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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Champions

Your child belongs in our circle.

No matter your child's age, you have big dreams for their future. So do we. That’s why we commit to preparing them for the next step at school—and beyond.  

Children of all ages are able to learn how to practice empathy, compassion, and understanding. And everything they do—from reading books and making art to even having lunch—can be experienced through an inclusive lens. 

Browse through this page to learn how we approach the fundamentals of acceptance, how we normalize differences in our program, and how we honor diversity both inside and outside of our community. You’ll also find resources for bringing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) lessons home.

Bring DEI education home.

Teaching empathy, compassion, and understanding to kids is much easier than you think! In fact, you may be doing a lot of it already. Click through the tabs below to get more ideas on how to bring important lessons from our programs to your home!

Involve older children in conversations about fairness and justice.

Fairness and justice are hot topics for this age group, and that makes the concepts of equity and equality easy for them to relate to.  

  • Define the difference between equality and equity. To put it simply: Equality is when everyone gets the same thing. Equity is when everyone gets what they need to be successful. Challenge your child to look for moments or places when they notice equity and equality in the world. Great places to start are handicapped parking spaces, over-sized bathroom stalls, and Braille in elevators. 

  • Introduce the idea of privilege.  This concept can seem daunting, even for grownups, so try to approach it in bite-sized pieces. One way to get started is to write a list of everything your child is grateful for. Then use each item on that list to start a conversation: “I see you wrote you’re grateful for our house. So am I! There are some people in our community who don’t have that—why do you think that is?” Using relatable and tangible examples of privilege can help all of us notice it and understand what causes it. 

  • Keep the conversation going. As things come up in the news or in your community, talk about them—your child’s opinions and ideas might surprise you! 

Integrate diversity into your child’s life.

Use every day moments as teachable opportunities to expose your child to other points of view and new experiences. 

  • Explore outside your neighborhood. When signing up for activities, try a music class or a play soccer in a new neighborhood, where you’ll broaden your family’s potential for meeting new groups of people.  

  • Check out community events. Celebrate different cultures, holidays, and observances that are different from yours. Look to your local library for ideas—sometimes they also have free resources and events. 

  • Point out stereotypes and biases. When you look at media, movies, and books, who is and who isn’t represented in roles like doctors or lawyers, and who are the villains and heroes? 

  • Be upstanders together. Talk about how you might handle a situation when someone isn’t being treated respectfully—and get creative by making a sign to hang in your home, so everyone knows they are welcome. 

Learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion.

The lessons they learn now will build on new ones as your child grows, helping them develop a foundation for empathy, compassion, and understanding. 

  • Create diverse experiences. Read books that show different cultures, identities, and characters than those in your own home, listen (and dance) to new music genres, enjoy a wide variety of flavors when you eat, and look at art created by artists all over the world. As you build these experiences, they create new thought patterns that help your child see differences as attributes.  

  • Acknowledge similarities and differences. Bring your child’s attention to things they can see that are different and the same about themselves and yourself! Pointing to and naming parts of your body that are the same (i.e., “We both have eyes”) or describing the qualities that are different (i.e., “You have green eyes and I have brown eyes”) can help your child learn to appreciate and accept the ways we are alike yet also unique. 

  • Name and normalize their feelings. When your child has big feelings, give them a name (i.e., “I see that loud noise made you feel scared”) and let them know it’s okay to express their feelings. Then, you can help them recognize that feeling in others (i.e., “Your friend feels scared right now. Remember when you felt scared?”). These are building blocks for empathy and understanding, which can help interrupt the development of biases before they start. 

What does DEI mean for kids in our programs?

Respecting all kinds of families, and fostering a safe, welcoming community is foundational to who we are. In big cities and small towns, families come to us from every walk of life. When you join us, we’re committed to valuing the experiences and traditions you bring with you and honoring them within our community. We do this by: 

  • Using program materials that reflect diverse identities. 

  • Creating accessible and equitable spaces, made possible with the support of our Inclusion Services team. 

  • Educating children to help them recognize and speak out against unfairness, injustice, and prejudice. 
  • Providing support and other accommodations for children with varying needs and abilities. 

Learning never stops for our teachers, either. Get a glimpse of their continuing education journey. Culturally Responsive Teaching leads to deeper, more meaningful connections with your child!

Champions welcomes every race, gender, religion, mobility, ability, sexual identity, and family structure. We strive to create a space where every child can thrive and feel confident in who they are. 

Doing what's right for our employees and our community.

Kids aren’t the only ones learning at Champions! Education is a lifelong journey, and we are committed to learning about and creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive spaces for all of our employees. In addition to leaning in and listening to our employees, and honoring their experiences, we’re working on taking meaningful steps forward in our DEI journey in ways that benefit our students, families, employees, and the communities where we work and live.  

“It’s our responsibility to challenge ourselves to do the work and nurture a diverse and inclusive environment, one where our employees and the children and families we serve are seen, heard, and valued.” 

–KinderCare Learning Companies Chairman and CEO, Tom Wyatt.

Here are a few things we’re doing right now: 

  • Giving our employees space to be heard and opportunities to learn with employee resource groups and teacher trainings. 
  • Working with experts in the DEI field to help us identify areas for improvement and define a way forward. 
  • Partnering with underrepresented groups within our company and assigning a leadership caucus to represent interests within our business. 
  • Supporting local communities through partnerships that place importance on education equity, early childhood literacy, whole- child health, and more. 
  • Assisting families of all kinds with child care through benefits programs and subsidies that can help offset the cost of care. 

When we all work together, we get closer to creating an inclusive community for all. 

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