Put children first and the rest falls into place: Meet Champions Quality Achievement Award winner Lynn Houser

Each year, Champions honors site directors who go above and beyond in creating a high quality before-and-after school environment. Quality Achievement Award Winner Lynn Houser, who leads the Champions preschool program at Oakwood Elementary School in Lemont, Ill., believes that as long as every teacher puts the best interests of their students first, everything else…

Grumble the Sock Monster helps kids connect to their community

Charmaine Balaoro, Site Director and Field Coach at Champions in Elk Grove, Calif., wanted to get her students involved in their community this winter. She knew they could make a positive impact, and with a little creativity, she turned her sock drive into something interactive and fun. Thanks to Grumble the Sock Monster, Charmaine and…

Celebrating diversity on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

At KinderCare Learning Center center in Morgan Hill, Calif., Center Director Maarit McCrossen and her staff strive to include all families’ unique cultures and beliefs in the center’s activities. On Monday, Maarit and her team celebrated another champion of diversity – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day helps children understand…

Preschoolers practice their yoga poses

In the spirit of the New Year, Center Director Jennifer Fairfield is challenging families at her KinderCare center in Germantown, Md., to make health a priority. Last week, her preschool teacher Ms. Yan led her students in a yoga class. “They loved it,” said Jennifer. “Parents said some students were practicing at home.” Children were…

Your KCE Kids Benefit is here!

Over the last four years, we’ve made a lot of changes to improve the way we support our employees and build a culture we’re all proud of. You told us we could be doing better, and we listened. In September, we announced that we’re improving our employee childcare program. And this week, employees across the…

Welcome to the Family

Happy New Year! This month, we’re welcoming some new faces to our KinderCare Education family. Get to know our new friends below, and don’t be afraid to say hello!   Sarah Holloway, Grants Manager Start date: 12/5/2016 Share a bit about your professional background: I’ve been writing grants and fundraising on behalf of arts and…