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Children's Creative Learning Centers Overview

Headquarters Portland, OR
Size 1001 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1992
Type Company - Private
Industry Education
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 ... More

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.  


Here's to the Teachers Who Nourish Young Minds 

Every year, we honor our very best teachers and recognize their amazing work with a $10,000 check (watch the video, the surprise is priceless.)

Our parent company, Knowledge Universe, is the only early childhood education company to recognize talented teachers with such a significant reward. From wiping noses to kissing scraped knees; from introducing the alphabet to exploring states of matter, from modeling good sharing to being a great listener, teachers are the core of our business 

We are committed to finding more ways to honor teaching and elevate the profession as a whole. We offer education benefits for teachers and staff who want to further their training and regular opportunities for professional development.

We value employees—at all levels and locations—that build great relationships with families, respond to the unique needs and interests of every child, and work together as a team. 


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!

Are you a talented teacher or a dedicated center staff member? Click here. 

Are you interested in field leadership? Click here

Want to join the team at the National Support Center? Click here

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    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Stanford, CA
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    I have been working at Children's Creative Learning Centers full-time


    Admin team is great, school is beautiful and has extensive resources, NAEYC accredited, plenty of opportunities for career advancement.


    Teacher turnover is through the roof, admin team is sometimes too cautious due to fear of being sued. CCLC and KU are huge companies and the corporate culture and curricula are bland.

    Advice to Management

    Teachers keep leaving because we cannot afford to live in this area. We need enough money to live here.

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    Center Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Indianapolis, IN
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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at Children's Creative Learning Centers (Indianapolis, IN) in November 2015.


    I first had a phone interview with the corporate office in Portland. Next, I met with district manager for a face to face interview at the center. The interview went well, the DM was very friendly and informative. Questions were typical and pertained to Child Care Leadership, engaging families and working with teaching staff.

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

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