Champions sites unite for district talent show

Patience. It’s one of the toughest skills to master. Jean Primas, site director at the Gilbert Park Champions program in Portland, Ore., landed on a creative way to help students learn this valuable skill – a talent show. Children would learn the importance of patience as they collectively worked toward a future goal, but the…

Rethinking the parent-teacher conference: 5 tips for a more effective meeting

Family engagement is crucial in a child’s academic growth. However, productive communication between parents and teachers doesn’t happen overnight. Here are five tips from Knowledge Universe’s education team on how to use the parent-teacher conference to develop a deeper dialogue with families to support student success. Create a welcoming environment The first step to any…

Champions shines in D.C.

Champions and Knowledge Universe leaders headed to Washington, D.C. March 8 for two events focusing on after-school care and education. Champions representatives led training and workshops at the annual National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention, while September Jones from the Government Relations team headed to Capitol Hill to advocate for after-school programs as part of the…

Inclusion Services starter kit supports teachers

One of the most important skills any teacher can have is the ability to respond to each child’s unique needs and interests. Since children learn and grow at their own pace, this can be a challenge. That’s where Inclusion Services and their starter-kit, mailed to centers in December, can help. “Our starter-kit has the items…

Senator visits CA KinderCare, sees impact of ECE firsthand

Earlier this month, Center Director Tracy Bierman and her staff at the Yucaipa KinderCare in southern California hosted California State Senator Mike Morrell for a morning of story time and art activities. Senator Morrell serves on the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education, a group that impacts state funding for early childhood education. This visit –…

I can’t imagine a world without KinderCare

Families transition in and out of centers every month: dad gets new jobs that necessitate relocating, a military mom is transferred to another base, children age out of programs. While saying goodbye is rarely easy, it is an opportunity to reflect on the many ways Knowledge Universe teachers and centers become integral parts of their…

Welcome Healthy Environments!

Earlier this month, the newest CCLC center joined the Knowledge Universe family. Healthy Environments is located at the Environmental Protection Agency building in San Francisco and is operated by the Government Services Administration (GSA). Healthy Environments opened in 2001 and until recently was operated by Bright Horizons. Due to an increased need for onsite childcare,…

Relationship building extends to clients

For Anne Harrison, director of the University of Virginia CCLC centers, keeping her client liaison in the loop with center events is simply how she does business. Every other week she and her client contact have a check-in meeting, sharing ideas and suggestions. Once a month she joins her contact’s team meetings, connecting with leaders…

Teacher finds Learning Adventures makes learning fun

Family led teacher Melissa Hamilton to the Downtown Portland KinderCare. Experience led her to the role of a Learning Adventures teacher. The curriculum leads her to ceaselessly promote the program to families. “I love Learning Adventures,” she said. “It’s ridiculously fun!” A former elementary school teacher in St. Louis, Missouri, Melissa and her family relocated…