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 activities 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 Operations 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.