Jennifer Smith, Center Director
Ages: 6 weeks to 12 years
Route 571/ Old Trenton Road, behind The Bank, across from Corner Copia and Hiseido Factory
Elementary Schools Bussed To:
Public Schools will provide transportation upon parents request. Parents must contact school district. We also can provide busing to and from different schools.
Meet Jennifer Smith, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 1996
Education: Certified Director for the State of New Jersey
Favorite Children's Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
Meet Jennifer Smith! She is the Center Director at East Windsor Knowledge Beginnings in New Jersey. Jennifer attended Brookdale Community College, where she earned a Director’s Academy Certificate for the State of New Jersey. She has been with Knowledge Beginnings for twenty-five years, and before that she was a teacher and a program specialist. “Live less out of habit and more out of intent.” Outside of work, Jennifer enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her family.
AMERICA’S MOST ACCREDITED
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.
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.
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!
Interactive Kindergarten (5–6 Years)
Kindergarten is a critical year for young learners. Experienced KinderCare teachers will tap into your child’s natural curiosity to help get them even more prepared for elementary school. Our engaging lessons make the most of current technology while offering plenty of hands-on play and exploration.
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.
Elementary School Distance Learning
Healthy bodies, happy hearts, growing minds. We make distance learning easy on your whole family! Our teachers are trained to facilitate safe and dynamic learning experiences online and in-person. Since every school has their own learning plan, we’ve added flexible enrollment options to meet your family’s needs. Whether you choose to enroll full-time, part-time, or before and after school, we’re here for you!
Learning Adventures - Enrichment Program
Cooking Academy™ (3 – 12 Years)
In Cooking Academy, kids learn new recipes from cultures around the world and develop a healthy relationship with food. They’ll whip up everything from Southwest rainbow lettuce wraps to pumpkin muffins, building their skills in STEM, communication, and more along the way. And yes—little chefs get to eat their culinary creations!
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!
My daughter has been attending this center since August 2008, when she was just 20 weeks-old. SHe is now in their kindergarten program, which will be her last year attending. This year is bittersweet that she will be leaving the center to start first grade in the fall.
This center has not just been a daycare, but her first educational environment. It has also been her home and the people there are like family to us. It is such a warm and nurturing environment. I am forever grateful to the amazing people there. Most especially to Ms Dana, the center director, who has embraced this center and the people within it as her family.
My daughter cannot wait to go to school every single day, which is because of people, like Dana, who make it such a wonderful place for her. The teachers are all so happy and clearly love it there. You can tell that they love what they do, which is evident on the happy, eager faces of all the children there. I am happy and proud to say that Knowledge Beginnings has been Luciana's home for over five years now!”
Cristina D. - KinderCare Parent
“My daughter has been enrolled since 2012 and making the decision to go back to work full time and leave my only child in daycare was devastating for me.Other facilities in the area were cheaper but I chose Knowledge Beginnings because it was right across the street from my job so I would have close access to my child if need be.The 1st year was very rough for me as Eva was only a year old. Eva was born prematurely, and has always been very tiny, suffers from eczema, had to endure a milk allergy for her 1st two years.As a first time mother and one of a preemie , I was very nervous, skeptical, and apprehensive of letting anyone take care of my child. The transition to daycare was tough, Eva was sick quite often her first year as most kids are when first introduced to daycare or school environment.I remember when Lisa A. was there as Assistant Director, she was always smiling and very attentive to our needs. We were very happy for Lisa to have moved on and to see she was promoted and obviously recognized for her great efforts. However, when she left we were saddened as we felt we lost that 'happy feeling' she possessed and sense of security.Time passed and I did not feel the same with the staff and management that was in place at that time, I contemplated looking for another daycare facility.Luckily in 2013, Dana Friedman came along. Almost immediately I could see a change in the facility, a change in the staff....things seems more vibrant and upbeat.What I noticed most, was how attentive Dana and Katie were to all the parent needs, questions, and requests.Dana was interested in our personal needs, and she wanted 'us' parents to feel comfortable and 'not have to worry' when we walked out the door.The best part of all, it wasn't lip service. You can see how much the staff cares for these kids as if they are their own.Every time I walk in , whether a child is having a bad day crying for their mommy, or someone is sick, or maybe the kids are just too rambunctious for the day, the staff has everything under control.The social events that they design and spear head for the kids are wonderful, I can honestly say KB is much more than a 'daycare' and by no means a babysitting type environment.I love the curriculum, my daughter is learning so many wonderful things and she is only 4 years old. My husband and I are just amazed at the things she is learning and retaining. Not only is the educational curriculum excellent, theses children are learning, intense social skills that are so important in preparing them for elementary school and every day life.Being a working mom, you have to juggle your work schedule and your child. Very hard thing to do as we all know , children do not come with handbooks, children are not robots...they are beautiful blessings that thrive in the right hands. Little Joey may be having an off day crying at morning drop off but Mom had a 9am meeting to get to. What do you do, do you stay with your child, do you run to your meeting? The decision of what to do may be easy for some parents and hard for others.I have been faced with these situation many times and Dana and her staff have always been very accommodating in helping me balance that 'schedule'. .Whether I did have to rely on one of the teachers to make my child feel safe and ok that mommy was leaving or whether I chose 5 more minutes to stay and calm her down myself, that flexibility was there as well the assurance that my child would be ok.I feel praise are seldom given in the world of education and customer service.Dana Friedman and her staff need to be recognized for their outstanding facility and most importantly their SERVICE.They continually go above and beyond to ensure that all the children's best interest are being met. They are nurturing, caring when they need to be . They also are disciplined and professional all the while keeping our children happy and safe.I want to personally thank Dana and the KB staff for all that they do.They have made my day to day easier knowing my daughter is happy, safe and thriving ...in their hands.Thank you for your time and I hope that Dana and her team are recognized for their 'above and beyond' efforts.”
