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Westboro Knowledge Beginnings

Nicole Powers, Center Director

95 East Main St. Westborough MA 01581
(508) 366-1744 Contact this center

Ages: 6 WEEKS to 7 YEARS
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Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Hastings Elementary School provides transportation for children that have it as part of their IEP

Welcome

Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings of Westboro! We are excited to meet your family and have you join ours. We are your child's "home away from home." Our priority is to help you feel comfortable when you are away from your child for the day. Your child will be healthy, happy, and cared for all day long!

Nicole Powers, 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.

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.

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

Math

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.

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

Our experienced and dedicated staff come to work everyday eager to teach your children. We have long term staff who have made it a priority to be a part of our Knowledge Beginnings family. They are committed to the field of early childhood education and molding young minds. We encourage you to come meet our staff and find out what we have to offer you and your family.

  • Nicole Powers

    Nicole Powers, Center Director

    Nicole has been at the center since 2003. She started off working as an assistant toddler teacher and moved up from there to eventually take over the Director role in 2016. Nicole loves what she does because it gives her an opportunity to get to know the children and families on a different level outside of the classroom. Nicole has a son in the program right now and loves to see what new skills he learns from his teachers every day!

    Year Started:
    2/3/2003
    Tenure:
    14 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Psychology
  • Alison Sutkaitis

    Alison Sutkaitis, Assistant Director

    Previous Experience:
    Alison has worked in Early childhood education since high school. She previously worked at our sister center CCLC in Framingham where she was an Infant/Toddler program specialist.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2011
    Tenure:
    5 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 years
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Sociology with a concentration in human services
  • Melissa

    Melissa, Infant Classroom

    "I can't wait to get your little one messy and help them find a love for creativity!

    Melissa works in the infant classrooms. She has been a part of the KinderCare team since 2008 and has taught every age group in the center. She loves to watch muggle children explore and learn and have fun! She has her bachelors in fine arts and loves to create fun messy projects with the children.

    Year Started:
    4/15/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
    Education:
    Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts
  • Shelley, Toddler Classroom

    "I'm a crafter, bookworm, movie buff, Disney loving hufflepuff!

    Shelley is a proud member of the KinderCare family! She has a three year old daughter named Luna who also attends preschool at KinderCare. She loves having the opportunity to express herself creatively in the classroom and form a unique bond with each child. 

    Year Started:
    9/10/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Jess, Toddler Classroom

    "I love all things arts & crafts, Disney & baking!

    Jess has three children, two of which graduated from KinderCare and one currently in the toddler program. Jess and her family are active members of the community with her husband being a fire fighter for the town of Millbury and Jess being on the fire department ladies auxiliary. In their spare time the family likes to go camping, cheer on the Boston Bruins and go on vacations to the Cape! 

    Year Started:
    2/8/2008
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    9
  • Stephanie, Floater

    "I love helping children learn new things

    Stephanie is 28 years old and has two sons, Dante & Aiden. She has worked at KinderCare for a little over a year and enjoys spending her spare time with her family. She loves teaching her boys sports and they enjoy cheering on the Pats during football season!

    Year Started:
    2/8/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Lily, Floater

    "I am passionate about working in early childhood and creating relationships with the children in my care

    Lily is going into her senior year at Connecticut College where she is majoring in Human Development & psychology. Lily works at KB while she is on break from school. She also works at a KinderCare while living in CT. When Lily is not working she loves going to the beach and spend time with her family and friends. She also loves carts and crafts and bringing that into the classroom every day!  

    Year Started:
    5/18/2015
    Tenure:
    2 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Nikki, Currently Kindergarten, soon to be floater

    "I love working with children and being able to watch them grow & learn

    Nikki has been the Kindergarten teacher at KinderCare for a year. In the past she has worked at KinderCare at work in Framingham as a toddler teacher and a floater. She has most recently worked at Worcester Public schools as an English Language learner tutor at the Kindergarten level. Her favorite color is pink and she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and her dog Daffy. She recently finished her Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and has a Bachelors degree in human services. 

    Year Started:
    4/25/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Bachelor's in human services, Masters in Early Childhood
  • Ashley, Floater

    Ashley has worked at KinderCare for almost a year. She has a little girl who attends our infant program as well! Ashley loves being outside and on the beach! She enjoys spending time with family and friends. I am working towards getting my teaching certificate in Early education and care. 

    Year Started:
    10/11/2016
    Years in ECE industry:
    Less than 1
    Education:
    Currently working towards child development associate
  • Heather, Infant Classroom

    Heather has been working at KinderCare for a little over three years.She is an Infant teacher, however she has worked with all age groups in the center. She loves watching children grow and helping them learn and explore new things. In her spare time, she loves cooking, baking, crafts and kayaking! 

