- 01/04/2016 - Knowledge Universe Education LLC to change name to KinderCare Education
- Seven teachers honored with $10,000 Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator Award
- Search for Most Powerful Master Leaders in the field of early care and education
- California KinderCare Earns 1,000th nationally accredited center
- Maryland early childhood education leader earns national recognition
- KinderCare unveils list of cities with longest-serving teachers
- LifeCare and Knowledge Universe team up to offer education and care benefits
- Educator Award in Cary, N.C. - WRAL
- Educator Award in Stoneham, Mass. –WFXT
- Educator Award in Lacey, Wash. - KOMO
- March to Beach in Portland, Ore. - KPDX
- Vallejo KinderCare earns national accreditation
- Partners Group to Acquire Knowledge Universe’s US Early-Childhood Educational Business
- 1,000th Accredited Center showcases quality in California
- Reston teacher prepares generations of children for school
- College students give back to Gages Lake early childhood education center
- Reston teacher becomes Rasmussen College’s 100th CDA recipient
- Celebrating Betty Wheeler: KinderCare’s longest-serving teacher
- My View: Employer child care credit needed
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- Encouraging children to ask questions…a LOT of questions
- Connecting with every child. Connecting with her community
- Seven incredible teachers: 2015 Educator Award Winners
- Kool Kidz Radio attracts listeners worldwide
- Texas city declares September "Attendance Awareness Month"
- Rising to the Challenge
- Longtime accredited center proves commitment to quality
- 2015 Color Wars result in largest ever KU school supply donation
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Wyatt is Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare Education, the nation’s largest private provider of early childhood education and care and the parent company of the KinderCare, CCLC, Champions, Knowledge Beginnings, Cambridge Schools and The Grove School brands. Under Tom’s leadership, these brands collectively provide early learning and school-age programs to nearly 200,000 children in more than 1,700 locations and over 400 programs around the country.
Previously, Tom served as President of Old Navy since 2008, overseeing all aspects of the brand and supporting more than 1,000 stores in North America. Under his leadership, the brand strengthened its positioning and reclaimed its core customer: a young mom shopping for her family and herself.
Tom first joined Gap Inc. as President, GapBody in March 2006. In February 2007, he was named head of the Outlet division, where he was responsible for Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Stores.
Prior to Gap Inc., Tom held the position of President and CEO for Cutter & Buck. During his tenure, he led the turnaround of one of the nation's top makers of sportswear. Tom's career spans more than 30 years leading successful consumer brands. He served as President of Warnaco Intimate Apparel, a global designer and manufacturer of highly recognized brand names including Warner's, Olga and Lejaby. Additionally, Wyatt spent more than 20 years with Vanity Fair Corporation, serving as President of Vanity Fair Intimates and Vanity Fair Intimates Coalition.
Additionally, Tom has served on the board of Gap Foundation and Juma Ventures, two organizations focused on education, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Jack in the Box Inc., a restaurant company that operates Jack in the Box and Qdoba Mexican Grill.
Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare Education Early Learning Programs
Dr. Elanna Yalow is Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare Education (KCE) Early Learning Programs and a member of the Board of Directors of KinderCare Education. She also serves as Professor of Early Childhood Education at the Asian International College, an institution for higher learning and teacher education in Singapore.
In her capacity as CEO, Dr. Yalow oversees several businesses, but most prominently KinderCare Learning Centers and Knowledge Beginnings. She has over 20 years of experience with the organization, and has established strong relationships in the education sector, in thought leadership circles, and the early childhood education industry. Dr. Yalow is also responsible for the development of KCE’s educational programs in the United States and for the use of best practices in education, professional development, and quality assurance across KCE’s global education programs in the US, Europe and Asia, ensuring continuous improvement of KCE’s global best-in-class early childhood education offerings.
Previously Dr. Yalow served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Knowledge Learning Corporation (now KinderCare Education), which operates nearly 1700 early childhood education centers in 39 states, including its KinderCare Learning Centers and Knowledge Beginnings centers. She was responsible for center operations, curriculum development and training, quality assurance, marketing and business development, mergers and acquisitions, and new center development, supervising a total workforce of approximately 40,000 employees.
