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Portland, Ore. – Further cementing its leadership role as the largest childcare provider in the United States, KinderCare Education (KCE) announced today the successful acquisition of Rainbow Child Care Center and its 150 centers in 16 states. Based in Troy, Michigan, Rainbow is the eighth largest child care provider in the nation, and the acquisition expands KinderCare’s national presence to provide child care to more than 185,000 children in 40 states and Washington, D.C.

The company did not disclose the terms of the transaction, which closed on August 24, but can confirm that this is the largest single acquisition for KinderCare since the company merged with Knowledge Learning Corporation in 2005.

Known for its red-roofed community-based learning centers that began almost 50 years ago, KinderCare currently operates more than 1,300 fully accredited centers and has delivered 24 quarters of top-line and bottom-line consecutive earnings growth. After opening its first center more than 30 years ago, Rainbow has grown to serve families in more than 150 centers in 16 states, including Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia, New Jersey and South Carolina.

“Through this acquisition, KinderCare will grow our footprint overnight with a partner who shares our values and commitment to children and families,” said Tom Wyatt, CEO, KinderCare Education. “Bringing our two companies together, we share the goal of raising the quality of childcare in this country. What’s more important than helping to build a lifelong love of learning and confidence in more children?”

KinderCare, based in Portland, operates more accredited centers than any other provider, and has earned the distinction of being one of fewer than 40 Gallup Great Workplace award winners for two years in a row. Recent independent assessments from TerraNova®and BRIGANCE® confirm that KCE students are better prepared for school.

Rainbow, meanwhile, has consistently delivered industry-leading growth through their robust new center opening engine. Both KinderCare Education and Rainbow offer before- and after-school programs, and partner with private sector companies to provide child care for their workers, demonstrating further alignment in their offerings for families, and fueling opportunities for growth.

Rainbow co-founder Pat Fenton said: “We’re thrilled to join the KinderCare family to build upon our 30-year record of success. Our combined forces will enable us to serve more families with the high-quality child care that is our tradition.” Effective immediately, Fenton will report to Wyatt, and join the KinderCare Education leadership team.

KinderCare Education and Rainbow are both majority-owned by private equity firms – Partners Group, on behalf of its clients (KCE), and Quad-C Management (Rainbow).

“We’re excited about this acquisition and proud that it means KinderCare will be able to provide even more children and hardworking families access to the quality early education that KinderCare is known for,” said Joel Schwartz, Head Private Equity Americas at Partners Group and a member of KinderCare’s Board.

Tim Billings, Partner at Quad-C Management Inc. said, “We are honored to have been partners with Pat Fenton and the Rainbow team. Rainbow is known for developing and operating world class schools; the combination of KinderCare and Rainbow will create tremendous opportunities for students, families and employees.”

About KinderCare Education®

KinderCare Education is an experience-based provider of early education and child care with more than 32,000 teachers and staff serving 170,000 children and their families every day, where they need us:

  • In neighborhoods with our KinderCare® Learning Centers that offer early childhood education and child care for children six weeks to 12 years old.
  • At work through KinderCare Education at Work, family-focused benefits for employers including on-site and near-site early learning centers and back-up care for last-minute child care.
  • In local schools with our Champions® before and after-school programs.

KinderCare Education operates more than 1,380 early learning centers, more than 500 Champions sites, and is supported by a corporate team of nearly 500 headquarters employees based in Portland, Oregon. In 2018, KinderCare Education earned their second Gallup Great Workplace Award – one of only 39 companies worldwide to win the award. To learn more, visit kc-education.com.

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Toronto, ON – Rainbow Child Care Center, a leading U.S. provider of high quality child care and early education, has announced today that they have partnered with HiMama as their provider of new, enhanced connectivity software for parent engagement. Rainbow Child Care Center’s decision to use HiMama is aimed at keeping families involved in their children’s health, well-being and development, and aligns with their goal of maintaining a sense of continuity between home and school.

