On March 24, KinderCare kicked off what is going
to be a year of growth for the brand with the opening of Hickman KinderCare
Learning Center in Clive, Iowa! More than 370 visitors braved a snowstorm to
celebrate the center's grand opening, designed as an Iowa State Fair themed
"It's been an unbelievable journey to see this center
come to life," said Regional Director Stephanie Sturdevant-Ward.
"You'd think by the buzz in the center during the grand opening
celebration that we've been in the community for years – the team worked
together so well."
At the grand opening event, KinderCare families and
community members enjoyed a petting zoo, fair-themed snacks, curriculum
activities, and had the opportunity to mingle with their teachers. Local
mascots Cy the Cardinal from Iowa State University and Cubby from the Iowa Cubs
joined in the fun. And of course, families heard all about what KinderCare
offers from Center Director Rachel Ross, District Leader Anna Patterson and
Regional Director Stephanie Sturdevant-Ward.
"I was so proud of our brand that day," said Susie
O'Dell, Operations Business Partner for the Central Region. "Our teachers
were enthusiastic, warm, and so professional. The teamwork and cooperation was
a representation of the engagement the team has created in such a short
"We are absolutely over the moon to contribute to the
growth of the company with a passion for the community we're serving,"
said Stephanie. "It takes teamwork to make the dream work, and I'm humbled
by the way our field team and NSC partners worked together to make this
center's opening a success!"
Hickman KinderCare is the first brand-new KinderCare center
to open this year. New KinderCare Learning Centers are planned to open in 2018
in New York City, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and Las Vegas.
Congratulations to the Hickman KinderCare team and welcome
to the family!