Best in Class CDs take the NSC

Twelve  Best in Class center directors from around the country arrived at the NSC this morning to take a tour and meet with different departments. Kelli Watson, Susan Bennett, Amanda French, Tammie Garloff, LaFaye Briggs, Kristie Woodward, Karen Bowers, Kim Bonjorni, Becky Robles, Yazmeen Mazer, and Angel McKinney spent the day with various NSC departments…

Teacher says farewell to center after 43 years

The end of 2014 marked the end of an era at the Folcroft KinderCare in Pennsylvania as long time teacher Claire Diluzio retired from the center she helped open 43 years ago. For the past four decades Claire lent a hand to center families in just about every capacity: from cook, to floater teacher, to…

Finding the “warm fuzzies” at KinderCare

The holidays are a time of reflection, and for one family at the Moon Township East KinderCare center in Moon Township, Pennsylvania, wrote to their center director, Heather Amick, to express their gratitude for the center and for their son’s infant teachers. Caleb’s parents believe his teachers went above and beyond and exceeded their expectations…

Champions director “consistent” leader

When it came time to nominate a site director for the annual Champions Quality Achievement Awards, Jennifer Grandberry, an area manager in Ohio, knew exactly who to nominate: Nakia Johnson. Nakia, the site manager at the Rushwood Elementary Champions program in Sagamore Hills, is known for her consistency and leadership skills. She began her career…

KU Government Relations prepares for a busy 2015

As 2015 begins, the Government Relations team is gearing up for an exciting year in state and national policy. You may have heard about the recent passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the federal funding that helps subsidize early education for low-income children. Our Vice President of Government Relations, Celia Sims, was…

Former NYC teacher brings magic to NJ Champions site

Site Director Anne Leonardi “came in with a bang” when she started working at the Dugan Elementary School Champions site in Marlboro, New Jersey in September 2013. A former New York City schoolteacher who stayed highly involved with her local school district after becoming a stay-at-home mom, Anne’s passion for early childhood education makes her the…

Teacher knows “every minute counts”

Every teacher wants to be the best for their students, but when the majority of your classroom parents are also teachers, the pressure is on to provide an outstanding learning experience: a challenge site director Amy Mosely at the Champions Early Learning program in Gages Lake, Illinois, rises to every day. Prior to joining Champions…