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…

Welcome home Old Bridge!

After months of construction and repairs, the KinderCare in Old Bridge, New Jersey re-opened its doors earlier this month. Families and staff were overjoyed to return to the Best in Class center. “I’m not sure who was happier—our staff, the children, or the parents,” said Lisa Anthony, district manager. “Everyone was in awe of how…

Best in Class CDs take the NSC

Twelve  Best in Class center directors from around the country arrived at the NSC this morning to take a tour and meet with different departments. Kelli Watson, Susan Bennett, Amanda French, Tammie Garloff, LaFaye Briggs, Kristie Woodward, Karen Bowers, Kim Bonjorni, Becky Robles, Yazmeen Mazer, and Angel McKinney spent the day with various NSC departments…

Best in Class CD shines in face of a challenge

The two most important values center director and 2014 Best in Class honoree Krissy Kaufmann tries to instill in each of her teachers are communication and empathy: two values that have served her well these past few months as her center community faced a challenging remodel. “Engaging with families every single day is so important…

Unanimous decision: Tammie Garloff is Best in Class

It’s not just the kids and her colleagues who sing Tammie’s praises. Here’s what some of her parents had to say when they learned the news: “My family was extremely proud and it just validates what we already knew, they are the Best in Class.” “Without a doubt, we have complete trust in this facility…

Be present: How LaFaye Briggs does Best in Class

Center director LaFaye Briggs strives to be present in everything she does at Newport News KinderCare in Virginia. Whether it’s making sure to connect with families multiple times a day, or being sure that her staff are all on the same page, LaFaye brings passion and enthusiasm to the center every day. “Each day is…

Best in Class: Everyone’s family here

If Sylvania, Ohio, isn’t on your list of top travel spots, perhaps that should change. There’s one place in town that’s definitely worth a visit, and that’s the KinderCare center led by 2014 Best in Class honoree Kristie Mundt. Kristie’s center is the kind of place where everyone’s welcome, and everyone is family. If ever a…