This solution, branded as Rainbow Connect, will be launched in all 140+ Rainbow Child Care Center locations across 16 states beginning in July.

HiMama, which is currently used in thousands of child care and early learning programs across the U.S., helps families to stay informed throughout the work day with updates and reports from their child care provider. Updates are sent by email, an online parent portal, iOS and Android apps, as well as SMS text messages for emergency alerts.

Commenting on the partnership, Ron Spreeuwenberg, Chief Executive Officer of HiMama says, “our engineering team is intensely focused on creating the best experience for both teachers and families through an intuitive and sleek mobile app interface. Rainbow Child Care Center valued this focus. We look forward to supporting our new partner by further individualizing each child’s development opportunities in their quality child care programs across the country.”

Speaking to why they chose to provide this new digital solution to their families, Rainbow Child Care Center Chief Executive Officer Patrick Fenton notes, “We selected HiMama because their product offers a user-friendly, intuitive platform that enables ongoing communication. We believe that a child’s education and development is family journey, and this new tool allows us to include parents every step of the way.”

About HiMama
HiMama is improving learning outcomes for children aged zero to five. As a social purpose business, HiMama connects families with the early childhood professionals who serve them using the latest mobile technology. Thousands of child care professionals across the globe use HiMama to involve families in their children’s learning and development. HiMama is based in Toronto, Ontario.

About Rainbow Child Care Center
Rainbow Child Care Center is a premium early education provider that has been servicing communities for over 30 years. Rainbow founders Patrick and Laura Fenton were inspired after the birth of their first son to create a state-of-the-art quality facility that would promote early education and exploration, with a “home away from home” feeling. Today Rainbow is a leading provider in early academics offering an all-inclusive curriculum enhanced with enrichment programs to ensure school readiness and lifelong learning success. Rainbow Child Care Center is based in Troy, Michigan.

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By Lisa Keiper, Education Director, Rainbow Child Care Center

As conversation regarding the importance of early childhood education continues to take place in communities across the United States, it’s critical to remember that early education impacts children in a way that shapes the rest of their lives, including social and emotional competency. As children are not born with self-regulating skills, as noted by a Harvard University study in 20111, their ability to follow directions and create self-discipline should be shaped from a young age.

Children’s emotional competences are fundamental to support their long-term achievement both academically and as an active member of society. Because early experiences with routine, playing with other children, and exploring the world around them are so important for children, the role of early education goes beyond in-classroom learning. The development comes from children’s relationships with teachers and how safe and comfortable they feel interacting with them.

Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers. Even before a child is enrolled, there is much that is done at home in creating and supporting social and emotional competence.

In preparation for preschool, it is important for parents to talk to their children about their days—what will happen, what to expect, and about changes that might occur. This creates routine from early stages, teaching children to predict their days, thus making them comfortable with different situations and the world surrounding them.

When a child has a secure relationship with their teacher it allows them to take calculated risks, knowing that they will be safe regardless of outcome. This willingness to take calculated risks is vital to the child’s social, emotional and academic growth, for it is through these risks that they learn and build trust in themselves—what they can accomplish—and in others, trusting that their teachers are there to provide support.

The routine that was initially introduced at home is then maintained by the teacher, who creates an environment of predictability, while also allowing the child to have his or her first play interactions where they show social and emotional skills. The day-to-day situations created from playing will evolve with them throughout the course of their lives, so the skills they develop in early education, such as acknowledging and identifying feelings, following directions, self-efficacy, and self-regulation will help them succeed in the future.

As part of early learning, all of this happens while the teachers watch, give advice and help when necessary, but it is the relationship the teachers have created with the children, being in tune with the child’s needs and making sure they have what they require, that gives the children the freedom to react and learn from their actions.

The relationships children develop with their first teachers have a profound influence on their behavior—today and in the future. Therefore, it is imperative for parents and teachers to work together to support their child’s development.

