Tiffany Turner moves mountains at South Park KinderCare

When Tiffany Turner arrived at South Park KinderCare as a Center Director three years ago, she had no idea how much it would take to turn the center around. Though originally scheduled to close, South Park made a comeback, and Turner and her teachers celebrated the center’s 31st anniversary in September. “It was hard at…

Meet & Greet: Chris Lance from IT

When Chris Lance moved to Portland 11 years ago she had no way of knowing she’d become the go-to person in Knowledge Universe’s IT department. She originally interviewed for the executive assistant role for the CEO. Although she didn’t get that job, KU recruiters hung on to her resume and doggedly pushed her to interview…

Watch: Honoring every child

When we say that we meet the unique needs of every child, what does that really mean? In this video Kate Jordan-Downs, director of inclusion services for KinderCare, explains that particular service value as well as KinderCare’s commitment to inclusion.

Champions students show patriotic side during mayor visit

Last month, the Champions program in Marlboro, N.J. rolled out the red, white, and blue carpet for Mayor Jonathan Hornik and his visit to J. Dugan Elementary School. The Champions children pulled out all the stops, creating patriotic friendship bracelets and stage décor for their esteemed Mayor. The mayor’s visit is part of Site Director…

Activity idea: Learning with pumpkins

The squishy, squashy insides of pumpkins provide a fantastic sensory exploration opportunity for infants — and exploring different textures also happens to be important brain work for them. Plus, depending on the kind of guard used, teachers can repurpose the pumpkin after this activity for a jack-o-lantern.     Materials Pumpkin or gourds Knife Bowl…

KU Leader Joins Board of Directors for Volunteers of America Oregon

Kate Jordan-Downs, Knowledge Universe’s Director of Inclusion Services, recently joined the board of directors for the Oregon chapter of Volunteers of America. The group – which has more than 900 volunteers in the state – provides a variety of human service programs to low-income individuals and families in Portland, Ore. and Vancouver, Wash. Jordan-Downs first…

Minn. Center “Steps Up” to Show Support for Student

Anthony is a curious, happy little boy who’s learning and growing at his KinderCare center in Maplewood, Minn. He also happens to have Down Syndrome. When Anthony started at KinderCare as a baby two years ago, Center Director Mindy Peterson reached out the Knowledge Universe Inclusions Services team for support. She had some concerns about…

South Korea Childcare Leaders Visit New York CCLC

With years of experience under her belt, center tours are a breeze for Kim Palumbo. But a recent tour threw her and her team for a loop. Generally the people requesting tours are parents, but every now and again a different sort of visitor drops by. Center Director Kim and her staff at CCLC 90…

Activity idea: Tree collage

There are so many wonderful reasons to spend time outdoors with children, from the fresh air and bright colors to sunshine and countless opportunities for learning in the natural world. This creative activity encourages toddlers to use large- and small-motor skills to gather natural items outdoors and use them to create a piece of art.…