Leadership and Experts

Learn more about the corporate leaders and experts in early childhood education who manage KinderCare’s operations nationally to ensure that your child experiences the highest quality care in your local community.


Dr. Elanna S. Yalow

Dr. Elanna Yalow is Chief Executive Officer of Knowledge Universe (KU) Early Learning Programs and a member of the Board of Directors of Knowledge Universe. 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 KU’s educational programs in the United States and for the use of best practices in education, professional development, and quality assurance across KU’s global education programs in the US, Europe and Asia, ensuring continuous improvement of KU’s global best-in-class early childhood education offerings.


Previously Dr. Yalow served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Knowledge Learning Corporation (now Knowledge Universe 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 KU, 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. She is a contributing author to Education Insights, KU’s blog for parents. 


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.



Linda Hassan Anderson, MA, Vice President of Education



Linda Hassan Anderson joined Knowledge Universe April 1, 2013, as Vice President of Education. For almost 40 years Linda’s work in early childhood education has spanned direct service, program administration, program design and public policy advocacy. In her previous role as Senior Director of the NAEYC Academy for Early Childhood Program Accreditation, she had direct influence on the quality of child care located in the US or its territories affiliated with the US Department of Defense schools and child care centers. In her time at NAEYC, Linda oversaw transformational work in changing and enhancing their accreditation process. Under Linda’s leadership, the Academy experienced record growth, instituted best practices, and created strong relationships with state organizations and, most importantly, with thousands of ECE providers.


Prior to joining the national staff at NAEYC, Linda served as president of the Atlanta Affiliate of the National Black Child Development Institute for over twelve years. Her work in Georgia involved a number of projects aimed at improving the lives of young children, including a large and nationally respected accreditation facilitation project. Linda volunteered with the National Association for the Education of Young Children in a number of capacities over the years, including as a member of the Council for NAEYC Accreditation and the Accreditation Program Support Advisory Workgroup. She also served as one of the initial field test assessors in 2005 as part of accreditation reinvention, and she was a member of the steering committee that developed the 2003 early childhood professional preparation standards adopted by the Georgia Professional Development Standards Commission and many other states. Beyond her work as a national advocate, Linda has an extensive background in nonprofit management and administration, Head Start, staff training and development, family support, and special education.


In addition to earning two degrees in education from Coppin State College (Special Education K-12) and Atlanta University (Elementary Reading) graduating magna cum laude, she continues to be a lifelong learner engaging in national leadership institutes and international study tours. She has been featured on radio and television broadcasts and cited in national and local publications as an early childhood expert. Everywhere Linda has been, she has done tremendous work to improve experiences and access for children and families.


Among Linda’s many strengths is her mastery of both programmatic theory and the day-to-day delivery of programs. She has demonstrated repeatedly a capacity to bridge the gap between strong research and outstanding practice, all to the benefit of children, families, educators, and communities. At Knowledge Universe, Linda is responsible for leading curriculum development and implementation for all of our ECE brands, teacher preparation, and our assessment efforts.

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