Supporting working families for over 50 years

We’ve built a trusted business out of caring for families and children.

In 1969, the first KinderCare opened its doors in Montgomery, Alabama, to support record numbers of mothers entering the workforce. Over 50 years later, we take pride in providing safe, nurturing care for children of modern working parents so they can pursue their dreams.

Today, KinderCare Education at Work helps organizations and their employees better integrate work with life as the nation’s leading provider of employer-sponsored child care benefits. We’ve partnered with over 400 organizations to answer their working parents' call for quality child care in the communities where they work and live nationwide.

KinderCare Education sets the standard for educational excellence.
States where we operate

With two times as many learning centers as the next largest provider, our services are never subcontracted or franchised. Our over 1,500 centers in 40 states and more than 500 Champions Before- and After-School programs provide families and their children with the same curriculum and values in every classroom across the country.

What does high-quality child care mean? It means we take the time to put our standards to the test with third-party validation. KinderCare is America’s most accredited child care provider. Accreditation is important to us because it means we’re providing the best education for the children of hardworking parents.

Our curriculum gives children a foundation they can build on for the rest of their lives. Designed using the latest research, our programs and classrooms focus on helping children build confidence socially, emotionally, and academically. It requires trained educators who take every opportunity to support little learners as they unlock a world of infinite possibilities.

And it works! Studies show KinderCare kids get the best and do better. Children who attend our programs for a year or longer consistently test at first-grade levels for reading and math before they even start elementary school.

KinderCare Children

Source: Longitudinal BRIGANCE Early Childhood Screens III results for children ages 6 weeks to 12 years at 392 KinderCare Learning Centers, 21 KinderCare at Work Centers, and 122 Champions sites during the 2018–2019 school year.

Our leaders help your leaders transform company culture.

We all want to make the juggle of work and life easier for everyone. When you become the employer supporting families with quality child care benefits like ours, you not only strengthen your culture—you give employees more confidence in you.

KinderCare Education Gallup Great Workplace

Winner of 3 Gallup Great Workplaces Awards, 2017–2019

We know because we’ve experienced it through our own cultural transformation that improved our employee engagement rates by over 30 percent.

Meet the leaders dedicated to providing quality education.

Tom Wyatt

Tom Wyatt

Chief Executive Officer

Tom is CEO of KinderCare Education, the parent company to KinderCare Learning Centers, KinderCare Education at Work, and Champions Before- and After-School programs. Tom drives our strategy, guides our leadership and mission, and leads our continued client growth.

Elanna Yalow

Dr. Elanna Yalow

Chief Academic Officer

Elanna leads the development of our educational programs and oversees quality, accreditation, teacher training, inclusion services, and government relations. She has over 30 years of experience with the company and is a nationally recognized leader in early childhood education.

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson

Chief Administrative Officer

Paul leads all aspects of KinderCare’s growth, including new center acquisitions and transitions. To support this growth, he oversees the company’s HR, IT, facilities, real estate, and new center teams.

Tony Amandi

Tony Amandi

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO, Tony leads financial planning and analysis, the controller’s organization, internal audit, tax and risk, and procurement. He is a CPA in the State of Oregon and a Certified Treasury Professional with nearly 10 years of experience in audit and assurance.

Jeff Gerkin

Jeff Gerkin

Senior Vice President KinderCare Education at Work

Jeff oversees the KinderCare Education at Work brand, which partners with organizations to provide employer-sponsored child care and early child development. He leads the charge in enabling work-life integration and fostering a more engaged and invested workforce.