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…

Assessments as a learning tool

Student assessments. The term conjures images of students bent over test sheets, #2 pencils scratching thin paper as each child carefully fills in the bubble sheet – and exactly the kind of mental image the Knowledge Universe Education team wants families to push out of their minds. “We’re trying to dispel the negative association with…

Watch: Take reading with a child to a new level

Reading with a child is a critical aspect of learning and development. From babies who literally want to eat the book, to toddlers who want to hear the story again and again, to older children who can read on their own, story time is an important moment in the day at every Knowledge Universe center…

Watch: What is summer learning loss?

Children can lose up to two months’ worth of learning during the summertime. Watch Linda Hassan Anderson, vice president of education at Knowledge Universe, talk about how KU’s Early Foundations program helps prevent summer learning loss in a new KU video series called “Parenting with Purpose.”

Activity idea: Sight word rocks

While browsing the internet one day Laura Kotasek, a toddler teacher at the Auburn Hills, Mich., KinderCare, found a great idea: sight word rocks. It’s a simple idea that has a lasting impact. “I love social media,” Laura said. She’s inspired by many of the project ideas she find on Pinterest. (Check out KinderCare’s Pinterest…

Read BIG initiative wraps second season

  As the school year comes to a close, so does the second season of Knowledge Universe’s literacy effort with the Portland Trail Blazers, Read BIG. The Oregon-wide initiative encourages elementary school students to get reading; in the first year of the program, nearly 4,000 kindergarten through third grade students from 120 local elementary schools…

Kindergarten teacher finds solution for student assessments

Although student assessments grab news headlines only a few times a year, every teacher knows assessing a student’s mastery of skills is an ongoing task. Plainfield, Illinois, kindergarten teacher Yessica Ocampo found a way to make assessments much easier for herself and fun for her students. She created special cases with all of the materials…

Senator visits CA KinderCare, sees impact of ECE firsthand

Earlier this month, Center Director Tracy Bierman and her staff at the Yucaipa KinderCare in southern California hosted California State Senator Mike Morrell for a morning of story time and art activities. Senator Morrell serves on the Senate Budget Subcommittee on Education, a group that impacts state funding for early childhood education. This visit –…

Teacher finds Learning Adventures makes learning fun

Family led teacher Melissa Hamilton to the Downtown Portland KinderCare. Experience led her to the role of a Learning Adventures teacher. The curriculum leads her to ceaselessly promote the program to families. “I love Learning Adventures,” she said. “It’s ridiculously fun!” A former elementary school teacher in St. Louis, Missouri, Melissa and her family relocated…

KU leaders promote early literacy at Portland event

Last Friday night was a major event on the Knowledge Universe calendar: the annual Start Making A Reader Today (SMART) gala. As the presenting sponsor for the third consecutive year, KU leaders took to the state and talked about the importance of early literacy and their personal connections to the program. The gala kicked off…