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Novi, MI
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Colleges & Universities
Unknown / Non-Applicable
This is an exceptional place to grow and learn. Children will develop a solid foundation for a strong academic future, in a state-of-the-art environment with cutting-edge learning materials. Guided by the esteemed High/Scope philosophy, children learn through hands-on ... Read more

Mission: We are an international leader in child education and family solutions, which impact and inspire lifelong learning.

The Children's Courtyard – Why Work For Us?

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

Children sitting in a circle around the teacherThe 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.

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.

The Children's Courtyard 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 locations throughout Texas, there are numerous transfer and advancement opportunities available!

Meet the Learning Care Group Executive Team

Barbara J. Beck

Chief Executive Officer

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.

Erin J. Wallace

Chief Operating Officer

Erin J. Wallace is Chief Operating Officer of Learning Care Group, a role she has held since February 2015. In this role, she is responsible for leading more than 16,000 Learning Care Group employees in delivering operational excellence to the families served at more than 900 schools throughout its umbrella of brands: Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time.

Dr. Susan Canizares

Chief Academic Officer

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 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.

Sean Sondreal

Chief Marketing Officer

Sean Sondreal

Sean Sondreal is Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for Learning Care Group, a position he has held since July 2015. He is responsible for leading Learning Care Group’s marketing and customer engagement efforts by effectively connecting with customers to drive new enrollments and further strengthen customer loyalty.

Ira L. Young

General Counsel

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.


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    I worked at The Children's Courtyard part-time


    The children, some of my co-workers, and one of the directors were super nice and helpful.


    Some employees who had been there for awhile and did not want to be there anymore, but had no where else to go.

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    Keep your employees refreshed and happy. Happy teachers, happy children, and happy parents

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    I applied online. I interviewed at The Children's Courtyard (Kernersville, NC) in June 2017.


    The interview went by quick and the director really set the mood by making me comfortable. I got a second interview right after the first and both went well. The background check took forever but was well worth it.

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