KU, leading the way at NAEYC Conference

75 stand-out center directors, award-winning educators and leaders from Knowledge Universe showed the power of our three brands in Dallas at the 2014 National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference, the largest conference for the early childhood education industry. Here’s a glimpse at some highlights from our four days in Dallas: EDUCATOR…

WATCH: DeBouchel, infant teacher, wins educator award

What makes Laura DeBouchel from Frederick, Maryland a great teacher? “What impressed me more than anything was Laura’s absolute belief and commitment to those infants being able to learn,” said Sharon Lytwynec, RVP. Laura makes sure her infants are never bored, and are always having fun and learning as much as they possibly can. To…

KU Inclusions Services supports Volunteers of America

Knowledge Universe is proud to serve children from all  backgrounds at learning centers across the country. Part of serving families is connecting with organizations that support struggling children and their parents. To further that community effort, last week, Linda Hassan Anderson, vice president of education, Kate Jordan-Downs, inclusion services manager, Celeste Dills, curriculum developer, and…

KU supports Dougy Center for grieving children

There were few dry eyes in the downtown Portland ballroom Wednesday as a family who lost their father spoke about their ongoing grief and the powerful support they have received from the Dougy Center, the national center for grieving children and families. Knowledge Universe joined our partners at the Gunter Group to sponsor the Dougy…

Massachusetts AD earns NAEYC scholarship

Jessica Jackson, assistant director at the Brookline Knowledge Beginnings in Mass., earned a trip to the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) annual conference in Dallas last week after earning NAEYC’s 2014 Building a Lasting Legacy Scholarship. Each year NAEYC awards 10 early childhood educators a Building a Lasting Legacy Scholarship, covering…

CCLC, KinderCare educators urge peers to expand community partnerships

To best help a child develop socially, emotionally, and cognitively, educators and parents alike know it’s often a community effort, which is why two Chicago-area educators promoted the value of community partnerships today while speaking at the country’s largest conference of early childhood educators. Jessie Black of South Loop KinderCare and Elizabeth Miner of Northwestern…

Best in Class: Everyone’s family here

If Sylvania, Ohio, isn’t on your list of top travel spots, perhaps that should change. There’s one place in town that’s definitely worth a visit, and that’s the KinderCare center led by 2014 Best in Class honoree Kristie Mundt. Kristie’s center is the kind of place where everyone’s welcome, and everyone is family. If ever a…

KU curriculum developer touts importance of teacher collaboration

Knowledge Universe education experts meeting in Dallas today turned the focus from how children learn back to how their teachers learn. Speaking at the largest gathering of early childhood education professionals in the United States, curriculum developer Celestte Dills showed how a culture of collaboration can better inspire teachers to lead, resulting in stronger experiences…