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Westwood Knowledge Beginnings

Maryellen Leach, Center Director

200 Providence Highway Westwood MA 02090
(781) 329-9550 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 6 YEAR-OLDS
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Special Instructions:
on Route 1 North, before Route 128

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Can provide Before/After school care, as long as family provide transportation to and from Knowledge Beginnings.

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Welcome

Knowledge Beginnings in Westwood has been in operation since the spring of 1999. Once inside our doors, you will feel welcomed and comfortable, by our enthusiastic, caring staff and our unusual, fun architecturally structured building. Many of our staff has been here with us since the doors opened and have had the opportunity to build bonds with families over the years. Our center offers a sense of security with key pad entrances at both our front door and our playground door. We have two playgrounds located in the back of our building. The children enter the playground directly from our building. They have the opportunity to run, climb, ride bikes or paint a picture while outside. We are conveniently located on Route 1, next to the Lambert’s Plaza, in Westwood. We are open Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM – 6:00 PM, 52 weeks a year, with only 9 major holiday closings. We care for Infants through Prekindergarten in a loving, educational environment.

Maryellen Leach, Center Director

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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.

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.

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.

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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

We are proud of our long-tenured caregivers. We have a combined total of 110 years of experience within this company! Our teachers have an excellent team ethic and support their families through the early years of care with pride. Our teachers have various backgrounds including moms and grandmas! Our teachers hold degrees ranging from Child Development Associate Credentials to graduate degrees. All of our caregivers hold a State Certificate from the Department of Early Education and Care.

  • Maryellen Leach

    Maryellen Leach, Center Director

    Maryellen has worked at the Knowledge Beginnings in Westwood for three years, but has been a Director with KinderCare Education for about 12 years in various south shore centers. Maryellen's favorite part of working in the centers is the families. She works with families to ease the transitions from home to the center and ensures that the families always are involved in the day of their child through emails and pictures. Maryellen works to support her teachers throughout the day and can often be found reading a story to a group of children or building with them in the block area.

    Previous Experience:
    Maryellen began her career in a small daycare setting as a Teacher Assistant, after which she continued her education and discovered that Early Childhood Education was her passion.
    Year Started:
    6/1/1991
    Tenure:
    25 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    24 Years
    Education:
    Bachelor of Science Degree in Education
  • Stacey Dorsey

    Stacey Dorsey, Assistant Director

    Stacey has worked at Knowledge Beginnings in Westwood for 9 years. She has been a teacher in many of the programs including Kindergarten. She has wonderful ideas and an amazing amount of creativity when it comes to the curriculum, and is truly and asset to our program.

    Years in ECE industry:
    1/1/2002
    Education:
    Bacherlor's Degree in Liberal Arts; Associate's Degree in Education
  • Heidi Barnett

    Heidi Barnett, Upper Management

    Heidi has worked for KinderCare Education for 14 years. She has had the experience working as a Prekindergarten teacher, Kindergarten teacher, Program Specialist and a Center Director for three years at the Sharon location before joining the Walpole Center as an Assistant Director in April 2013. Heidi joined the management team here at Knowledge Beginnings on July 6th. She started working in the Early Childhood Education field in 1999 and it is her passion. Heidi enjoys watching children grow and learn each day.

    Previous Experience:
    Heidi has been working in childhood education for 20 years and has had experience in several different levels of learning.
    Year Started:
    4/1/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
  • Ms. Lucy

    Ms. Lucy, Infant Classroom

    Ms. Lucy moved to Norwood five years ago, and she really enjoys it here! She is teacher qualified for Infants and Toddlers. Ms. Lucy also worked in the field for 25 years. She is a mother of four children and also a grandmother of four. Her hobbies are going to the mall with her daughters, Wanda and Michelle, and spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Lucy previously worked in various small childcare centers before joining Knowledge Beginnings.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2007
    Tenure:
    9 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    25 Years
    Education:
    Department of Early Education and Care Teacher certificate
  • Miss Clarin, Infant B

    A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind and touches a heart.

    Clarin worked at Kindercare for 7 years and recently joined the Knowledge Beginnings family.
    Clarin moved from Honduras when she was 8 1/2. Now she lives in Dorchester with her mom and her brother. Clarin really loves working with our little infants. She loves to play with the children, and teach them new words in Spanish.

    Previous Experience:
    Volunteer at Head Start Kindercare for 7 1/2 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Oh the Places you'll go
    Year Started:
    6/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    EEC Certification
  • Miss Nicole, Infant

    What we learn becomes a part of who we are.

    Nicole has been working in childhood education for 11 years. She has worked in several daycare settings including home based and recently joined KinderCare Education in March of 2014. She really enjoys working with the infants especially loves cuddling with the babies.

