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Woodbury Knowledge Beginnings

Jessica Rosage-Wentlent, Center Director

8445 Seasons Pkwy Woodbury MN 55125
(651) 739-1399 Contact this center

Ages: 6 Weeks to 12 Year-Olds
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Special Instructions:
South of Hwy 94 off of Radio Dr. of Seasons Pkwy.

Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Woodbury, Royal Oaks, Bailey, Middleton, Liberty Ridge, Skyview, Valley Crossing, Nuevas Fronteras (crestview building)

Our experienced teachers and cook work hard not only to provide a nurturing and safe environment, but to develop your whole child by creating and using hands on learning activities.  Four of our staff have been at our school since it opened in 2001! With our experience and highly educated teachers, they will share their passion for life while they inspire, engage and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.
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Welcome

Welcome to Knowledge Beginnings Child Development Center off of Seasons Parkway in Woodbury! We cannot wait to meet you and your family and have you meet ours. Each day your child will be filled with fun learning activities to help them develop for school readiness. Our entire facility is built around enrichment rooms that incorporate critical areas of development into children's daily routine and to expand your child's learning experiences outside of their classroom.

Jessica Rosage-Wentlent, 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Upcoming Events at our CenterView All Events

  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

Our experienced teachers and cook work hard not only to provide a nurturing environment, but to develop your whole child by using fun learning activities. Four of our staff have been at our school since it opened in 2001. With our experience and highly educated teachers, they will share their passion for life while they inspire, engage, and awaken the wonder inside each and every child.

  • Jessica Rosage-Wentlent, Center Director


     

    Years in ECE industry:
    12
    Education:
    Bachelors Elementary Education
  • Lisa Williams

    Lisa Williams, Associate Director

    I love the relationships that I am able to build with every child and family at our school. We are truly a big family that grows more and more every year!

    Lisa has been in the early childhood education field for 13 years. She has a Bachelor's of Science in Early Childhood Education and holds a Minnesota teaching license. She has many years of experience in both early childhood centers and within our public school district. Her passion is for building and retaining relationships with children and their families.

    Years in ECE industry:
    13
    Education:
    Bachelors of Science In Early Childhood Education
  • Ashlee Jennings

    Ashlee Jennings, Associate Director

    Having the opportunity to help children learn and grow is something that I've always been very passionate about. I love seeing the excitement from the children, it makes me proud and happy to be able to teach.

    Ms. Ashlee has been in the childcare field since 2010. Ashlee has had experience in all of the age groups, previously she was the lead infant teacher at another center. She graduated with her Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and also earned her CDA (child development associate) as well.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Seuss books
    Years in ECE industry:
    6
    Education:
    Child Development Associate, Associates Degree in ECE
  • Ms. Sam

    Ms. Sam, Discovery Preschool Program

    What I love most about being a teacher is watching every child grow and develop into little people. I love watching their personalities start to develop and watching them discover something new everyday! Nothing beats when you walk into a room and the childrens' faces light up and they run to give you the biggest hug ever!

    Ms. Sam is one of our lead teachers in the Discovery Preschool Program. She is so energetic with a fun and positive attitude and has so much fun with the children in her care. Ms. Sam is great at creating hands-on learning activities for the Discovery Preschoolers!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and "I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly"
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Associates Degree in Marketing and Management, Pursuing Bachelor's Degree in Public Relation and Marketing
  • Ms. Hannah

    Ms. Hannah, Infant Program

    Ms. Hannah is one of our amazing teachers in the Infant Program. Ms. Hannah and Ms. Jessica work so well together creating fun activities for the infants; they love to let them explore and use their senses as a way to learn. We were so happy to welcome Ms. Hannah to our team because she is so passionate about the Infant Program and is great at building relationships with the children and their family.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
    Education:
    Pursuing Associates Degree and CDA
  • Ms. Jessica

    Ms. Jessica, Infant Program

    Ms. Jessica is one of our teachers in the Infant Program. We were happy to welcome Ms. Jessica to our team because she is so loving and caring with the infants in her care. Ms. Jessica is great at getting on the infants' level and exploring new textures, sounds, and so much more.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Mariah

    Ms. Mariah, Infant Program

    I love seeing the children change and grow into someone incredible!

