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Wellesley Knowledge Beginnings

Joanna Siegal, Center Director

204 Worcester St. Wellesley MA 02481
(781) 235-2224 Contact this center

Ages: 6 weeks to 8 YEARS

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Special Instructions:
on Rt. 9 at Cedar St

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  • Accreditation Seal Every Day · Every Child · Excellence · Accreditated · Knowledge Universe
  • NAEYC Accreditation NAEYC


Here at the Knowledge Beginnings in Wellesley we strive to not only meet the needs of our families but also to exceed those needs and expectations. We provide a balance between choice and structured activities, group and individual pursuits and between teacher and child-directed activities. As a team of early education specialists we value each and every opportunity to encourage questions, foster children’s development and encourage laughter. Our number one priority is the safety and education of the children that out parents trust us with every day. We believe a whole child is a happy child!

Joanna Siegal, 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.

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.

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.


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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  1. Thursday November 24, 2016
    1. Thanksgiving Break - Center Closed

      Our center is closed Thanksgiving Day and the day after.

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

Teachers & Staff

At Knowledge Beginnings our number one priority is the care and education of children. All of the teachers work together as a team to provide a safe and positive learning experience everyday. Our staff strive to encourage every child's unique learning style as well as nurture their social emotional development.

  • Joanna Siegal

    Joanna Siegal, Center Director

    Joanna has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2007 and joined the Wellesley team in 2013. She started with as a Prekindergarten Teacher in 2007 and quickly showed her ability to lead. She has grown within the company and proved to be an integral part of building a great team of teachers and being a support system to her staff and families within her program. Joanna has the innate ability to make you feel at home from your first interaction with her.

    Year Started:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Director II Certificate, Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Gina Narice

    Gina Narice, Assistant Director

    Being a teacher is a passion of mine. I love watching children learn and succeed everyday.

    Ms Gina has been at Knowledge Begininngs for over 13 years. She started as a preschool assistant and has been a Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten teacher. She is now a Preschool/ Pre-Kindergarten Specialist. She also earned her Masters Degree while working here. In her free time she enjoys spending time in Cape Cod. She loves the beach and the warm weather.

    Previous Experience:
    Prior to Knowledge Beginnings Gina has worked in several Elementary School settings.
    Year Started:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Bachelors & Masters in Elementary
  • Nickole

    Nickole, Program Specialist

    I love coming to work each day knowing that I make a difference in the lives of children.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Master in Special Education
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Infants

    Don't find yourself, create yourself.

    I love watching the children develop personalities and learn new things.  Seeing the children laugh inspires me to come to work each day.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, Infant Classroom

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Noel, Toddlers

    I love being able to watch each child learn and grow into their own beings.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Cassandra, Toddler Classroom

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  • Ms. Christina

    Ms. Christina, Discovery Preschool

    I love working with children and when they learn something new makes my job worth it.

    Year Started:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Liz, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    I enjoy teaching children new things that I have learned through out the years I have been teaching.  I love seeing the children smile while they are at school.

    Year Started:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Ms. Lindsay, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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  • Ms, Mary, Discovery Preschool Classroom

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  • Ms. Sara, Preschool Classroom

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  • Ms. Elena

    Ms. Elena, Preschool

    Do what you love and you'll never work a day in your life!

    Watching the children grow and use what you teach them to reach milestones is what inspires me to come to work each day.

    Year Started:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
  • Mr. Ale, Pre-K

    Year Started:
    1 Year

October 2016 Events

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  1. Monday October 10, 2016
    1. Professional Development Day - Center Closed

      Two times each year we dedicate a day for our staff's professional development to further their training and better equip them for the care of your child. The center will be closed on this day for training to occur. If you have questions or would like to request further details, please contact your local Center Director.

  2. Tuesday October 18, 2016
    1. Join Our Community Social

      Your entire family is welcome to join us October 18th for our community social. Come see how family-style dining is done at our center, mingle with other families, and, best of all, enjoy a healthy snack with your child!  

      You’ll better understand how we turn our meals into learning experiences and encourage the children to try new foods, practice table manners, use utensils, and simply enjoy a great meal and good company! See you there!

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • 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

All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified. To ensure the safety of your children we have a keypad entry and all of our playgrounds are fenced in.

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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My daughter loves coming to school every.  As soon as we pull int the parking lot she anxiously awaits for us to take her out of the car seat so s he can run inside.  She talks about her teachers all the time and has made some great friends!  We can not thank you and your staff enough  the care and support thats you provide.  It is such a relief knowing your child is happy throughout the day when you can not be there with them.  We are enjoying the additions to the summer calendar this year.  My daughter loved the visit from the animals.  We also liked the sand pail she received as well as the hand made tote bag and tie-dye t-shirt.  Thank you again for everything you and your staff do, we truly appreciate it.  My daughter enjoys spending time with Miss Nell.  Whenever we mention Nell's name there is a big smile on her face.  Nell is so attentive to Molly and we are in deep appreciation of that.  Miss Elena goes out of her way to say hello to my daughter and we can't express to you how happy that makes her and how wonderful it makes us feel!

- Mother

I just wanted to let you know how happy we've been with our experience at Knowledge Beginnings.  Your team provides everything we looked for in a daycare - dedication, communication, fun, etc.  More specifically, we're extremely thrilled with Jonell, Erin and Caitlyn.  It was a tough transition for me to go back to work after only 2+ months at home with Grace, but I really felt that I was leaving her with someone I trusted dealing with Jonell over those first couple weeks/months.  Since then, my husband and I both agree that Jonell is a huge part of why we love Knowledge Beginnings so much.  Erin and Caitlyn are also fantastic and we've noticed that Grace has really bonded with Erin.  We have have and will absolutely continue to recommend Knowledge Beginnings to our friends and others who are looking for a great option for daycare.  I just wanted to share our gratitude for your organization and the incredible infant room staff who have made this so positive for our family.

- Mother

Our daughters, age four-and-a-half and two-and-a-half have attended Knowledge Beginnings – Wellesley from ages eight weeks old on. We cannot say enough about the teaching staff and all of the hard work they do to create a learning environment that is safe and fun and teaches the children important social and behavioral skills. Our girls love going to school and playing with their friends and having fun while learning. As parents, we are so pleased with the Learning Adventures Enrichment programs that have allowed our daughters to participate in Phonics, Cooking and Music classes all without leaving the center. Another family favorite is the Summer Camp program, as the girls love to participate in water play and really love all of the fun guests and activities that come to the center. Our older daughter still talks about the Tumble Bus months later. We would like to thank Nancy and all the teachers for creating a fun, safe environment for our girls to grow in.

- Parents

I recently had a terrible experience at another child care center and didn't think that I would ever consider going back to another one. I was constantly going to the center during my lunch break to check on my son due to the lack of care. My anxiety level was very bad and even I considered quitting my job to take care of my son. But then I found Knowledge Beginnings on Worcester Road in Wellesley.<br /> My son is nine months old and we have been with the Center for the last past few months. We absolutely love this center! It is warm, friendly, a family oriented environment and very welcoming. I call it a home away from home and I am so happy that we're part of a great family center.<br /> They reassured me that my child would be well taken care of and that statement is very true. Kudos! My anxiety level is now zero (no worries). These ladies literally treat every child like they were their own. I really didn't think there was such a place out there, but I've found one. There is no words to express how much I appreciate all of your hard work and dedication, and excellent care my son receives. Thank you Jonelle, Caitlyn, France, Erin, Gina, Nancy and staff for being very supportive and caring. You are the best!

- Mother

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