We Survived Snowpocalypse!

Congratulations and thanks are due to our many colleagues who worked through freezing temperatures last week. If the photos are any indication, they did so with plenty of good cheer and teamwork. Here is a snow-dusted sampling from our centers: From Champions, Newport School, Illinois: Before the arctic blast set in, the children played in…

Meaningful Moment: Sight Words

The Kindergarten class at the Washington KinderCare center in Washington, Pennsylvania, is learning sight words, including yes, no, all, and the. The teacher, Ms. Aimee, often sends emails to parents updating them on their child’s progress. Last week she wrote to Grace’s mom, Anya, to let her know about a conversation that happened while the…

Congratulations Mt. Lebanon KinderCare!

Last week, Mt. Lebanon KinderCare in Pennsylvania celebrated their fifth year in operation. The center’s family involvement speaks for itself, with over 200 families enrolled, Mt. Lebanon is at full capacity. Here, KU colleagues share their praise for the center and its director, Melissa Fonda. “Congratulations to Melissa Fonda and the entire Mt. Lebanon team…

Celebrating Best in Class: Diane Thomas

Diane Thomas, Taney Avenue Center Director in Frederick, Maryland To me, “leading with your heart” means ensuring every member of your KinderCare family feels connected, necessary, and highly valued – this includes staff, children, and families. I strive to maintain a family-friendly atmosphere at the center and it is important to me that all members…

2013 Early Childhood Educator Award Winner LuAnn Cline

My passion personally is to make us kind of the best – our center, my classroom. I just have a passion for making it the best. LuAnn Cline, Prekindergarten teacher and 2013 Knowledge Universe® Early Childhood Educator Award recipient For teachers like LuAnn Cline, being good just isn’t enough. Not only does she strive to…

Second Annual Cook’s Creative Challenge a Yummy Success

For the second year in a row, KU Dietitian Carly Dunn invited center cooks to submit their best recipes for the Cook’s Creative Challenge, an annual contest designed to give our cooks kudos for their hard work, creativity, and dedication to providing nutritious and healthy daily meals to our students. “When I am out visiting…

Best in Class Tour: Kerstin Jorgensen

Best in Class Center Director Kerstin Jorgensen, leader of the Meridian KinderCare center in Puyallup, Washington, is an inspiring leader who makes her center feel like home. “Kerstin’s energy is absolutely contagious,” says Regional Vice President Tiffany Wright. “She is continuously seeking feedback to ensure she is always learning and growing and takes full responsibility…

Celebrating Best in Class: Teresa Stanley

Teresa Stanley, Moundsview Center Director in Moundsview, Minnesota I’m a good leader because I think of my team and the children first. I think about what is best for our center. To me, “leading with your heart” means looking at the whole picture to make sure you have the best solution for everyone. To inspire…