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Kindercare Overview

Headquarters Portland, OR
Size 10000+ Employees
Founded 1969
Type Company - Private
Industry Education
We believe that education creates brighter futures. We are passionate about nurturing a child's sense of curiosity and creating a world of learning, joy and adventure while preparing them for success in school and beyond. Operating for 40+ years in more than ... More

Kindercare – Why Work For Us?


 Children Are the Heart of Our Business

At KinderCare, we believe that early childhood education creates brighter futures. Our 30,000 team members are passionate about creating a world of learning, joy, and adventure for over 169,000 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

We are the largest provider of early childhood education in the nation and we take that responsibility seriously. We know that with our national scope, we can positively impact the lives of so many more kids.  KinderCare is proud to be part of the Knowledge Universe (KU) family of companies which also includes CCLC®, Champions® Before- and After-School Programs, Cambridge Schools®, Knowledge Beginnings® and the Grove Schools™.

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 early childhood education 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—who build great relationships with families, respond to the unique needs and interests of every child, and work together as a team. 

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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 more KinderCare children 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 

We are 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

KinderCare and our parent company Knowledge Universe, have 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 KinderCare. 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

Kindercare Reviews

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    Current Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA
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    I have been working at Kindercare part-time (More than a year)


    My coworkers are amazing and they make me feel like I am apart of their family. We get weekends and holidays off as well as benefits.


    The way they pay their teachers is ridiculous. People who have been there for years can still make less then a new hire whom has less experience. Don't expect to be told you are doing a good job even if you are working your butt off everyday. It's very hard to move up with the company, only way to do so is if you want to be a director or assistant director. You only get about a week of training, after that your on your own. You don't get training in curriculum or any training with special needs kids. There are a lot of rules as well and they are very sensitive on how you act with the kids. It is based more on the business aspect.

    Advice to Management

    Give more training with curriculum as well as with special needs kids.

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    Anonymous Employee in Scranton, PA
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    I applied online. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Kindercare (Scranton, PA).


    Online application or in person one. Face to face after that with a center tour. Pre employment interaction when you come in for an hour and work with staff and children to see how you interact. If the director sees you fit, they send the application, interview notes etc... to corporate to make a decision. You also have to have all of your clearances and I believe a minimum of a CDA

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