    Year Started:
    4/22/2014
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    3
  • Diandra, Prekindergarten Classroom

    Diandra has been working at Knowledge Beginnings as a Prekindergarten teacher since April of 2016 and she's loved every minute of it. Working here brought out a new found level of creativity that gives her the opportunity to help her Prekindergarten friends learn in the most fun way possible. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her two Shibas, Kai and Emi and also her family and friends. 

    Year Started:
    4/11/2016
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    1

Upcoming Center Activities

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August's Learning Focus

Children 6 weeks to 3 years old: All About Me and Dinosaurs
Infants and toddlers will learn all about themselves while kids in Discovery Preschool will take a look at our favorite extinct creatures: dinosaurs! Infants will look at their reflections in mirrors, listen to voices through cardboard tubes to encourage babbling, and practice self-expression as they move while listening to music. Toddlers will create body-related artwork (like paintings of their faces) and imagine the future as they pretend to be all grown up while playing dress-up. Meanwhile, children in Discovery Preschool are in for a “dinomite” time learning all about dinosaurs and their habitats, and they’ll build essential skills through fun, theme-related activities—like counting dinosaur eggs and going on pretend fossil hunts!  

Children 4 to 5 years old: Foods and Flavors, Shapes and Colors, and Alphabet Letters/Review
For the first two weeks of August, older children will be learning all about the basic food groups, where food comes from, and how to make healthful food choices. After that, preschoolers will be getting artsy as they explore shapes and colors using materials like blocks, paint, play dough, and colored water—and they’ll even take their knowledge outdoors with scavenger hunts for colors and shapes! Their older friends in Pre-K and Transitional Kindergarten will be getting up close and personal with the alphabet as they learn uppercase and lowercase letters, the sounds the letters make, and how those sounds can be combined to make words—all culminating with the creation of a classroom alphabet book. 

Tuesday August 01, 2017
All About Books

Fun activities pertaining to books!! 

Wednesday August 02, 2017
All About Books

Fun activities pertaining to books!! 

Thursday August 03, 2017
All About Books

Fun activities pertaining to books!! 

Friday August 04, 2017
All About Books

Fun activities pertaining to books!! 

Monday August 14, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Tuesday August 15, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Wednesday August 16, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Thursday August 17, 2017
Big Joe The Storyteller

Big Joe has a wide variety of stories to share with audiences of all ages! 

Friday August 18, 2017
Open House

It's not too late to join us! Summer is almost over. Time for new friends and new learning. Now is the perfect time to attend a KinderCare Open House. You'll be able to see what a day at our center is like, meet other parents, and see the fun our students are having. We'll answer all your questions and tell you about our teaching philosophy. And you'll experience learning and laughter happening in a caring, loving environment.  

Monday August 21, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Tuesday August 22, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Wednesday August 23, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Thursday August 24, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Thursday August 24, 2017
End of Summer Party

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Tumble bus, You are the Start DJ, Balloon magician! 

Friday August 25, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Saturday August 26, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Sunday August 27, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Monday August 28, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Tuesday August 29, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Wednesday August 30, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

Thursday August 31, 2017
Shapes & Colors Alphabet Review

Variety of activities exploring the alphabet, shapes & colors! 

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.

Special Features

  • Learning Adventures!
  • Hero Sports!
  • Tumble bus!
  • Before & After school care

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • AM Snack
  • PM Snack

Holidays Observed

New Year's Day
President's Day
Memorial Day
4th of July
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Thanksgiving & the Friday after
Christmas Day
** We do close at 3 pm on Christmas Eve**

Health and Safety

We are a secure environment that requires a code to enter the building. All visitors are required to carry a valid form of picture identification that will be checked when entering the building. We have three separate, fenced in playgrounds with developmentally appropriate equipment on each one. This gives the children a safe environment to play in while outdoors. All of our teachers are CPR and First Aid certified.

At KinderCare, what families say about us means a lot. Read below some of the great experiences our families have had with us.

Share Your Story
If you have a story about your experience at KinderCare, please share your story with us.

I wanted to take a minute to say just how wonderful the staff (including new staff!) have been this fall and /winter. Having your support throughout our first cold and flu season has been amazing. It is a wonderful feeling knowing that your staff is keeping a close eye on our daughter when I cannot be with her. You have all guided Mike and I through this fall and winter and share our concerns like I feel no other care-providers could. Being first time parents, this is absolutely priceless to us. We feel so comfortable with our daughter there and have seen so many great gains in her development that we attribute to her being there. We cannot thank you enough!

- Mother
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