When I moved to Arkansas one of the first things I did was investigate the various daycare and preschool options for my daughter. From the age of 12 weeks she was in an education-based childcare center in North Carolina that I absolutely adored and I wanted to her attend school at least on a part-time basis to continue with the educational activities, structure and social activities she was accustomed to. Not finding exactly what I was looking for with the availability I needed, I determined quickly that the town I had moved to was in desperate need of additional facilities and wondered, what type of career opportunities in education based childcare existed. Could someone who didn’t have a background in early childhood development or education run a successful business?
What I learned is that franchising opportunities do exist and you don’t have to have childcare experience! The most important thing is you have the ability and desire to run your own business. This completely shocked me but then I thought about it. In my many years of management and dealing with hiring talent, many times I chose the candidate with the potential instead of the one with the most experience.
So what makes Kiddie Academy franchises different from all the rest? Well, the company has been in business for over 30 years. That type of longevity in a competitive market is something to be impressed with. They work closely with their franchisees to make sure they have the proper tools and guidance to effectively grow their business. After all, the success of each individual franchisee makes the overall franchise that more successful.
Kiddie Academy also focuses on education-based learning. For families, this means giving their child the best start in life. From an early age, children are observing and learning. An awesome childcare facility can become an extension of the family. Daily I think back to the extended “family” that my daughter had at the education-based childcare center in North Carolina. I never worried about her because I knew she was loved. They not only became a part of her extended family but my family as well. To this day, the Director of the facility still claims she is my daughter’s “other mother.” That, is something special. And to be able to provide those types of relationships to families in my community? Well, that sounds like a pretty rewarding job to me.
As a business woman and a mom, what entices me about this opportunity is the flexibility. Flexibility to make my own hours, to grow the business as steadily or as fast as I want to and add additional locations if desired. Education-based childcare is in high demand and with the support of Kiddie Academy, individuals, couples or groups can join an exciting and growing job field.
— East 9th Street (@East9thStreet) July 13, 2012
Disclosure: East9thStreet received compensation for writing this post. Regardless, statements are mine and yours may differ. And yes, I’m perfectly fine with my daughter having another mother. We’re two peas in a pod.