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Children's Creative Learning Centers Overview

Portland, OR
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Unknown / Non-Applicable
CCLC serves working families by partnering with employers to provide on-site and near-site childhood education centers. For over 20 years, CCLC has worked with businesses to create solutions that foster work-life balance and a sense of security for working parents. In our ... Read more

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Children's Creative Learning Centers – Why Work For Us?


Children Are the Heart of Our Business

At CCLC, we believe that early childhood education creates brighter futures. We serve working families by partnering with employers to provide on-site and near-site childhood education centers, creating real work-life balance solutions for working parents. We are passionate about creating a world of learning, joy, and adventure for children every day. 

“To me, the mission is very clear: it is about children. We have an opportunity, starting with children in their most formative years, to really change their lives forever.”—Tom Wyatt, CEO Knowledge Universe

CCLC is proud to be part of the Knowledge Universe (KU) family of companies which includes KinderCare® Learning Centers, Champions® Before- and After-School Programs, Cambridge Schools®, Knowledge Beginnings® and the Grove Schools™. KU is the largest provider of early childhood education in the nation and we take that responsibility seriously.  Our nearly 30,000 team members positively impact the lives of 169,000 children every day.  

We Heart Great Teachers: Could That be You? 

We believe that great teachers can change the world, so every year, we honor our very best. We recognize their amazing work with a $10,000 check (they are pretty surprised).

We are the only early childhood education company to recognize talented early childhood education teachers with such a significant reward. We are committed to finding even more ways to honor teaching and elevate teachers who inspire children to dream big,discover, laugh and learn. Won't you join us? 


Educational Excellence

Our Custom Curriculum is Key

We’ve invested over four years re-imagining, re-writing and refreshing curriculum for all of our classrooms. From infants to school-agers, children learn and grow with lessons that address six learning domains. Our unique curriculum—in the hands of talented teachers—gives children the strongest start imaginable.

Our Children are Better Prepared

The results are clear: a 2011 Maryland school-readiness study revealed that children who learned from our curriculum were better prepared for kindergarten than those who did not attend our centers. In our centers, 95% of children were prepared in mathematical thinking, compared with just 77% of children who did not attend our programs.

Leading the Nation in Accreditation 

Our family of brands is the industry leader in national accreditation, with 1,078 centers accredited and counting— our goal is accrediation for centers accredited. We’ve made a commitment to accreditation because it’s the gold standard for early childhood education. Simply put, it’s the right thing to do for children. What does accreditation mean for our families and children? Find out more

Raising the Standard

Knowledge Universe, our parent company,  has issued a challenge to educators and policy-makers: let’s do 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.

Meet Harvey

Harvey is just one of the 169,000 reasons that we love coming to work every day. 


Find Your Opportunity Step into a child-centered world of learning at CCLC. We’re building careers in early childhood education—find a team near you!

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    Former Employee - Toddler Teacher in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Toddler Teacher in Charlottesville, VA
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    I worked at Children's Creative Learning Centers full-time (More than a year)


    The teaching ratio for the toddler age was pretty good: 1 teacher to 4 children. So, toddler classrooms had 2 teachers and 8 toddlers. The center was next to trail which made for a great outside activity. Most of the teachers working there are dedicated and passionate about their job. Playground was a very good size. Lesson planning/curriculum was really great, easy to use, and easy to tailor to different developmental levels.


    The leadership is very disorganized: poor communication internally (with each other) and externally (to teachers). Classrooms were pretty small for toddlers to have space to run around and play. Set up of the building was very inconvenient. There was one main entrance and parents/teachers had to walk through several other classrooms to get to destination. While the playground was a good size, the equipment/toys were sparse in comparison to how many children there were. Many times it would take weeks/months to get desired classroom materials, even when leadership was given plenty of notice. There was a ton of turnover, which I know is typical for daycares/development centers. In my year there I saw at least 20 people leave. The concerning thing was that many people left for negative reasons: couldn't stand the leadership, pay was too low, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to provide a more competitive hourly wage. Improve the leadership, overall. People that have previous experience managing employees well and that like to manage, should be hired - this is not the case with the leadership that was in place while I was there (2014 - 2015). Leadership should improve communication amongst the leadership as well as to the teachers and other staff. Improve process for ordering class/center materials. Update and increase playground equipment/toys.

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Children's Creative Learning Centers Interviews

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    Assistant Director Interview

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    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Children's Creative Learning Centers.


    Interview was easy. They asked all the typical questions and wanted to know about my ability to build teams and manage staff. A lot of what I was to actually do in this role was left out and upon accepting the job, I was loaded down with all kinds of menial tasks and basically reduced to a floater as opposed to an actual member of management.

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    • I was asked about my ability to build teams and retain staff.   1 Answer


    No negotiation

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Children's Creative Learning Centers Awards & Accolades

  • Best Company for Hourly Workers, Working Mothers Magazine, 2011
  • Best Companies for Hourly Workers, Working Mother, 2010

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