People & Culture


We believe teachers change the world and that early childhood educators have an amazing opportunity to make a lifelong impact. We believe that all children deserve the best possible start in life and that what we teach our youngest learners prepares them for success in school and beyond. We believe a world filled with inquisitive minds is a world filled with possibilities.

Educational Excellence: We empower all of our educators to create extraordinary experiences in the classroom with our advanced curriculum and professional development opportunities.

Understanding: We respect and understand children. We know that every child is unique and important and that children learn at their own pace and in their own way. We know that education and care go hand in hand and that nurturing children’s social, emotional and physical well-being is essential as they learn and grow.

Joy: We uplift children and ignite parents’ pride in seeing their children grow.

Discovery: We spark children’s passions through everyday activities that make great experiences happen.

Togetherness: We celebrate our relationships with families and strive to find new and wonderful things for parents and children to experience together to continue the learning at home.

Talent: We believe that a love of learning and a love of children are just as important as experience. We are looking for warm, curious people who exude positivity and see the potential in others and in themselves.



"To me, the mission is very clear. It is about children. We have an opportunity, starting with children in their most formative years, to really change their life forever. My vision is very simple -- we want to be world-class providers of early childhood education."

– Tom Wyatt, CEO, KinderCare Education

“I get up every morning hoping that I’m going to make a difference in at least one child’s day... If I can make a difference in one child’s life, that’s fine for me. Just to put a smile on their face, to make a child feel confident, to make a child feel like they’re important, that they’re valued, that they’re loved: that’s the goal of my day.”

- Anne, Site Director, Champions, Marlboro, N.J.

“The greatest impact that I think I’ve had on the children in my classroom is giving them a love of learning, to make them excited about learning. I get up every morning hoping that I’m going to inspire a child to ask great questions, to learn new things, and I look forward to coming to school every day.”

- Sue, Pre-K Teacher, Grove School, Cary, N.C.

“I started teaching because I love dispensing knowledge to younger kids who are inquisitive about the world around them. When I look at the children in my classroom I feel warmth. They’re here because they want to be, and I’m here because I want to be.”

- Ari, Kindergarten Teacher, KinderCare, Lacey, Wash.

“My students and I teach each other the same lesson every day: as long as you try hard, that’s all that matters. When I look out at the kids in my class I instantly feel at home. This is where I feel I belong, because this is what I love to do. I get up every morning hoping I’m going to inspire children in my class, or a teacher here at my center.”

- Tommie, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, KinderCare, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

“What’s really inspiring to me about working at KinderCare Education is that we’re making a lifelong impression on the children and families we serve, and that we’re providing them with something that they not only need but probably couldn’t do without.”

– Mick, Care Select Coordinator, NSC

“I feel like everything I do connects back to who we are and why it matters. I’m inspired to go above and beyond every day because as a parent myself, I’m able to see the impact our centers have on my son’s life. I really want to be a part of that, and it inspires me to do my best work to share that experience with other families.”

– Crystal, Content Marketing Manager, NSC

We are 32,000 employees—from marketing managers to field leaders and from recruiters to the cooks who feed children in our centers – we work together every day to do what’s right for all children. And we know that our 25,000 teachers are at the heart of that mission. At KinderCare Education, we believe that great teachers deserve the highest accolades for the passion, talent, and dedication they bring to the classroom every day. That’s why we created the KinderCare Education Legacy Awards. Each year, our very best early childhood educators are named KinderCare Education Legacy Award Winners and receive a cash prize of $10,000. No other company or entity recognizes and rewards early childhood educators on this scale.