Circle of Education Program Offered by School Specialty Endorsed by CASEL

Thursday, July 19, 2018

(Business Insider)- Early Childhood Social-Emotional Learning Approach Given ‘Highest Quality’ Designation  

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Research Verifies Early Childhood Education Helps Kids Build Skills and Readiness for School

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

(Business Wire) - National Studies Show KinderCare Education Kindergartners are performing at First Grade Levels; Length of Time Spent in Early Childhood Education at KinderCare Education Positively Impacts Results

For nearly 50 years, KinderCare Education® (KCE) has provided high-quality early education and child care to hardworking families throughout the U.S. This approach to early education is paying off. The results from the TerraNova® and BRIGANCE® national studies confirm that KCE students are better prepared for school.

Children enrolled in a KCE kindergarten program are, on average, performing at first grade levels, consistently outperforming their peers in math and reading. And whether they are learning to crawl or learning their first words, KinderCare kids continue to achieve key developmental milestones more quickly, the longer they are enrolled in the organization’s early childhood education programs.

“We are proud of the TerraNova and BRIGANCE results that demonstrate that our curriculum and standards of educational excellence help children develop the confidence and the skills they need to be ready for elementary school—and beyond. When we invest in children, we invest in our future.”

The impact of quality early childhood education extends beyond childhood. As reported by the Brookings Institute, children with higher levels of school readiness at age five are generally more successful in grade school, are less likely to drop out of high school, and earn more as adults. A separate Brookings Institute report noted that in countries like the United States, getting a good education is one of the most promising routes to economic security.

“A child’s education has a direct effect on the child’s overall development into adulthood,” said Dr. Elanna Yalow, Chief Academic Officer, KinderCare Education. “We are proud of the TerraNova and BRIGANCE results that demonstrate that our curriculum and standards of educational excellence help children develop the confidence and the skills they need to be ready for elementary school—and beyond. When we invest in children, we invest in our future.”


A study using TerraNova Third Edition, a standardized assessment to measure reading and math skills in kindergartners, concluded that KinderCare kids are performing at first grade levels by March of their kindergarten year.

“Beyond teaching young children the developmental and social skills they need for general success, the TerraNova results prove that KinderCare Education helps students show up to kindergarten and first grade confident they have the academic skills needed to flourish,” said Wei-Li Chong, President of KinderCare Learning Centers and KinderCare Education at Work.


KCE used the BRIGANCE developmental screen to see how children are meeting developmental milestones for physical, language, academic / cognitive, social-emotional development and self-help skills. The BRIGANCE Early Childhood Screens III tool was used to assess children in KinderCare programs nationwide, and results found that KinderCare students see significant improvement in their developmental status after spending more time in KinderCare Centers and programs. Children with more than a year of enrollment in KinderCare programs are less than half as likely to be flagged for potential delays and are more likely to be developmentally advanced for their ages.

“Truly understanding a child’s development status is so important to parents and teachers in the early years of life,” said Chong. “With the helpful information from BRIGANCE, teachers can partner with families to help children achieve developmental milestones and customize their curriculum to the strengths and opportunities of each child.”

Open House

61% of U.S. households with children have two working parents, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which means making time to tour an early childhood education center during the center’s weekday business hours can be challenging for many families. To make finding great childcare easier for families, KinderCare is hosting a national Open House on Saturday, July 21, 2018, in select centers across the U.S. Families are invited to drop into their local center, meet the teachers, and learn more about KinderCare’s approach to quality education.

Families can learn more about KinderCare’s curriculum, and a list of participating Open House locations around the country by visiting KinderCare’s website at www.kindercare.com.

Assessment Methodology

The TerraNova, a standardized year-end assessment, was administered in March 2018 to 1,034 kindergarten students in 126 KinderCare Learning Centers and KinderCare At Work Centers throughout the U.S. The students were five years old at the time of the research.

The BRIGANCE Early Childhood Screens III, a standardized developmental screening tool, was used to assess 36,892 children (16,334 of whom were assessed in both the fall and spring seasons) in 407 centers and sites nationwide during the 2017-18 school year. Children ranged in age from 6 weeks to 7 years old.

About KinderCare Education®

KinderCare Education is an experience-based provider of early education and child care with more than 32,000 employees, including more than 27,600 teachers, serving 170,000 families every day, where they need us:

In neighborhoods with our KinderCare® Learning Centers that offer early childhood education and child care for children six weeks to 12 years old,

At work through KinderCare Education at Work™, family-focused benefits for employers including on-site and near-site early learning centers and backup care for last-minute child care, and

In local schools with our Champions® before and after-school programs.

KinderCare Education operates more than 1,300 early learning centers, more than 500 Champions sites, and is supported by a corporate team of nearly 500 headquarters employees based in Portland, Oregon. In 2018, KinderCare Education earned their second Gallup Great Workplace Award – one of only 39 companies worldwide to earn this award. To learn more, visit kc-education.com.


