Knowledge Universe to shine at 2014 NAEYC Conference

NAEYC booth

The Knowledge Universe booth under construction at the NAEYC Annual Conference exhibit hall.


A delegation of 75 stand-out center directors, award-winning educators and executives from Knowledge Universe will descend on Dallas this week for the National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference.

From the expo hall to a series of sessions, Knowledge Universe plans to highlight the KinderCare, CCLC and Champions brands, showcase KU people as leaders in the field, and increase awareness about KU’s commitments to accreditation, curriculum, and professional development in the conference that runs November 5-8.

Teacher Surprised With $10,000 As A Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award WinnerThe conference draws industry leaders and center directors, teachers, and education administrators to Dallas, to help advance the field of early childhood education. Nine of this year’s KU educator award winners will join Dr. Elanna Yalow, Wei-Li Chong, Liz Large for the event, at which KU will hold a special breakfast to honor the winners. (Click here for a glance at the 2014 winners.)



KU has recreated a learning center right in the exhibition hall to bring to life some of the experiences children have at KinderCare, CCLC and Champions every day. Attendees can walk through the center to see elements of the new Early Foundations® curriculum, and learn about KinderCare’s success in preparing children for school as revealed through state assessments in Maryland and Florida.

The center walls will also display a video showing this year’s ten educator award winners, a timeline of Knowledge Universe history back to its founding in 1973, panels about our curriculum and our three brands.


KU executives led by Dr. Yalow, and center directors and NSC education staff will deliver presentations on a variety of topics at NAEYC:

Vice President of Quality and Accreditation Kathie Boe and Vice President of Education Linda Hassan Anderson will present Friday about the positive financial impact of investing in NAEYC accreditation.

CEO of Knowledge Universe Early Learning Programs Dr. Elanna Yalow will moderate a panel featuring this year’s educator award winners on Thursday afternoon. The panel will focus on what sets great teachers apart and how great teachers create meaningful moments each day for children in their care.

Executive Vice President of People and Family Experience Wei-Li Chong, Dr. Yalow, and Linda Hassan Anderson will also present Friday on how family and employee engagement can help shape the center environment, improve quality and strengthen overall performance.

Curriculum Developers Celeste Dills and Marianne Walters will talk about creating a culture of collaboration in a center and inspiring teachers to lead during their session Friday.

Jessie Black, center director at South Loop KinderCare and Elizabeth Miner, assistant center director at University Children’s Center, both in Chicago, will deliver a talk about the importance of community partnerships. Speaking from their experiences with a community garden, the presenters will explore the process of developing, incorporating, and successfully implementing a curriculum based upon carefully chosen community partners.

Vice President of Government Relations Celia Sims will also deliver brief remarks at the NAEYC President’s Reception sponsored by Knowledge Universe.

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