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.
Serving the country and the community
Fresh from his Navy responsibilities, Cory Bullock had several new challenges in his life. He was a new husband and father considering his career options in a new community. As a Navy vet through and through, Cory’s next endeavor had to satisfy his need to make the world a better place. He and his wife, Summer, chose to start a business. But it had to be one they could put their hearts into. That’s when they discovered Kiddie Academy®.
A search for quality leads to an education legacy
When Margaret Harper first considered opening a Kiddie Academy, she didn’t have any childcare or franchise experience. But she had something just as good—the memories of how challenging it was for her to find quality daycare for her own daughter.
Now the owner of two Kiddie Academy franchises in Maryland, Margaret enjoys the incredible flexibility and the regular Monday through Friday schedule it offers. More so, she cherishes the impact she has had, and continues to have, on so many families. Margaret commented, “It’s wonderful to know in your heart that you’ve contributed to the lives of children, and to your community.”
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.”
An experience of a lifetime
Pattie and Gerard LaMarsh are the franchise owners of Kiddie Academy of Farmingdale, NY.
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 ultimately decided on Kiddie Academy because of its philosophy 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 expectations 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 additional 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.