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[April 22, 2014]

Knowledge Universe Elevating Quality Child Care Through NAEYC Accreditation

PORTLAND, Ore. --(Business Wire)--

As part of a national effort to strengthen early childhood education, Knowledge Universe announced today an effort to work with the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to achieve 100 percent accreditation.

"As the leading provider of early childhood education in the nation, we are proud of our teachers and center directors who are dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children," said Dr. Elanna Yalow, CEO of Knowledge Universe Early Learning Programs. "Accreditation is an important reflection of the outstanding quality of our programs, and we appreciate working with NAEYC as our centers achieve this recognition."

With more nationally accredited centers than any other provider, Knowledge Universe's proprietary early childhood curriculum program, Early Foundations®, promotes children's development across six learning domains: Cognitive Development; Creative Expression; Executive Function; Language and Literacy Development; Physical Development and Wellness; and Social and Emotional Development. Because skills in the Executive Function domain (e.g., self-regulation and persistence) are closely linked to success in school and beyond, these skills are emphasized in developmentally appropriate activities across all age groups.

Research shows that children who attend high-quality early childhood programs demonstrate improved school readiness kills, including literacy and numeracy, as well as the development of social and interpersonal skills. The long term benefits of high quality early childhood education are also well-documented, including higher rates of high school completion and employment. Selecting an accredited program gives families confidence that their child's center meets comprehensive standards of excellence in program quality and environment.


NAEYC's nationally recognized accreditation process considers advancement of children's learning and development through relationships, curriculum, teaching, and health, and the qualifications, knowledge, and professional commitment of a program's teaching staff, among other standards.

"Knowledge Universe's strong commitment to NAEYC accreditation sends a powerful message about how essential quality is to young children and families," said Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of NAEYC. "Studies prove that the brain connections made in the first few years of life set a child's path for success in school and beyond. That's why high quality educators and early learning experiences are so critical."

About Knowledge Universe®

Knowledge Universe believes that the power of education changes lives. Every day more than 173,000 children take their first steps, learn to read and prepare for school through our early childhood and school-age programs. The Knowledge Universe® family includes KinderCare® Learning Centers, CCLC®, Champions®, and Knowledge Beginnings®, where more than 31,000 people help children discover books, music, science, and language in a nurturing environment. To learn more, visit us online at http://www.kueducation.com/us.

About NAEYC

Founded in 1926, the National Association for the Education of Young Children is the largest and most influential advocate for high-quality early care and education in the United States. NAEYC's mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights and well-being of all young children with primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources. More at www.naeyc.org.


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