Updated: July 4, 2022
Open: Essential Center
To address the public need during the coronavirus crisis, this center will remain open to offer child care to families in essential service roles. For more information please visit the Essential Centers Page.
Erin Gannon, Center Director
Meet Erin Gannon, Our Center Director
At KinderCare Since: 2021
Education: Bachelor's Degree
Favorite Children's Book: Llama Llama Red Pajama
Meet Erin Gannon! She is the Center Director at Knowledge Beginnings North in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. Erin attended Granite State College, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree. She has been with KinderCare since 2021, and before that she was a director. Outside of work, Erin enjoys hiking, practicing martial arts, and spending time with her family and dogs. Her favorite quote is, "Greens help you grow!"
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.
Knowledge Beginnings North 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
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.)
Spanish Adventures provides young learners with a foundation for later success with the Spanish language. Music, games, children's Spanish literature, and other tools give children multiple opportunities to hear, practice, and see Spanish language to develop vocabulary and conversation skills. Curriculum includes lessons on greetings, numbers, colors, animals, family, body parts, and pets, as well as how to engage conversationally during common scenarios at home, a restaurant, or at the zoo.
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!
Over the last three years my family has had to move across the country forcing us to change our childcare multiple times. Of all the day care/learning centers we have placed our children in the Chelmsford Knowledge Beginnings is hands down the best. From the moment I walked into the Chelmsford Knowledge Beginnings I had a sense of how much the staff loved their jobs and truly cared about the kids. Almost a year later I feel the same way; both of my kids have flourished under this love and excellent curriculum. Thank you Chelmsford Knowledge Beginnings for everything you do.”
Shari B. - KinderCare Parent
Life with three children close in age presents many daily challenges. Rose and her team are consistently helpful and flexible with us, offering us the opportunity to deal with these little things more easily as they arise. However, every so often, life presents more than a daily challenge and it is one such event that occurred in our family recently and your exceptional team made a real difference in our lives well beyond our expectations. We found ourselves with my wife unexpectedly admitted to the hospital and Rose and her team made it possible for me to be by her side. During this time we threw several aged relatives who had never dropped off or picked up the kids into the mix and asked Rose, Linda and Karin to teach them on the fly, to reassure the kids, including lots of help way above and beyond the call of duty. I wanted you to know that our experience with your staff has been exceptional.”
John - KinderCare Parent
We appreciated very much how you intertwined learning with fun activities all through the year. We liked the even paced learning throughout the year with the focus on reading, writing and math. The family projects were a great opportunity for us to work on something together and share with rest of the classroom. The field trips provided varied experiences from being out on the farm to bringing holiday cheer to Meadow Lodge to appreciating the arts at the Performing Arts Center. The year end projects of studying life-cycles of butterflies and chicks were equally amusing and instructive at the same time. We thank you for all your efforts and hard work in making this school year so enriching and memorable and we wish the very best to you and your future students.”
Amit and Manodnya - KinderCare Parent
I just wanted to take a few minutes and share some opinions and feelings I have regarding Knowledge Beginnings. As you know our daughter has been attending Knowledge Beginnings since 2009, just after her first birthday. When we first began the search for appropriate child care for our daughter, we searched and researched over and over. We went on multiple interviews and tours of different centers. Up until that point she had never been left in the care of "strangers" - family only. I just wanted to tell you how happy I am that we chose Knowledge Beginnings for Eliza. You and the wonderful staff have always provided nurturing, and comforting care not just to her, but also to us as parents as well. We always feel safe knowing that Eliza is your care. The one troubling problem we have encountered over and over again is we have grown so attached to each and every teacher so much we have always struggled moving our daughter forward to her next classroom. Thankfully we have been blessed to find EVERY classroom she's been in is as great as the previous. It would be impossible to mention all the wonderful things and most excellent people that have touched and shaped her life thus far through Knowledge Beginnings, but I would be remiss not to call out the superstars: Ms. Linda, Ms. Karen, Ms. Megan, Ms. Sara, Ms. Amy, Ms.Wendy, Ms. Dawn, and of course yourself. Now, with all due respect the Golden circle superstars Ms. Paula, Mr. Jarrod and the unbelievable Ms. Jan. We love and respect you all so much that I wanted to be certain another day does not go by without telling you and thanking you. You have sadly created a problem for our future: What do we do after Kindergarten? How can we ever be as confident, in the learning experiences our daughter will have in her future? You have set the bar very high, and for that we will be forever grateful!”
The B. Family - KinderCare Parent
I just want to take a moment to send a sincere heart felt thank you to all at Knowledge Beginnings North. I have had the pleasure of sending both of my children to Knowledge Beginnings. They both started at about three months old. My son Brandon is now nine years old and my daughter Juliana is six years old.
My situation is unique, as I am the Director at this center and was able to truly enjoy having my children close to me and them receiving the very best education and care. This was truly a situation of having your cake and eating it too.
I can go on and on about the wonderful daily interactions I saw as they grew within the program but I want to share what I see now and how the amazing foundation created by everyone that touched Brandon and Juliana in Knowledge Beginnings has helped create amazing, well prepared, excited and passionate children, not only with school but with everything they do. Teachers not only helped create a spark and a true love for learning, but they also helped create confident children. Seeing and feeling that puts me at ease and I know that all that has been instilled in them will continue to be with them through out their lives.
You truly have become extended family to my children, and for that, as a mother, I am eternally grateful.”
Rose N. - KinderCare Parent
So my daughter Karley started going to Knowledge Beginnings in North Chelmsford about three weeks ago and I can’t believe how amazing there are to our family. Karley loves going there every morning when we get there she always says to me Sabrina Jessica as she say (Yessica) and Gabby as she says (Abby) there and when she see them she has a huge smile on her face. She loves playing there with her friends and her teachers and loves going to her new daycare. I’m so glad I switched her out of her old daycare to come here. She always asks me to go to daycare because she loves it. I am so happy that she there and having so much fun. Thanks for being an amazing caring daycare!”
Carolynn B. - 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 Knowledge Beginnings North?
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 Knowledge Beginnings North?
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.