Astrid Lundgren, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Our center is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission.
Meet Astrid Lundgren, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2022
Education: Bachelor's Degree in Education, Master's Degree in Supervision and Administration
Favorite Children's Book: The Giving Tree
Meet Astrid Lundgren! Astrid is the Center Director at Allen Knowledge Beginnings in Texas. Astrid has earned a Bachelor's Degree in Education and a Master's Degree in Supervision and Administration. Astrid has been with KinderCare for one year, and before that was a center director. Outside of work, Astrid enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with family. Astrid's favorite quote is, "Tell me and I forget, teach me and I learn, involve me and I remember."
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.
What Learning Looks Like
Our talented early-childhood teachers set kids down the path toward becoming lifelong learners in a positive, safe, and nurturing environment.
Allen Knowledge Beginnings Programs
Infant Programs (6 weeks–1 year)
Leaving your baby in someone else’s care is a big step. Everyone at our centers—most importantly, our naturally gifted infant teachers—will work with you to make sure the transition goes smoothly. When you step into our infant classroom, you’ll see how much we want your infant to feel safe, loved, and ready to explore their world.
Toddler Programs (1–2 Years)
Everything in our toddler classroom is designed for little explorers. That’s because a lot is going on at this age. When your child is wandering all over the place, that means they’re learning and discovering new things every day. We’ll help them explore their interests (and find new ones!) as they play and learn.
Discovery Preschool Programs (2–3 Years)
This age is filled with so much wonder and curiosity. That’s why we offer a ton of books and toys and bring artwork down to kids eye level. Children in discovery preschool also begin to learn how we all work together in a classroom. Simple math and science, pretend play, and group play help them get used to a more structured school setting.
Preschool Programs (3–4 Years)
This age is all about expression, when kids really start to form their own ideas about what they want to play and how they want to create. Every day in our preschool classroom, your child will explore science experiments, create artwork, and play pretend—all the skills needed for their big next step: kindergarten!
Prekindergarten Programs (4–5 Years)
When you walk into one of our pre-K classrooms, you’ll see artwork and writing displayed around the room. Labels are everywhere to help kids connect letters with words. You’ll also see pictures on the walls that reflect the families in our community. Your child will also deepen their knowledge in language, math, science, Spanish, and social skills.
Kindergarten Programs (5–6 Years)
Welcome to kindergarten: the gateway to grade school and everything that comes next! Offered in select centers, our kindergarten programs have small class sizes and curriculums that mix learning and fun. The basic building blocks of reading, writing, math, and science are key in kindergarten, so we make sure they get lots of practice in all of these areas.
Before- and After-School Programs (5–12 Years)
You can count on us to provide reliable care for your school-ager while you’re at work, with safe transportation from our center to your child’s school and back! Whether your child wants to start a drama club, build a volcano, or create a comic book, they will have a place to follow their dreams. Your child will start and end the day with a whole lot of fun!
School Break Programs (preschool, prekindergarten, and school-age)
Winter break, spring break, summer break—when school’s out (but you still need to work), you can count on KinderCare to provide a safe and supportive learning environment that’s focused on fun. We welcome children ages 5–12 during school break times and make sure they have a sensational, screen-free experience they won’t forget.
Participating Child Care Aware Center
KinderCare partners with Child Care Aware® of America to offer fee assistance for Active Duty military families and flexible support to fit their needs when care at a Child Development Center on the installation is not available.
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Music Explorers™ (2 – 4 Years)
KinderCare families are already giving a standing ovation to our newest Learning Adventures program: Music Explorers! Kids will learn to sing, move, listen, play instruments, and even create their own tunes. Our original curriculum blends math, science, social studies, literacy, and mindfulness (think yoga!) for a uniquely KinderCare way of learning the foundations of music.
Phonics Adventures® (2 – 4 Years)
Learning how to read is a whole lot of fun at KinderCare! We help kids grow to love books and words (and get ready for kindergarten) in our Phonics Adventures program. From discovering the basics of vowels to practicing poetry, kids learn all about letters and sounds in small-group lessons made just for their age group. (Bonus: Kids who attend our phonics program are more prepared than their peers for school—and we have the data to prove it.)
STEM Innovators (3-8 Years)
You’ve probably heard a lot about how important STEM education is for your child, but what does that really mean? Our STEM Innovators program takes kids’ natural ability to make sense of the world and applies it to robotics, chemistry, coding, geology, and more. While your child experiments, they’ll discover how to use technology to do amazing things!
We're the only company in early childhood education to select teachers based on natural talent. Being a great educator isn't enough though. KinderCare teachers are also amazing listeners, nurturers, boo-boo fixers, and smile-makers. Put more simply, we love our teachers and your child will, too.
Meet just a few of our amazing KinderCare teachers!
A KINDERCARE TEACHER WITH
An Artist's Heart
"My classroom is full of art!” says Mary Annthipie-Bane, an award-winning early childhood educator at KinderCare. Art and creative expression, she says, help children discover who they really are.
