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…

Champions students show patriotic side during mayor visit

Last month, the Champions program in Marlboro, N.J. rolled out the red, white, and blue carpet for Mayor Jonathan Hornik and his visit to J. Dugan Elementary School. The Champions children pulled out all the stops, creating patriotic friendship bracelets and stage décor for their esteemed Mayor. The mayor’s visit is part of Site Director…

Assemblyman Visits Sacramento KinderCare

Arlene Garcia and her staff at the Vintage KinderCare in Sacramento, Calif., recently hosted Assemblyman Ken Cooley when he expressed an interest in visiting a nationally accredited childcare center. “Many officials look to the community when working on upcoming bills,” Garcia explained. “It is important to see first-hand what we do for the children and…

PA center gives official an inside view of ECE classroom

It’s one thing to talk about early childhood education in legislative offices, but it’s another thing entirely to visit with teachers in their classrooms and see firsthand the impact high-quality ECE can have on a child. Brian Kasel, assistant to Pennsylvania State Representative George Dunbar, recently enjoyed that opportunity at the North Huntingdon KinderCare. The…

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…

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 –…

Rep. Peisch visits Wellesley Knowledge Beginnings

The Wellesley Knowledge Beginnings recently hosted State Representative Alice Peisch, a Massachusetts education advocate. “We wanted to show Rep. Peisch all the hard work the children do,” said Joanna Siegal, center director at the Wellesley Knowledge Beginnings. “It is important for elected officials like Rep. Peisch to come visit our centers so they can see…

Copeland Champions celebrate Lights On Afterschool with Senator Duffy

Students at the Copeland Champions after-school program in Libertyville, Illinois, invited State Senator Dan Duffy to join them on Tuesday, October 14 to celebrate their annual Lights On Afterschool event. Lights On Afterschool, sponsored by the Afterschool Alliance, is the annual celebration of the importance of after-school programs. More than a quarter of youth in…