    Ms. Mariah is one of our teachers in the Infant Program. Ms. Mariah is so good with the infants as she is very calm, loving, and caring. Ms. Mariah is amazing at encouranging the infants to reach milestones such as sitting up on their own, using their large and small motor skills, crawling, and so much more.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Reine

    Ms. Reine, Pre-K Prep Program

    Ms. Reine is one of our teachers in the Pre-K Prep Program. Ms. Reine is an amazing teacher with a passion for the preschool age group. Ms. Reine is very patient, kind, and makes sure every child feels loved and cared for.

    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Preschool Program

    Ms. Ashley is one of the lead Preschool teachers in the Preschool Program. Ms. Ashley has an outgoing and fun personality, which is perfect for the Preschool age. Her preschoolers work on writing, fine motor skills, building, social skills, letters and their sounds, and much more.

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Pursuing Bachelor's Degree
  • Miss Katie, Preschool Program

    Ms. Katie is one of our teachers in the Preschool Program. Ms. Katie is great with the children in her care; she makes sure to communicate with the families about their child's day. We love Ms. Katie because she has such an outgoing personality and has fun with the children in her care. Ms. Katie also teaches our Learning Adventures Program which includes phonics, math, and cooking. She does an incredible job incorporating fun into her learning activities. The children absolutely love learning because she makes it so fun!

  • Miss Madison, Toddler Program

    Ms. Madison is one of our amazing toddler teachers. She is so passionate about working with children and it shows with the care she provides to every child in her class. Ms. Madison has a bubbly personality and has made great relationships with the families here.

    Years in ECE industry:
    1
    Education:
    Pursuing CDA
  • Ms. Ashley

    Ms. Ashley, Discovery Preschool Program

    I love being a teacher because watching children learn something new is so inspiring. They are so eager everyday and have lots of giggles and smiles that can be so contagious. I look forward to meeting families and helping children throughout their development and expansion of their imaginations.

    Ms. Ashley is one of our lead teachers in the Discovery Preschool Program. She is a great asset to the Discovery Preschool Program by adding creative and fun activities for the children in her care. What Ashley loves most about her classroom is letting the children express themselves through art and using sensory as a tool for learning. Ms. Ashley loves using music in her classroom to keep the children's mind stimulated and to keep the energy going all throughout the day; she is also our Music Adventures teacher!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "But No Elephants!"
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    BA in Child Psychology & Minor in Spanish
  • Ms. Irina

    Ms. Irina, Pre-Kindergarten Program

    I knew I wanted to be a teacher ever since I was little. I would set up all my dolls and make my own pretend classroom! Though I am new to the Early Childhood Education program, I can't imagine myself doing anything else. Watching the children learn and grow and being a part of their development could not be any more rewarding!

    Ms. Irina is one of the teachers in the Pre-Kindergarten Program. Ms. Irina is absolutely wonderful with the children in her care, she is supportive but also challenges them to ensure that every child is learning to their fullest. Ms. Irina is very kind and loving and makes sure that every child in her classroom is learning to their full potential.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Dr. Suess
    Years in ECE industry:
    2
  • Ms. Lori

    Ms. Lori, Pre-Kindergarten Program

    My favorite part about being a teacher is getting to see their smiling faces every single day and watching their excitement when they master a new task.

    Ms. Lori is one of our lead teachers in the Pre-Kindergarten Program. Ms. Lori does a great job incorporating Spanish into her daily activities. Ms. Lori also works with the children on their printing skills, learning sight words, social skills, and much more to ensure that each child is prepared for the next stage in their life- Kindergarten!

    Favorite Children's Book:
    Robert Munsch stories and Dr. Suess
    Years in ECE industry:
    29
    Education:
    CDA
  • Ms. Peggy

    Ms. Peggy, Pre-K Prep Program

    The children's enthusiasm is what makes being a teacher so wonderful. Listening to their stories, watching them grow socially and academically, and receiving their hugs and smiles everyday is so rewarding.

