KinderCare kids meet the “President of Pennsylvania”

Center Director Curt Gussler is no stranger to Harrisburg’s Capitol Hill. As Vice President of Support for the Capitol Area Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC), a NAEYC affiliate, Gussler helps award grants to early childhood education programs and scholarships for professional development to ECE teachers, among other things. Aside from being a…

State Senator visits Champions for Lights On Afterschool

The Champions afterschool program at Coral Academy-Windmill Elementary in Henderson, Nev., had a special guest last week. State Senator Joyce Woodhouse stopped by the site to celebrate Lights On Afterschool, an annual event highlighting the importance of afterschool learning programs like Champions. Senator Woodhouse got the full Champions experience. “She was treated to a tour…

Child Nutrition Program up for reauthorization

Every five years Congress reviews the laws governing the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and if needed, make some important regulatory changes. When the child nutrition programs were last reauthorized in 2010, the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act (the bill written into law by President Obama) included some positive changes including new standards…

NAEYC event leads to center hosting senator

When Amber Berkemeijer, director of a nationally accredited KinderCare center in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, attending a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) public policy forum in early March, she had no idea it would lead to her center hosting state Senator Matt Smith later in the month. During the forum a Pennsylvania NAEYC…

Champions shines in D.C.

Champions and Knowledge Universe leaders headed to Washington, D.C. March 8 for two events focusing on after-school care and education. Champions representatives led training and workshops at the annual National Afterschool Association (NAA) Convention, while September Jones from the Government Relations team headed to Capitol Hill to advocate for after-school programs as part of the…

CD speaks to leaders, asks for continued subsidy support

KU employees are no strangers to children’s advocacy – check out what they did to show their support for the reauthorization of the Child Care Development Block Grant (CCDBG) last year. So when Illinois governor Bruce Rauner proposed his new budget, and that budget included cuts to the state subsidy program for early childhood education…

Legislative Action Day

In early February, Texas KinderCare leaders visited Austin, the state capital for Legislative Action Day. District Managers Susie O’Dell, Cherie King and Joe Cardaropoli were joined by several of their coworkers from Knowledge Universe, including Elisa Shepherd and Kristine Evertz-Phillips from Government Relations, and Racquel Washington from Quality and Accreditation. Center Directors from Austin, San…

KU Government Relations prepares for a busy 2015

As 2015 begins, the Government Relations team is gearing up for an exciting year in state and national policy. You may have heard about the recent passage of the Child Care and Development Block Grant, the federal funding that helps subsidize early education for low-income children. Our Vice President of Government Relations, Celia Sims, was…