Knowledge Universe – Why Work For Us?

About Us


As the largest private early childhood education (ECE) provider in the US, we play a critical role in preparing our youngest children for school and a lifelong love of learning. We are passionate about our ability to positively impact the lives of children and families every day and, in turn, contribute to the vitality of the local communities we serve. 

We’re committed to creating lifelong learners, enriching teacher development, building positive and lasting relationships with families, delivering innovating solutions to our clients and partners, and providing a high-quality education and care experience that helps every child realize achieve their potential. Our vision is to Create A World of Learners, one child at a time. 

Our business lines operate under the KinderCare® Learning Centers, Knowledge Beginnings®, CCLC®, The Grove School®, Champions® and Cambridge Schools™ brands. We offer early childhood education and care through approximately 1,700 community-based centers and employer partnerships; and primary and middle school supplemental educational solutions including before- and after-school academic enrichment programs and summer camps through more than 400 sites nationwide.

As part of Knowledge Universe, a leading global education organization, together we provide a network of more than 3,700 locations worldwide, employing over 40,000 education professionals, and reaching over 300,000 students daily.

Power in Proof

We are united by one powerful idea: every child deserves to reach his or her full potential. It’s a promise that starts at birth, with a passion for early learning that must be cultivated. In that crucial window is an opportunity to make a measurable lifelong difference. We believe that we’re called to Nurture Greatness: in children, in educators, and in America’s future.

If America is to live up to its true potential, we must prepare our children. Our peers around the globe already place a higher premium on education, and the achievement gap is widening more each day. That’s why Knowledge Universe is re-writing the book on early education, creating a compelling story of transformation and results.

We’re using our custom curriculum to give children the strongest start imaginable. And the results are clear: our children outperform their peers. A recent state-led study showed that our students were 18% better prepared in mathematics, and that’s only the beginning. 

Raising the Standard

Knowledge Universe has issued a call to action for educators and policy-makers: Let’s demand better for our nation’s children. Let’s make early education a priority by investing the time, resources and talent it deserves. And let’s start by empowering children and educators with a research-based curriculum that honors imagination and creativity.

What We Believe

Standing Together

We are change agents for childhood education, first and foremost. We’re outspoken advocates, child-inspired innovators, and professionals forging a new path for our field. Together, we’re challenging mindsets and standing up for the greatness we see in every child.

Our shared beliefs serve as our driving principles for how we work and succeed.

  1. Accountability
    We do what we say we're going to do and expect the same from others.
  2. Success
    We love the work, through and through. And we love doing it well.
  3. Partnership
    We're all in this together. It's one big classroom, with one big mission.
  4. Integrity
    We do what's right. And we define doing what's right as doing what's best for the child.
  5. Respect
    We treat all people, children especially, as valid contributors to our world.
  6. Education
    The lifelong love of learning is at the heart of everything we do.

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    Great child care discount.. if you have a family.


    Too much handling issues with Kid-gloves.

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    I applied online. The process took a weekinterviewed at Knowledge Universe (Ballston, VA) in June 2015.


    Warm and friendly director who made it very easy for me to communicate with. I gave very detailed answers which seemed to lead to even more questions, but in a good way. I was able to meet and interact with the kids, which showed the director I would be an excellent employee.

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Governor’s Gold Award (CEO - Tom Wyatt) , Special Olympics, 2014
Top 25 Private Companies , Portland Business Journal, 2013
Private 150 (6) , Oregon Business, 2015
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Additional Info

Headquarters Portland, OR
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1969
Type Company - Private
Industry Education
Revenue $2 to $5 billion (USD) per year

Knowledge Universe employs nearly 30,000 team members across 1,700 locations nationwide. Our three respected brands–KinderCare®, CCLC®, and Champions®– unlock the potential of over 130,000 children ages 6 weeks through 12 years, each day. From our National Support Center, to the classrooms where learning comes to life, we’re united by a passion to Nurture Greatness™. Learn ... More

Mission: We are united by one powerful idea: every child deserves to reach his or her full potential. It’s a promise that starts at birth, with a passion for early learning that must be cultivated. In that crucial window is an opportunity to make a measurable lifelong difference. We believe that we’re called to Nurture Greatness: in children, in educators, and in America’s future.

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