation she attended Brevard College in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. After 2 years, she went to Colorado to attend school and enjoy the outdoor life. In Colorado she taught a variety of age groups in elementary schools and childcare settings as well as teaching skiing, snowboarding, and being a whitewater raft guide. During her 15 years away from North Carolina she taught 2nd Grade in an American School in Shanghai, China which was such an incredible experience to travel and learn different cultures.  Ms. Leigh has been teaching in a variety of settings for 11 years, and she enjoys watching children grow while learning from her students every day. Ms. Leigh and her fiancé have an adorable 8-month old baby boy that keeps them on their toes, and is constantly spoiled now that they are back in Raleigh by grandparents and great-grandparents.

    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2005
    Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with an Emphasis in Math and Science and Elementary Education Licensure
  • Ms. Christa

    Ms. Christa, Learning Adventures

    The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.

    Ms. Christa is our phonics and reading teacher. She's originally from Willingboro, New Jersey where she grew up in multicultured, tight knit community who valued education. She's a 2008 graduate of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she obtained her Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in English and a minor in French. Her career and experience in education dates back to her younger years as a Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program, a preschool through adult tutor in English, French, and ESL, and a member of various youth-based volunteer events throughout her collegiate career.
    She is passionate advocate for our youth's education and more specifically, literary advancement. She's enjoyed reading and writing from an early age so naturally, she's thrilled to be heading the phonics and reading program at Knowledge Beginnings!
    She's a creative and open-minded teacher who loves to explore nontraditional methods of teaching to engage each and every student.
    Her ultimate goal is to fortify a strong partnership with her students and their families to ensure a successful reading foundation.

    Previous Experience:
    1 year nanny, school teacher & 4 years as a lead pre-k teacher.
    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 Years
    English Degree & Minor in French
  • Ms. Braedan, Center Support

    I love teaching because I leave the classroom at the end of every day knowing that my students learned just as much from me as I did from them.

    Ms. Braedan started with Knowledge Beginnings in the summer of 2016. She recently moved back to Wake Forest, North Carolina from Wilmington, NC after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Ms. Braedan received her Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education and is looking forward to expanding her knowledge in order to be a successful Early Childhood Educator. She enjoys working with children and only hopes to leave just as big of an impression on her students as they have already made on her. Ms. Braedan's teaching philosophy is that she believes that each and every student has the potential to offer something unique and extraordinary to the world. Ms. Braedan is very excited to be given the opportunity to share her philosophy and to prove it to be exceptional. In her spare time she enjoys photography, painting and yoga. Children love being in her classroom because she encourages them to share what they're thinking and to be proud of what all they have to say.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss.
    Year Started:
    Bachelor's Degree in Elemntary Education
  • Ms. Yhana, Center Support

    I love teaching because as you're getting to know each child you're experiencing them growing through different stages. Every new accomplishment makes me feel proud as their teacher to know I had a part to play in that.

    On September 13th of 2016 a new staff member was welcomed to the Knowledge Beginnings family with open arms.
    Ms. Yhana Anderson along with her 2 daughters Olivia and Sydnie are new residents to the State of North Carolina. Recently relocated from New York City she has experienced working in a Day Care center since 2010.  She has had the pleasure of working with the 2's, 3's,4's before her departure from the Center. During the time there she has connected with the children through her play like kid- friendly interaction that allowed her to build a loving and nurturing relationships with them as well as their families.
    Unfortunately, her final departure was very bitter/sweet in 2013 when she made the decision to finish earning credits to obtain her Bachelors in Science Degree in Psychology and Human Services.
    In her spare time, Ms. Yhana likes to go to the movies, restaurants, museums or anything hand on or adventurous with her girls.
    Children love being in her classroom because she brings a fun, positive, loving and nurturing spirit that they connect to.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Yhana worked for Concerned Parents of Jamaica Daycare and at the National Institute for People with Disabilities.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Kittens Who Lost Their Mittens.
    Year Started:
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2010
    Bachelor of Science in Human Services, Associate of Science. First Aid and CPR Certified.
  • Ms. Mel

    Ms. Mel, Chef

    There are two gifts we should give our children. One is roots, the other is wings.

    Ms. Mel is originally from the Phillipines. She came to the USA and worked in New Jersey as a Dietician Assistant for Milford Manor Nursing Home and Merry Hart. She moved to North Carolina and has been at Knowledge Beginnings since 2012. Her passion about providing nutritious meals can be seen on the menu and the food children eat everyday!
    On her spare time she enjoys cooking, gardening, sewing and singing.
    Ms. Mel loves to see the smiles she gets whenever she brings in the food. All children love her!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Mel has worked at Milford Manor Nursing Home and Merry Heart in New Jersey.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Since 2007
    Secretarial Course from Greg Business College Philippines

October 2016 Events

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  1. Sunday October 02, 2016
    1. Healthy Kids Running Series

  2. Monday October 03, 2016
    1. Vegetarian Day

  3. Tuesday October 04, 2016
    1. World Smile day

  4. Wednesday October 05, 2016
    1. Child Health Day

  5. Thursday October 06, 2016
    1. National Poetry Day

  6. Friday October 07, 2016
    1. Pajama Day

  7. Saturday October 08, 2016
    1. Run/ Walk for Autism

  8. 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.

  9. Tuesday October 11, 2016
    1. Wacky Hair Day

  10. Wednesday October 12, 2016
    1. National Farmer's Day

  11. Thursday October 13, 2016
    1. Happy Birthday Christa!

  12. Friday October 14, 2016
    1. Wear your favorite jersey

  13. Saturday October 15, 2016
    1. Bull City Race Fest

  14. Monday October 17, 2016
    1. Bosses Day

  15. 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!

