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The Children's Courtyard – Why Work For Us?

Providing High-Quality Early Childhood Education for More than 20 Years

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The Children’s Courtyard offers high-quality early childhood education and care in beautiful home-like settings, furnished with state-of-the-art, age-appropriate learning equipment and classrooms. We have more than 60 child care schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and Houston areas, serving children from six weeks to 13 years old.

Our educational philosophy is founded in the High/Scope philosophy, which states that children learn best by doing — through hands-on experiences with people, materials, events and ideas. A Whole Child Education approach teaches early literacy, logical thinking, problem solving, social understanding, physical coordination, creativity and positive character traits. Partnering with Scholastic and McGraw-Hill, the research-based curriculum at The Children’s Courtyard is tailored to the individual needs of each child.

Unique in the industry, The Children’s Courtyard Master Schools are run much like a child development lab in a university setting. Master Teachers at each age level train and mentor new teachers on the best practices learned from years of experience. Our Master Schools ensure that every classroom at The Children’s Courtyard has highly trained, committed professionals in charge.

Master Schools:

  • Serve children 6 weeks to Pre-Kindergarten.
  • Staff highly qualified Master Teachers who are educational experts for their age group. Children have the opportunity to learn from Master Teachers during their most formative years.
  • Are smaller schools that provide more intimate child care.
  • Offer special programs including dance, Kindermusik, Stretch and Grow and computer classes.


About Learning Care Group, Inc.

Children’s Courtyard is a subsidiary of Learning Care Group, Inc., the second largest for-profit provider of early childhood care and education services in the United States.



Meet the Learning Care Group Executive Team

Barbara J. Beck

Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Beck

Beck joined Learning Care Group in March 2011 as Chief Executive Officer. In this position, she is focused on the company’s mission of building a customer-centric culture that is based on educational excellence, quality and innovation.

Leigh-Ellen Louie

Chief Operating Officer

Leigh-Ellen Louie

Leigh-Ellen Louie joined Learning Care Group in May 2011. In this role, she oversees the operational activities for more than 1,000 schools in the company’s portfolio of brands. She is responsible for the development and execution of the company’s system-wide education and service delivery strategy.

Dr. Susan Canizares

Chief Academic Officer

Susan Canizares

Susan Canizares, Ph.D., joined Learning Care Group as Chief Academic Officer in October 2012. In this role, Canizares is responsible for leading all aspects of the educational mission of Learning Care Group, including refining curricula and the policies and practices that address academic achievement. Reporting directly to the CEO, she works closely with the company’s school directors and teachers to maximize support for the enhancement of innovative learning products and solutions.

Mark R. Bierley

Chief Financial Officer


Mark R. Bierley is Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Learning Care Group, a position he has held since June 2012. In this role, Bierley is responsible for leading Learning Care Group in maintaining a solid financial foundation, enabling it to continue to provide educational excellence and outstanding childcare solutions that meet ever-evolving customer needs.

Scott W. Smith

Chief Human Resources Officer

Scott Smith

Scott W. Smith has served as Chief Human Resources Officer since 2005, having previously served as Vice President of Human Resources since 2002.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Smith was the Vice President of Human Resources for Glotel, PLC, a human capital solutions provider located in London, England, where he had responsibility for the startup of the Human Resources Department.

Ira L. Young

General Counsel

Ira Young

Ira L. Young has served as General Counsel to the Company since 2002. From 1999-2002 he served as General Counsel to Tutor Time Learning Systems, Inc. having joined that company in 1998 as Litigation Counsel. As General Counsel, Mr. Young oversees all legal affairs of the Company including governance, intellectual property, franchise compliance, franchisee relationships and employment/labor issues. He also serves as the Company’s Corporate Secretary.


A Powerful, Inspiring Career Awaits

You are a lifelong learner. You strive for excellence and believe that the most important thing you can do is to help others realize their potential. That’s what we have the chance to do every day in every one of our schools and in our division and corporate offices. We have the opportunity to influence children and help families. When you think about it, it’s a pretty awesome opportunity to build a career around something so powerful!