Kristina E - KinderCare Parent
Knowledge Beginnings has provided my daughters with a caring and nurturing environment that is also fun and educational. The staff feels like family and is always accommodating to the needs of the individual children. I would recommend this Knowledge Beginnings to any parent that needs child care.”
Terri - KinderCare Parent
Our son, Jason, has attended Knowledge Beginnings Learning Center since May of 2010. Similar to many parents, my wife and I did lots of online research on various daycare centers in our area coupled with on-site visits. We found Knowledge Beginnings to be the best fit for our family.
This is because the staff is attentive and caring to both their students and parents. They help you manage work and family obligations, which is not an easy task. Knowledge Beginnings makes things easier for our family, as we know Jason is getting a high quality education, within a nurturing and caring environment.
Recently, our family approached the decision on whether to place Jason in public kindergarten, or to have him remain at Knowledge Beginnings. The decision was easy for us! We knew the additional year in a small classroom would continue to develop Jason.
Our family also welcomed our newest addition to our family with our newborn, Austin. Currently, my wife decided to take additional time off of work to remain at home with Austin. However, when she decides to transition back to work, we plan to have Austin attend Knowledge Beginnings like his older brother.
Overall, our experience has been great. I believe that the teachers and staff take their queues from their managers. Dana Friedman is an amazing Director. She is approachable and always willing to address our questions. Of most importance, or son loves going to school and thinks Ms. Sara is great. It has been a first class environment that we plan to use in the future.”
Sean Bacchus - KinderCare Parent
I just wanted to drop a note to compliment you on the great job you are doing at Knowledge Beginnings. The changes you have made to staffing, food selections, and overall care have caused me to feel very confident that my son, Avery, is receiving better education and overall care. My daughter, Olivia, seems to be doing well with transitioning classrooms, even with staff changes. The transition or changes in teachers have not delayed her at all. The teachers for both Avery and Olivia seems to genuinely care about the children and want to be there.
Overall, we think you and your staff are valuable assets to this Knowledge Beginnings.”
Karin K. - KinderCare Parent
I could not be more pleased with the decision to enroll our son at Knowledge Beginnings. Their staff are compassionate about children and so accommodating of any of his needs. I am so proud of the progress he has made this school year, and I am confident that he will be ready for Kindergarten in September!”
Lindsey G. - KinderCare Parent
Our son has been attending Knowledge Beginnings for about a year now and I absolutely love it! The teachers are amazing and take such great care of my son. They care for him like he's their family. From management to teachers, it's such an awesome place and I know my son is being cared for well while I'm at work. No parent wants to leave their child but if you were to leave them then the staff at Knowledge Beginnings - East Windsor is the place to go!”
Daneen S. - KinderCare Parent
Our daughter arrived at Knowledge Beginnings shortly after turning 2. From the first day, the staff has treated her as if she was their daughter. In fact, that first day, a staff member held her until she was comfortable. They have been instrumental in her intellectual, social, and emotional development every year she has been there. From helping her become potty trained, to learning her numbers and letters, to working effectively with others, her experience has been outstanding from the beginning. We could not be more appreciative and pleased with the staff at Knowledge Beginnings. My wife and I are confident our daughter is ready to start school in large part to her experience at Knowledge Beginnings.”
