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It’s more than daycare—
it’s KinderCare!

The first five years of your child’s life are a crucial window of opportunity. Within those formative years, their cognitive, social, physical, and emotional development will set the path for their life’s journey.  

We’re here to make sure that journey is as rich and rewarding as possible! To make good on that promise, we’re the only child care provider that participates in annual assessments from TerraNova®, BRIGANCE®, and Ages & Stages Questionnaires® to help us track and celebrate your child’s milestones with you.*  

The moment your child arrives in our classrooms, it’s time to thrive! From outdoor time, to reading time, to snack time, everything they’ll do reflects our research-based curriculum that builds a strong foundation for kindergarten readiness and beyond.   

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“My daughter’s kindergarten teacher is so impressed with how well she's transitioning to elementary school after five years at KinderCare. In fact, she told us that Marianna already has impressive academic skills and is making friends easily. She also said Marianna ‘exudes confidence,’ and is ‘eager to participate in class.’ Hearing this from her new teacher made us feel great about our choice to send Marianna to KinderCare from the start!”  — Jamie, KinderCare parent 

Our assessments help us look at all kinds of skills, from language and math to gross and fine motor, and even social-emotional. Assessments also help our teachers see exactly where kids shine and where they need a little (or a big) boost.  

Every child learns at their own pace and in their own unique way. But wherever your child goes from here, they’ll be ready to think bigger, feel stronger, and aim higher. 

The results are in (and they’re impressive)! 

Year after year, the power of our programs is clear: The longer kids stay with us, the more prepared they are for elementary school. This year’s assessment results are even bigger points of pride because they show how kids in our program made better-than-expected gains even during challenging times.

KinderCare meets key academic, physical, language, and social-emotional milestones

At KinderCare infants and toddlers benefit the most

During pandemic, KinderCare students recovered from learning loss.

KinderCare kindergarteners are two months ahead

Even during the pandemic, children flourished here.  

When COVID-19 hit, most children couldn’t participate in—or fully benefit from—school or child care. As a result, many kids had gaps in learning and decreased socialization, physical activity, and independence. But what we learned from our national assessment data is that kids who were in our programs between the fall of 2020 and spring of 2021 had better-than-expected improvement in key skills.*  

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"BRIGANCE is a wonderful tool to have as a teacher. Screening students early in the school year helps me organize areas of focus for each child in my class. I believe it helps families better understand their child’s development. Anytime I can chat with a family about their child’s development, I’m thrilled, and assessments help facilitate that.”  — Holly, KinderCare teacher 

The longer children were enrolled in our programs, the sooner they reached key developmental milestones. In fact, our students made seven months of progress over the course of only six months! And while kids of all ages showed improvement after enrolling with us, infants and toddlers benefitted the most.  

 
While the average U.S. student fell 4-5 months BEHIND in math and reading during the pandemic, KinderCare kindergartners averaged nearly two months AHEAD of national expectations.

Make assessments a must!

Ask the child care providers you’re considering to share their assessment data with you. If they don’t have any, find a provider who does! (Reminder: We are the ONLY child care provider with research-based data showing how children are developing compared to their peers.) 

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 Check out Your Guide to Assessments to dive deeper into the details about this educational tool.



*BRIGANCE® results are based on assessments of 14,417 students ages six weeks to six years old in 373 KinderCare Education centers and sites from our KinderCare Learning Centers, KinderCare Education at Work Centers, and Champions brands nationwide from fall 2020 to spring 2021. TerraNova® results are based on spring 2021 assessments of 1,299 students in private kindergarten classrooms in 145 KinderCare Learning Centers and KinderCare Education at Work Centers nationwide.