KinderCare was founded in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1969 by Perry Mendel. He realized that with more women entering the workforce, there would be a greater need for child care centers. The company operates a chain of child care and education programs for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age.
The company grew quickly and by 1974, there were 60 centers in 17 states. Today, KinderCare is the third largest privately held company with headquarters in Oregon. Annual company revenue in 2012 was $1.45 billion. As of 2014, there were approximately 1,700 locations and more than 200,000 children enrolled in day care or after school classes.
The parent company, KinderCare Education, also operates Knowledge Beginnings, Children’s Creative Learning Centers, and Champions.