    2. Community Social: Nutrition

  16. Wednesday October 19, 2016
    1. Take Teddy To School Day

  17. Thursday October 20, 2016
    1. Wear Fall Colors

  18. Friday October 21, 2016
    1. Wear Pink Day: National Mammogram Day

  19. Saturday October 22, 2016
    1. Say BOO to Cancer

  20. Sunday October 23, 2016
    1. Happy Birthday Jessi!

  21. Monday October 24, 2016
    1. Make A Class Book

  22. Tuesday October 25, 2016
    1. Wacky Sock Day!

  23. Wednesday October 26, 2016
    1. National Pumpkin Day

  24. Thursday October 27, 2016
    1. Bring A Book

  25. Friday October 28, 2016
    1. Costume Party

  26. Saturday October 29, 2016
    1. Moving Day Parkinson’s Walk

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

  • American Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Russian

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Additional Menu Options

  • Vegetarian
  • Special diets

Holidays Observed

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Health and Safety

 At Knowledge Beginnings we offer different safety features that will put your mind at ease while at work. Upon entering our building we have a keypad entry system, in which each of our enrolled families have their own individual entry code to enter the building. Once inside we have an open door policy for our families, where they are welcome to spend the day with their child or simply watch from the cameras in each classroom from the lobby. Outside the building we have five different fenced playscapes with an adult length latch to open the gate. Our school is a nut free school. Our staff is CPR, First Aid, and SIDS 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.

Alex started school at Knowledge Beginnings when he was two years old. He didn't speak English at all. Initially he was very shy and didn't understand much, but wanted to learn. The teachers were caring and helped him a lot to be comfortable in an English speaking environment. He absorbed as much information as he could. Later on, he started saying a few words in English and a few months later he said simple sentences. I was very proud of him when he greeted his teachers, and Ms Anneke in English or when I heard him talk to his friends in English. We enrolled him to Phonics class, which gave him an additional boost to his language learning experience. We found Kindermusik useful too. Learning the language through music is an excellent way to speed up the learning process. We got to the point when Alex corrects me when I do not pronounce a word properly in English. I do not think I would have been able to teach Alex English without the help of the teachers at Knowledge Beginnings and I am grateful for the positive experience he received there forever.

- Parent

 My family has been a member of the Knowledge Beginning community since 2011. My son started there in the preschool classroom. Transferring from KinderCare we were familiar with the curriculum which made for an easy transition. Our experience at Knowledge Beginnings has been absolutely wonderful.  The teachers and staff have nurtured and challenged my son academically and socially.  He has been exposed to a variety of creative and engaging learning activities. Both he and I are greeted each day by the administrative staff. They know us by name. The teachers and the administrative staff have shown a genuine interest in my family’s well being. The facility is well-maintained and conducive to a learning atmosphere. The extra activities that they offer are well designed and beneficial. My son has participated in Active Adventures, Phonics and Music. He is leaving Knowledge Beginnings to enter Elementary school ready to meet to the academic, social and behavioral expectations. We will miss our Knowledge Beginnings’ family.

- Parent

My daughter has been a student at Knowledge Beginnings in Raleigh for almost three years now and she loves it! Sometimes it is hard to get her to come home! :) They have great part time schedules which is hard to find but really the best part about Knowledge Beginnings is the staff. Everyone there KNOWS your child which is so important. This is one of the most important decisions you make as a parent and I can go to work each day without worrying about her care. Not only is she having fun but is learning so much and I feel her time at Knowledge Beginnings is really going to prepare her for elementary school. And as an only child, the socialization she is getting is key. They do an excellent job of educating while having fun!

- Mother

I am thrilled with the Knowledge Beginning school in Raleigh, headed by director, Anneke Dickerman. Several years ago, my husband and I were looking for a preschool/full-time daycare for my two young children. We toured many facilities in the area but Knowledge Beginnings was hands down a clear winner. Anneke took a great deal of time with us and we were sold on the professional teachers, water park, warm environment, discovery rooms, and strong emphasis on curriculum. My two children have attended Knowledge Beginnings for the last four years, and we could not be more impressed. Every day when we walk in, we are greeted in the most pleasant, positive way from the staff. Anneke and team know every child/parents’ names and we feel extremely welcomed each day both at the front desk and as we enter the classrooms. At the end of the day, both the director and assistant know exactly what has happened in all of the classrooms. Anneke often says “Tessa just got up from her nap and is in centers.” I don’t know how she has her finger on the pulse of every child but she does! We are also extremely impressed with the teaching staff at Knowledge Beginnings. I am an elementary school teacher in the neighborhood so I know the demands placed on children starting at a young age. My son was well advanced when he began kindergarten because of the curriculum he was exposed to in the Transitional Kindergarten class. In fact, he entered Kindergarten reading a 5-6 level, which is the end of Kindergarten! I credit this solely to the staff at Knowledge Beginnings and their intense emphasis on literacy/mathematical instruction. Knowledge Beginning is not a daycare; it’s equivalent to a high end, private preschool. They do not have paid staff, they employ true teachers. Both my children thrived under the care of warm, loving, and talented teachers. Anneke and her staff go above and beyond expectations including making special vegetarian meals and accommodating my flexible track out schedule. I do not know of any other school that would work with children constantly tracking in/out and adjust their rates accordingly. Additionally, Anneke and team are consistently doing “extras” such as lavish graduation ceremonies, cookies with Santa, open houses, winter productions, book fairs, and family events throughout the year. Knowledge Beginnings in Raleigh is truly have a one-of-a-kind preschool staffed with the best of the best. My children feel loved, safe, and are learning more than I could have ever imagined. My husband and I feel appreciated and that we matter to Knowledge Beginnings family. I tell others in the community that Knowledge Beginnings has truly changed our lives.

- Mother

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