At KinderCare Education, we make it our passion to nurture a sense of discovery, joy, and wonder in every child, every day, at every one of our centers. As the nation’s leading private provider in accredited early childhood education, we’re committed to delivering the highest-quality child care and educational opportunities for families and the dedicated professionals who serve them.
We see the greatness in each child, and we believe teachers can change the world. Every day, our more than 33,000 employees create a world of learning, joy, and adventure for more than 158,000 children. Whether you’re in one of our centers or providing support from our headquarters in Portland, Oregon, being a part of the KinderCare family means that you care deeply about positively impacting the lives of children and families through the power of education.
KinderCare Education has three brands to meet the needs of busy families wherever they need us:
We’re in neighborhoods with our KinderCare Learning Centers that offer early childhood education and care for children 6 weeks to 12 years old
We’re at offices with KinderCare Education at Work, our suite of family-focused benefits for organizations to offer to their employees, including on-site and near-site early learning centers, Back-up Care for last-minute child care and Care Select
And we’re at schools with our Champions before and after school programs
In partnership with our Leaders across KCE, as an ECE thought leader, the Vice President of Education and Quality is responsible for leading an education and quality team dedicated to delivering a “Best in Class” educational program in our centers.
This individual will ensure that all educational programs and family communication efforts regarding their children meet the highest standards of the profession and establishes the foundation that each child needs and deserves to set them up for future educational success. This position will require strong partnerships across functions to align all education and quality standards with KCE strategic priorities.
Lead content development for all educational programs from infants through school age children
Lead content development for all enrichment programs in areas including literacy, numeracy, music, health/nutrition, and physical activity
Support comprehensive teacher professional development and training
Ensures that all educational programs and professional development activities reflect the diversity of our children and educators and support inclusive practices
Partner with field and NSC leadership to ensure a support system that enables teachers to focus on instruction while ensuring alignment with operational goals and objectives
Direct efforts to appropriately utilize technology to support programs for children and educators
Ensure that all KCE programs achieve and maintain accreditation from national accrediting agencies including NAEYC, NAC, and AdvancEd
Support field leaders and center directors in improving program quality through state QRIS systems
Support all educational research and evaluation efforts, including assessment program impact on child outcomes
Partner with states, universities, and/or think tanks to conduct or inform program evaluation and research efforts
Work with field leadership to ensure fidelity of program implementation
Engage cross-functionally across all levels of the organization in projects related to education, quality, and family experience
Support family communication regarding educational program quality and impact
Propose and influence our educational strategies by bringing current and innovative “research based” and emerging best practices to our educational programs, quality initiatives, and teacher professional development approach
Develop and administer annual departmental and program budgets, monitor and approve expenditures, and ensure compliance with financial policies and procedures
Promote professional growth, teamwork, and strong ethical practices across all operations, particularly in the cultivations of strong educational leaders and educators throughout the organization
Represent KCE to external audiences including professional organizations, state and federal policy meetings, and thought leadership gatherings
Support the development of direct reports to improve their skills and abilities and establish an environment of continuous learning. Set clear expectations for and hold team accountable to drive to outcomes
Industry experience in multiple states or national level in curriculum development, educational research, program evaluation, professional development, accreditation, and/or QRIS in ECE
Experience in both the public and private sector desirable
Proven track record in developing high performing, outcomes focused teams
Established reputation within ECE professional organizations, regional or national providers, and ECE policy/thought leaders
Executive leadership experience demonstrating ability to partner with senior colleagues to drive strategy and improve program outcomes.
Experience leading a multi-unit and/or multi-brand experience preferred.
MA in Education or related field required, pursing or completed Ph.D. or Ed.D.
KinderCare Education is an Equal Opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law.
KinderCare Education is the nation’s leader in early childhood education. We nourish curiosity through purposeful experiences to create a future full of lifelong learners. From our National Support Center, to the classrooms where learning comes to life, we’re united by a passion to create a world of learning, joy and adventure for more than 161,000 children ages six-weeks through 12 years every day.
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