NSC Teams A to Z: F is for Facilities

Name: Facilities Size: About 130 team members Habitat: NSC team – the southeast corner of the 14th floor, field technicians are nomadic. Migratory patterns: Field techs are responsible for 15 centers within a 30 mile radius. Food: Pizza, doughnuts, chocolate, Sandy’s candy dish. Predators: Hurricanes, tornadoes, broken pipes, animals in centers. Most active: All day,…

Meet Champions Quality Achievement Award Winner Jason Nedley

Jason exemplifies PRIDE daily in all aspects of his interactions with the children, families, and staff at Whittier.  He respects children as unique and valuable individuals, sheltering them from risk, and creating an open and welcoming learning environment. Area Manager Erin Simmons says, “when a family calls my office from Whittier Champions they almost always…

Best in Class Tour: Scott Zimmerman

Center Director Scott Zimmerman earned Best in Class for his dedication and passion for his La Vista, Nebraska, center. “Making a difference in the lives of children and having the opportunity to shape a new generation of learners inspires me,” says Scott. As part of her Best in Class Tour, Dr. Elanna Yalow paid a…

Congratulations Leslie! 2013 Champions Quality Achievement Award Winner

The Champions Quality Achievement Award honors a Champions Site Director or teacher who cultivates high quality programs, demonstrates high quality teaching skills, and shows exemplary dedication and service to children and families. The year’s five winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to New York City for the National Afterschool Association Convention on February 28-March 3,…

2013 Early Childhood Educator Award Winner Maryella Bifano

I get to come to work every day and do what I love. I can honestly say I never have a problem getting up. Maryella Bifano, Prekindergarten teacher and 2013 Knowledge Universe® Early Childhood Educator Award recipient Maryella Bifano has been a Prekindergarten educator at the KinderCare® Learning Center in Woodridge, Illinois, for five years.…

Congratulating Champions New Mentors

“Please take a moment to congratulate our newly appointed Mentors for our Champions Division. Ten individuals were chosen as mentors by their managers for their leadership skills as well as their commitment to quality programming and implementation. Each has successfully completed the New Mentor Training conducted on February 6th with Quality & Accreditation Advisor, Sylvia…

Coming Soon: Professional Development Day

Are you ready for Professional Development Day on Monday, February 17? We’ve heard from our Education and Talent Management teams that there is a plethora of role-playing activities focusing on family engagement and parent communication. There’s even going to be a section set aside for teachers to spend updating their classrooms. “With how busy our…

Maryland centers achieve 100% NAEYC accreditation

The state of Maryland is known for blue crabs, the Baltimore Orioles, and now, having 100% accreditation across all KinderCare and Knowledge Beginnings centers (plus five CCLC centers). “The value of reflection and a commitment to continuous improvement is what becoming accredited stands for,” says Vice President of Quality and Accreditation Kathie Boe. “As part…