We’ll provide you with a fun and challenging environment. You will work with a great team in a supportive setting, and find that everyone from the van driver in a school to an accountant in our corporate office is working toward the same goal: to inspire children to be lifelong learners.

Teamwork, professionalism, innovation … they’re not just words on a plaque here. It’s what you’ll find every day.

Benefit Options*

Learning Care Group is committed to being an employer of choice and has many benefit options available to full- and part-time associates, including:

  • Competitive compensation
  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision plans available to eligible associates
  • 401(k) savings plan
  • Child-care discount
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • CDA reimbursement may be available
  • Vacation, holiday and sick time
  • Paid training

*Benefits may vary by individual location and the average the number of hours worked.

With Learning Care Group locations throughout the United States, there are numerous transfer and advancement opportunities available. So how do you get started? Click on one of the two links below to learn more about career options and to join our team.

School Staff Positions

(Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Lead Teacher, Food Specialist, Driver)

If you are interested in a staff position in one of our schools, search for a school near youand submit your resume. We may not have an opening at every location, but we will keep your information on file for six months.

School Management and Corporate Positions

If you are interested in a management position in one of our schools or a position working in our Corporate or Division Offices, you can search for current school management and corporate openings and submit your resume.

Learning Care Group is an equal opportunity employer.

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    Good job if you have the passion and dedication to work with children

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Keller, TX
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    I have been working at The Children's Courtyard full-time (More than 5 years)

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    making a difference in children's lives; management is respectful, considerate, empowering and organized; company places high value on quality education; great curriculum


    the pay could be better; uniforms are not the cutest

    Advice to Management

    higher pay (it's not decided at the school level, but rather through the corporate office), better uniforms (also not determined at the school level)

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    Anonymous Interview Candidate in The Woodlands, TX
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    I applied online. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at The Children's Courtyard (The Woodlands, TX) in March 2015.


    Was called in for interview about four days after applied online, completed assesment and submitted consent to background check. Was told to wear slacks and a nice shirt. I brought a copy of my resume and references in a presentation folder and was prepared for standard interview questions after reading up on the company. I was surprised, however, when the manager asked me to talk about myself, separate from work. It surprised me because I had prepared a professional statement talking about my job experience, etc. I included a breif history of where I grew up, what I like to do and my family making sure to revolve around child care and responsibility. I was asked how much I wanted to make there and I danced around it as much as I could, we discussed the daycare discount I would be able to take for my daughter and it made the number much more desirable. I told her 12 and hour would be wonderful so I could offset the cost of childcare but with 45% discount, 10 dollars per hour was even better. I immediately took a tour of the school and got aquainted with the staff. They told me they would need to wait until the director personally submitted my paperwork to the system, and then for approval after that. I was scheduled for a trial hour the following Monday, and was able to play with two different classes. They told me to wear comfortable black pants and a solid shirt so I came in a polo and slacks. Great experience, the only thing that was hard is I never got a clear job offer, and when I asked if I had the job they said yes. So anyway, it was successful. This location was specifically looking for a full time position and I think I fit the position for them so it was a quick process. Great interview, pretty relaxing!

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    • What are you going to school in, what is your schedule and how many hours are you looking for?   1 Answer

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Additional Info

Headquarters Novi, MI
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Operated By Learning Care Group
Founded 1986
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Education
Revenue $50 to $100 million (USD) per year

The Children’s Courtyard offers high-quality early childhood education and care in beautiful home-like settings, furnished with state-of-the-art, age-appropriate learning equipment and classrooms. We have nearly 50 child care schools in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin and Houston areas, serving children from six weeks to 12 years old. Our educational philosophy is founded in the High/Scope philosophy, which states that children learn best by doing — through hands-on experiences with people, materials, events and ideas. A Whole Child Education approach teaches early ... More

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