Month of the Military Child: Celebrating a milestone

One of the greatest compliments a family can give their center staff is to call their center “a home away from home.” It’s a reflection of the quality of relationships between teachers and parents as well as an indication of the genuine care teachers have for each child in their classrooms. Sonja Cleaver and her…

Military family says thanks

April is national Month of the Military Child and Knowledge Universe centers and sites around the country are taking some extra time to say celebrate the military families they have the honor of serving every day. One family in Fayetteville, North Carolina shared their own note of thanks to Irma Mizzelle, school director of the…

Connecting with military parents during deployment

Change can be stressful on anyone. Moving from one home to another, transitioning into a new classroom, meeting a new sibling, all of these are stressful, but relatively normal events. Children from military families face all of these, sometimes with the added stress of missing a parent who is deployed overseas. Several of our KinderCare…

Supporting our military families

Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Veteran’s Day – throughout the year there are certain days when we take a moment to thank our servicemen and women and our veterans for serving our country. But teachers and staff at our centers near military installations know that supporting our military families isn’t a quarterly event; it’s part…

Connecting Your Center to Your Community

A great way to engage your center families in a project is to think of something you can do that benefits your community. Maybe that’s forming a team to participate in a local hospital’s fundraising walk or gathering items to donate to a women’s shelter. Once you land on that cause your center community cares…

Honoring the Armed Forces

Although April is the official Month of the Military Child, our Broward County, Florida, KinderCare centers started celebrating their military families a little earlier this year in the annual Orange Blossom parade in Davie, Florida, in February. The theme was “Honoring the Armed Forces” and all four Center Directors invited their military families to join…

Celebrating the End of Deployment

For most families, pick up is part of the daily routine of center life, full of hugs, a frantic search for coats and backpacks, and maybe a “Look what I did today!” For military families, one-third of whom are parents, the routine may not be so simple, especially during an overseas deployment. During the month…

Assisting Military Families with Reunification

When we think of the difficulties a military family faces, it often seems like the moment the serviceman or woman returns home the family reaches their happy ending. Reality is much more complicated. As child psychiatrist Dr. Paula Rauch explains in this video clip from the Military Child Education Coalition, it’s perfectly normal for a…