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Roseville Knowledge Beginnings

Shelly Duncan, Center Director

1741 Santa Clara Dr. Roseville CA 95661
(916) 784-1039 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
"Off Santa Clara Dr. and Douglas Blvd " "Across from Hobby Lobby"

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
John Adams Kindergarten am/pm drop off and pick up1st Grade-6th Grade

Our center is conveniently located away from busy highways and is located in a large parking lot area close to other businesses.

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Welcome

We at Knowledge Beginnings provide an exceptional education experience for your child. Our loving teachers take pride in their teaching ability to nurture every aspect of your child. We are innovators in our community with our Mandarin Immersion and our Mandarin before and after school program. We also offer events throughout the year so that our families can see the amazing growth in their child's educational development. As the Director of such an amazing school, I am overjoyed with the quality of care our families receive. I welcome you to come and see this wonderful school and join our family.

Shelly Duncan, Center Director

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Accreditation

Many of our child care centers are accredited by national organizations that require us to meet rigorous early childhood education standards and guidelines for high-quality care and education. Programs that are accredited have demonstrated their commitment to go beyond the state’s minimum licensing requirements to meet and maintain these high standards of quality.

Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

Babies grow and learn every day. Our goal is to provide a safe and nurturing "home away from home" where babies can explore and make new discoveries. We know that learning through play is extremely valuable at this age and our Early Foundations® Infant program is designed to give babies the skills that will serve as the building blocks for a lifetime of learning.

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

As toddlers develop friendships, self-esteem, and curiosity, our Early Foundations® Toddler program will help them explore their world in a safe and nurturing environment. Our unique curriculum is based on the philosophy that children learn best through experiences. So each day is filled with fun activities that excite and develop toddlers, giving them the comfort and confidence to speak those first few important words, as well as make their first friends.

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

At this age, children are making new discoveries daily. And as two-year olds begin to exert their independence, our Early Foundations® Discovery Preschool program is prepared to open their eyes to a world of learning, sharing, and exploring. Our holistic approach in the classroom engages young minds with a blend of music, art, and movement, as well as the early education fundamentals they'll need as they continue on to preschool.

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

As preschoolers gain more self-esteem, they may feel ready to take on the world. Our Early Foundations® Preschool program enhances that confidence by providing activities to help children become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Through independent exploration, structured activities, and hands-on learning, children will work on early literacy, math, science, and social studies concepts. A healthy dose of running, jumping, and dancing keeps them active too.

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

Prekindergartners are preparing for the adventure of a lifetime – school. And our Early Foundations Prekindergarten® program is designed to get them ready by teaching letters and words, math concepts, and valuable social skills. With small group instruction, independent play in an organized atmosphere, and whole-group activities, children will have all the right skills to hop, skip, and jump right into kindergarten.

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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

Before- & After-School Programs (5 – 12 Years)

Even after school's out for the day, children need to be engaged in a comfortable, yet stimulating environment. That's where our Catch the Wave® program comes in. This innovative before – and after-school program allows school-age children to balance learning and fun through a variety of experiences. From homework help to fun physical activities, our program is designed so that everyone goes home happy.

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

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.

Mandarin

A limited number of our centers offer a bilingual immersion preschool program featuring Mandarin and English, created in collaboration with leading foreign language educators. Children will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin through stimulating, age-appropriate, hands-on activities. Using this creative approach, children enhance their skills in a second language in the same natural way they learned their first language.

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.

Dance

Teachers & Staff

Our Knowledge Beginning teachers are passionate about your child’s needs, growth and happiness. Here at Knowledge Beginnings we are a family and this is more than a job for our teachers it their passion. We thrive to inspire your child’s dreams and creativity by encouraging them to reach for the STARS!!!

  • Shelly Duncan

    Shelly Duncan, Center Director

    I love building relationships with the children, families, and my staff.

    Shelly has been the Center Director at Knowledge Beginnings since 2012. She is a mom of two children, and she understands how important it is as a parent for children to be in a safe, loving, and fun learning environment. Shelly believes that at Knowledge Beginnings it is important to put families first. She is dedicated to providing the best care for your child.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to starting as Center Director Shelly worked as a teacher and Assistant Director.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
  • Amberly Pettigrew

    Amberly Pettigrew, Assistant Director

    Children our the future!

    Ms. Amberly was hired as a substitute teacher and became a full time teacher within a month. She taught the English curriculum in our Mandarin Immersion Program for 2 years and then became the Operations Manager for 6 months. After returning from maternity leave she became our Assistant Director. Her positive attitude and loving heart brightens the school atmosphere. She is a hard worker and wants to grow within our company.

