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Knowledge Universe[edit]

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Knowledge Universe is a privately held global company based in Singapore.[1]

The United States operations are based in Portland, Oregon and the CEO is Tom Wyatt, who was hired in 2012 and was previously the CEO of Old Navy. [2] Mike Ensing is the Chief Financial Officer.[3] Dr. Elanna Yalow, serves as the CEO of Early Learning Programs and Wei-Li Chong is the EVP of Human Resources [4]

Knowledge Universe is one of Oregon's largest privately held companies and a large employer in the Portland metro area. Executive leadership is based out of the Portland National Support Center in Portland's Lloyd District.
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Knowledge Universe was founded in 1996 with investors like Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle Corp. [6]

There are nearly 40,000 employees working for Knowledge Universe on three continents and there are approximately 2,000 locations in the United States between multiple brands & an additional 1,000 locations throughout the globe. Knowledge Universe educates 300,000 students daily.[7] [8]

In 2012, Knowledge Universe revenues were approximately $1.45 billion, down from about $1.6 billion in 2010. [9]

Knowledge Universe is the largest Early Childhood Education company in the United States, with brands which include KinderCare Learning Centers, CCLC®, Champions®, Cambridge Schools®, Knowledge Beginnings®, and the Grove Schools™. [10]

In 1997, Knowledge Universe bought a stake in LeapFrog Enterprises, the 4th largest toy company in the United States. [11]

Knowledge Universe "distributed 73% of its LeapFrog holdings" in May 2003. [12]

In June 2009, Knowledge Universe acquired UK based Busy Bees Childcare, Ltd. [13]

The organization annually sponsors the Knowledge Universe Educator of the Year of Award in the United States, where best in class early childhood education teachers are awarded $10,000 for their innovative teaching practices. [14]

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