Champions show their love

For the past decade the American Heart Association has sponsored Go Red for Women to raise awareness of the fight against heart disease in women. For the past four years Champions programs in Long Branch, New Jersey have joined that fight by raising awareness about heart disease in their community through flyers and parent and…

CD speaks to leaders, asks for continued subsidy support

KU employees are no strangers to children’s advocacy – check out what they did to show their support for the reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) last year. So when Illinois governor Bruce Rauner proposed his new budget, and that budget included cuts to the state subsidy program for early childhood education…

Parent feedback leads to new school-age programs

Although many families in Sterling Height, Michigan, are still shoveling snow, many, especially those who have school-age children, are already turning their thoughts toward summer. For KinderCare Center Director Monica Van Sumer, this is the time when she begins asking parents very specific questions in her monthly parent forum meetings. “We ask them what they…

Successful summer starts now: 5 tips from Marketing

Although it may seem like wishful thinking to look ahead to summer while winter is still clinging to most of the country with icy claws, planning ahead now can lead to a summer of increased enrollments. In January, Center Director Colleen Sheehan shared the success she and her center have when they plan ahead for…

CD helps build school in Dominican Republic, brick by brick

When Susan Barrons, a KinderCare center director in Addison, Illinois, heard of an opportunity to help build a school, she immediately submitted an application. Last fall, KinderCare photography vendor Lifetouch announced Susan would be one of nearly 50 volunteers to travel to the Dominican Republic at the end of January as part of the latest…

Neither snow nor ice – of epic proportions – will stop Facilities

While children around the Northeast have sung an endless round of “Do you want to build a snowman?” for the past month, Knowledge Universe Facilities technicians were singing another song that sounded more like “Heigh ho, heigh ho.” In the past month, technicians from Ohio, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Chicago, Virginia, and Pennsylvania joined their counterparts…

Legislative Action Day

In early February, Texas KinderCare leaders visited Austin, the state capital for Legislative Action Day. District Managers Susie O’Dell, Cherie King and Joe Cardaropoli were joined by several of their coworkers from Knowledge Universe, including Elisa Shepherd and Kristine Evertz-Phillips from Government Relations, and Racquel Washington from Quality and Accreditation. Center Directors from Austin, San…

Promoting healthy eating

As part of an ongoing series about Knowledge Universe’s work with Partnership for a Healthier America, ONE is highlighting what centers and sites do to teach children about leading a healthy life. Today the focus is on how teachers promote healthy eating. A visitor who pops into a center at lunchtime would find children sitting…

KU sets the bar high for healthy menu

Sixty million. That’s how many meals and snacks are served each year in Knowledge Universe centers and sites. That’s 60 million opportunities for KU teachers to provide their students with healthy, nutritious meals. “We strive to create kid-friendly meals that provide a variety of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains on a daily basis,” said Jodi…

Healthy bodies, healthy minds

One minute with a young child and one thing is blatantly clear: that child has energy to spare. Of course, if more children used that natural energy to stay physically active in childhood and later in life, exercise and healthy lifestyles wouldn’t be the hot topics they are. Last week, leaders from around the country…