    Year Started:
    6/1/2011
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
    Education:
    BA- Child Development & Admin
  • Ms. Carol Williams

    Ms. Carol Williams, Program Specialist

    I love seeing the world through the eyes of child.

    I enjoy evreyday learning new things from the children and building relations with their families.

    Year Started:
    4/6/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    22 years
    Education:
    AA- Child Development
  • Ms. Beverly

    Ms. Beverly, Infant Classroom

    Getting to know a child's personality and watching their development is a very fulfilling experience.

    Ms. Beverly has been with Knowledge Beginnings for seven years. She is a caring and loving teacher who absolutely adores her infant classroom. Every day she comes in with a smile on her face, and says, "I love my babies."

    Year Started:
    4/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Staci

    Ms. Staci, Infant Classroom

    I love to watch the children learn and grow.

    Ms. Staci is a hard working mom of one. Currently she is putting herself through school and working with us full time. We adore Ms. Staci's dedication to each one of the children here at Knowledge Beginnings. She is eager to learn and bring her fresh ideas to her classroom.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Theresa

    Ms. Theresa, Infant Classroom

    I love watching the babies grow and learn so much within their first year.

    Ms. Theresa is an amazing infant teacher. She has been with our babies for 11 years. You will always find Ms. Theresa with a baby in her lap, or sitting on the floor playing. She is passionate about making sure every baby has their needs met.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2001
    Tenure:
    14 Years
  • Ms. Ariel

    Ms. Ariel, Toddler One

    I love this classroom because I love watching my toddlers learn and grow. I also love to help them learn how to love one another.

    Ms Ariel is a very loving and caring teacher who loves to teach through play. She implements Sign Language throughout the day while teaching them English too. She is always reading, singing and dancing with the children. The parents love how she treats every child like they are her own!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Stefanie's Ponytail
    Year Started:
    3/2/2015
    Years in ECE industry:
    5 years
  • Ms. Carmen

    Ms. Carmen, Toddler One

    I enjoy seeing the children learn and grow everyday. I couldn't go a day without seeing their smiling faces.

    Ms Carmen is a very loving teacher and caring a lot about her students. She encourages her students to learn new skills everyday and always takes pictures to show the parents. She communicates with the parents everyday and has a strong bond with the families.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Max the Mighty
    Year Started:
    6/17/2013
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Ms. Irene

    Ms. Irene, Toddler 2 Classroom

    I want to make a difference in the children's lives.

    Ms. Irene looks forward to the challenge of the older Toddler children. They are moving so fast and testing so many boundaries, and she loves to provide an environment that encourages a young child to express themselves positively. Ms. Irene is always coming up with a new art project and looks for opportunities for new learning experiences.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Mary

    Ms. Mary, Toddler 2 Classroom

    I love watching the children learn something new every day.

    Ms. Mary has been with Knowledge Beginnings for five years. She is one of the most thoughtful, caring, and warm teachers you could meet. Every family and child loves to come say hi to Ms. Mary whenever they arrive or leave for the day. She is a devoted teacher who loves to enrich the classroom and provides the children with a safe and loving environment.

    Year Started:
    4/1/2008
    Tenure:
    7 Years
  • Ms. Desiree, Discovery Preschool

    This is my home!

    Ms Desiree has a love and passion for 2 year olds. She is very patient and gets down at the child's level while teaching. She is great at potty training and works hand in hand with the families.

    Year Started:
    4/1/1999
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Education:
    AA- Child Development
  • Ms. Barbara

    Ms. Barbara, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I love the children, they keep me smiling every day.

    Ms. Barbara is a fantastic two year old teacher. She has worked at Knowledge Beginnings for nine years. Her hard work and dedication is evident everywhere you look in her classroom. During circle times, every one of those busy two year old bodies are fully engaged in hearing her story, singing her songs, and learning something new. It's amazing to see the growth, independence, and the skills they have learned with Ms. Barbara.

    Year Started:
    9/1/2003
    Tenure:
    12 Years
    Education:
    AA- Child Development
  • Ms. Marina

    Ms. Marina, Mandarin Immersion Program

    I love my babies!

    Ms Marina was born and raised in China. She has been teaching since she was 17 years old and moved to California to teach her language and culture. She loves every child with all her heart and likes to watch them grow in her class everyday.

    Year Started:
    10/1/2009
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    BA- Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Stefanie

    Miss Stefanie, Preschool

    The kids are a lot of fun. I love to hear the things they say!

    Miss Stefanie puts all her heart into her teaching. She has created a very warm welcoming classroom that the child feel very safe and loved. Stefanie becomes very close with the families as she communicates everyday with her parents through conversations and emails. She implements Spanish with the English and has the resources to introduce the culture as well. Her class does a lot of extra activities including family involvement.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Anne of Green Gables
    Year Started:
    5/5/2006
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    10 years
  • Miss Monica, PreKindergarten

    I enjoy seeing the kids learn and grow while playing educational games and having fun.

