Grow Happy: Taco Casserole Recipe

Now that summer is in full swing your local farmer’s market is probably full of delicious vegetables. We’ve heard from several centers that recently hosted their own farmer’s markets to introduce their students to new, healthy foods. Our friends on the Grow Happy blog shared this recipe that just might keep that lesson going beyond…

Yammer 101

The word is out. Yammer is the place to be to build community within KU. Whether it’s connecting about the Center Director Summit, sharing activity ideas, or catching up on the latest company and industry news, Yammer has something for everyone. “Yammer is a great way to reach other centers and connect with ideas,” said center director…

Supporting our military families

Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day – throughout the year there are certain days when we take a moment to thank our servicemen and women and our veterans for serving our country. But teachers and staff at our centers near military installations know that supporting our military families isn’t a quarterly event; it’s part…

Love and a farewell

As another school year ends and summer begins, many of our families are transitioning out of our centers and into the world of “big kid school.” For many, this is a bittersweet moment full of nostalgia for the baby who grew up in the center and the curious child they’ve now become. One such family…

A heartfelt fundraiser in Algonquin, Illinois

When former KinderCare student Danielle turned 1 this past May, her biggest gift was the new heart she received via transplant on May 13. Danielle’s heart, which suffered no defects at birth, was irreversibly damaged by a virus this past year. Since then, parents Dave and Susan have negotiated new and often frightening territory. A…

San Diego students explore STEM

The La Jolla Children’s Learning Lab in California  recently introduced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Integration into lesson plans for preschool and prekindergarten children as a supplement to the Early Foundations Curriculum. The purpose of early STEM integration is to expose children to a higher level of critical thinking, a larger vocabulary, and practical…

Igniting Summit excitement on Yammer

More than 200 center directors are igniting a spirited conversation about the upcoming CD Summit over on Yammer: everything from region pride to how their center exemplifies our service values. This week’s topic is accreditation. Readers are sharing their tips for connecting the meaning of accreditation with families: “[Make] it evident in your center, [get]…

NSC teams A to Z: I is for internal audit

Name: Internal audit AKA: Doreen, Ann, Beth, Emily, Mark, Jody, Chloe and Gloria Known for: Identifying areas for operational improvement and working with teams around KU to understand the cause for process breakdowns and to support the centers and National Support Center groups in implementing solutions. The team creates awareness and provides feedback on the performance…

Early Childhood Action Day is Key for KinderCare

Pennsylvania KinderCare leaders went to the capitol in Harrisburg recently to lobby hard on behalf of their state’s tiniest constituents. KinderCare action team members visited legislators Tuesday, June 3, as part of the state’s Early Childhood Action Day, which encourages legislators to continue funding for early childhood education programs throughout the state. Mary Houlihan, a…

Summer Reading List

Each season our education team complies a new selection of book recommendations for infants through school-agers. Want to see the new summer reading list for yourself? Download a copy to your phone or print one out and plan a trip to your local library. We hope you enjoy the list and keep reading all summer…