Teacher Appreciation Week ideas

In a few weeks Knowledge Universe centers and sites around the country will take a moment to thank some amazing people – people who make learning fun, who always have a hug on hand, who give selflessly and who sow the seeds of greatness everyday – teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4-8.  and to…

Month of the Military Child: Celebrating a milestone

One of the greatest compliments a family can give their center staff is to call their center “a home away from home.” It’s a reflection of the quality of relationships between teachers and parents as well as an indication of the genuine care teachers have for each child in their classrooms. Sonja Cleaver and her…

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child

More than 40 years ago, leaders at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) planned the first Week of the Young Child (WOYC) to shine a spotlight on the needs of young children and their families and recognize the early childhood programs that serve the nation’s youngest learners. This year’s celebration, titled…

Director calls on emergency training, saves child’s life

April is Health & Safety month, which has a special meaning to center director Ronee Carrier: two years ago her training saved a child’s life. In the spring of 2013 Ronee was an assistant director at the Herr Lane KinderCare center in Louisville, Kentucky. Although licensing required that only two staff members be CPR and…

NAEYC event leads to center hosting senator

When Amber Berkemeijer, director of a nationally accredited KinderCare center in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, attending a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) public policy forum in early March, she had no idea it would lead to her center hosting state Senator Matt Smith later in the month. During the forum a Pennsylvania NAEYC…

ONE Fund helps first employee

This week the ONE Fund cut its first check to support a New Jersey KinderCare teacher who became the sole caregiver for her husband and son when both were diagnosed with cancer. Since her husband’s death two months ago, Janet Ciano faced not only an emotional toll, but some daunting medical bills – and the…

Champions staff thanks school teachers

Teacher Appreciation Week doesn’t officially begin for another month, but students and staff from the Champions site at Henri Yelle School in Norton, Mass., started their celebrations a bit early a thank you lunch for all the school’s teachers. “Normally we like to have breakfast events in an effort to thank the school staff for…