Learn more about the corporate leaders and experts in early childhood education who manage KinderCare’s operations nationally to ensure that your child experiences the highest quality care in your local community.
Chief Executive Officer
Tom Wyatt is Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare Education, the nation’s largest private provider of early childhood education and care and the parent company of the KinderCare, KinderCare Education at Work (formerly CCLC), Champions, Knowledge Beginnings, Cambridge Schools and The Grove School brands. Under Tom’s leadership, these brands collectively provide early learning and school-age programs to nearly 200,000 children in more than 1,700 locations and over 400 programs around the country.
Previously, Tom served as President of Old Navy since 2008, overseeing all aspects of the brand and supporting more than 1,000 stores in North America. Under his leadership, the brand strengthened its positioning and reclaimed its core customer: a young mom shopping for her family and herself.
Tom first joined Gap Inc. as President, GapBody in March 2006. In February 2007, he was named head of the Outlet division, where he was responsible for Gap Outlet and Banana Republic Factory Stores.
Prior to Gap Inc., Tom held the position of President and CEO for Cutter & Buck. During his tenure, he led the turnaround of one of the nation's top makers of sportswear. Tom's career spans more than 30 years leading successful consumer brands. He served as President of Warnaco Intimate Apparel, a global designer and manufacturer of highly recognized brand names including Warner's, Olga and Lejaby. Additionally, Wyatt spent more than 20 years with Vanity Fair Corporation, serving as President of Vanity Fair Intimates and Vanity Fair Intimates Coalition.
Additionally, Tom has served on the board of Gap Foundation and Juma Ventures, two organizations focused on education, and is also a member of the Board of Directors of Jack in the Box Inc., a restaurant company that operates Jack in the Box and Qdoba Mexican Grill.
Dr. Elanna S. Yalow, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Dr. Elanna S. Yalow, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare Education, Early Learning Programs, and Chief Academic Officer
Dr. Elanna Yalow is Chief Executive Officer of KinderCare Education (KCE), Early Learning Programs, and Chief Academic Officer. KCE is the nation’s leading private provider of high quality early childhood education, serving over 160,000 children from infants through school age in approximately 2,000 locations. She has over 25 years of experience with the company. In her capacity, Dr. Yalow is responsible for the development of KCE’s educational programs as well as quality and accreditation initiatives and public policy. Previously she had worked extensively in support of global education programs in Singapore, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, and India. Dr. Yalow is also highly experienced in center operations, training, marketing, and business development, mergers and acquisitions, and new center development.
Prior to joining KCE, Dr. Yalow was Associate Director of IOX Assessment Associates, serving as Project Director for numerous state and national research and development projects in both educational assessment and health education for agencies including the National Institutes of Health, Office of Disease Prevention/Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and numerous State Departments of Education.
Dr. Yalow has published and presented extensively on issues related to education and health in publications including the Annual Review of Health Promotion and Education, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Educational Researcher, Handbook of Human Intelligence, Contemporary Education Review, Personnel Psychology and Curator. She has served as a speaker at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Education Writers Association, Parenting Magazine’s Mom Congress, the Milken Institute Global Conference, the Hechinger Institute Seminars on Education and the Media, the World Forum on Early Care and Education, NBC’s Education Nation Summit, and Child Care Aware. She has made numerous presentations on assessment and evaluation in the education and health care arenas at the American Psychological Association, Psychometric Society, National Council of Measurement in Education, and the American Educational Research Association. She has also served as a lecturer at California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Yalow has testified on Capitol Hill before the House Education and Workforce Committee on the importance of quality early childhood education. She participated in the White House conference, “Federal, State, and Local Efforts to Bridge the Word Gap,” as well as the White House Summit on Early Education.
Dr. Yalow holds a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the Stanford University School of Education, an M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and a B.A. in Psychology from the State University of NY at Stony Brook, where she was Phi Beta Kappa. She serves on the Board of Directors for Guardian Early Learning Group in Australia and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of the Education Advisory Board for K12 Inc., the Reflection Sciences Advisory Board, the National Childhood Obesity Foundation, and the World Forum International Organizing Committee. She served on the Board of Directors of Busy Bees Child Care in the U.K. until its sale in 2013 to Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.
Dr. Yalow is married and the mother of two sons. She is the daughter of the late Dr. Rosalyn Yalow, 1977 Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine.
Executive Vice President, People, Operation, and Family Experience
Wei-Li Chong joined KinderCare Education in the summer of 2012, where he oversees all aspects of Human Resources and Operations and champions the company’s culture as one of the nation’s largest private education and child care providers. In this role, Wei-Li is responsible for all human resource disciplines focusing on creating a work environment that supports approximately 32,000 educators and associates across the country to do their best work to achieve our company priorities, and support our mission with the children and families we support.
Before joining KCE, Wei-Li served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources at ANN INC. in New York. In this role, Wei-Li was responsible for corporate human resources and the talent investment strategies for more than 18,000 associates representing the Ann Taylor and LOFT Brands. Through this focus and measurable results achieved, Wei-Li is considered a subject matter expert in the areas of talent management, change management, and the linkage between employee engagement and business performance analytics. His work in this area was published in the Gallup Management Journal and later published in the book, The Best of Gallup Management Journal; 2001-2007 as one of the most thought-provoking articles related to talent management and leadership.
Prior to ANN INC., Wei-Li served in a number of leadership roles for HSN located in St. Petersburg, Florida and Macy’s located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Wei-Li earned a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from the University of Cincinnati.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Paul Thompson joined KinderCare Education in 2015 as the Chief Financial Officer, leading the finance information systems and procurement functions for the country’s largest private provider of early childhood education.
Before joining KCE, Paul worked for 10 years at Safeway, holding a number of executive positions, eventually rising to senior vice president for finance, pricing, and enterprise systems. In that role, he was responsible for FP&A, pricing, strategic vendor management, and enterprise data systems. Previously at Safeway, Paul served as a group vice president of finance for marketing and merchandising and vice president of finance for corporate brands. His earlier background includes leadership roles for major brands like Nestlé and Pillsbury.
Paul earned his Bachelor of Arts from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He also earned his Certified Public Accountant credentials while he lived in Minnesota.