Liz H. - KinderCare Parent
Our experience with Knowledge Beginnings has been nothing short of wonderful. As first time parents, we were nervous to be going back to work and leaving the baby, but after day one, we knew we had found the exact right place for Zachary. We were reassured right away. The loving, caring, and warm approach to being with the children is unmatched. We are so incredibly lucky to have found this center. Zac has thrived the past few months, learning how to pick up books and "read" them, crawl, pull himself up, and stand. Every single teacher that has been in Zac's life has touched him and us in some way. We are so incredibly grateful for the experience he is having at Knowledge Beginnings. We can't thank the teachers and directors enough for this incredible education he is receiving, now at ten months old and thriving. We love you all!”
Jennifer and Michael P. - KinderCare Parent
I have loved Knowledge Beginnings from Day 1. During our tour, Ms. Donna took a few minutes to talk with me about me and my girl. She instantly made me feel at home and at ease with leaving my first child with her while I returned to work. Ms. Donna has not only been my daughter's teacher, but she has become someone I can talk about things I find challenging or have questions and she gives great advice and has new ideas. She has never made me feel bad on the days I would call to check up, just see how things were going. But Ms. Donna isn't the only wonderful teacher. As my daughter has grown and spent time with other teachers, everyone has been wonderful. Every day I come to work knowing everyone there has the best interest at heart for all the children and always lives and practices doing what is right . I also love all the great activities the teachers do with the students. From art projects, water play, learning colors, to other events that includes the families. Everyone there is thoughtful and cares for every child as if they are their own. Knowledge Beginnings is a great place to be.”
Jackie C. - KinderCare Parent
As a first time Mom, going back to work after a few short months of maternity leave was one of the hardest things I have ever had to do. My husband and I spent many months searching for the right care for our son. We are so blessed to have found Knowledge Beginnings!! We are beyond grateful to have such a loving and nurturing staff of teachers and directors who provide such a wonderful environment for each and every student. From day one, our son has been cared for as if he is one of their own; whether it be a little extra love because he is having a rough day or taking the extra time to help him with his learnings, the effort and love are a constant.
I truly believe that Knowledge Beginnings is our son's home away from home. The staff provides him with the perfect balance of structure, enrichment, learning and fun! I
can confidently say that each day we drop our son off, we are at ease knowing he is in the best care and environment and at a place he desires to be; so much so that during our morning routine he will go to his room, grab his shoes and ask for Miss Hannah! We are so blessed and so grateful to all the staff at Knowledge Beginnings!”
Stacey C. - KinderCare Parent
My wife and I were weary of leaving our children for the entire day anywhere, but she was going back to work. What we found at Knowledge Beginnings was Jen’s warm smile, a pleasant atmosphere, and crackers. The crackers hit the spot on 6 PM pickups. Over the year that we have been there, I have found Karen-Ann and Jen quick to respond to questions we have about what is going on in the classroom and scheduling/payment planning. As to our sons, the usual question in the morning is “What’s on the <KB> calendar for today?” or “Is it pajama day?””
Marc C. - KinderCare Parent
Each and every member of the staff - from Miss Jenn (Director) and Miss Samantha (Associate Director) to Miss Angela (Chef) to their day-today teachers (Mr. Josh, Miss Heather and Miss Sam) and everyone in between - they all have my children’s best interest at heart. Everyone knows each other; the staff are warm and supportive, and the children all seem happy and friendly.
They incorporate my children’s interests into their curriculum and day-to-day activities. They have found a way to capture my son’s attention for an impressive amount of time, even when practicing his handwriting. He brings home what he learns; sharing songs, calling out different letters and explaining the lessons in his own words. And my daughter comes home more adventurous and confident each day.
Our experience at other daycares, was that we had to bend to fit their process. At KB, they take the time to understand what our children’s needs are and are more than happy to accommodate their needs, within reason. This makes everything from drop off to naps easier. We find they have a great level of proactive communication with families (both from the center and the teachers) and are always open, available and willing to talk. They are incredibly responsive to queries or notes sent in through the app. These are always things you hope for in a daycare but things I’ve seen them continue to do since we’ve enrolled.
At KB, you can see that they genuinely understand that you are trusting them with cherished loved ones and that they take the responsibility seriously. Even in the worst of times, when COVID-19 shut schools, Jenn and our KB teachers took to Facebook, creating an online community. This provided a much-needed feeling of connectedness. Not to mention the fact that my son loved seeing the updates. And when it came time for the center to reopen, and our family returned… we were met with leadership, understanding and transparency. I know that they continue to go above and beyond for our families, and I couldn’t ask for more.
Thank you, East Windsor Knowledge Beginnings!!”
Lizzie S. - 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.