Curriculum refresh project complete

In early 2011, the Knowledge Universe Education team began a huge undertaking – revising and refreshing KU’s proprietary Early Foundations® core curriculum programs for infants through prekindergartners. Over the past four-and-a-half years, the team worked tirelessly to fulfill a commitment to the more than 169,000 children KU serves every day: to provide them with a…

Behind-the-scenes employee keeps centers running

Facilities technicians are the unsung heroes of any KinderCare center. They are the ones who wake up early to shovel the sidewalks after a winter storm, who stay late to mop up floors after a water pipe bursts, and the person who comes (no questions asked) whenever a toy is dropped down the toilet. Each…

Champions debuts robotics program at national conference

Champions leaders chartered a course into a brave new world today, showcasing their new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum enhancement program at the National Alliance for Public Charter School’s annual conference in New Orleans. Last fall Champions tested the “Roboteers” program at Asher Elementary in Marlboro, New Jersey. Students in the program use…

Champions joins charter school movement

More than 4,500 educational leaders and policy-makers are in New Orleans this week at the National Alliance for Public Charter School’s annual conference and Knowledge Universe and Champions leaders are there speaking with charter school teachers, school leaders, administrators, and advocates from around the country. “Public charter schools are a rapidly-growing part of the national…

Read BIG initiative wraps second season

  As the school year comes to a close, so does the second season of Knowledge Universe’s literacy effort with the Portland Trail Blazers, Read BIG. The Oregon-wide initiative encourages elementary school students to get reading; in the first year of the program, nearly 4,000 kindergarten through third grade students from 120 local elementary schools…

Activity idea: 5 games to play with a Hula-Hoop

Looking for a new outdoor game to play with students? Grab a Hula-Hoop (or three) and let the games begin! Best of all, there are modifications for each game so it can be customized to fit the number of children, age ranges, and ability levels. Get out and have a hooping good time with these…

Craft table: DIY puff paint that grows overnight

The creative minds behind the KinderCare blog have another great art project to share; combining a little bit of mess with a whole lot of texture. The wonder of this art project is the material; fluffy, puffy paint children can make themselves. Kids love working with 3D “paint,” which gives them a wonderful new texture…

Center rallies around cancer-free teacher

Organizing a spring community fundraiser for a nonprofit is a tradition at University Kids Learning Center in Salt Lake City. University Kids is a CCLC center located at the University of Utah. Many parents work at the university’s Huntsman Cancer Institute, so many of the center’s fundraisers often have a health focus – like March…