Every day, we see firsthand how reading expands a child’s horizons. Our belief that all children should have access to books  both at school and at home - leads us to participate in literacy initiatives across the nation.

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As an advocate for early learning, we believe that high quality comes from the inside-out. That's why we're committed to creating exceptional learning environments through involved and engaged teachers; innovative, developmentally-rich curriculum; and operational excellence. 

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As the largest private provider of early childhood education in the U.S., we’re committed to providing access to quality educational experiences by enriching teacher development, enhancing quality, and building relationships with families, clients, and partners.

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At Knowledge Universe®, we recognize excellence in education through direct awards and sponsorship. We are also the proud recipients of a variety of business awards from leading publications and recognized industry sponsors. 


Educational Leadership – Knowledge Universe Educator of The Year Award

All of our 35,000 early childhood educators at KinderCare® Learning Centers, Knowledge Beginnings®, and CCLC® offer children fun and exciting learning experiences. Each year, however, we select those teachers who’ve demonstrated exceptional skills in teaching young children to receive the Knowledge Universe Early Childhood Educator of The Year Award.

Each recipient gets $10,000 and public acknowledgement during a reception held at the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference.


Knowledge Universe joins Change The Equation (CTEq)

In an additional show of support for quality education in the United States, Knowledge Universe joined Change the Equation (CTEq) in Fall 2010. This CEO-led initiative seeks to cultivate widespread literacy in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). With research pointing to the importance of exposing children to math and science at an early age, Knowledge Universe believes its high-quality infant, preschool and school-age programs will serve as a model for other programs.


"Expanding The Universe – Knowledge Universe Grabs Top Spot On List of Portland’s Largest Companies"
In July 2010, Knowledge Universe was ranked #1 by The Portland Business Journal in its annual privately held companies list. The list features Portland’s top 25 private employers, ranked by annual revenues.

CCLC Named to Esteemed Center for Companies That Care 2010 Honor Roll 
The Center for Companies That Care Names CCLC to its 2010 Honor Roll for the second year in a row. 

CCLC Named Best Company for Hourly Workers by Working Mother Magazine 
Part of a pioneering group of honorees, was named to the first-ever Working Mother Best Companies for Hourly Workers. Honoring companies that believe in offering family-friendly programs like flextime, training and benefits to all employees, the Best Companies for Hourly Workers complements the renowned Best Companies recognition program, setting a new standard for best practices among companies whose workforce consists of more than 50 percent hourly workers. 

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