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Community Involvement

KinderCare in the Community: What We Do

KinderCare works hard to improve the lives of children in communities where we live and work. The expertise that comes with caring for and educating hundreds of thousands of children nationally gives us a unique understanding of child development, early childhood education, parenting and teaching. We have been privileged over the years to help more than 1 million children learn their first lessons in community and philanthropy through our national charitable campaigns.


KinderCare promotes literacy each and every day; we are partners with tens of thousands of children in learning to read, every year. The company is also leading a national literacy effort benefitting literacy organizations serving communities across the country.

These efforts include providing early access to books, one of the key indicators of strong student performance. KinderCare is proud to be a leading voice supporting literacy for children nationwide.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

The Big Brothers Big Sisters mission is to help children reach their potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with mentors that have a measurable impact on youth.

Children's Relief Nursery

Children's Relief Nursery's mission is to prevent abuse and neglect in children birth through four by partnering with caregivers committed to strengthening their families.

Friends of the Children

Friends of the Children creates opportunities for children to realize their unique potential and inherent worth by employing paid, professional mentors to work with vulnerable children from kindergarten through high school graduation.

Juvenile Rights Project

Juvenile Rights Project's mission is to provide high quality legal services to children and families, without the means to retain counsel, through individual representation in juvenile proceedings, and through class-wide advocacy in the courts and legislature.

Start Making a Reader Today (SMART)

The SMART reading program helps kids become confident readers by providing individual volunteer attention and new, take-home books.

University of Oregon Foundation

KinderCare underwrites scholarships and fellowships in the College of Education and School of Law, benefiting students who are studying to become professional researchers, advocates and policymakers in the area of early childhood.

Additional Partners

  • CARES Northwest
  • Children First for Oregon
  • ChristieCare
  • Employers for Education Excellence
  • Foundation for Early Learning
  • Innovation Partnership
  • Junior Achievement
  • March of Dimes
  • Portland Children's Museum
  • Stand for Children