For a continuation of learning from home to the classroom, parents and educators should have a relationship in which communication is at the forefront. When teachers tell parents about a child’s day at preschool or when parents share with teachers how the child is developing at home, it creates awareness of the child’s strengths and needs, so that it can be the focus when switching from classroom to home.

A lifelong love of learning is built at the earliest levels and is the result of the bond young students develop with their teachers. The earlier that bond can be created, the better for the development of the child.

1Harvard University, (2011). Building the brain’s “air traffic control” system: How early experiences shape the development of executive function. Center of Developing Child, 1-18. Retrieved from www.developingchild.net.

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TROY, Mich., May 10, 2018 — Rainbow Child Care Center has formed the Early Childhood Advisory Committee in collaboration with 11 early childhood education experts across the country. Developed with the objective of improving early education, the committee features leaders in the field working collectively to strengthen early childhood education and make it more accessible to all families.

Meeting quarterly, the purpose of the Early Childhood Advisory Committee is to discuss current trends and drive conversation across the industry on critical research topics, such as implicit bias and the impact of federally funded programs. Additionally, the committee will conduct brainstorm sessions aimed at improving learning opportunities for young children. While limiting the group to 12, the committee wants to serve as a partner and a resource to everyone in the field of early childhood education.

Initial members of the committee are a Who’s Who of early childhood education, including:

  • Lisa Keiper, education director, Rainbow Child Care Center
  • Mary Muhs, Early Childhood Education department chair, Rasmussen College
  • Terri Nierengarten, partner-oriented learning solutions coordinator, Collegis Education
  • Sherri Oden, associate professor and Ph.D. program coordinator in early childhood education, Oakland University
  • Natasha Thomas, customer success manager, Teaching Strategies
  • Tomoko Wakabayashi, associate professor of education in the Department of Human Development and Child Studies, Oakland University
  • Storm Webb, executive director, NECPA
  • Christine Zimmerman, independent consultant

“At Rainbow, we wanted to create a collaboration of industry experts that would meet and focus on bringing different ideas together to improve the field of early education and drive awareness to topics that aren’t discussed enough but play a vital role in today’s educational practices,” said Keiper. “The question on the table is: how do we address issues in childhood education that face communities all over the U.S. and build upon best practices? We’ve gathered an impressive team of professionals to address that question and advance the conversation.”

With continuous discussions, members plan to collaborate on articles and conduct research on crucial subjects to the future growth of early childhood education. As the first committee of its kind within Rainbow, membership is currently invitation-only, with the intention of growth and expansion throughout the U.S. in future years.

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We’ve all heard our doctors stress the importance of healthy diet and exercise for ourselves, but exercise is equally (if not more) important for our young ones as they begin to develop new/first habits and create relationships with food and movement.

Fortunately for parents, young children are naturally drawn to exploring their ever-increasing ability to move and engage with their bodies. As opposed to many adults (I’m confident I’m not alone here) who have to work to muster up motivation to run, jump or squat, physical activity is an inherent desire for growing children. It is the caretaker’s responsibility to facilitate healthy and appropriate activities for children to exert themselves and develop good habits.

Healthy minds (cognitive) come from healthy bodies (physical), so helping to instill healthy habits from a young age is an important part of Rainbow’s Supporting the Whole Child educational approach. Rainbow creates ways to children to explore the three main elements of fitness (endurance, strength and flexibility) in age- and developmentally appropriate ways.

Rainbow’s Ready, Set, GROW! Fit Foundations enrichment program blends educational concepts that promote health and fitness to emphasize the importance of a healthy lifestyle in ways children can understand. By fostering a positive relationship with movement and exercise, children experience the benefits of muscle development, coordination and manipulative skills from an early age.

So don’t hesitate to let your little one run wild! (well, not too wild!)

By allowing them to enjoy the times they are “exercising,” you are allowing them to develop a positive relationship with the activity, and forming healthy habits they will carry with them for the rest of their lives!

The post Creating Healthy Habits: Fostering Children’s Relationship with Movement appeared first on Rainbow Child Care Centers.

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