    Ms. Peggy has been with Knowledge Beginnings since the center opened in 2001. She started out as the Discovery Preschool teacher and then went to the Preschool Program for many years. She also was the Pre-Kindergarten teacher for a couple of years. Ms. Peggy has been working in the Early Childhood Education industry for over 20 years and continues to enjoy being around children and their families. She is dedicated to the families by making sure they are getting the best possible care and education from Knowledge Beginnings.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Where the Wild Things Are"
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Psychology
  • Ms. Kelsey

    Ms. Kelsey, Infant Program

    I love being a teacher because I enjoy watching the children's imaginations go wild and their personalities come to life!

    Ms. Kelsey is one of our amazing infant teachers! Ms. Kelsey is great at creating fun art projects for the infants and loves to let them use their senses by exploring new things. We love Ms. Kelsey because she is so patient and loving towards all of the infants in her care.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Lorax"
    Years in ECE industry:
    5
  • Ms. Devin, Toddler Program

    Ms. Devin is one of our amazing toddler teachers. She is very creative and uses her imagination to create fun activities to keep the toddlers occupied and stimulated. Ms. Devin is so patient and caring with the toddlers and loves them as if they were her own.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Goodnight Moon"
    Years in ECE industry:
    1
  • Ms. Candy

    Ms. Candy, Infant Program

    The joy of watching children learn through exploration and sociallization is the best part of being a teacher.

    Ms. Candy is one the lead teachers in our Infant Program. She has been at Knowledge Beginnings since it opened in 2001 and with the company for over 20 years. Candy has received her Child Development Associates certificate and continues to renew her credentials every 5 years. Ms. Candy's passion for children is seen everyday as she gives her undivided attention to each child. Her nurturing side shows through while caring for each child in her class. She gets so excited for each child as they reach their developmental milestones. Ms. Candy practices sign language with the infants and enjoys reading and singing finger-play songs.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "The Very Best Home for Me"
    Years in ECE industry:
    20
    Education:
    Child Development Associate
  • Ms. Lindsey

    Ms. Lindsey, Infant Program

    I knew when I started in this field that I wanted to do nothing more than educate children at a young age. I could not be happier about my decision! I love building a strong relationship with my families and helping the children grow and learn in all of the developmental areas. Seeing the children light up when they have successfully completed an activity is so rewarding.

    Ms. Lindsey is one of our teachers in the Infant program. She has been with Knowledge Beginnings since 2001 and while attending college, found her love for early childhood education. Ms. Lindsey has worked with other age groups, but older Infants is her passion. Ms. Lindsey loves to do art projects, read books, sing songs and do activities outdoors with the infants. She creates an atmosphere where the children can develop on their own to prepare them for the next classroom- Toddlers!

    Previous Experience:
    Lindsey perviously worked in another child care setting.
    Favorite Children's Book:
    "I Like Me" by Nancy Carlson
    Years in ECE industry:
    16
  • Ms. Sara

    Ms. Sara, Discovery Preschool Program

    I love watching the children grow and become more confident in their own abilities. I love watching them and seeing them do something that I have taught them. I also love all of the snuggles and hugs that come with this age group.

    Ms. Sara is one of our lead Discovery Preschool teachers. Ms. Sara and Ms. Ashley do so well with creating activities that keep the Discovery Preschoolers busy and focused on learning new concepts. She loves to read books and have discussions about the topics learned in the book or the lesson for the day; Ms. Sara and Ms. Ashley work together to incorporate Spanish in their Discovery Preschool classroom.

    Favorite Children's Book:
    "Brown Bear, Brown Bear"
    Years in ECE industry:
    8
    Education:
    Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education
  • Ms. Annie is one of our loyal team members who comes and helps us out in the summer as she is attending college to pursue her degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Annie loves to work with each age group, but the Preschoolers stole her heart.

