Bittersweet farewell

Goodbye is bittersweet especially when it means a child who grew up in a KinderCare center is walking out of the door and into the world, ready to start the next chapter of their life. One family in Washington, Penn., sent Center Director NcKisha Cochran and her staff a note of thanks as they prepared…

Globetoddlers

When the 220 children in your school speak 60 different languages and come from all over the world, fostering open-mindedness is essential. Welcome to the World Bank Children’s Center in Washington, D.C., one of Knowledge Universe’s nearly 100 CCLC centers designed to serve the children of families who work for the same employer. Parents who…

New Champions site opens in new San Diego school

The start of a new school year can be a challenging, exciting time in Champions programs. New families and new staff are intermingling and starting new relationships. While that’s enough to test any teacher, imagine adding a whole new campus with 700 new little faces to the mix. Yes, this can be daunting for anyone…

Eighth annual March to Beach a record-breaker

A record number of Knowledge Universe employees laced up their sneakers, shouldered a backpack, and joined their colleagues for the eighth annual March to Beach – KU’s signature community event in which employees deliver backpacks full of school supplies to students at Beach Elementary. More than 300 NSC employees participated in this year’s event –…

Activity idea: Invisible ink

Our names are an important part of our identity, and we hear them so often early in our lives that it’s no wonder toddlers recognize their names in print before they have an understanding of individual letters. Encouraging toddlers to recognize their own name helps support their development of language and literacy skills. Materials White…

Family finds “gem” of a center

Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when it means leaving a place that’s been like a second home and is filled with caring teachers who nurture each child’s sense of wonder and curiosity. But life brings change, and sometimes that change means leaving the familiar and heading toward the new. As the Devine family’s youngest…

Activity idea: Nature sounds

Experts agree that listening to music and parents’ words can boost a toddler’s language skills and behavior, but no one ever said children had to stay indoors to use their ears. Listening to sounds outside can help curious children become more familiar with their neighborhood, learn new words, and get an attention boost at the…

KU Team Develops Screen Time Guidelines

Smartphones, televisions, movie screens and tablets. You can’t ignore the fact that these devices have taken up more and more of everyone’s lives over the past few years. And, sometimes unfortunately, they have taken over childrens’ lives as well. One of the questions parents often ask during tours is about technology and the lack of…

Rising to the Challenge

When she was just four-years-old, Center Director Kayte Lucas hit another child in the face – and broke his nose. “I was one of those kids,” she said. Kayte remembers how it felt to be misunderstood as a child: the “problem kid” labels, the negative attention, how her family worried. But it’s precisely those early…