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.
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.”
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.” As a result, David chose to purchase real estate and build an all-new location with support from Kiddie Academy’s Real Estate and Construction teams.
With prior business experience working for brands such as GE and Bank of America, David did a great deal of research before deciding to open his Kiddie Academy of Charlotte – Blakeney in August, 2011. He knew the market, believed in the Kiddie Academy concept, and most importantly, understood what children and parents need from a childcare center. His customer-centric approach has distinguished his Kiddie Academy in the market.
For David Willis, building a new Kiddie Academy location helped him to reach both a personal and professional goal. “Finding childcare for my two children certainly spurred me to consider opening my own business. My wife and I couldn’t find the educational experience we wanted for our own children, so we saw opening our Kiddie Academy as an investment in our children’s future as well as a business venture.”
Over the last several years David and his academy have won several awards, including Community Leadership, Sales and Customer Service, Best Practices: Character Education, Best Practices: Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Best Practices: Health and Fitness and Best Practices: Technology Education.