    Years in ECE industry:
    3
    Education:
    Pursuing Degree in Early Childhood Development

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

The Knowledge Beginnings facility is built around three Enrichment Rooms that incorporate critical areas of development into children's daily routine in ways that are age-appropriate, educational, exciting and fun. The children get to explore these rooms on a daily basis to enhance the learning inside the classroom. The three Enrichment Rooms are called: Science Suite, Poet's Place, and Imagination Station.

In Poet's Place, the primary focus is the enhancement of the language arts. Children using this room have opportunities to participate in activities that enhance speech, writing, reading, listening, and Spanish. The Pre-Kindergarten class uses this room as a Library to check out books and do a writing activity about the book they have selected. This room is also used for our Learning Adventures Program that includes math, phonics, music, and cooking.

In Imagination Station, the area is specifically focused on creative expression, dramatic play, movement, and musical activities. The wide range of musical instruments, dramatic play props, and materials for storytelling, play acting, and puppetry encourage children to use their imagination, creativity, and language in a rich and meaningful way.

In Science Suite, the area is devoted to materials and activities that support mathematics and scientific discovery. Materials and activities in this room encourage children to observe, record, and examine materials including water, plants, and animals. Many of the Science Room activities, although science based, also use literacy and math skills.

Languages Spoken at Our Center

  • 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

Our center offers coded access with computer check-in with cameras and telephones in every classroom. We are lucky to be in a very low traffic area with open space around us and we have separate, fenced-in playgrounds for each age group. Our center is nut-free and our staff are CPR and First Aid certified and keep up with trainings throughout the year. We have a health nurse that comes to the center each month to ensure we remain above expectations. Health and saftey of the children is a high priority of ours.

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.

I wish to thank everyone at Knowledge Beginnings again and again for all the work, involvement, and positive influence you've had on Skylar and myself over the past many months. With your guidance and love, she has grown into the special, exuberant, and dynamic person she will be throughout life.

- Father with daughter in Pre-Kindergarten Program

We're thankful for the peace of mind that our daughter is okay while we're gone. Also that she's getting attention and development help.

- Mother

We love knowing that our daughter is happy while she is there and that everyone has her best interest in mind. It is also nice that everyone seems to know her name, we love all her teachers!

- Mother

Thank you for keeping the older kids engaged all day with fun activities, sports, and field trips. I have been particularly impressed with my sons increased interest in art which is fueled by the teachers passion! We have been at Knowledge Beginnings and love it- because of the awesome staff!

- Mother

Thank you for providing an excellent learning environment for my child each day. She has so much fun and doesn't realize that she is learning so much! My daughter has loved each of her Knowledge Beginnings teachers. They are truly the best! Thank you!

- Mother

We are most passionate about our child being a part of the "KB family." Everyone is glad to see our child and knows who he is, and creates a comfortable, happy, excited atmosphere. Also knowing our child is safe and being well cared for. We've been so happy with the care our son has had at KB and appreciate the hard work of all the teachers and staff.

- Mother and Father

All that you do for the kids, to teach them right, make them think, help them to expand, keep them safe, let them explore, tend to the boo-boos, make their days exciting, fun with a positive outlook, and books books books!

- Mother

Thank you for giving my son a place that he loves coming to; to learn, to play with friends and to feel safe. Thanks for all you do. You are very much appreciated!!

- Mother

As a parent it is comforting to have the high level of confidence in you children's care providers like I do in Knowledge Beginnings. I appreciate the balance my kids get each day -from the healthy well rounded diet to a variety of activities that encourage physical fitness, reading, writing and art. But above all, I know my kids are in a safe and secure environment where the teachers love them like their own and it has helped to grow their confidence as little people in the world. I will be forever grateful for the care that Knowledge Beginnings has provided my children!

- Mother

Here are things that we think are important for our kids when we send them to a childcare center: Safety, satisfaction to basic needs (food, rest, cleanliness), interaction with other kids and adults, caring and patient staff, encouraging environment to keep them open and curious, readiness to kindergarten. We think our daughter is getting all of them from her teachers, so a big thank you to them!

- Mother and Father
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