Accreditation as a way of life

Earning national accreditation from a highly respected third-party early childhood education agency like the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a goal for all Knowledge Universe centers and sites. As Missouri Center Director Christy Wills knows though, accreditation is more than a one-time goal: it’s a way of life. “Accreditation can’t…

Center staff became family

Center Director Kelly Kramer from McMurray, Pennsylvania, share a heartfelt letter from the Mellingers, a family that’s preparing for their youngest child to transition out of the center. After years of bonding with the teachers and staff, the Mellingers feel like their saying goodbye to their “third family.” “I love this family and can’t imagine…

Science for three-year-olds? Absolutely!

Can three-year-olds really begin to understand scientific concepts like states of matter, force, and motion? “Absolutely,” says Meg Davis, manager of curriculum development for Knowledge Universe. “Children are young scientists. They learn about he world around them through their senses.” This natural curiosity is the basis for KinderCare’s new early science education program, launching this…

Illinois Champions leaders inspired to create superheroes

“There are superheroes all around us and [children] have the potential to be superheroes.” ~ Dr. Guy Schumacher, Libertyville School District 70 superintendent Superheroes weren’t always superheroes. They had something that sparked them. This was the message from keynote speaker Dr. Guy Schumacher, superintendent of Libertyville, Ill., School District 70, at the 29th annual Illinois…

KU leader earns national recognition

Earlier this week Abena Ocran-Jackson, director of teacher preparation at Knowledge Universe, was named an Exceptional Emerging Leader by Childcare Exchange Magazine as part of their Most Powerful Emerging Leaders Search. More than 191 applications were submitted for Childcare Exchange Magazine’s Most Powerful Emerging Leaders Search. Of those, only 48 candidates were identified as exceptional leaders.…

1,000th Accredited Center showcases quality in California

When Kelly Wagman came back to Woodcreek KinderCare in Roseville, Calif., today, it was the completion of a journey she began more than 15 years ago. The center she once ran is now directed by Melanie DeMarchi, a former teacher whom she hired and mentored. A second generation of families is now enrolled among the…

Congratulations Champions Field Coaches!

Intent letters have been reviewed, interviews completed, and 44 of the most talented site directors have been selected as Champions Field Coaches. Field Coaches will provide encouragement, support, and training to new team members while also sharing their knowledge and expertise with new and veteran site team members. “We believe the best coaches are the…

Center’s students include parents

The path to national accreditation is long and filled with opportunities for center staff to learn about areas where they succeed and areas in which they could improve. After sending out parent surveys last fall as part of the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) accreditation process, Jennifer Nagy and her staff learned their center parents wanted…

3D printer fulfills 5-year-old’s dream of “Iron Man hand”

Jack is a five-year-old student at the Lewis Center KinderCare in Ohio. According to Center Director Darcie Schofeld, he’s little boy who dreams of becoming a baseball player. Jack (and his classmates) barely notice the fact that one of his hands isn’t quite like the other. Now though, his hand definitely catches your eye thanks…