Watch: Celebrating families

Children are innately curious, and that curiosity often leads to very direct questions such as “Why don’t you have a mom?” or “Why does your dad talk funny?” Moments like these present great opportunities to teach children about diversity. Kate Jordan-Downs, Director of Inclusion Services at Knowledge Universe, explains how to explain these differences to…

Creating the ultimate after-school kids’ club

Just after the school bell rings, Champions is the place to be at Dugan Elementary in Marlboro, NJ. There, in the cafeteria (which has been transformed into the ultimate learning lab/hangout space/fun zone), one might see kids building bridges, modeling volcanoes, or whooping it up during a spirited game of “Math Bowl.” “I believe experiential…

KU employee heads back to school thanks to company benefit

Imagine completing an associate’s degree in early childhood education without saving up for years, breaking the bank, taking time off work, or graduating with mountains of debt. With the T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) scholarship, it’s possible, and teachers, center directors, and even district managers across the Knowledge Universe family of brands are taking…

Nourishing curiosity – and character too

Teaching science is a personal passion for Sue Davies, prekindergarten teacher at the Grove School in Cary, NC. “I just love, love, the curiosity of students of this age,” Davies said. Whether they are turning cream into butter (to learn about liquids and solids) or making new paper from old newspapers (to study recycling at…

Employee relief fund helps teacher, family get back on their feet

Prekindergarten teacher Kris O’Brien heard about the ONE Fund, Knowledge Universe’s employee relief fund, a few times in the past year-and-a-half of teaching at the Kemper Road KinderCare in Cincinnati but she didn’t think too much about it. “I thought, ‘that’s an awesome program’: something I hoped I’d never have to use,” she said. Never…

Helping babies discover the wonders of the world

“I love seeing the pride of accomplishment on babies’ faces,” said Janet Simons, infant teacher at the Shoreview KinderCare in Shoreview, Minn. “When I look out at my class, I instantly feel happy.” Simons found out that she was a 2015 Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winner on October 8, a date that was…

Activity idea: “Snow-dough”

Encouraging toddlers to explore new textures expands their interest in their environment, and this mixture of flour and oil provides an easy way to poke, prod, roll, and pound out a new material. The “snow-dough” looks like fluffy white powder but sticks together when pressed into “snowballs” — making it a perfect afternoon activity. Materials…

IT director spreads holiday cheer

A prison is the last place one would associate with holiday cheer. But for the past four Decembers, Maryann Burns and her church choir have helped the inmates at the Coffee Creek Correctional Institute in Wilsonville, Ore., ring in the Christmas season with a choral performance. “It’s the most awesome experience,” said Burns, the Director…