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Assistant Director

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedarburg, WI
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cedarburg, WI

I worked at Kindercare full-time (Less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

Pros

Kids are awesome, some good teachers

Cons

Teachers severely underpaid. Being accredited doesn't mean crap when corporate controls your budget.

Advice to Management

Pay teachers what they're worth!!!!!!! Don't pretend you care about the kids when you make it impossible for teachers to earn a living wage, even those with experience and training. Give them paid planning time, don't cut rooms down to 1 teacher, and hire directors with the proper education.

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Lack of supplies

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    Former Employee - Management in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Management in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    They offer tuition reinbursment. Benefits to full time employees.

    Cons

    Always putting a freeze on spending. Lack of supplies needed for daily programming.

    Advice to Management

    You say you have the best programs around. But you don't spend the money for materials.


  2. Helpful (8)

    Changes take focus away from children...

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    Former Employee - Center Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Center Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    PRIOR to the change from education to basic retail, I loved KC! There were: Smiles and hugs daily! The building of relationships with amazing families, earning their trust. Leading and coaching eager teachers. Recognition for outstanding customer care, parent reviews, health and safety, growth, etc. The NEW KC lacks all of those attributes.

    Cons

    Education is very back-burner, revenue generation is the only goal. NO pay raises for staff or mgmt in 4+ years, yet tuition increased annually. Micro-management over everything! Centers are pressured to reduce labor costs which displaces children btwn classrooms and severely reduces curriculum that parents are paying dearly for. Families are highly pressured to pay extra for tutorial "learning adventures" that in many cases don't get taught due to staff shortages. The topics of the tutorials should be part of the main-stream curriculum as they are with competitive centers. Centers are dirty as cleaning budgets are gone, older buildings are in poor repair while newer buildings get repainted, hardwood flooring, new classroom equipment.

    Advice to Management

    KC has become 100% revenue driven! District managers and up have NO EDUCATION BACKGROUND (only retail) and are unable to understand that the early childhood education and childcare centers operate very differently than Target! Someone calls in sick at a store, they close a register and people have to wait to check out. At a center when someone calls in sick, the center goes out of teacher/child state mandated ratios! Safety is compromised, curriculum is dropped, Directors are in kitchens making lunches, doing bus runs, filling in classrooms. There is never any money budgeted for additional staff!! District Managers and RVPs show extreme favoritism to "puppets" and eventually replace any Director that has a strong business sense as well as strong convictions to child welfare, family satisfaction, health and safety, state mandated standards! Professionalism and leadership are no longer virtues. It is a sad day when trust is lost and replaced by greed. Take note of the decrease in occupancy in your centers...it didn't have to be that way!


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