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The Children's Courtyard Overview

Novi, MI
1001 to 5000 employees
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Preschool & Child Care
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Where Achievement Starts Early
Introducing an exceptional place to learn and grow. Strong foundations are built here—in our safe, secure environment—for every child to achieve a productive academic life and future success. Guided by the HighScope ... Read more

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

Company Updates

  • Leaders from our Childtime, Children’s Courtyard, Tutor Time and La Petite Academy schools in DuPage & Kane County, IL, are helping brighten the holidays for local children. This week, the team organized and wrapped gifts that have been donated to The Humanitarian Service Project, which provides assistance to 2,000 underserved families.

  • Hello to the wonderful staff at our recently acquired Children's Courtyard locations in Indianapolis and Brownsburg, IN and New Braunfels, TX! Welcome to LCG!

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The Children's Courtyard – Why Work With Us?

30 Years of Quality Early Childhood Education

The Children’s Courtyard was founded in Arlington, Texas, in 1986. Today, we operate more than 50 child care and early education locations in the great state of Texas and beyond.

Our schools are designed for children from six weeks to 12 years of age. We understand that all children have different interests, abilities, and learning styles, so our approach to education and child care takes into account each child’s individuality with customized programs.

Our beautiful facilities are staffed by experienced, dedicated individuals—teachers, administrators, and tireless support staff—who foster a love of learning and exploring in every child, to produce the best early childhood experience possible.

In 2006, The Children’s Courtyard became part of the Learning Care Group—one of the largest providers of early childhood care and educational services in the United States.

Make a connection. Have an impact.

Someone very wise once said the children are our future and we need to teach them well so they can lead the way. Okay, maybe that was just a pop song. (Doesn’t make it any less true.)

We want forward-thinkers, doers, nurturers, and difference makers. No matter your position in the organization, you’re here to make a positive impact on a child’s life, every day.

Here, you will play a fulfilling role in helping children learn and grow. (And sometimes, play.) Build strong relationships with children and families, and develop meaningful friendships with colleagues. Discover exceptional resources, technology, and support to empower your work and advance your career. Experience a positive, dynamic environment defined by recognition, respect, and fair treatment.

Discover Your Path

It’s not only children who learn and grow with us—it’s you, too.

With a national network that provides strength and mobility, and so many roles across the organization, there’s opportunity to advance for all employees, and many paths you can choose.

Plus, we’re always here to help along the way:

  • Ask about tuition reimbursement for continuing education and credentialing.
  • Apply to a special scholarship program for the CDA Credential.

We're all about you and your experience. Your health and happiness, your work/life balance, your peace of mind. Beyond competitive compensation, significant growth opportunities, and regular employee appreciation celebrations, we also offer a range of benefits and resources for you to connect, balance, grow and thrive throughout your career. That's why we're pleased to share these great benefits with our full- and part-time (up to 30 hours per week) employees. Benefits may vary by individual location and the average number of hours worked.

Learning Care Group 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

Meet the Learning Care Group Executive Team

Mark R. Bierley

Chief Executive Officer

Mark R. Bierley has served as CEO since July 1, 2019.

As CEO, He leads more than 20,000 Learning Care Group employees in delivering excellence to the families served throughout a portfolio of school brands: Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time.

Nicholas Strange

Chief Operating Officer

Nicholas Strange is Chief Operating Officer of Learning Care Group, since April 2019.

In this role, he oversees the operational activities for more than 900 schools in the company’s portfolio of brands: Childtime, The Children’s Courtyard, Creative Kids Learning Centers, Everbrook Academy, La Petite Academy, Montessori Unlimited and Tutor Time.

Douglas R. Baker

Chief Financial Officer

Douglas R. Baker is Chief Financial Officer at Learning Care Group, a position he has held since September 2017.

As CFO, Baker leads Learning Care Group's Finance, IT and Real Estate functions in addition to its strategic growth initiatives as the company furthers its leadership role among childcare providers through educational excellence and outstanding customer service.

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. 

Daniel Follis, Jr.

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Daniel Follis, Jr. has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at Learning Care Group since September 2016.

Follis leads all aspects of legal, compliance and regulatory affairs for Learning Care Group throughout the U.S. and internationally. His responsibilities include oversight for governance, intellectual property, employment and labor issues, as well as franchise relationships. He also serves as the company’s Corporate Secretary.

Judy Fimiani

Chief Human Resources Officer

Judy Fimiani is Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) at Learning Care Group, a role she has held since July 2018.

As CHRO, Fimiani oversees an HR organization that provides stewardship of the company culture and engages a workforce of more than 20,000 employees. She is responsible for guiding LCG’s talent management philosophy, as well as articulating the company’s strategy for acquiring, developing, rewarding and retaining the best talent.

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.



The Children's Courtyard Reviews

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    "Great place to work!"

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    I have been working at The Children's Courtyard full-time (More than 10 years)


    This is a company that truly listens and cares for their employees and customers.


    Childcare in general can be low pay, however, Children's Courtyard pays well.

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The Children's Courtyard Interviews



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    I applied online. I interviewed at The Children's Courtyard.


    The Interview Process lasted about an hour and a half. I was a bit nervous but as I arrived a few minutes early the director greeted me warmly and was watering cheery yellow mums in large flowerpots near the entrance and knew right away that this was a friendly, nurturing place where I wanted to work.

    Interview Questions

    • Many questions were scenarios involving a problem or challenge and how I would handle the situation.   1 Answer
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