IL NAEYC chapter features KB center

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…

Center’s baby boom leads to enrollment boost

Imagine for a moment that a couple of center moms announced they were expecting their second child. Staff would shower them with congratulations, periodically check in to see how the pregnancy was going, and check to see what sort of availability the infant room has. But what if 19 center moms were pregnant at the…

Becoming a neighborhood center

After five years at the Wellington KinderCare center, Ashley Dotson began noticing some neighborhood changes. When she started working as a prekindergarten teacher at the Lexington, Ky., center in 2010 the building was an island of children in an area full of retirees. Five years later, and now the center director, Ashley noticed younger families…

Assessments key to meeting needs of all children, KU experts say

  Classroom-based assessments may sound like a formal concept, but they should be a welcome part of ongoing communications between families and educators, leading educators said today at the National Association for the Education of Young Children Professional Development Institute. Myriam Baker, director of research and evaluation for Knowledge Universe, made the case for educational…

Meaningful measurement: how engagement improves early learning

KinderCare data reveals impact of emotional connections between families and teachers Knowledge Universe today revealed data that shows early learning centers perform better when families and teachers are most engaged. It’s not easy to measure emotional connections, but it’s an integral part of a child’s early learning experience and a successful early childhood education (ECE)…

Activity idea: Art auction

When a family at the Solon, Ohio, KinderCare center came to Center Director Carly Abels asking for support for their child with Rett syndrome, Carly knew she couldn’t say no. Rett syndrome is a rare, severe brain disorder that generally affects girls. Children with Rett syndrome develop normally for the first year or so of…

Back-to-school season kicks off

Last week the 2015 back-to-school guides landed in centers, and while it may feel odd to think about the next school year before the current one ends, that’s exactly the kind of mindset center directors need to have to ensure success this fall. “It’s important to plan early,” said Christy Park, KinderCare field marketing manager.…

Center profile: Warm, welcoming West Palm Beach

When Sharon Alaimo moved to South Florida, she intended to slow down. After running a faith-based child care center in New Jersey for most of her adult life, the move south was meant to ease her into retirement, giving her more time with her grandchildren. She got the time with grandkids alright – both are…