KinderCare News

Follow Her Bliss: Help Your Child Find Her True Passions

Anne Leonardi helps the kids at her Champions before-and-after school program discover what they love.  

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To her elementary-aged students, Anne Leonardi is a real yes-man (actually, she’s a yes-woman). “I don’t like to say no,” says Leonardi. “I like to say, ‘Absolutely!’” A Site Director of the Champions before-and-after school program at Dugan Elementary in Marlboro, New Jersey, Leonardi also won a 2015 Early Childhood Educator Award. Her yes-we-can approach

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5 Hands-On Ways to Learn With Your 5-Year-Old

Award-winning teacher Kim Bouchie believes in hands-on learning experiences for children.

“Kindergarten is about connecting concepts and putting it all together,” says 2015 Early Childhood Educator Award Winner Kimberly Bouchie, who teaches 5 -year-olds at Stoneham KinderCare in Stoneham, Massachusetts. In kindergarten, letters start to become words, and numbers start to add up to something bigger.  These important lessons prepare children for success in elementary school—but

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4 Wet-and-Messy Activities for Babies, From Award-Winning Teacher Megan Martina

Top early childhood educator Megan Martina encourages the children in her class to explore the world. Photo by Getty Images.

Twice a week, every week, the boys and girls in our infant classrooms get wet and messy. In fact, “Wet and Messy” activities—in which babies are encouraged to explore, touch, feel, and even crawl on different materials and textures—are a core part of our infant program. There’s a reason for that: “Babies learn so much

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7 Readaloud Tips from a Top Teacher

Ed Award Ari Duquel

Ari Dacquel is a story time expert, a reading master, and a connoisseur of questions—she asks LOTS of questions. A kindergarten teacher at Lacey KinderCare, in Washington, and one of our 2015 Educator Award winning teachers, Dacquel loves reading—and  the kids in her classroom love it, too. “As a child, I reveled in books. I

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You Got This! Advice for New Parents, From Award-Winning Infant Teacher Janet Simons


Janet Simons has spent 25 years—an entire career, really—caring for infants at Shoreview KinderCare in Minnesota. How many babies has Simons nurtured over the decades? “It’s so many babies, that I wish I would’ve kept track,” she says. “It’s an awesome number.” Awesome, indeed. This year, Simons won an Early Childhood Educator Award for passion an

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His Very First Book is Taking Flight: Meet Karl cropped

Portland-based author and illustrator Karl Newsom Edwards presents his debut picture book, Fly!, for children ages 3 to 5 at Wordstock this weekend. We caught up with Edwards to talk about his book, what makes reading fun, and why he decided to create stories for kids. The Story Worm can “wiggle.” Ant can “march.” But

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Welcome Home: Wildwood Illustrator Carson Ellis Debuts a New Book

Carson Ellis’s sumptuous, magical illustrations have graced many children’s books, including the wildly popular Wildwood Chronicles and Lemony Snicket’s The Composer Is Dead. Home is her authorial debut; it’s received starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, among others. We talked to her about her new book, how having kids of her own changes her

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We’ve Got Heart! Kate Jordan-Downs Gives Back

Kate Jordan-Downs, Director of Inclusion Services at Knowledge Universe.

“Instead of asking ‘What’s wrong with this child?’ it’s about asking ‘What happened to this child?’”—Kate Jordan-Downs, Director of Inclusion Services at Knowledge Universe Who: Every day, Kate Jordan-Downs and her team work to make sure every child is welcome in our centers and that every child’s unique abilities are nurtured and celebrated. When there

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