Turning open house into parent resource night

Every month Knowledge Universe centers host an open house night for current and perspective families. The nights are a time to forge connections and engage parents, children, and teachers in a variety of fun activities. At the Preston Meadow KinderCare center in Plano, Texas, open house is also an opportunity to bring community resources to…

Knowledge + Choice = Power: Take Your Child to Work Day 2015

With the smell of apple pie wafting out of the 13th floor kitchen, craft supplies scattered across the 10th floor, and scavenger hunt cards dutifully filled with stickers, Take Your Child to Work Day 2015 came to an end. Nearly 60 children accompanied their parents to work last Thursday, decked out in brightly colored shirts…

Preventing summer learning loss

Every school-age child knows the feeling – returning to school and realizing she forgot some of what she learned before summer break. That realization is called summer learning loss and it’s not just in a student’s head. “I notice they need more help with their homework because they’ve forgotten things,” said Melanie Speight, a Champions…

KU gives back through National Volunteer Week

Giving back to the community is an important part of the work each Knowledge Universe employee does: be it through annual events like March to Beach or more local events around the country, there’s a sense that each center and site is committed to making their community just a little bit better. National Volunteer Week…

Month of the Military Child: Taking extra time

Patty Jauregui, center director at the Chula Vista KinderCare, understands the importance of building strong relationships with all of her families, but she also knows that for her military families in this San Diego suburb, having a strong relationship with teachers and staff at her center means a little bit more. In her four years…

Linda Hassan Anderson named Portland Woman of Influence

Last Thursday Knowledge Universe’s Vice President of Education, Linda Hassan Anderson, was named a 2015 Woman of Influence by Portland Business Journal and awarded the publication’s annual Orchid Award. The Orchid Award recognizes women around the Portland metropolitan area who make a difference in the community, blaze a trail for other women, and are leaving…

Reader Request: Earth Day activity ideas

Earth Day is coming up on Wednesday, April 22, and while the day itself might be considered a holiday of sorts, for students and teachers at the Knowledge Universe Grove Schools thinking about the Earth and nature is part of their everyday curriculum. “It’s who we are,” said Lorrie Schelkle, head of school at the…