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Tewksbury Knowledge Beginnings

Kristin Giroux, Center Director

200 Old Main St. Tewksbury MA 01876
(978) 863-5540 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Exit 38 off Rte 495 on Williamsburg Park

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
the center DOES NOT provide not transportation Local school bus from Dewing Elementary picks up at the Center

Our Preschool and Prekindergarten programs recently underwent a curriculum refresh. The curriculum has been updated based on the latest research in Early Childhood development. This cutting edge curriculum focuses on six developmental domains including: Cognitive Development, Creative Expression, Executive Function, Language and Literacy Development, Physical Development and Wellness, and Social and Emotional Development. The new curriculum has added features like Spanish and "Take it Outdoors", where teachers bring the classroom outside! According to a statewide assessment, more students that attended Prekindergarten using Knowledge Beginnings Early Foundations curriculum tested fully ready for Kindergarten than their classmates who did not.


Knowledge Beginnings in Tewksbury, Massachusetts is conveniently located right off of Interstate 495 and close to Interstate 93. Our hours of operation are extremely convenient for commuters, as we are open 6:30 am to 6:30 pm. We provide all meals and snacks at the center and accommodate children with food allergies and restrictions. We have been providing the highest quality in child care since July of 2000. Our state-of-the-art building, comprehensive curriculum for each age group, and exceptionally clean environment are what make us the top choice for families when choosing a child care center in this area.

Kristin Giroux, Center Director

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Our Programs

Infant Programs (6 weeks - 1 year)

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

Toddler Programs (1 – 2 Years)

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

Discovery Preschool Programs (2 – 3 Years)

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

Preschool Programs (3 – 4 Years)

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

Prekindergarten Programs (4 – 5 Years)

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

Private Kindergarten Programs (5 – 6 Years)

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

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

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

Summer Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)

Don’t miss out on KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours so we hope to see you there.

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 Cooking Adventures program gives children opportunities to participate in fun, developmentally appropriate cooking experiences. They will learn about recipes, ingredients, cooking vocabulary, and the importance of a healthy diet. The curriculum includes lessons on picnics, pizza, and heart-healthy meals.


The Math Adventures enrichment program is designed to teach important mathematics concepts such as geometry, numbers, measurement, and probability. Your child will learn about length, height, and weight. He will learn about shapes and solids. He will learn how to add, subtract, multiply, and count money. Math is everywhere and giving your child every advantage now will add up to success later in life.


Ongoing research proves that early exposure to music helps children think, reason, create, and express themselves. Children will laugh and learn about rhythm, vocal melodies, and a variety of musical genres and instruments, which can lower stress and advance memory. Learning never sounded so good.

Phonics & Reading Adventures

Set your child up for advanced success with literacy through phonics, the study of letters and sounds. Reader books, games, and activity cards help your child understand the basics of vowels and blending syllables, giving him confidence and command of language.

Dance Adventures

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teachers & Staff

  • Kristin Giroux

    Kristin Giroux, Center Director

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

    Kristin studied Psychology and Early Childhood Education at Worcester State College. She has also taken graduate courses in Child Development at Rivier University. Kristin enjoyed time as Prekindergarten Teacher and Assistant Director at Knowledge Beginnings in Tewksbury, Massachusetts before becoming Director. She has two daughters that currently attend the center and she is so happy that they are able to benefit from the amazing curriculum Knowledge Beginnings has to offer. Kristin takes pride in supporting her staff and building relationships with the children and families. Maintaining the highest quality early childhood programs is so important to her and her staff.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Specialized Training in Early Childhood Education
  • Bridget Murphy

    Bridget Murphy, Assistant Director

    Bridget started her career in Early Childhood as a Behavioral Specialist working with special needs children. While working with a child at the Knowledge Beginnings in Chelmsford she learned of the Tewksbury location that would opening and made the transition to be our Preschool teacher. Bridget helped open the Knowledge Beginnings in Tewksbury and enjoyed teaching in our Preschool and Toddler programs before becoming Assistant Director. She truly enjoys the time she is able to spend with the children in the center and loves to watch them learn and grow.

    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years
    Specialized Training in Early Childhood Development
  • Ms. Denise Figueiredo

    Ms. Denise Figueiredo, Infant Classroom

    Denise is a proud Mom to two boys and has been working in the Early Education field for almost 17 years. She has worked with Infants through Preschool. She loves working with Infants and helping them to meet their developmental milestones. She enjoys partnering with families on their children's care and development.

    Previous Experience:
    Denise enjoyed time as a Preschool and Toddler Teacher but found that her passion is with Infants.
    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Infant/Toddler and Preschool Teacher Certified
  • Mrs. Patty McCauley

    Mrs. Patty McCauley, Kindergarten

    Children should leave each day with a smile on their face, and a story in their heart.

    Patty has been teaching Kindergarten at Knowledge Beginnings for the past seven years. Before that she enjoyed time as Preschool and Prekindergarten Teacher. Patty's goal as a teacher is to create a learning environment that is both safe and exciting for all students in her class. She believes that when children are enthusiastic&nbsp;about learning they achieve more and become life long learners.<br /> On a personal note, Patty is married with three children and two grandchildren. She enjoys crafts, walking and spending time with her family.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Lead Teacher and Director II Qualified
  • Ms. Jenn

    Ms. Jenn, Preschool Classroom

    Miss Jenn started as an Assistant Teacher in our Toddler classroom. Over the years she has worked in many classroom with children ranging in ages from Infants through School-Age. She has found a home in Preschool and loves working with this age group. Jen truly enjoys planning curriculum and making the learning process fun for the children in her classroom. Miss Jenn is extremely organized and takes pride in providing the children with a structured day filled with positive and creative learning experiences. When she is not working she enjoys reading and spending time with her son.

    Year Started:
    11 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Infant, Toddler & Preschool Teacher Qualified
  • Ms. Julie

    Ms. Julie, Toddler Classroom

    Julie is working towards her associates degree in Elementary Education. She found a passion for teaching while&nbsp;completing an internship&nbsp;in a special needs classroom.&nbsp;Here at&nbsp;Knowledge Beginnings Miss Julie has worked hard towards becoming a Lead Teacher and enjoys working with the Toddler children in our Discovery Preschool classroom. She makes it her goal to always make learning fun! She believes that children learn through play and strives to provide children with a positive and healthy learning environment.

    Previous Experience:
    Julie has had previous experience working in a High School with special needs children. She also enjoyed time working with children in a home daycare setting.
    Year Started:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Lead Teacher

December 2016 Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Our Center

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

  • German
  • Hindi
  • Spanish
  • Greek

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • AM Snack
  • Lunch
  • PM Snack

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

Our center is a secure building with a keypad entry system. We also have cameras in the classrooms and parents can watch their children playing on monitors located in the lobby. We also have a large fenced in playground with multiple age appropriate climbing structures. In addition, all of our Teachers are First Aid and CPR certified.

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