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.
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.
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.
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.
Winner of 5 Gallup Great Workplace Awards, 2017–2021
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.
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Tom Wyatt is responsible for all aspects of company strategy, leadership, governance, and operations. His focus on culture led to record-high levels of employee and customer engagement, with the company earning multiple Gallup Great Workplace Awards.
Dr. Elanna S. Yalow, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Elanna Yalow supports the development of KinderCare’s educational programs, educator professional development, quality and accreditation initiatives, research and evaluation, inclusion services, and public policy.
Paul Thompson leads center operations, facilities, HR, IT, real estate, strategy, and new center growth functions. He has driven success across all brands and is responsible for shaping KinderCare’s enhanced, industry-leading health & safety practices.
Chief Financial Officer
Tony Amandi leads the accounting, treasury, control, internal audit, tax and risk, external reporting, finance, financial planning and analysis (FP&A), information systems and procurement functions.
Chief People Officer
Jessica Harrah oversees human resources for the company’s 35,000 employees nationwide. In addition to HR, she leads the diversity, equity and inclusion, travel and meetings, talent investment and culture, and litigation functions.