Activity idea: Balance tape

Here’s a fun way to turn any room or outdoor space into an instant obstacle course for preschool students; all you need is a roll of tape! Taking turns is a social skills that can be practiced by taking turns. Young children benefit from games that incorporate gross-motor activities because they help children develop balance,…

5 Tips for a Super National Connect Night

Superheroes have super tools at their disposal, like flying cars and a utility belt filled with every imaginable gadget, but in Nancy Arvidson’s area, superheroes rely on simple (but no less effective) tools: phones and Family Builder. In her Schaumburg, Ill., district, her superheroes are center directors gearing up for another successful National Connect Night…

First day of “big kid” school leads to a thank you

As a new school year begins, many parents face that milestone moment: their child’s first day at “big kid” school and the realization that their baby is now school-age. One parent from the McMurray, Penn., inspired by her son’s first day of school, took the time to write a letter to his KinderCare teachers, thanking…

Watch: Take reading with a child to a new level

Reading with a child is a critical aspect of learning and development. From babies who literally want to eat the book, to toddlers who want to hear the story again and again, to older children who can read on their own, story time is an important moment in the day at every Knowledge Universe center…

Longtime accredited center proves commitment to quality

Marybeth Hoffman’s KinderCare center in Bettendorf, Iowa, may hold the company record for longest continuous NAEYC accreditation. Since 1999, she and her staff have worked tirelessly to maintain their high quality program. When Marybeth first decided to embark on her accreditation journey, she and her team stayed in the self-study phase for several years before…

Activity idea: Sand letters

Tracing letters in salt, sugar, or sand is fun sensory play that improves hand-eye coordination for prekindergartners and helps develop early penmanship and important literacy skills. Materials Shallow baking pan Salt, sugar, or sand Pencil or dowel (optional) Directions Pour just enough of the salt, sugar, or sand into a shallow pan to create a…

Employees and families celebrate at Camp KU company picnic

Between DIY succulent gardens and a s’mores station, there was something at the 2015 KU Company Picnic for everyone. More than 600 employees and their families spent last Saturday at the Portland Children’s Museum to kick back and relax after a long week of Color Warring. “I loved it all—the yummy food, cute name tags, make…

2015 Color Wars result in largest ever KU school supply donation

In the heat of last week’s Color Wars (part of this year’s lead up to the annual company picnic), NSC employees in Portland set a new record by collecting 4,400 school supplies for community partner Schoolhouse Supplies—the largest single donation in the company’s history. On Thursday, August 13, glue sticks, markers, pencils, crayons, and more…

Tour de Force: Back from Academy, ready to (en)roll

In June, more than 1,600 center directors and field leaders participated in the CD Academy. “I came back energized,” said Lea Gombar, CD of Kildare Farm KinderCare in Cary, NC. The Academy took an interactive approach, using role-playing, games, and a purple cow to practice relationship-building skills so more families choose to enroll. Lea returned…