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Tigard Knowledge Beginnings

Debbie Thompson, Center Director

10751 SW 130th Ave. Tigard OR 97223
(503) 590-7977 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds

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Special Instructions:
Corner of Schools Ferry Rd. & SW 130th Ave.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Mary Woodward, Alberta Ryder, Deer Creek , Scholls Heights, Hiteon, Nancy Riles, Greenway, CFT, and Sexton Mountain.

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Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings. Here, your son or daughter will find a rich, nurturing environment where learning is fun, the curriculum grows as skills increase, and passionate teachers turn every learning moment into a positive experience. In short, it’s a place where you can be confident your child will thrive.

Debbie Thompson, 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 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.

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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

Knowledge Beginnings team is passionate to work with children. All staff members have degrees and/or experience working in Early Childhood Education. Our teachers strive to make our service and communication exceptional. Our teachers are eager to understand your needs and to serve your child as a unique member of our Knowledge Beginnings family. Teachers communicate with families through parent teacher conferences, daily notes, and daily conversations about you child's day, developmental changes and milestones.

  • Debbie Thompson, Center Director

    Year Started:
    19 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    17 Years
  • Deana Huch

    Deana Huch, Assistant Director

    Who wouldn't enjoy a job where you come to work each day and see over 100 beautiful smiles!

    Deana started working for KinderCare Education in 2002 as a Toddler teacher. In 2007, she was promoted to the center Program Specialist. In 2011, she became the Assistant Director. Deana has two children of her own that have both attended Knowledge Beginnings since they were Toddlers. She enjoys building strong relationships with each and every family and guiding each teacher to make their classroom a home way from home for their children.

    Year Started:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15 Years

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

  • Arabic
  • Spanish

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

Keeping your child safe and secure is our first priority. Our center features a keypad entry, fenced playgrounds, parent computer sign in and sign outs, and video cameras in each classroom. Each classroom has a child supervision record to sign children in and out. Each member of our team is first aid and CPR certified and has a food handlers card.

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.

Our three-and-a-half-year-old grandson lives in San Diego and came to spend two months with us. We work full time and needed and wanted to find the best possible environment to spend his days. We didn't have to look far. From the moment we stepped through the front door, Larisa (the Director) welcomed us and took the time needed to show us the classrooms and explain the offerings. We did not hesitate to enroll Jameson. He also experienced the time and commitment to his feeling welcomed, included and safe. We also enrolled him in the Phonics Class which was 100% worth it. Jameson loves his classmates and his teachers Ms. Juana and Ms. Romy. Their warmth, caring and gentle strength were key to his thriving and enjoyment of his time there. He absolutely loves and looks forward to going to "school" each and every day and he is a very happy child when we pick him up. We would give anything to have him living closer for many reasons and not the least of them being to see him continue at Knowledge Beginnings - Tigard! Outstanding in every way.

- Grandmother

I am a busy working Mom,who went back to work when I had a six week-old. Can you say, tear-your-heart-out difficult? I enrolled my daughter at Knowledge Beginnings simply because they have AMAZING infant room teachers. Ms. Kirsten, Ms. Yara, and Ms. Jordan are sweet, loving, and patient, and you can clearly see they form loving bonds with each child in the room. At six months, my daughter knows her teachers, going to them all happy and excited. She comes home happy, clean, and well-loved each day. Thank you to Ms. Kirsten, Ms. Yara and Ms. family does not know what we would do without you.

- Mother

As an older mother, I'm just wiped out keeping a toddler entertained. Thank God for Knowledge Beginnings as it truly saved this "Helicopter Mom's" sanity! All my worries about whether my son would be well taken care of disappeared within hours of his arrival. The staff is EXTREMELY experienced and loving. Many have worked in daycare centers for years. Teachers like "Mama Roz" (a nick-name my son gave a loving long-term daycare employee), and caring Jennifer (who grew up and helped with her mom, Kirsten's daycare), are exceptional employees who look after the infants. My son has now moved on to Ms. Sonia's room and wow, am I ever amazed at how much she's able to teach a two-and-a-half year old. Just yesterday, he was clearly saying the days of the week and the months of the year. She greets him with a tremendous loving hug, and leaves him the same way too...and somehow also manages to make sure that he is properly fed, diapered, and rested! The staff is super well managed and it shows. The facility is large, no small tiny shared rooms with broken, run-down toys here, or poorly spoken English. This is the best you'll get and I'm grateful to have been allowed to bring my son to this establishment, because frankly, peace of mind from knowing that he is well, happy and well tended to is truly priceless!

- Mother

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