1,000 reasons to celebrate

  Today, the KinderCare family has 1,000 reasons to celebrate. The national accreditation of Woodcreek KinderCare in Roseville, California, marks the 1,000th center that has achieved this distinction of quality. Below is the text of a joint letter from CEO of KU Early Learning Programs Elanna Yalow and Vice President of Quality and Accreditation Kathie…

Kindergarten teacher finds solution for student assessments

Although student assessments grab news headlines only a few times a year, every teacher knows assessing a student’s mastery of skills is an ongoing task. Plainfield, Illinois, kindergarten teacher Yessica Ocampo found a way to make assessments much easier for herself and fun for her students. She created special cases with all of the materials…

Preparing generations of children for school

Veteran teachers often have words of wisdom for their first-year counterparts. “Be patient.” “The best lesson plans are flexible.” “Stay consistent.” Prekindergarten teacher Vivian Greene offers her own advice to new teachers. “Be faithful and enthusiastic about your job. Children expect you to be there so you want to put your best foot forward. Be…

Family reflects on eight years of teacher support

Teacher Appreciation Week means different things to each parent in a center. For one family at the North Hills KinderCare in Pittsburgh, this week is a time of reflection on their eight years at the center. As their youngest child prepares for kindergarten this fall, his mom shared her appreciation for her children’s teachers with…

First job leads to lifelong career

When Hattie Mae Covington walked into the Providence Road KinderCare 39 years ago, she was looking for the answer to many a working parent’s dilemma: What workplace would allow her to bring her children with her? Fortunately for her, the Charlotte, North Carolina, center offered her not only a job, but also a place for…

Champions teacher is a “Champion of Children”

Friday the 13th was a great day for Illinois kindergarten teacher Jessie Locke. Jessie, a teacher at the Champions Extended Learning program in Buffalo Grove received a surprise visit on Friday, March 13, from District 96 Foundation representatives and received the great news that she was the recipient of the 2015 Crystal Apple Award. “In…