Why We Celebrate the Week of the Young Child

The Week of the Young Child recognizes young children for their innate sense of curiosity, unique way of seeing the world, and general sense of wonder. More than 40 years ago, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) created a week in which national and local leaders would recognize the impact children…

KinderCare Education earns Innovation at Work Award from ADP

Earlier this month five companies, including KinderCare Education, earned awards from ADP for using best practices in human capital management solutions that support their company’s human resources and payroll needs. The winners were selected by ADP with input from independent industry experts. Cathy Maloney, Senior Director of Shared Services for KinderCare Education’s Finance department, was…

5 Questions for CFO Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson Chief Financial Officer 1 year with KinderCare Education Team includes financial planning and analysis (FP&A), the controller’s organization, internal audit, tax and risk, procurement, IT, real estate and portfolio management, and facilities Why did you join KCE? I joined for several reasons: The strength of the executive committee. I was really impressed by…

Assistant is “more than an EA” – part of region team

Jane Heginbotham may have started her career in retail, but she found her dream job as the assistant to Regional Vice President Cheslee Escobedo, serving the KinderCare centers in the Central region from her home office outside of Phoenix, Ariz. Heginbotham was recruited to her role by the former RVP in 2013 from Barnes &…

Starting a Movement: Academies 2016

Two weeks ago, KinderCare Education Field Leaders gathered in San Diego, Calif., to learn just what it takes to start a movement. At this year’s Field Leader Academy, leaders from CCLC, Champions, and KinderCare learned new skills and left empowered to make an impact in their districts. Attendees learned about what it takes to “Start…

Activity idea: Student leaders

Debbie Bowyer, a Champions Site Director in Mass. (and Quality Award winner), faced a common challenge at the beginning of the school year: how to keep older children engaged in her program. Far too often upper elementary students felt they were “too old” to attend the Champions before- and after-school program. The students, particularly a…

North Elston KinderCare Center Director Elizabeth Miner’s path to success has been paved with friendships

Elizabeth Miner started her career with KinderCare Education nearly eight years ago when she moved to Chicago. Her career path has been filled with growth, change, and supportive friendships as she worked her way from teacher to Center Director. In 2008, Elizabeth started as a Discovery Preschool teacher at Northwestern’s CCLC center and quickly –…

Patience is key: Margo O’Donnell, CCLC East EA

If at first you don’t succeed, just wait. Patience may not be Margo O’Donnell’s strongest quality, but it’s definitely something she’s learned since she started her KinderCare Education career seven years ago. O’Donnell originally applied to be the executive assistant to the Champions leader –based at the time in her hometown of Orlando, Fla. “I…

Meet the Champions Quality Team Leaders

Champions’ cohort of Quality Team Leaders (QTLs) has grown! QTLs are recognized for their ability to institute educational excellence and influence the field through effective coaching and peer development. These leaders are Area Managers from each region who, in conjunction with the KinderCare Education Quality and Accreditation and Education teams, will mentor, coach, and train…