Richmond, Ind. (March 29, 2021) – Today, KinderCare Education and Reid Health opened the doors to a new child care center that will provide early childhood education and care for more than 120 children of Reid Health employees. KinderCare at Reid Health will also employ more than 26 teachers and staff from the Richmond area.
The new center features age-specific classrooms that coordinate with the pediatric areas of the hospital so children feel they’re just as much as part of Reid Health as their parents. An onsite room is dedicated to nursing mothers and a multipurpose indoor activity room provides space for children to play indoors during inclement weather. The center also has several outdoors play spaces, each with brand new play equipment geared toward different age ranges and abilities.
“Now more than ever forward-thinking employers like Reid Health are supporting their employees with high-quality child care and education. We’re always excited to partner with employers to find the best child care solutions that serve the needs of their employees, particularly in critical fields like healthcare,” said Jeff Gerkin, senior vice president of KinderCare Education at Work. “After nearly three years of planning and preparation, we’re excited to see children in the KinderCare center here at Reid Health. We’re honored to have been selected as their provider of choice.”
“We’re happy to support the incredible work of the essential workers at Reid Health by offering them high quality care for their children,” said Chantal Oglesby, center director of KinderCare at Reid Health. “My team and I are excited to bring KinderCare’s educational excellence to the Richmond community and to help children prepare for kindergarten and future academic success.”
“We’re thrilled to be able to offer high-quality child care to our team members through this partnership with KinderCare Education,” said Carrie Kolentus, director of human resources for Reid Health. “This center, conveniently located next to our main campus, will be a great benefit to our organization, our team and their families.”
For more than 50 years, KinderCare has created safe, nurturing environments in centers across the country where kids can learn, grow and build confidence for life. KinderCare focuses on encouraging children’s natural curiosity to learn and providing high-quality early childhood education and care programs in a setting with industry-leading health and safety practices.
KinderCare teachers approach learning with the goal of building on children’s natural sense of discovery, joy and wonder. By combining play and education, KinderCare helps young minds develop and children build confidence. KinderCare brings a research-based, proprietary curriculum that is specifically developed to align with state early learning standards and kindergarten expectations, so parents have confidence that their children have the skills necessary for kindergarten. National assessments show that children do better the longer they’re enrolled in KinderCare. They also reach developmental milestones earlier and are better prepared for first grade than their peers.
Reid Health families can learn more about the center through Reid TV or their weekly newsletter. A virtual tour of the center is also available.
About KinderCare Education at Work™
KinderCare Education at Work™ provides customized family benefits for employers, including on-site and near-site early learning centers and back-up care for last-minute child care. We partner with visionary leaders at more than 400 employers around the country who understand that child care benefits are more critical than ever for working parents. To learn more, visit us at KinderCare/atwork.