ECE: more than just daycare

Knowledge Universe centers and sites prepare children for school, but given the age group they serve, it’s quite common to hear outsiders refer to the centers as “daycare.” ONE editors asked some of the 2014 KU Early Childhood Educator Award winners (amazing teachers all) how they help parents shake that daycare stereotype. Recognize the importance…

Courtney Timmons’ journey to success

Achieving success takes passion, hard work, communication, and a willingness to change. Courtney Timmons’ KinderCare center in Knightdale, N.C., and her reputation in the community turned around once she realized her own potential as a center director. “If you ask her today what made it happen for her, she’d tell you, ‘I’ve changed,’” said Jamee…

New look for Kindercare.com

Last week the Marketing team unveiled a redesigned KinderCare.com that not only has a sleek new look and feel, but is fully compatible with mobile devices. In February Knowledge Universe leaders earmarked a significant portion of capital investment dollars for Marketing to redesign the KinderCare website, making the site more reliable and responsive for the…

New classroom increases family retention

Last year Director Lisa-Marie Thomson took a hard look at her center, the Mission Viejo KinderCare in southern California. The previous center director had ended the center’s school-age program, choosing to add an additional preschool classroom instead. The more Lisa thought about that decision, the more she wondered if perhaps it was time for change.…

Teacher tips for preparing for the “Adventure Ahead”

Last week’s issue featured Back to School tips from Best in Class center directors. This week, ONE editors reached out to rock star teachers – aka our 2014 Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winners – to ask for their tips for preparing for the busy Back to School season. Host a Back to School…

Child Nutrition Program up for reauthorization

Every five years Congress reviews the laws governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and if needed, make some important regulatory changes. When the child nutrition programs were last reauthorized in 2010, the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (the bill written into law by President Obama) included some positive changes including new standards…

Don’t get lost in the lingo: CD Academy takeaways

Center Directors returned from the Academy with a lot of newly developed skills. The NSC can navigate CDs’ new goals and motivations by referring to the vocab cheat sheet below. From enrollment maps to purple cows, there’s a lot to learn from our friends in the field. Three C’s: The three C’s stand for community,…

Back to School success: Tips from Best in Class CDs

As center directors begin to apply the lessons learned from their CD Academies to their Back to School plans, ONE editors asked Best In Class CDs for their tips on preparing for the busiest season in the Knowledge Universe year. Involve teachers Val Vazquez from Carol Stream, Ill., encourages her teachers to communicate with parents…

Parents save Champions program

When parents in School District 126 in Alsip, Ill., found out that their Champions contract was not being renewed for the next school year, they took to the streets—and the internet. After hearing in early May of the district’s decision to pursue a different before-and-after school care provider, concerned Alsip parents created a Facebook group…