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Wellesley Knowledge Beginnings

Gina Narice, Center Director

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

Ages: 6 weeks to 8 YEARS
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Welcome

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!

Gina Narice, Center Director

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AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED

We’re so proud!

Nationally only 10% of daycares are accredited–nearly 100% of our learning centers are. That’s a big difference, and that means KinderCare kids are getting the very best. Here’s why.

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SCHOOL-READY

Our kids are taking off!

By kindergarten, our kids are testing ahead of their peers. Read all about it.

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.

Monthly Activities

February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

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

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.

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.

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.

  • Gina Narice

    Gina Narice, 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:
    10/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9 Years
    Education:
    Director II Certificate, Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Melissa DePasquale

    Melissa DePasquale, Assistant Director

    Ms. Melissa owned and taught in a private preschool that created an outdoor nature classroom with organic gardens and agricultural, nature based programs. She is the mother of a nine year old daughter and enjoys outdoor activities and mystery novels. She has two cats, Sonic and Samantha, that are a constant source of amusement and love.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Melissa has worked in private preschool, family childcare, special needs residential program and outreach child trauma therapist.
    Favorite Children's Book:

    Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

    Year Started:
    9/28/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Master's Degree in Counseling
  • Ms. Michelle

    Ms. Michelle, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Michelle has chosen to work with children because there isn't anything more satisfying to her than seeing children develop and grow to reach new milestones. In her spare time, Michelle spends time with family and gives hair cuts to friends and family.

    Year Started:
    5/9/2016
  • Ms. Christina P.

    Ms. Christina P., Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Christina has chosen to work with children because she loves to see them grow and enjoys knowing she might have a positive impact on their lives. In her spare time, she spends time with her own three children, playing hockey, watching movies, and taking nature walks.

    Year Started:
    8/9/2016
  • Ms. Amanda

    Ms. Amanda, Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Amanda has chosen to work with children because she enjoys seeing a child accomplish something, feels that the joy and pride on their face is priceless. In her spare time, she takes her daughter on adventures and reads.

    Year Started:
    2/17/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
  • Ms. Molly

    Ms. Molly, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Molly has chosen to work with children because she loves seeing them grow and reach goals, "it is an amazing feeling to be a part of that." In her spare time, she loves spending time with her super awesome grandma and snuggling with her dog.

    Year Started:
    5/4/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
  • Ms. Christina L.

    Ms. Christina L., Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Christina has chosen to work with children because watching a child achieve a milestone is so rewarding. In her spare time, she loves to take pictures with her camera, listen to music on her record player, play cards, is an avid Game of Thrones follower and is obsessed with the New England Patriots.

    Year Started:
    1/26/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Ms. Liz

    Ms. Liz, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Liz has chosen to work with children because she enjoys watching them grow up and know that she helped them by teaching. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, going on trips to New Hampshire and doing crafts with her son.

    Year Started:
    4/14/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Ms. Lindsay

    Ms. Lindsay, Discovery Preschool Classroom

    Ms. Lindsay has chosen to work with children because being a big kid herself, children love being engaged by her while they learn. In her spare time, she can be found outside playing all kinds of sports with her kids or curled up with a book.

    Year Started:
    4/4/2016
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Ms. Sara has chosen to work with children because everyday is fun and exciting! I love feeling like I'm making a difference in their lives.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and going shopping.

    Year Started:
    3/7/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    7 years

Upcoming Center Activities

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February's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: Feelings + The Farm

This month, infants and toddlers will explore a very important aspect of human development: feelings. Babies are just beginning to develop a sense of who they are in relation to others, while toddlers are learning how to interact with those around them. Feelings are integral to human interaction, so activities will focus on identifying emotions (like happy, sad, and mad). We’ll read books, paint a mural, sing songs, and play games related to emotions and how we express them. 

The children in Discovery Preschool will take their learning to the farm! Farms are filled with so many science- and social science-based learning opportunities that children love. They’ll learn all about barns and farming equipment, which animals are raised on a farm, and which crops are grown there, too.

Children 4–5 years old: Occupations and Dinosaurs

The older children in Preschool and Transitional Kindergarten will spend time on two very popular themes: occupations and (roar!) dinosaurs. We’ll focus on learning about jobs that help people, like doctors, and those that inspire, like artists and musicians. As children learn about these occupations, they’ll play dress up, invent things, create charts and graphs, and learn the Spanish words for different jobs. The dinosaur unit gives them a chance to learn more about these fascinating giant creatures, learn about fossils, explore volcanoes, and do math puzzles with pretend dino eggs!

Monday February 20, 2017
Closed for Professional Development Day

Our center is closed today to provide additional training to our teachers.

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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