    Miss Monica is a very energetic teacher who is always interacting with the children at their level. She makes learning very fun for all children and adapts to their strengths and challenges. She sends out weekly emails and has a great relationship with all our families. Her goal is to have all her students well prepared for Kindergarten the next year!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Harry Potter
    Year Started:
    12/13/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    3 years
  • Ms. Casey

    Ms. Casey, Kindergarten

    I believe childhood should be a wonderful exerience and I hope you will let me experience it with you and your child.

    Ms Casey has been teaching for 20 years and 10 of those years at Knowledge Beginnings. She has taught Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten throughout her 10 years and loves it! She values each child's unique personality, interests and abilities. She feels it is important to let every child grow at their own rate however she helps guide them in the right direction.

    Year Started:
    4/25/2005
    Tenure:
    10 Years
  • Ms. Tiffany, Learning Adventures

    I love watching the children learn while having fun and being active.

    Ms Tiffany has been our learning adventures teacher for 4 years and counting. She works one on one with each child to help build their confidence in learning. She loves seeing each child reach their highest potential and help them through their challenges.

    Year Started:
    8/1/2010
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Education:
    BA- Liberal Arts
  • Mr. Matt

    Mr. Matt, School Age

    I get to play with the kids everyday, What could be better than that?

    Mr Matt is the coolest guy teacher according to all the kids. He loves to play with them and make them feel special everyday! He also teaches life lessons and holds them accountable for their actions. You will see him playing sports with the kids and doing a lot of art projects throughout the day.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    My Play Book
    Year Started:
    12/16/2013
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6 years

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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
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

Center Menu

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

We have a secure entry with a key pad for entry by authorized parents and family members. There are alarms on all doors, and we have a fenced play area as well.

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.

To Whom It May Concern: In February of 2012, we welcomed our first son into the world. For months prior to his birth, we labored over the issue of child care. We explored many different options, including in-home daycare, facilities, and private home care. Nothing seemed to be the right fit for what we wanted in care, until we toured Knowledge Beginnings. We had been referred by very close friends, as well as multiple co-workers, and had only heard great things about the school. We were skeptical at first, because we wanted to make sure the facility could give the same level of attention and care as in-home options. We wanted our son to be comfortable and loved and happy in his daytime surroundings. When we showed up for our tour, the Center Director (Ms. Shelly), gave us a thorough tour of the whole center, not just the infant area where our son would be. Upon showing us each room, the one thing we noticed was how vibrant the center was with its many different art projects and decorations. The children's artwork included their pictures as they were doing the project. Each room, as you went up in age, had its own curriculum and activites planned around the lesson of the week. the focus on the children's development was very important to us as some of the options we had visited seemed to be more "babysitters" than teachers. Also, when we poked our head into each room, the teacher in each room, no matter what they were doing, made sure to acknowledge us with a smile and "Hello". After the tour, Ms. Shelly was open to every question we asked, and trust us, we had a lot of them. We knew by the time we walked to our car that Knowledge Beginnings was the only option for our son. As an infant, our son was loved, encouraged, and assisted in his basic development. One of the first things he learned was basic sign language. Even in the infant room, Miss Theresa, Ms. Bev, and Ms. Staci had a monthly developmental plan for each individual child based on their personal needs and growth. We have every piece of artwork he did in his infant class: from painting to sponge art to sensory collages, we kept it all. In the summer, he participated in water activities and outdoor sing-a-longs. This last year, he joined Miss Tiffany's music class and has been in musical heaven! He knows all of his letters, can count to 20, knows every color, and can name more animals than probably either of us.  Our son is now two-and-a-half, and has grown within KB, and is now in his fourth class. Every day he is expanding his vocabulary, singing new songs, telling us about his lessons, and telling us new books he has been introduced to that we need to add to his growing library. He is learning to be independent, to interact and share with others, to be creative, and most importantly, he is happy. We enrolled our second son in October of 2013, and he is beyond happy with his teachers and the friends in his class. He, too, is loved and nurtured and educated on a daily basis. He, too, knows sign language and at 13 months he can imitate many animal sounds and identify the animals. His artwork is proudly displayed around our house and offices, right next to big brother's. As a parent, you want your child to be happy and feel safe in their environment, and every day our sons cannot wait to get to school. The most important thing that stands out to us as to why Knowledge Beginnings is the  RIGHT and BEST choice for our family, is that when we drop off our sons, they cannot wait to hug their teachers and play with their friends. they are so HAPPY and they LOVE their school. When we pick up our sons at the end of the day, we go by each classroom so the boys can say goodbye to each teacher. Knowing that they have made such a strong connection with the staff of Knowledge Beginnings brings a smile to our faces and reinforces that we made the best decision for our sons with regard to their care and nurturing. It really is something to witness as our sons stand at each door waving and saying goodbye, and EACH and EVERY teacher acknowledges both of them by name. That includes the Center Director, Assistant Director and the Operation Manager. We fully recommend Knowledge Beginnings to any parent looking for excellent care, nurturing and early education for their child. They are fully invested in your child's development and the family unit. They truly are an extension of you.  