    Nicole has a daughter who comes to school with her also. Nicole enjoys spending time with her family and friends on the weekends.

    Previous Experience:
    Nicole has worked in several educational settings- home based daycare, learning centers. She worked with KinderCare and then joined the Knowledge Beginnings family.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Goodnight Moon
    Year Started:
    6/22/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    11 years
    Education:
    EEC Certified/Associates in Early Childhood Education
  • Ms. Becka

    Ms. Becka, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Becka has worked at Knowledge Beginnings since November 2000. She has always worked in Toddlers but loves helping out in other programs when needed. The Toddlers always keep her day entertaining and there is never a dull moment! In her free time, Ms. Becka enjoys being with her husband and her son Mason, who is in the Infants room. Please come in and take a look around, we love new faces!

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Becka was previously an Assistant Teacher.
    Year Started:
    11/1/2000
    Tenure:
    16 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate' Credential
  • Ms. Maureen

    Ms. Maureen, Toddler Classroom

    Ms. Maureen has worked in the Toddler One classroom since May 3, 1999. She has a teenage daughter, a son in the preschool classroom and baby girl in the Infant program! She graduated from Westwood High in 1995 an is currently working towards her Associate's Degree in Childcare. Ms. Maureen loves spending time with each one of your children and watching them grow physically and mentally. Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself.

    Previous Experience:
    Ms. Maureen was previously an Assistant Teacher.
    Year Started:
    5/3/1999
    Tenure:
    17 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    13 Years
    Education:
    Child Development Associate's Degree
  • Miss Sarah, Toddler

    Sarah has been working at Knowledge Beginnings since 2006. She started here as a Pre-K assistant, then received her teacher certificate and has been working in other rooms since. She is currently our lead toddler teacher and absolutely loves it. Whether she is working with babies or kindergarteners they all have a way of putting a smile on her face and brightening her day! Watching the children grow is an experience she truly cherishes.

    Sarah is currently living in Hyde Park. In her free time she enjoys spending it with her family and friends. I love going to dinner and shopping. When she has the time she really enjoys reading and going to country concerts!

    Year Started:
    3/1/2006
    Tenure:
    10 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    8 years
    Education:
    Lead Teacher
  • Miss Robyn, Toddler

    Robyn has been working at Knowledge Beginnings for six years. Over the years she has worked with preschool and toddlers and enjoys every minute of it. Currently Miss Robyn is our Toddler teacher.

    She lives in Norwood with her husband and two children; and really enjoys shopping and hanging out with her friends and family.

    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    Several Years
    Education:
    Lead Teacher
  • Miss Casey, Toddler

    Miss Casey has been working at Knowledge Beginnings since March of 2014. She absolutly loves working with children. Casey is currently our Toddler one teacher and really enjoys doing projects and activities with the kids.

    In her free time you can find he rshopping, or at the beach soaking up the sun!

    Year Started:
    3/1/2014
    Tenure:
    2 Years
  • Miss Jackie, Toddler

    If at first you don't succeed; try try and try again.

    Jackie has been working in childhood education for 15 years. She has been an employee at KinderCare Education for seven years. She recently became a part of the Knowledge Beginning team in June. Jackie really enjoys talking to the families, and loving each and every child as her own.

    Jackie has a sixteen year old son, and a puppy named Taz that takes up most of her time outside of work. She just finished her degree in Childhood Education from Fisher College. In her spare time she likes to spend it with family and friends.

    Previous Experience:
    KinderCare 7 years
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Year Started:
    1/1/2008
    Tenure:
    8 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    15
    Education:
    CDA- lead teacher, infant toddler and preschool Director I II
  • Ms. Angela, Toddler

    If you stick with me, you will never go hungry.

    Angela has been working with Kindercare Learning Center since 2013. She joined Knowledge Beginnings in June of 2015. This is Angela's passion she has worked as a nanny, helped in home day care settings, and group settings.

    Angela moved from Colombia when she was 20 years old. She comes from a very large family of 6 siblings. She met her husband while she was working as a nanny. Angela enjoys nature, gardening and animals.

    Previous Experience:
    Angela has been growing in the childhood field with her family for 20 years.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Little Prince
    Year Started:
    4/1/2012
    Tenure:
    4 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
    Education:
    CDA
  • Miss Paige, Toddler

    You only fail when you stop trying.

    Paige has been working here at Knowledge Beginnings since November 2013. She graduated from Blue Hills Regional in May 2015. She is looking forward to attending Curry College this fall.

    She has always enjoyed working with children and loves being able to watch each child grow. She loves building special relationships with all the children families and co-workers at Knowledge Beginnings.

