The Science of Sundogs

What is a sundog? In order to learn about the atmospheric phenomenon—what it is and why it happens—school-age kids at Lakeville KinderCare did research using the internet and drew pictures of their findings. The atmospheric phenomenon “sundog” creates bright spots of light in the sky which appear like a halo around the sun. Though they…

Student Council formed at Yorktown Champions

“I do solemnly pledge that I will responsibly represent the students of my class, participate in council activities to the best of my abilities, and uphold the honor of Champions at Yorktown Elementary.” So swore the ten officers of the newly formed Yorktown Champions Student Council, reciting words from a copy of the Student Council…

The Big Move

Moving to a new neighborhood is inherently stressful, but when that move also entails changing time zones and centers, it’s no wonder that a mother worried about how her young son would adjust. Thankfully, the staff at the family’s new center in California knew just what to do to make these Midwestern transplants, and Care…

Supporting Success

On her first day of work, Marcee didn’t know what to expect. The Site Director at Kenneth Murphy Elementary in Beach Park, Illinois had been away from the teaching world for 32 years. When she left her first day of work, Marcee was anxious and scared about continuing in her position. After reaching out to…

Teachers’ Tools

Hello and welcome to the new ONE! We’d like to take a moment to introduce our awesome tag cloud, located on the right side of your screen. Click on a tag, like Teachers’ Tools, and find archived stories on that topic. Perhaps you’d like to revisit the Top Ten List of Waiting Games, for ideas…

The Power of One

As Wisconsin District Manager Deb Gorman reflects on the lessons learned at the Center Director Summit in July, she remembers Wei-Li Chong, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, and his challenge to employees to “break glass,” to think and act differently. Five months later, not only has Deb’s Center Director team changed their thinking, but…

Tips for Transitioning with Kids

Gretchen Yeager, Champions Director of Quality and Accreditation, recently wrote an article for the National AfterSchool Association with her top 10 tips for helping children transition from one activity to another. Transitions can be hard on a child. With these helpful tips you can make it easier on your students to easily switch between activities.…

Celebrating Best in Class: Angel McKinney

Angel McKinney, Deerwood Center Director in Miami Florida I am a team player and I’m always 100% engaged with whatever task is at hand. I walk into my center every morning with a smile on my face, but most importantly, I let my team know that we are all in this together. My success is…