- Parents

To our second family at Knowledge Beginnings-
It is with mixed emotions that our family bids farewell to our second family at Knowledge Beginnings after being a part of it for nearly eight years. Today is really bittersweet because I will personally miss each of you and seeing you every day. Okay, I will NOT miss writing the weekly checks but I will miss all of you and the wonderful care you have provided to my children over all of the years.
When I had my first child (Paige) I was really freaking out as to who I was going to leave her with once I had to return to work. Although I work in Roseville, I began checking around in Auburn where we live for daycare. I was horrified. I seriously was in tears over my options and I just did not know what I was going to do. Then I was talking with a friend at work and found out that some of the other “Enterprise Kids” attended Knowledge Beginnings…right around the corner from my office! I went to see Melissa and got the tour and I was sold. I didn’t even care how much it cost! Oh, how naïve I was! Everything at Knowledge Beginnings is special. From the directors, to the teachers, to the facilities, it is top notch. I started Paige there at the age of five months and cried like a baby the first day I dropped her off. I tried to hide it but I am sure Ms. Theresa thought I was I was crazy. Thank you Ms. Theresa for being there for me in those first, very tough weeks! I was back to normal within a week and the tears finally stopped. As Paige grew she went through all of the classes and some of her teachers are still there today. Another thing I love about Knowledge Beginnings, lots of loyalty! In December of 2008 I was lucky enough to have my son Crosby. I am not so sure those of you at Knowledge Beginnings felt as lucky as I did once he joined his sister there! Oh boy…Crosby was, and still is, a handful! He was lucky to get to be with Ms. Theresa in infants and of course, Ms. Bev. You are still #1! Ms. Irene had the joy of both of my kids. Ms. Barbara had both of my kids too. I just love Ms. Barbara! She was just what the doctor ordered for both of my crazy kids. She always got them right in line and I loved it! Ms. Denise had them both as well, although Crosby tends to forget her name, which is funny to me because he was all about Ms. Denise when he was in her class. Now Ms. April and Ms. Leslie have had the joys of him at his finest; testing the limits and being his normal, crazy, out of control self. Thank you for always finding new ways to give him outlets and never making me feel like a mom without control. (When I really did always feel that way!)
As we take the next step to public school, I hope that my children will be as lucky to have such great people teaching them, encouraging them and helping them become their own individuals as we have had there at Knowledge Beginnings. I have personally been positively affected having been a parent of children there and am always telling everyone how wonderful you all are. I have made so many long lasting friendships with other parents and our children will remain friends long after we leave Knowledge Beginnings. It is funny because when Paige and I talk about who her “best friends” are, the first three people she says are people from Knowledge Beginnings. We still see them when we can but she does not see them very often. It just proves how strong her memories of Knowledge Beginnings are. I also feel like I have made so many friends with staff there and truly will miss seeing you all each day. Thanks to Ms. Shelly for being a REALLY awesome director! You know I love you girls! Although Ms. Annie has not been there long in terms of how long we have been there, I cannot say enough good things about her. What an amazing addition she was! Annie, you are a breath of fresh air and I can only imagine how far you will go in your career. Thanks for being so much fun for us parents and the kids.
Just like the day I first brought Paige there in 2006, I think I will shed some tears as I say goodbye to all of you. I promise to come by and say hi from time to time. Yes Annie… I will!
I wish you all nothing but the best! Keep on loving our kids and teaching them as they all get ready to enter the world of education.

- Mother

The staff and facilities are fabulous. My daughter exceeds in both writing, reading and math. We have been very pleased with the school and programs.

- Mother

Our son attended Knowledge Beginnings from Preschool through Kindergarten. He was so prepared for first grade solely due to the wonderful education he received at Knowledge Beginnings. We are so very pleased with both the staff and teachers. They offer a loving and nurturing environment where kids learn and grow. We recommend Knowledge Beginnings to everyone we know.

- Mother

I am very happy with care my child receives at Knowledge Beginnings. I couldn't be happier with the staff. They are loving, caring, friendly people who seem to thoroughly love what they do.

- Mother
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