    In her free time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, and you can always catch her at the mall or at the gym.

    Previous Experience:
    Paige has been working on her early childhood education since high school where she attended at Blue Hills. She took her EEC course and recieved her certification there.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    The Very Hungry Caterpillar
    Year Started:
    11/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Infant/Toddler/Preschool certification
  • Ms. Aravnalie (Nalie), Preschool

    Nalie has been working in education for 14 years now. She joined the Knowledge Beginnings family in April of 2013. She really enjoys working with children because it brings joy to see them laugh while learning. She plans on finalizing her degree in Education and looks forward to many more years of teaching and providing great learning experiences to each child she meets.

    Nalie is currently living in Canton, MA with her husband. in her spare time she loves to watch movies with her family, go bowling, cooking and attend church.

    Year Started:
    4/30/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    14 years
    Education:
    Education in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Gabrielle, Preschool 2

    Unless someone like you care a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.

    Gabby has known that she wanted to teach since she was young. She use to play school with her siblings and spent most of her allowance on classroom supplies. She has been working with us at Knowledge Beginnings for 1.5 years. She has her degree in early childhood education.

    She was born in New Hampshire, but grew up in Brockton where she spent most of her life. She is currently living in Taunton. When Gabby is not working you can find her doing cross fit, going on hikes, playing piano, and reading books.

    Previous Experience:
    Gabby has worked as a babysittiner and also volunteered as a teacher's assistant and an aid in a special needs classroom. She has also volunteers for the special olympics.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    Don't let the pigeon drive the bus.
    Year Started:
    1/1/2013
    Tenure:
    3 Years
    Years in ECE industry:
    1.5
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Miss Julie, Pre-K

    Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.

    Julie has been working in early childhood education for 19 years; but has been working with children for 29 years. She has worked in her own daycares including home and group setting as a director. Miss Julie has been a great addition to our Knowledge Beginnings family in April. She believes that all children are special and unique and is very dedicated to helping them become the best that they can be.

    Miss Julie has 3 wonderful children 22,19, and 13. Miss Julie recently got engaged and really just enjoys spending time with her family.

    Previous Experience:
    Julie owned a home daycare for 10 years and has taught in several states. She also was the director of a preschool in Rhode Island that held 120 children.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the wild things are"
    Year Started:
    4/1/2015
    Tenure:
    1 Year
    Years in ECE industry:
    20 years
    Education:
    B.S Elementary Education

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.

Meals & Menus

Meals Served

  • Breakfast
  • 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

Our center offers a sense of security with key pad entrances at both our front door and our playground door. Our playgrounds are completely fenced-in with access directly from the building. All of our caregivers are certified in CPR and First Aid.

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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I have had two kids (one has "graduated") go through Knowledge Beginnings. My oldest is now thriving in Kindergarten thanks to the great foundational learning she received, and my youngest has been there since she was a newborn. She loves her teachers! I would recommend the school to anyone!

- Mother

Our two children have been part of the Knowledge Beginnings family for the past four years. During that time, they’ve had the opportunity to experience each classroom, from Infants all the way through to the Prekindergarten class. The staff is fantastic and offers just the right mix of love, caring, discipline and FUN! When I enter the center, I always find my children laughing and enjoying themselves, their friends and their teachers and the teachers always look happy to be there too. Knowledge Beginnings has been an extension of our family for quite a while and my husband and I feel very strongly that we made a great decision in partnering with them.

- Parents

We love Knowledge Beginnings! When struggling with the decision to go back to work after having a child, the staff at Knowledge Beginnings made me feel confident that my child was being cared for and loved just as much as she would be at home.

- Mother

I have two children, ages 4.5 and 16 months, who have both attended the Westwood Knowledge Beginnings since they were 3 months old.  It has been a great experience for them overall.  Our girls have thrived in that environment, much due to the nurturing staff and just the right balance of academic focus and self-directed play.  Our eldest child is quite prepared for kindergarten at this point but still has another year before she starts in public school!
 
The staff is quite experienced, many of them having worked at the center for 5+ years and who also bring their own children to the location.  Maryellen and Stacey, the Director and Associate Director respectively, are attentive to the needs of the children and their families while continuously guiding the staff toward excellence; recently demonstrated through achieving National accreditation.
 
Some perceived drawbacks to this center might be: the location - Rt 1 can be quite busy and the parking lot is not huge, but the location was quite convenient for us and we've rarely had a problem with parking. Snacks are provided but lunches are not included in the cost of tuition- this suits our picky eaters!  And the center has recently partnered with a company called Smart Lunches to provide meals for purchase.
 
We absolutely recommend this center to families seeking a caring place where their children will blossom and grow.

- Mother
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