KinderCare unveils list of cities with longest-serving teachers

 Chicago, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, DC, St. Louis have most tenured KinderCare teachers

PORTLAND, Ore. (May 5, 2015) –Teaching is more than a job, it’s a passion. For some, like KinderCare teacher Betty Wheeler, it’s a lifetime career.

Wheeler, of Alexandria, Va., is KinderCare’s longest serving teacher, having educated children at her center for the past 41 years. 

“I love being with children,” Wheeler said. “When you have a three-year-old class, you have to be three. When you have a five-year-old class, you have to be five. When they’re here you see them grow and develop, and I really love being a part of that.”

In time with National Teacher Appreciation Week, which begins today, KinderCare’s parent company, Knowledge Universe, conducted a study into which states have the longest serving preschool teachers. The study found 634 teachers have taught at KinderCare Learning Centers for 20 years or more.

“There are many opportunities for teachers to fulfill their career goals in early childhood education,” said Linda Hassan Anderson, Vice President of Education at Knowledge Universe. “So we are particularly proud of our veteran teachers who have chosen to dedicate and commit themselves to serving children and families in their centers and communities.”

Knowledge Universe provides employees professional training, educational reimbursements, and in 2014 gave its employees $34 million in childcare discounts that helped more than 8,500 employees access early childhood education programs for their children.

“We are proud of our teachers who have a lasting impact on the lives of children across the country every single day,” said Dr. Elanna Yalow, CEO of Knowledge Universe Early Learning Programs. “Their longevity is a testament to their passion for children and dedication to early childhood education.”

Metro areas with the most teachers with 20+ years at KinderCare:

  1. 1.    Chicago
62
  1. 2.    Minneapolis
54
  1. 3.    Los Angeles
33
  1. 4.    Washington, D.C.
29
  1. 5.    St. Louis
23
  1. 6.    Philadelphia
20
  1. 7.    Houston
18
  1. 8.    Milwaukee
17

States with the most teachers with 20+ years of service 

  1. 1.    Illinois
63
  1. 2.    California
62
  1. 3.    Minnesota
51
  1. 4.    Pennsylvania
46
  1. 5.    Texas
40
  1. 6.    Ohio
38
  1. 7.    Florida
32
  1. 8.    Missouri
30
  1. 9.    Wisconsin
29
  1. 10.  Washington, D.C.
29

About KinderCare® Learning Centers

At KinderCare Learning Centers, a leader in early childhood education for more than 46 years, everything we do is designed for learning. Every activity and lesson in our classrooms is designed and carried out to help children explore, discover and develop in a safe and nurturing environment. Whether children have their first words or first grade on the horizon, we prepare them for success in school and beyond. We operate more than 1,400 community-based centers across the country, more than 900 of which are nationally accredited. To learn more visit us online at www.KinderCare.com, on Facebook, or on Twitter.

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About Knowledge Universe® – United States

Knowledge Universe®– United States believes that the power of education changes lives. Every day more than 169,000 of children take their first steps, learn to read and prepare for school through our early childhood and school-age programs. The Knowledge Universe®– United States family of companies includes KinderCare®Learning Centers, CCLC®, Champions®, Cambridge Schools®, Knowledge Beginnings®, and the Grove Schools™ where more than 30,000 people help children discover books, music, science, sports, cooking, and language in a nurturing and safe environment. To learn more, visit us online at http://www.kueducation.com/us  and on Twitter.

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Knowledge Universe® – United States believes that the power of education changes lives. Every day more than 169,000 of children take their first steps, learn to read and prepare for school through our early childhood and school-age programs. The Knowledge Universe® – United States family of companies includes KinderCare® Learning Centers, CCLC®, Champions®, Cambridge Schools®, Knowledge Beginnings®, and the Grove Schools™ where more than 30,000 people help children discover books, music, science, sports, cooking, and language in a nurturing and safe environment.

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