Beautiful Beginnings was founded in 1999, under the direction of Khadija Lewis Khan, M.Ed, Executive Director. She made many improvements during her time as Director of the program including creating a new space specifically designed with kids in mind. She also lead the program into gaining the NAEYC accreditation status.
Elayne Terranova, our Assistant Director, has been a leader in our program for over 13 years. She has developed many of the enrichment programs at Beautiful Beginnings.
In each classroom there is a caring, knowledgable, credentialed teacher. All of the teaching staff continue their education to keep abreast of best practices in the field.
Our Philosophy of Care...
Here at Beautiful Beginnings we believe children learn through play. Through a mixture of child choice and teacher directed activities children acquire the foundation for reading, writing, and logical thinking. Most importantly, at Beautiful Beginnings we strive to make each child's learning experience a fun and exciting one.
We offer Infant and Toddler classrooms, as well as Department of Education certified Preschool, and Pre-Kindergarten classrooms. We are in a beautiful new location designed specifically for early education.
Beautiful Beginnings is committed to continuous quality improvement. We strive to provide the highest quality of care and education for the children and families that participate in our program. We have participated in BrightStars since 2010. We are a four star program, currently working on earning our fifth star.
Universal Pre-K Grantee!
Beautiful Beginnings was one of seven programs in the state, selected by the Department of Education, to operate a State Pre-K classroom. State Pre-K provides families that live in selected communities in Rhode Island an opportunity to attend a quality childcare program, funded by the state of Rhode Island. In 2015 we were granted a second State Pre-K classroom. Please use the link below to access the lottery application and information.
Early Reading First
We were the recipients of the Early Reading First (ERF) grant through Ready to Learn Providence. The ERF grant provided for language and pre-reading development work, professional development around early literacy and assessment, and cultural diversity training for staff and parents. Funding also provided hundreds of quality children’s books and related materials for each of our classrooms. We completed work with ERF in 2008 and are now considered a Center of Educational Excellence.