Between the two of them, Dawna and Ken Allred have worked at Knowledge Universe for 43 years. The couple, who met through mutual friends in college, have been married 25 years. Dawna is a Center Director at San Juan KinderCare in Citrus Heights, California, and Ken is a Senior Facilities Tech for Northern California and Colorado.
“Working for Knowledge Universe has worked out well for us,” says Ken. “We have all the same friends!”
“I like working for the same company as my husband, even though we never really talk about work,” says Dawna. “We both have respect for the company even though we have completely different job functions.”
The Allreds’ children, now 23, 16, and 15 also attended KinderCare when they were younger.
“My kids were basically raised at KinderCare,” says Dawna.
And between their years of experience, the meaningful moments are almost too many to count. From lending a hand during Professional Development Day to celebrating a second accreditation, the Allreds cherish it all.
“It’s always fun to get together as a group to ‘blitz’ a center and help it out,” says Ken. “And it’s fun to help out with events like PDD. I’ve barbequed before and people still make comments about it. But I like working with my DMs and supporting them with stuff like that.”
“Having been here for so long, it’s fun to have old students come back and bring their kids,” says Dawna. “They’ll say stuff like ‘I had a great experience at KinderCare and I want my kids to have that too!’”