Watch: How can we raise good sharers?

Teaching children good social skills, including the all important concept of sharing, is a big reason why many parents enroll their young children in early childhood education centers. Linda Hassan Anderson, Knowledge Universe’s Vice President of Education, offers tips for teaching children to share in this latest “Parenting with Purpose” video.

Activity idea: textured fingerpaint

It’s a fact: toddlers love fingerpaint. This sensory exploration builds on that love but adds in some sensory exploration that stimulates toddlers’ minds and senses by letting them discover different textures and sensations. By adding different materials to fingerpaint, children will use their sense of touch to help develop key skills and discover their own…

Watch: What is child directed art?

Young children can learn so much from art, and parents and teachers can help enhance their learning by encouraging child directed art. Linda Hassan Anderson, Knowledge Universe’s vice president of Education explains how to elevate art time into learning in this latest “Parenting with Purpose” video.

Programs Like Champions Improve Behavior, Academics, Health

The National Afterschool Alliance (NAA) recently released an infographic detailing the growing demand for after school learning opportunities and programs like Champions. The graphic, titled “America After 3 p.m.” was created to help spread the word about the demand, need, and support for after school programs. As Champions makes great strides in family engagement, integrating STEAM learning, working…

Activity idea: play dough math

What do you get when you add play dough + a toy hammer + dice? A fun counting game for preschool children that combines sensory play with math. Materials Play dough rolled into balls Large dice Light wooden mallet or toy hammer or a spoon Safety goggles Smocks Instructions Invite children to play a fun…

Taking feedback to heart

It can be tough for a center director to hear criticism of a program they’re passionate about or a teacher they believe in. Learning not to take negative feedback personally is a challenge, but one that can lead to welcome change, as Loretta Pilafas learned. When Loretta, director of the Pebble Road KinderCare center in…

Amy Harmon inspires staff to “do the right thing”

Amy Harmon, Champions Area Manager in northern California, leads her with a keen focus on putting families first and a strong service mentality. To improve her employee and family engagement, she worked to close gaps in communication between her site directors and families. By setting clear expectations with her team and empowering them to do…

PR outreach helps position KU during Back to School

One of the ways the Marketing team promotes KinderCare’s thought leadership and drive leads to the brand’s website is through public relations. Over the last year, the Marketing and Education teams created feature articles and themed lists (listicles) for online and print publications. Last fall the articles focused on KinderCare’s curriculum refresh (learning through play…

Activity idea: adding sparkle to paint projects

Fact: Children love adding glitter to their art projects. Fact: Adults do not love glitter’s ability to coat every available surface and remain there for ages. One way to reach a compromise? Add sparkle with a common household ingredient – salt. The KinderCare blog shows how children can create an art project out of paint…