We put our best-in-class teachers in a best-in-class workplace. We're so proud to have been named one of Gallup's 37 winners of the Great Workplace Award. When you put great teachers in an engaging center, your children will experience an amazing place to learn and grow.
Don't take our word for it. Hear what our families have to say about our amazing center!
We love Knowledge Beginnings and consider the teachers, directors, and families here as an extension of our family. We have a two-and-a-half-year-old and an eight-month-old who have been attending since they were very young. Staff turnover is very low because you can tell the directors take very good care of the teachers, who in turn take great care of the kids and seem very happy to work here and with each other. All of the staff know everyone in our family by name. I love that they have special activities for the kids such as Splash days in the summer, dress-up days, class parties, special guests, and a daily curriculum for all ages, including infants, such as sensory play. My toddler is advanced for his age in many areas, especially vocabulary, as are many of the kids in his class, and I know the center has played a big part in that. Several times, I've called during the day to make sure one of my kids is feeling okay and the staff are perfectly understanding, getting their teacher on the phone with me right away to address any concerns. I even called once when I was running late because I dropped off past breakfast time (they serve meals and snacks) and asked if they could feed my son anyway and Katie, the assistant director, said "Absolutely, we'll get him breakfast right away. Never feel bad about calling for these types of things, it happens. We would never let him go hungry." They really do go the extra mile for your family and I can't imagine taking my kids anywhere else.”
Crystal E. - KinderCare Parent
My children love coming to school every morning! We switched our kids from Twin Oaks in Allen over to Knowledge Beginnings because of all of the great things we heard. All turned out to be true. Both of our kids' math and writing skills have improved drastically! Also this school does progress reports and one-on-one conferences with the teachers and parents.They are very friendly and extremely involved with our children's well-being and education. Gorgeous school inside and outside! They do tons of events and socials, which allows the teachers and kids to interact. Side note: They serve lunch in a family-style setting, allowing the kids to serve themselves. I know this sounds like a disaster, but they make it work! The staff here teaches the children independence, and my children display these habits at home as well. Nice to know they mirror what we teach them. The tuition is more than reasonable! Very glad we went with this school.
Thank you, Knowledge Beginnings, for being a part of my children's education.”
Britton G. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter loves coming to school. She truly feels loved by her teacher. During breaks, she will ask me if she can go to school. As an educator, I know the importance of fostering a love for learning at an early age and I can truly say that the staff at Knowledge Beginnings go above and beyond to start children off on a wonderful academic career!”
Reena V. - KinderCare Parent
We have been at the Allen Knowledge Beginnings in the Interactive Kindergarten program since the end of August and are loving it. My four-year-old son loves his teacher and the other teachers he spends time with. He talks about his friends he has met all the time, and best of all, he has made so much progress in this short amount of time. I am very happy I chose to put him here.”
Aimee S. - KinderCare Parent
We have been with Allen Knowledge Beginnings since they opened several years ago. Ms. Katie and Ms. Alice have been absolutely phenomenal with my boys. My youngest has autism and both my husband and I work full time. Ms. Alice has been great about letting my son have his therapy in the center so that he can progress developmentally and stay on target. They are an extension of our family!”
Molly S. - KinderCare Parent
For the past year, my two kids attended Knowledge Beginnings and I highly recommend it. Teachers write notes and share stories on the daily sheets. The Preschool Teacher posts the class's activities so that I can see what my daughter does during the day. This allows me to ask my daughter specific questions about her day. The entire staff knows every family and each staff member from teachers to director has shared stories about my children's days. The teachers are highly skilled and knowledgeable. They keep the classroom engaging by changing activity stations throughout the year. The Director and Assistant Director bring enriching programs to the school and hire the highest quality teachers. I never worry about my children during the day, because I know they are in the best of care.”
Jennifer K. - KinderCare Parent
My oldest son started going to Allen Knowledge Beginnings in 2010. Ms. Alice and her staff are the most professional group I have worked with. I have called the corporate office a few times to brag about a few teachers thus far. In 2012, my youngest son joined his brother at the center at eight weeks old and is still there. Now that my eldest is going to be in first grade, I look back and have no regrets of who I chose to take care of and teach both of my boys. This place is like a second home to my family and me. Thank you, Ms. Alice and team!”
Colleen V. - KinderCare Parent
The staff at Allen Knowledge Beginnings truly cares about the kiddos. They give us a detailed account of my son's day when we pick him up. The teachers really focus on teaching, not just babysitting. I am so impressed by everything my son has learned since he began going there. I trust the staff here 100% to take wonderful care of my child and give him an outstanding education.”
Sarah C. - KinderCare Parent
The Allen Knowledge Beginnings has been a wonderful place for our son. I have never doubted that he was in good hands. His teachers go out of their way to make sure I am informed on his day and provide him comfort on days he is not at his best (teething is hard work, after all). We have been very pleased with Knowledge Beginnings and wouldn't go anywhere else!”
