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Rochester Knowledge Beginnings

Sara Darrington, Center Director

2801 Superior Dr. NW Rochester MN 55901
(507) 289-5006 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 YEAR-OLDS
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Neighborhood:
Northwest

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Gibbs Elementary, Sunset Terrace Elementary, Harriet Bishop Elementary, Bamber Valley Elementary, Washington Elementary, Folwell Elementary

We are a larger center with lots of space and easy accessibility. We have 2 outdoor playgrounds and an indoor large motor room for those rainy or cold days. The education and curriculum is very important to our staff. We are very dedicated to teaching our young children with our Early Foundation Learning curriculum.

Welcome

Thank you for your interest in our center! We would love to meet you and your family. We have so many wonderful teachers in our center with over 335 years of experience; who are also very excited to meet with you. We are proud of the education that we provide to children of all ages and would love the opportunity to tell you more about it.

Sara Darrington, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

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.

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Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

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.

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

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.

Math

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.

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.

Teachers & Staff

The teachers and staff at Knowledge Beginnings are passionate about educating and nurturing children. The majority of our teachers have their Child Development Associates credential, Associate's or Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or elementary education. The Knowledge Beginnings team strives for excellence through continuing education through biannual company professional development trainings and/or seeking additional college courses or seminars in the education field. Knowledge Beginnings strives for excellence and can be seen in their success with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accreditation process. At the end of the day, the true key to our teachers' success is their passion for teaching and their love of learning.

  • Sara Darrington

    Sara Darrington, Center Director

    I have a passion for child development and look forward to working with your family.

    While Sara attended Iowa State University, she found her love for children and pursued a degree in Child and Family Services. She started at Knowledge Beginnings in 2006 where she worked with the older Preschool age until she took on the Prep classroom! After having her second child, Sara stayed home and ran an in-home daycare until the summer of 2013, when she returned to Knowledge Beginnings as the Assistant Director. Sara loves being able to interact with all the families and children and still be able to share her ideas to create an exciting environment to work and learn!

    Previous Experience:
    Military Base summer camp, Before and After school program, nanny, lead teacher
    Favorite Children's Book:
    If you give a Mouse a Cookie
    Year Started:
    8/15/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science Degree in Child and Family Services
  • Jenny Landon

    Jenny Landon, Assistant Director

    I love helping children explore and learn new things!

     Jenny worked as a para-professional in a nearby school district for five years, before joining Knowledge Beginnings in 2000. She worked as a lead Infant teacher for nine years before becoming lead School Age teacher in 2010. At home she enjoys scrap booking and spending time with her husband and two wonderful boys!

    Previous Experience:
    Special Education Paraprofessional Byron School District, Lead teacher Mayo Back Up infant program, Lead teacher Knowledge Beginnings School Age program
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Napping House
    Year Started:
    8/10/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16 years
    Education:
    Human Services Specialist
  • Ms. Sherry

    Ms. Sherry, Infant Classroom

    It is great being able to see how much the children can learn during their first year!

    Ms. Sherry has worked at Knowledge Beginnings since the building opened in 2001.  She really enjoys working with the infants!  Sherry loves to see how much they grow and learn during their first year.  Sherry graduated from SCSU with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education.  She lives in Bryon with her husband, Duane.  They have three children, Luke, Julie and Katie.  In her spare time, she enjoys going to the movies, reading and spending time with her family.
     

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Corduroy
    Year Started:
    8/22/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Ronda

    Ms. Ronda, Infant Classroom

    I enjoy the happiness that children bring to my day!

    Ms. Ronda has a bachelor degree in health and exercise science from the Minnesota School of Business.  She has many years of early childhood experience with children of all ages from infants to school age.  The one thing she loves the most about working with infants is being able to help and watch the children learn, understand, explore and enjoy what they have learned.

    Previous Experience:
    2000-2002 Children's World in preschool; 2002-2011 KinderCare in infants and toddlers; 2012-present Knowledge Beginnings in toddlers, school age and infants
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    3/27/2012
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    Bachelor in Health and Exercise Science
  • Ms. Aly

    Ms. Aly, Infant classroom

    I love the smiles and laughs from the children each day!

