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…

Center celebrates grand opening, 100 percent occupancy

The Center City KinderCare Learning Center in Philadelphia has a lot to celebrate: last December they moved to a new space just down the hall from their old location (read all about it here), and in May they had their official grand opening. During those in-between months the center’s population grew and they’re now 100…

Out of many cultures, one center

With families from more than 35 countries, the Celebration KinderCare in central Florida can feel like a mini United Nations, according to Center Director Dawn Dalgleish. Celebration is itself a large, multicultural community: many families moved to the area to work for Walt Disney World. In her nine years at KinderCare she’s welcomed families from…

Every Picture Tells a Story

This picture seems to tell a simple story – a school-age girl reads to a preschool class. But this picture represents so much more than one story time: it illustrates the connection one Virginia family formed with their CCLC center. The Evans family has been a part of CCLC’s University of Virginia Child Development Center…

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…

CCLC blooms on Alaskan tundra

In early February KinderCare Education welcomed 74 children and their families from the Tundra Tykes center into the CCLC family. The center, previously run by Easter Seals, serves 60 Government Services Administration and community families and 74 children ages six weeks to five-years-old. It’s now the second CCLC center in Anchorage, Alaska, joining the BP…

CCLC & Purdue: growing side-by-side into 2016

West Lafayette, Ind., is a quintessential college town, home to Purdue University and a large population of “Purdue lifers”: alumnae who settled in the area, started families of their own, and now work at their alma mater. What West Lafayette doesn’t have much of is space in local early childhood education centers for young children,…

5 tips for back-up care success

When a family’s regular childcare provider is unavailable, back-up care can be a lifesaver for busy families. It’s also a great way to introduce families to the programs available at KinderCare and CCLC centers. Kellie Russ, supervisor of the Back-Up Care team offered five tips to help centers find success with the company’s back-up care…