Celebrate Grandparents Day with family history

“What was life like when you were a kid?” It’s a natural question to ask someone in an older generation, and with National Grandparents Day coming up on Sunday, September 13, there’s no time like the present to help children connect with their grandparents or older family friends or neighbors. The KinderCare blog shared an…

First day of “big kid” school leads to a thank you

As a new school year begins, many parents face that milestone moment: their child’s first day at “big kid” school and the realization that their baby is now school-age. One parent from the McMurray, Penn., inspired by her son’s first day of school, took the time to write a letter to his KinderCare teachers, thanking…

Champions get crafty to support a classmate

When Champions Site Director Marge Reynolds wanted to spice up the curriculum for her students with a craft idea, she had no idea what their quilting project would become. Marge saw the opportunity to help the community and engage her students, and ended up impacting one of their families in way neither the family nor…

Center staff became family

Center Director Kelly Kramer from McMurray, Pennsylvania, share a heartfelt letter from the Mellingers, a family that’s preparing for their youngest child to transition out of the center. After years of bonding with the teachers and staff, the Mellingers feel like their saying goodbye to their “third family.” “I love this family and can’t imagine…

3D printer fulfills 5-year-old’s dream of “Iron Man hand”

Jack is a five-year-old student at the Lewis Center KinderCare in Ohio. According to Center Director Darcie Schofeld, he’s little boy who dreams of becoming a baseball player. Jack (and his classmates) barely notice the fact that one of his hands isn’t quite like the other. Now though, his hand definitely catches your eye thanks…

Family reflects on eight years of teacher support

Teacher Appreciation Week means different things to each parent in a center. For one family at the North Hills KinderCare in Pittsburgh, this week is a time of reflection on their eight years at the center. As their youngest child prepares for kindergarten this fall, his mom shared her appreciation for her children’s teachers with…

Teacher Appreciation: PA family gives thanks

The week is all about teacher appreciation, and what better way to say thank you to teachers than to hear from their families? Today, a parent at the Washington KinderCare Learning Center in Pennsylvania, shares her thank you for her toddler son’s teacher, Miss Nikki. She is so patient with Andrew (and that’s saying a…

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…

Director calls on emergency training, saves child’s life

April is Health & Safety month, which has a special meaning to center director Ronee Carrier: two years ago her training saved a child’s life. In the spring of 2013 Ronee was an assistant director at the Herr Lane KinderCare center in Louisville, Kentucky. Although licensing required that only two staff members be CPR and…