    Ms. Aly has many years of experience in child care especially in the infant program!  She really enjoys teaching the children different things and seeing them achieve milestones.  During her free time she enjoys time with her family, friends and her 7 cats.  She also enjoys making crafts.

    Previous Experience:
    Babysitting and 3 years in center based child care
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Chicka, Chicka, Boom,Boom
    Year Started:
    8/18/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Sonja

    Ms. Sonja, Toddler Classroom

    I love the look of eagerness and surprise on the children's faces when I teach them something new!

    Ms. Sonja has loved children from the start and knew she wanted to make a career out of working with them when she worked as a nanny. She has worked with children from six weeks to twelve years old and has to say, the Toddlers are her favorite! She has three sons, one daughter, and happily welcomed a daughter-in-law and two wonderful grandchildren!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Put me in the zoo
    Year Started:
    8/16/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    28 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Marie

    Ms. Marie, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the excitement children bring to the classroom and their eagerness to learn.

    Working with children has been a long time passion of Marie's.  Every day is a new adventure and new learning experiences.  Marie has coached gymnastics and dance for seven years and has been a teacher for four years.

    Previous Experience:
    New Horizons and Civic League Day Nursery
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Fox and Socks by Dr. Seuss

    Year Started:
    3/28/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Ann K.

    Ms. Ann K., Preschool Classroom

    I love watching the children grow and learn new things.

    Ms. Ann has been with Knowledge Beginnings for almost twelve years. She started in the Infant program, then moved to the Toddler room and then found her place with the Preschoolers for the last six years. Ms. Ann loves the children and being able to watch them grow and learn new things! Her favorite part of the day is making art projects with the children!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Fox in sox
    Year Started:
    2/27/2005
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Credential
  • Ms. Ann G

    Ms. Ann G, Preschool Classroom

    I love working with children! You never know what they are going to say next!

    Ms. Ann is the lead in our Pre-Primary classroom (Four Year Olds).  She has been with Knowledge Beginnings since the building opened in 2001.  Before coming to Knowledge Beginnings, Ann was a nanny in Cincinnati for 10 years.  She has an Early Childhood degree and enjoys teaching and watching the children learn and grow.  In her spare time she enjoying knitting, camping and fishing with her husband and her daughter!

    Previous Experience:
    nanny
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Lorax
    Year Started:
    6/26/2001
    Tenure:
    15 Years
    Education:
    Early Childhood Degree
  • Ms. Danna

    Ms. Danna, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I often tell the kids when I grow up I want to be a pirate captain, but I couldn't imagine being anything other then a prep teacher!

    Ms. Danna has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2010. She started out in the Prep classroom as the assistant and has worked her way to the lead position. She graduated from UND with a teaching degree. Ms. Danna has four kids and enjoys hockey, reading and spending time with her family. She loves being able to prepare the children for their next big step, Kindergarten!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Elephant and Piggie books by Mo Willems
    Year Started:
    5/4/2010
    Tenure:
    7 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Prekindergarten Classroom

    I love working with children and being creative in my teaching.

    Amanda graduated from St. Cloud State with a degree in Psychology.  While she was in school she worked with school age children at Boys and Girls Club Minnesota where she discovered her love for working with children and making a difference in their lives.  Amanda is new to Rochester and is excited to make new connections with the families and staff at Knowledge Beginnings.

    Previous Experience:
    Worked four years at the Boys and Girls Club MN Central MN Kidstop as an inclusion specialist and assistant manager
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Bug Town Mystery and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs

    Year Started:
    8/18/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    4
    Education:
    Bachelor's in Business and Marketing
  • Ms. Alissa

    Ms. Alissa, School Age Classroom

    I love getting to spend time with the kids and learning their personalities.