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Kinder Haus closure adds to child care crisis

Tuesday, July 17, 2018


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Study uncovers connections between early childhood program and teenage outcomes

Monday, July 16, 2018

(Phys.Org) - A new study published in PLOS ONE by researchers from New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development examined the long-term impacts of an early childhood program called the Chicago School Readiness Project (CSRP) and found evidence suggesting that the program positively affected children's executive function and academic achievement during adolescence.  

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Thoughtful Parenting: Early childhood community plan

Monday, July 16, 2018

(Steamboat Pilot & Today) - Whether you're a parent or not, early childhood education impacts you. The availability, affordability and quality of childcare, preschool and school-age programs shape not just the dynamic of a community, but also the economy. Parents face a nerve-wracking process to find childcare in Routt County as the demand has become far too much for the few licensed providers in town. Ultimately, mom or dad either get lucky, struggle to piece things together or leave the workforce, taking employee tax dollars with them. 

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Does state pre-K improve children’s achievement?

Friday, July 13, 2018

(Brookings) - Executive Summary  

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$1.6B Initiative 93: 170,000+ Signatures Submitted - Updated News Coverage

Thursday, July 12, 2018


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Want to Help Young Children? Extend Medicaid Coverage to Early Childhood Educators

Thursday, July 12, 2018

(Health Policy Institute at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University) -  

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Colorado 2018 election: Where Jared Polis and Walker Stapleton stand on education

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

(ChalkBeat) - What do the candidates for governor of Colorado think about school funding and school choice? How would they address the achievement gap? And what educational choices did they make for their own children? 

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How The Goddard School Adds To Its Franchisee-Only Childcare Network

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

(Forbes) - When we talk about the world of childcare and early education franchising, one system that simply must be part of the conversation is The Goddard School. Goddard maintains one of the larger networks in the country, and one that has been selling franchises since the late 1980s.

Founded by Lois Goddard Haines in 1983, Goddard was bought and franchised in 1988 by Joe Scandone and Anthony Martino, the mechanic and entrepreneur behind the auto parts and services franchises Aamco, Maaco and Sparks. “(Martino) foresaw the coming of double-income families and the need for childcare and preschool education and saw that it could also be a business that could be franchised,” says CEO Joe Schumacher, who was Martino’s lawyer at the time.

As of April, the Pennsylvania-based company had more than 480 schools in operation in 36 states, all of which are owned by franchisees, as the company prefers a purely franchised strategy and has never owned its own locations. According to a 2016 report from IBISWorld, a global business intel firm, Goddard held a 26% chunk of the $2.6 billion child education and developmental center franchise space, surpassing top names in the industry like The Primrose School and The Learning Experience.

Last year The Goddard home office saw more than $22.8 million in net earnings—up $6 million since 2015—off of $56.6 million in total revenue. As for how franchisees make out, schools that are considered mature—in operation for 18 months or longer—and maintain an occupancy rate of more than 90% report average EBITDA of about $386,000. Franchisees spend between $620,000 and $760,000 to launch a new location, according to the company.

Choosing Franchisees

The Goddard system is not unlike other childcare franchises in that franchise owners are not chosen on their educational experience. “The franchisee is the business face of the school,” says Schumacher. “Each franchisee has an educational director that’s approved by that state and approved by us.” That director implements the curriculum and staffs the facility. When assessing potential franchisees, “we are not looking for folks with an education background,” explains Schumacher. “We’re looking for folks with strong business backgrounds who are interested in education and childcare. ”When interested parties contact Goddard about buying a location, the school meets with the hopefuls and begins the process of conducting background checks and discussing the franchise in detail. “Throughout the process we encourage them to contact and visit as many of our franchisees as they possibly can,” says Schumacher.

New franchisees then enter a preliminary agreement, at which time the two parties begin searching for a new location, Schumacher explains. “It takes close to two years now to find a location, to do all the permitting, to get the building built. We don’t sign a franchise agreement until they’ve got a building permit.”

In 2017, The Goddard School added 17 new locations while 5 shuttered. The year before, it added 25 with no closings, and in 2015 the company added 23 new centers but saw 6 cease operations.

Once a new Goddard School comes online, the home office’s operations department maintains a connection to the franchisees and their education directors to assist with issues relating to implementing the curriculum and running the business. Each location receives two unannounced visits from home office personnel each year to assure compliance with quality and safety standards, says Schumacher.

The Industry Has Changed Focus

Since The Goddard School began franchising, the concept of early childhood care has changed, says Schumacher, and now there is greater emphasis on the educational development of children younger than age 5. When the company began offering licenses, childcare or daycare was the most pressing need for families with small children. Now centers like Goddard provide learn-by-play curriculums rather than simply babysitting young kids. Says Schumacher: “Over these 30 years it’s become much better understood that from birth to age 3 are probably the most important years in engaging a child’s brain and helping them learn, and helping them learn how to learn.”


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