Each year the Chicago chapter of the National Association for the Education of Young Children hosts the Wheels on the Bus tour. During the tour early childhood educators, directors, and students preparing for a career in ECE are invited to visit premier childcare centers in the area to learn more about accreditation. This spring the Glenview Knowledge Beginnings and Center Director Kelly Marolt were one of three centers chosen to be part of the tour’s 16th year.
“They heard through the community that Knowledge Beginnings would be a great tour stop,” Kelly said.
The other tour stops this year were a Bright Horizons center and a center run by a community college.
Julie Murphy, Knowledge Universe district lead, explained that to be a tour stop is a high honor.
“It shows the quality and professionalism of the center director and staff,” she said.
The tour is designed to showcase nationally accredited centers and to inspire tour participants to work toward accreditation in their own center.
The Glenview Knowledge Beginnings, accredited since 2013, hosted more than 110 tour participants on in mid-May. This stop on the tour was highly energetic from the moment participants walked in the door – greeted by cheering staff members who opted to spend their Saturday morning explaining the importance of accreditation and how their daily activities and the KU curriculum help each teacher provide the best ECE experience for their students.
“It’s not about buying the top notch equipment for your classroom – it’s your culture,” said Kelly.
“It was amazing, the enthusiasm and pride teachers had in their building,” said Julie. “Education just shines [there].”
The tour participants were full of questions for their hosts – especially about how the Glenview KB shows evidence of learning – a big point of pride for the Glenview KB staff.
“All of our hard work shows,” said Julie. “It’s what people are looking for.”
“My staff were very proud of their classrooms,” said Kelly. “I can compliment them all day long, but it’s more meaningful when it comes from a group of their peers.”