    Alissa grew up in Rochester and attended St.Cloud State University graduating from with a BA degree from the school of Health Sciences focusing on Communication Sciences and Disorders.  While in college she was the assistant manager at an afterschool program called Kidstop which is run by the Boys and Girls club for school age children.  In her free time Alissa likes to spend time with her friends and family, shopping, and snowboarding!

    Previous Experience:
    In home daycare, nanny, after school care program
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Going to Bed Book
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Ms. Alissa

    Ms. Alissa, Learning Adventures

    I love watching the children succeed and watching them get excited about their success!

    Alissa grew up in Rochester and attended St.Cloud State University graduating from with a BA degree from the school of Health Sciences focusing on Communication Sciences and Disorders. While in college she was the assistant manager at an afterschool program called Kidstop which is run by the Boys and Girls club for school age children. In her free time Alissa likes to spend time with her friends and family, shopping, and snowboarding!

    Previous Experience:
    In home daycare, nanny, after school program
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Going to Bed Book
    Year Started:
    6/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years
    Education:
    Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Cook

    I love seeing the smiling faces of the kids everyday - they make me love what I do!

    I was born and raised in Rochester and have a daughter and a son.  I love spending time with my family and being outside

    Previous Experience:
    Lead at Great Harvest Bakery
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places You'll Go by Dr Seuss
    Year Started:
    7/6/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Education:
    Minneapolis Business College Medical Assistant Degree

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May's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Colors and Shapes

Spring fills nature with vibrant colors and interesting shapes, making this the perfect month for the infants, toddlers, and children in Discovery Preschool to explore these concepts. Infants will have a blast as they smash paint in plastic bags and explore blocks with different shapes, while toddlers will practice identifying and sorting different shapes and colors before making their own color-and-shape books! Meanwhile, the children in Discovery Preschool will create rainbow artwork and continue to practice sorting, counting, and matching shapes and colors.

Children 4–5 years old: Insects and Spiders + Water

Some children might find insects and spiders a bit frightening, but this month they’ll discover how cool these tiny critters really are. Children will find out how insects create food for plants, how bees makes honey, why spiders spin webs, and more. After that, children will dive into the world of water! Preschoolers will learn about how water can take three forms (solid, liquid, and gas), children in Pre-K will learn about the importance of keeping water clean and explore the different ways people use water, and our kindergarteners will learn about different water sources and why water conservation is so important. 

Monday May 29, 2017
Center Closed for Memorial Day

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.

Awards and Recognition

  • NAEYC Accreditation

    NAEYC Accreditation

  • 4 Star Parent Aware Rating

    4 Star Parent Aware Rating

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

Holidays Observed

The center is closed on New Years Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and the day after, and Christmas Day.  We are also closed on Presidents Day and Columbus Day for staff training days.

Health and Safety

Child safety is a primary focus. The center has a dedicated Health and Safety Coordinator, all staff is First Aid and CPR trained. The center has a key code entry; the building and playground are fenced. Our center does a child name to face count every 30 minutes. Only authorized parents or designed adults can take children out of the center.

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Knowledge Beginnings has been great for our son. The teachers are 100% invested in our son's development. He enjoys his classes and learns something new everyday.

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My wife and I have sent two of our kids to Knowledge Beginnings and it has been a great experience for us and the kids. We can go to work and know that our kids are in the best care!

- Parent

We toured Knowledge Beginnings (KB) when we were expecting our first son back in 2013. We toured other facilities in Rochester as well. Some of the primary reasons we chose KB were: the pleasant environment, the education they would receive right from the start, the tenure of the staff, the layout of the facility, hours of operation, and the fact that our children can be there until they are 12 years of age and be bussed to nearby schools when the time comes. Now four years later, we have two children who have both attended since they were 12 weeks old. Both of them will share many of the same teachers throughout their time at KB. It has proven to be a partnership with KB and my husband and I trust the care and education they provide.

- Parent

I've sent three kids to this place...absolutely love it! My children were all safe, had fun/wonderful times, were loved by the employees, mentally stimulated, etc. I hate the fact that I have to leave because I'm moving out of town! Send your kids here...you can't go wrong!

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