• 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.”

  • 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.

Franchise owners for multiple Kiddie Academy® locations in the Chicago, Illinois market

Talk to any parent, and you’ll probably hear how having children is a life-changing experience, with new joys, challenges and surprises.  For Sunny and Saj, having children was also a career-changing experience.  When their first child was born in 2005, all of their priorities shifted when they began searching for childcare for their daughter near their Chicago home.

They wanted a safe, caring and clean environment for her.  But they also wanted something more, an educational setting with a well-trained staff that would allow her to grow.  Sunny has a master’s degree in education and worked as a classroom teacher, so their expectations were high.  After extensive research, they couldn’t find any local daycare options that met all of their criteria.  That’s when they had that lightbulb “a-ha” moment.  They decided that their professional backgrounds uniquely qualified them to open a franchise childcare business.

They quickly recognized the benefits of choosing a franchise organization over opening their own childcare business.  By partnering with an established brand, they’ve been able to launch faster and with a formula that had been tested and proven successful.

The Rizvi’s opened their first Kiddie Academy location in 2008 in Streamwood, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  Since then they have added new Chicago-area locations in 2011, 2012 and 2014.  And, they have more academies in development.

In 2010, Sunny and Saj were recognized with the Franchisee of the Year award. They have also been honored in 2009, 2010 and 2011 with the Kiddie Academy Annual Recognition Award for Brand Champion.

“We benefit from Kiddie Academy’s expertise in site selection, construction, and financing matters,” says Saj Rizvi.  “As this was a completely new venture for us, we wanted that safety net that would support us throughout our path to a grand opening and beyond.”

The idea of running a franchise business that featured a Monday through Friday schedule was also very appealing to them.  In fact, during his tenure at a major entertainment venue, Saj worked weekends and holidays for over 20 years.

“Now that we had started a family, I was looking for a better work/life balance.   If I was going to make a career change, I wanted to move toward an option that provided flexibility, freedom and financial stability. Being able to have our children with us while also providing a quality childcare option for our community seemed like the perfect situation,” explains Saj.

“The Discovery Day we spent with Kiddie Academy was different than all the others. We were wowed by the team.  Everyone we met showed a passion for the business and a commitment to providing children with a quality educational experience.  The immediate connection we felt with the brand philosophy and the people convinced us that Kiddie Academy was the right fit for us, and we haven’t looked back,” says Sunny.

“Honestly, it’s hard to describe how fantastic it is to get ready for work in the morning and know that I’ll also be spending time with my children while building my business.   As we often hear from our customers, our children are thriving in the environment we’ve built at our academies.  They’re excited to go every day, and often are reluctant to leave at the end of the day.  We’re so happy that we’ve built a business that benefits both our family and the community at large” said Sunny and Saj.

“Kiddie Academy had open arms and really embodied the motto of Community Begins Here.”

Cory Bullock, Kiddie Academy of League City, TX
– Cory Bullock, Kiddie Academy of League City, TX
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“That’s what Kiddie Academy is all about. It's about family and the support. They are always there for you.”

Pattie LaMarsh, Kiddie Academy of Farmingdale, NY
– Pattie LaMarsh, Kiddie Academy of Farmingdale, NY
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“I always felt that I had a person in my corner.”

Margaret Harper, Multi-unit Franchise Owner in Maryland
– Margaret Harper, Multi-unit Franchise Owner in Maryland
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