Holley L. - KinderCare Parent
When looking for full-time day care, I personally toured and spoke with 15 different daycares in the area. Not one of them could even compare to the fantastic things the Allen Knowledge Beginnings has to offer:
-The atmosphere is very family style, where everyone knows everyone.
-The staff is courteous and knowledgeable.
-Parents are kept fully "in the loop" about their child's day via notes and teacher comments.
-Curriculum is age appropriate and up to date.
-Safety precautions are taken to ensure the safety of the children and staff.
-The directors are fantastic leaders who are respected by their employees.
-My kids have so much fun and love their teachers and going to "school."
-Cost-wise, this center falls in the middle of most daycare price ranges.”
Holley L. - KinderCare Parent
My daughter has gone to the Allen Knowledge Beginnings since she has been two years old. She just graduated at age five and it is such a bittersweet moment. Knowledge Beginnings has been a place we have called "school" for quite some time, and I love how my daughter feels so comfortable and loved because of the wonderful teachers and the directors. I always feel like my child is the only child in the school when I come to them with a situation, because of how much they try to solve any problem and make me feel at ease. I always tell other parents who are looking for a daycare how wonderful this place is and the impact the teachers and director have had on our family.”
Kacey D. - KinderCare Parent
We started at the Allen Knowledge Beginnings over five years ago when our daughter was two (she is now seven and we also have a two-and-a-half-year-old son). From the beginning, the staff have always been courteous, knowledgeable, and dependable. All of the classrooms are clean and inviting. Both of our children are ahead of their age-group peers in counting, reading, and socializing which we attribute to the Knowledge Beginnings curriculum and staff.
Clean facility with up-to-date safety checks
Low staff turnover
Fun classrooms and engaging curriculum
Welcoming (always greet our children by name)
Quick responses to any concerns
Ability to pay tuition online
Dusty V. - KinderCare Parent
My two kids have been going to the Allen Knowledge Beginnings for the past five and a half years. We love how all the staff loves our kids and genuinely care for their well-being. We have gone through the newborn room all the way to 'big kid class.' My kids have learned structure, independence, potty training, rules, academics, and gained many friendships. We really like the phonics class, which gives your child a little extra one-on-one time to accelerate their learning. I highly recommend it!
I also love how flexible the Director and Assistant Director are when special last-minute needs arise--like bringing my child to the car if I am sick or running late to an appointment for them. I also like the menu and food selection they feed the kids all day. I feel it is very balanced and healthy. I love how they have their own splash park--the kids look forward to their splash day every summer! I also love how they do special programs/camps during the summer and for the school breaks (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Spring Break, etc.). The kids love the in-house field trips and special guests who come to visit. I would definitely recommend the Allen Knowledge Beginnings to family and friends!”
Michelle C. - KinderCare Parent
Who Are KinderCare Families?
They hail from hundreds of cities across the country from countless backgrounds, and proudly represent every walk in life. What our families have in common, though, is the want to give their children the best start in life. We are so proud to be their partner in parenting.
Hear from just a few of our amazing KinderCare families.
A Globe-Trotting Family Finds A
Home in Houston
Four young children, four different passports, two languages, two full-time jobs…oh, and a few triathlons thrown in for good measure. Meet the globe-trotting Colettas—a family on the go.
Frequently Asked Questions
What accreditations does KinderCare have?
We are your trusted caregiver. Our centers are state-licensed and regularly inspected to make sure everything meets or exceeds standards, including child-to-teacher ratios and safe facilities. Our centers aren’t just licensed—most are accredited, too! Find out more.
Do you offer part-time schedules at Allen Knowledge Beginnings?
Everybody’s schedule is different. We’re happy to offer quality, affordable part-time and full-time childcare. Drop-in care may also be available. Reach out to your Center Director to learn more.
How does naptime work at Allen Knowledge Beginnings?
Our teachers meet every child’s needs during naptime. Our teachers know how to get babies to nap. In fact, they are pros at getting children of any age to nap. Visit our article on "10 Ways We Help Kids Get a Great Daycare Nap" to learn more.
Do you support alternative diets?
We strive to be as inclusive as possible. To that point, we provide a vegetarian option at mealtime, take care to not serve common allergens and can adapt menus based on your child’s food sensitivities. If your child has additional needs, we’ll work with you to figure out a plan.
Are meals included in tuition? Can I choose to send my child with lunch?
We provide nutritious meals and snacks developed by a registered dietician to meet the needs of rapidly growing bodies and minds. If your child has special dietary requirements and you would prefer to bring in their lunch, please make arrangements with the center director.
Does my child need to be potty-trained?
Every child begins toilet learning at a different age. Until your child shows an interest in toilet learning, we’ll provide diaper changes on an as-needed basis. When your child shows an interest, we'll discuss how to work together to encourage toilet learning.