Oregon Health & Science University

As a celebrated teaching hospital and research center, Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) knows that continued medical success, breakthroughs, and innovations come from attracting and retaining top talent from all over the world. They knew that having an innovative child care center on-site would help them do just that, which is where KinderCare Education at Work came in.

Client Goals

OHSU understood that their professors, scientists, staff, and students valued a quality, near-site child care center—they just needed to find a provider who shared their values and could bring their mission to life. In addition, OHSU wanted an expert in early childhood education who could deliver high-quality care during custom hours of operations, accommodate a busy hospital, and create a center that felt like an extension of the campus.

Our Partnership

After an extensive review of projects, surveys, and proposals, OHSU partnered with KinderCare Education to build the Healthy Starts Learning Center, a child care center on campus Healthy Starts embodies OHSU’s values and sets up children for success. Some of the features included are a research-based curriculum that features the latest updates in educational thinking, sustainable business practices due to an Eco-Healthy Child Care® endorsement, and daily fresh, organic meals made from locally sourced ingredients (all created in partnership with a KinderCare Education nutritionist).


Healthy Starts now serves to attract and retain OHSU’s top talent in faculty, staff, and students, ensuring that quality health care and medical breakthroughs continue all while educating a future generation of thinkers and doers.

Having the child care center is an advantage in our recruiting efforts. Its presence is one less thing prospective candidates need to worry about when coming from out of town."

– Lisa Carter, Project Lead
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