Minnesota Centers Achieve 100% accreditation

Great news: 100 percent of our KinderCare Learning Centers and Knowledge Beginnings centers in Minnesota are now nationally accredited! Industry wide, less than 10 percent of all providers are nationally accredited. With our 71 accredited centers in Minnesota, KinderCare continues to stand out as the national leader, providing the most high quality programs and services…

Florida KU students outperform state average on Kindergarten readiness, study finds

A new study of children enrolled in Florida’s Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten (VPK) program demonstrates that students from Knowledge Universe centers, including KinderCare Learning Centers, CCLC and Cambridge Schools, outperformed children from other programs on statewide assessments of kindergarten readiness. In addition to outperforming their peers from other programs, children who attended KU in Florida showed a…

May Activities from Our Curriculum

If you have any parents wondering what sort of fun activities they can do at home with their children during the upcoming holiday weekend, point them toward the latest post on our KinderCare blog Beyond the Classroom. This month, our activities focus on building children’s “executive function” skills. The term executive function refers to an…

Meaningful Moment: Transitioning from Center to School

In fact, at orientation I realized that the other children in her Kindergarten class will not have half the skills she developed at KinderCare. ~New Jersey parent As the school year draws to a close, many a Preschool and Prekindergarten parent prepares for their child leaving one of our centers for the world of grade…

Milwaukee KinderCare Makes Strides Against Breast Cancer

Milwaukee’s Team KinderCare recently raised $850 for its local Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk. It was a sunny day in Milwaukee, only made brighter by the many smiling faces of KinderCare’s teachers, Assistant Directors and Center Directors. “Some of the team brought their own babies, toddlers, and teenagers to support the walk, making one…

Celebrating Teachers

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week in our centers and if the conversation on Yammer is any indication, you’ve been thanking our teachers in a myriad of creative ways all week long. Our teachers are at the heart of what we do; they not only teach children to count and to write, but also how to share…

Q&A with Rebecca Gardner, Vice President of Center Operations

Rebecca Gardner is the new vice president of center operations at Knowledge Universe. In her first few weeks, she’s already started getting to know the NSC and our centers across the country. Becky sat down with our communications director, Neil Simon, to talk about her love of the outdoors, her move to Portland, and what…

Pirate Day at Healthy Starts

The children in the Junior Preschool class at the Healthy Starts Children’s Center in Portland, Oregon, recently wrote their own story about an adventurous pirate after studying buccaneers. “[This story shows] clever thinking by our two-year-olds,” said Stacey Birst-Yates, the Center Director of this CCLC center located on the campus of Oregon Health & Science…

New Survey Tool Pilot Showing Results

For the last ten years as Center Director Jody Braun has developed some of her own systems to hire teachers in Folsom, California. “I’ve done a ton of hiring,” Jody said. “I have helped my peers hire staff for years.” Jody says she started out learning “trial by fire,” experimenting with different methods, even finding…

Champions Leads the Way at the Illinois Afterschool Network Conference

“After school is not an afterthought.” Those were the inspiring words from Illinois State Senator Toi Hutchinson the keynote speaker at the Champions sponsored Illinois Afterschool Network (IAN) conference held in the state’s capitol. Senator Hutchinson spoke of the first bill she sponsored – funding afterschool programs. “The hours from 3-6 p.m. are the most…