Prior to joining KCE, Dr. Yalow served as Associate Director of IOX Assessment Associates where she served as Project Director for numerous state and national level research and development projects in both educational assessment and health education for agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Office of Disease Prevention/Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control, and numerous State Departments of Education. She also served as a lecturer at California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Yalow has published and presented extensively on issues related to education and health in publications including the Annual Review of Health Promotion and Education, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Educational Researcher, Handbook of Human Intelligence, Contemporary Education Review, Personnel Psychology and Curator. She has served as a speaker at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Education Writers Association, Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress, the Milken Institute Global Conference, the Hechinger Institute Seminars on Education and the Media, the World Forum on Early Care and Education and NBC’s 2011 Education Nation Summit. She has made numerous presentations on assessment and evaluation in the education and health care arenas at the American Psychological Association, Psychometric Society, National Council of Measurement in Education, and the American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Yalow holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Stanford University School of Education, an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of NY at Stony Brook, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She serves on the Advisory Board of the National Childhood Obesity Foundation, Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress, Busy Bees Nurseries, and the Child Development Policy Institute.
Dr. Yalow is married and the mother of two sons. She is the daughter of the late Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, 1977 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.
Executive Vice President, People, Operation, and Family Experience
Wei-Li Chong joined KinderCare Education in the summer of 2012, where he oversees all aspects of Human Resources and Operations and champions the company’s culture as one of the nation’s largest private education and child care providers. In this role, Wei-Li is responsible for all human resource disciplines focusing on creating a work environment that supports approximately 32,000 educators and associates across the country to do their best work to achieve our company priorities, and support our mission with the children and families we support.
Before joining KU, Wei-Li served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at ANN INC. in New York. In this role, Wei-Li was responsible for corporate human resources and the talent investment strategies for more than 18,000 associates representing the Ann Taylor and LOFT Brands. Through this focus and measurable results achieved, Wei-Li is considered a subject matter expert in the areas of talent management, change management, and the linkage between employee engagement and business performance analytics. His work in this area was published in the Gallup Management Journal and later published in the book, The Best of Gallup Management Journal; 2001-2007 as one of the most thought-provoking articles related to talent management and leadership.
Prior to ANN INC., Wei-Li served in a number of leadership roles for HSN located in St. Petersburg, Florida and Macy’s located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Wei-Li earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Cincinnati.
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Elizabeth Large joined KinderCare Education in 2005. She was promoted to her present position in July 2010 and oversees the operations of the Legal department, providing pro-active strategic and tactical advice designed to advance the business goals while operating well within legal and ethical boundaries.
Before joining KCE, Elizabeth had her own law practice, litigating complex civil cases in Oregon, Washington, and California for business, government, and individuals. Elizabeth also litigated constitutional challenges as an Assistant Attorney General for the Special Litigation Unit at the State of Oregon. She has also served in private practice as a member of the trial practice group at Stoel Rives LLP, a leading Northwest law firm.
Elizabeth has a strong interest in serving our local community, with a special focus on literacy. She is currently a volunteer reader and a member of the board of directors for SMART (“Start Making A Reader Today”) and previously volunteered for Project Read in San Francisco. She has also served as a mentor to several first-year law students at Willamette University College of Law and was named Mentor of The Year in 2001.
In April 2011, Elizabeth was recognized with a Women of Influence award from the Portland Business Journal for both her contribution to KCE, as well as her community philanthropic work.
Elizabeth received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University and her bachelor’s degree in economics and history from the University of Washington. She is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington, and California.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Paul Thompson joined KinderCare Education in 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer, leading the finance information systems and procurement functions for the country’s largest private provider of early childhood education.
Before joining KCE, Paul worked for 10 years at Safeway, holding a number of executive positions, eventually rising to senior vice president for finance, pricing, and enterprise systems. In that role, he was responsible for FP&A, pricing, strategic vendor management, and enterprise data systems. Previously at Safeway, Paul served as a group vice president of finance for marketing and merchandising and vice president of finance for corporate brands. His earlier background includes leadership roles for major brands like Nestlé and Pillsbury.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He also earned his Certified Public Accountant credentials while he lived in Minnesota.