Kiddie Academy® has made all the difference—for all the right reasons
For so many of our franchisees over the years, Kiddie Academy has been more than the right career move. It’s been the perfect life move. From work-life balance to financial independence, the best way to discover everything Kiddie Academy means to our franchisees is simply to read their stories.
Building Flexibility within Your Passions
Experienced entrepreneurs David and Beth Holmes began to explore starting a business in education field, an area Beth is passionate about, that would allow them both to achieve the day-to-day flexibility that David had enjoyed as a small-business owner. They chose Kiddie Academy because of the comprehensive support, exceptional curriculum, and the standards the franchise upholds in the academies.
Today, the Holmes’ enjoy their work-life balance, their positive business reputation in the community, and the impact they are having on their students.
Experienced business professionals with a passion for education
Following the birth of their first daughter, Saj and Sunny Rizvi began looking for childcare alternatives in their area. The results of their exploration highlighted a major opportunity in their market, so they set out to open a childcare franchise of their own. Sunny’s master’s degree in education and Saj’s master’s in hospitality informed their decision to build their own Kiddie Academy franchise that combined a strong educational philosophy with an exceptional consumer experience. They’ve exceeded expectations so far—with five locations in the greater Chicago area and plans for more.
Commitment to Families Leads to Success
After long balance raising a family and climbing the corporate leader, Kathy Naugle and her business partner Pamela Maxwell both realized that owning and operating their own child care franchise would give themselves the peace of mind as caregivers and allow them to be the business leaders they desired to be.
Providing for the community
An entrepreneurial spirit is part of David Rudnick’s family heritage. His parents owned a family business, and he always planned to pursue his own ventures. With an undergraduate business degree and a graduate law degree, he owned a solo law practice for several years. When his wife became pregnant with their first child, they had difficulty finding a high quality child care provider. They recognized the situation as an opportunity to open their own education-based child care center in their hometown. After visiting several potential partners, the Rudnicks chose Kiddie Academy.
Investing in the future
While working in corporate America, David Willis witnessed the uncertainty that comes with being an employee instead of an owner, particularly in the banking segment. He says “I was looking for a financial investment that could provide ongoing income to sustain our family for the long haul.”
Dedication at its best
Bill and Marina Schmidt opened their Kiddie Academy franchise on March 2008 in Bradenton, Florida. The Schmidts have a passion for the business and believe whole-heartedly in “Community Begins Here.” With their dedication to superior customer service, commitment to education and focus on creating a warm, nurturing environment, the Schmidts have shown local families why Kiddie Academy stands apart from their competitors.
Turning a leap of faith into a better life
As a working mother with two children, Pattie LaMarsh struggled to find balance between her personal and professional life. Her ability to be the mom she wanted to be was becoming harder and harder. So she decided to take a leap of faith and start working for herself.
Pattie began by researching the child care industry, as it made the most sense, having young kids at home. That led her to Kiddie Academy, where she found what she was looking for…and more. In 2012, Pattie opened her academy in Farmingdale, NY. Not only does her new career afford her more time with family, it has also provided the LaMarsh family a comfortable lifestyle they never thought possible.
When asked if she’d do it all over again, Pattie smiles and offers, “Absolutely, this has been the experience of a lifetime.”
Experience of a Lifetime
As a working mother with two young children, Pattie struggled to find balance between her personal and professional life. Her career in healthcare management was overshadowing her ultimate goal…the ability to be a mom. It was during this time that Pattie decided to take a leap of faith and start working for herself.
After researching several different franchise opportunities, Pattie decided to move forward in the childcare business, as it made the most sense with young kids at home. Her family ultimatley decided on Kiddie Academy because of its philosphy and strong support from the corporate office.
In 2012, Pattie opened her academy in Farmingdale, and she is already reaping the benefits of running her own business. Not only does her new career afford her more time with family, it has also provided the LaMarsh’s a comfortable lifestyle they never thought possible.
The success of Pattie’s academy has far exceeded her expecations as a business owner, and its only just the beginning. Due to an overwhelming need for childcare in her community, Pattie expanded her academy by adding five addtional classrooms. The expansion alleviated the ever-growing waiting list of children that were longing for the Kiddie Academy experience. Today, Pattie can rest easy knowing she’s capable of meeting her community’s needs while living a rewarding career.
Would she do it all over again? According to Pattie, the answer is yes. “This has been the experience of a lifetime.”
In 2013, Pattie received the Kiddie Academy® Annual Recognition Award for Community Leadership and in 2014 the academy received the Life Essentials®, Health and Fitness Pillar Award recognizing their excellence in delivering upon the values of the Kiddie Academy Health and Fitness curriculum and philosophy.