CD Summit is underway!

The 2014 CD Summit is underway, and nearly 2,000 center directors from around the country are gathered to build our business. “Spark isn’t just meant to be a theme,” said CEO Tom Wyatt during his talk on Tuesday morning, “It’s meant to be the beginning of the rest of your life.” This morning, Tom and…

Meaningful Moment: A World of Gratitude

Beachwood KinderCare Center Director Megan Keefe and Cleveland/Akron District Manager Esra Cardace in Ohio shared a story that represents the heart of their mission at KinderCare: Parents rely on the love, care and dedication of teachers. One KinderCare standout is Mihaela Balla at the Beachwood center Infant Classroom in Beachwood, Ohio. Mihaela is passionate about…

Congratulations KU Graduates

As education advocates, we talk quite a bit about the importance of exposing children to learning opportunities at an early age. It’s no secret that early childhood education gives our youngest students a boost in school and in life and helps create lifelong learners like Kathie Boe, Amanda Perkins, and Laurie Richmond. These KU employees…

NSC A-Z: Q is for Quality and Accreditation

Name: Quality and Accreditation Size: 16 team members (plus 130 Quality Team Leaders across the organization). Known for: “We are committed to supporting the field with continuous program improvement through national accreditation and Quality Rating and Improvement Systems (QRIS).” Habitat: The friendly skies, InterCall, the NSC, and KU centers and sites. Food: Chocolate, caffeine; family-style…

Cary Towne KinderCare Celebrates 35 Years of Awesome

Cary Towne KinderCare celebrated its 35th anniversary on Saturday, May 31, with a community-focused mega-party. From a bouncy slide to a life-sized chess board to a Whole Foods farmers market, a book fair, live music, a Lego station, face painting and more, this North Carolina center went big to celebrate a major milestone. It was…

The Countdown to CD Summit

It’s less than a week away, and the stage is getting set for the 2014 CD Summit in Orlando, Florida. (Center Directors, see your email for the more detailed “Before you Depart” message.) It’s going to be a week of excitement as CDs and KU leaders across all brands gather to talk about our journey…

Learn Like an Egyptian

The preschool class at Greenfield KinderCare in Greenfiled, Wisconsin, took a trip to Egypt last week. “Egypt has arrived in Wisconsin!” said district manager Ann Zogg. “Everywhere I looked I saw the Egyptian landscape throughout the center.” Miss Katie’s preschool class created a mummy’s tomb (or “sarcophagus”), complete with a door that opens and closes…

Welcome to Diplotots in Washington, D.C.!

Give a warm KU welcome to our newest CCLC center in Washington, D.C.: Diplotots, Too! Diplotots opened on Monday, June 23, and serves Department of State families. Many Department of State families spend a significant amount of time stationed overseas and Diplotots is uniquely positioned to provide an extended family and support network for the community.…

Free enrollment initiative creates more Champions

Ed Harabedian, regional manager for the Richmond, Virginia, market, sought to create some love for Champions sites this past February with a week of free enrollment. Families were allowed to try the Champions program, exposing parents and children to convenient, quality childcare and helping the program fill second semester vacancies. Six Champions sites covering the…

Connecting with military parents during deployment

Change can be stressful on anyone. Moving from one home to another, transitioning into a new classroom, meeting a new sibling, all of these are stressful, but relatively normal events. Children from military families face all of these, sometimes with the added stress of missing a parent who is deployed overseas. Several of our KinderCare…