2015 Color Wars result in largest ever KU school supply donation

In the heat of last week’s Color Wars (part of this year’s lead up to the annual company picnic), NSC employees in Portland set a new record by collecting 4,400 school supplies for community partner Schoolhouse Supplies—the largest single donation in the company’s history. On Thursday, August 13, glue sticks, markers, pencils, crayons, and more…

PR outreach helps position KU during Back to School

One of the ways the Marketing team promotes KinderCare’s thought leadership and drive leads to the brand’s website is through public relations. Over the last year, the Marketing and Education teams created feature articles and themed lists (listicles) for online and print publications. Last fall the articles focused on KinderCare’s curriculum refresh (learning through play…

ECE: more than just daycare

Knowledge Universe centers and sites prepare children for school, but given the age group they serve, it’s quite common to hear outsiders refer to the centers as “daycare.” ONE editors asked some of the 2014 KU Early Childhood Educator Award winners (amazing teachers all) how they help parents shake that daycare stereotype. Recognize the importance…

Teacher tips for preparing for the “Adventure Ahead”

Last week’s issue featured Back to School tips from Best in Class center directors. This week, ONE editors reached out to rock star teachers – aka our 2014 Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award winners – to ask for their tips for preparing for the busy Back to School season. Host a Back to School…

Don’t get lost in the lingo: CD Academy takeaways

Center Directors returned from the Academy with a lot of newly developed skills. The NSC can navigate CDs’ new goals and motivations by referring to the vocab cheat sheet below. From enrollment maps to purple cows, there’s a lot to learn from our friends in the field. Three C’s: The three C’s stand for community,…

Back to School success: Tips from Best in Class CDs

As center directors begin to apply the lessons learned from their CD Academies to their Back to School plans, ONE editors asked Best In Class CDs for their tips on preparing for the busiest season in the Knowledge Universe year. Involve teachers Val Vazquez from Carol Stream, Ill., encourages her teachers to communicate with parents…

Back-to-school season kicks off

Last week the 2015 back-to-school guides landed in centers, and while it may feel odd to think about the next school year before the current one ends, that’s exactly the kind of mindset center directors need to have to ensure success this fall. “It’s important to plan early,” said Christy Park, KinderCare field marketing manager.…