Communication, honesty key for co-teaching

When they met in the infant room two years ago, Michelle Sulovski and Jackie Ortega hit it off right away.  The duo at the Branchburg KinderCare in New Jersey are star co-teachers—they work together to make their infant room a positive and nurturing environment for children. “We encourage each other,” said Ortega. To forge a…

4 Lessons to learn from furry (or fishy!) friends

Class pets aren’t just cute and cuddly—they can help boost kids’ social skills and sense of responsibility. At KinderCare centers across the country, guinea pigs, hamsters, and even fish are valued classmates with tons of the potential to teach some valuable lessons. 1 – Home is where the heart is The transitional kindergarten classroom at…

At The Grove School, enrichment brings learning to life

The Grove School in Cary, N.C,. uses KinderCare Education’s curriculum to help children learn about the world around them, and takes that learning to the next level with enrichments for every age group. Teacher Jovana Nunez curates Grove’s enrichment room to be a fun, structured learning environment that showcases all of the creative work Grove’s…

Old and young benefit from time spent together

Years ago Kimberly Baar, then a very new teacher at the YMCA in a small town in Pennsylvania, had an assistant director who taught her about a unique way to unite the youngest and oldest members of a community: an intergenerational program. This simple program involves working with a local senior center and arranging activities…

Watch: Grow a global citizen

It’s one thing to say children need to be citizens of the world, but how does one go about creating that kind of person? According to Kate Jordan-Downs, Director of Inclusion Services at KinderCare, one can build on a child’s innate sense of curiosity to introduce them to other cultures. Even something as simple as…

Watch: Every child has a point of greatness

Everyone has an area they excel in. It might be something measurable like math skills, or it might be an intangible like negotiating. In this video Cheryl Flanders from KinderCare’s Education team explains how teachers can help children build self-confidence through identifying their strengths.

Watch: Celebrating families

Children are innately curious, and that curiosity often leads to very direct questions such as “Why don’t you have a mom?” or “Why does your dad talk funny?” Moments like these present great opportunities to teach children about diversity. Kate Jordan-Downs, Director of Inclusion Services at Knowledge Universe, explains how to explain these differences to…

Watch: Encourage your child’s individuality

Research shows that children who are emotionally well-adjusted have a greater chance of early school success. Kate Jordan-Downs, Director of Inclusion Services for Knowledge Universe offers some quick tips for parents in this video to help them see their child’s strengths and best qualities—which builds the self-esteem and self-respect that we all need to appreciate…

Watch: Explaining physical differences to children

It can be tough to answer children’s questions, especially when a child innocently asks about physical differences. “Why can’t he walk by himself?” doesn’t have to lead to an uncomfortable conversation. Kate Jordan-Downs, Director of Inclusion Services at Knowledge Universe, shares tips about how to answer questions like these with openness and positivity.

Back up care leads family to choose new center

One day a few years ago the Krizman family was in a bind. Their childcare provider planned to close for a religious holiday, leaving them without a place for their then 16-month-old daughter Alexandra to go during the day. Taking her to work wasn’t a good option for either parent, so Dad, Eric, went to…