As a former day care worker, Education major, and mom to one, I understand the need for quality childcare. I want nothing but the best opportunities for my son, especially while he is young and acting as a sponge, soaking in as much knowledge and skills as possible. Thankfully, Kiddie Academy, as well as many of its franchisees, recognize the importance as well.
Nirali and Pinakin – Kiddie Academy Entrepreneurs
Take Nirali and Pinakin Patel, for example. The married couple opened their franchise on almost five years ago on September 17, 2007 at 6534 Old Waterloo Road, Elkridge, Maryland. They were new parents and they knew that quality child care is important but scarce. They are now providing local residents with the level of care and compassion for which Kiddie Academy is known.
Background: After working as a data manager for clinical trials for Emmes Corporation and as a project manager for Northrop Grumman, respectively, Nirali and Pinakin Patel decided to embrace their dreams of owning a business. With children of her own, Nirali saw the need for quality child care in her community.
Armed with her MBA and her Kiddie Academy training, Nirali guides day-to-day operations at the academy and ensures that personal relationships are fostered with each and every parent and child that comes through her door. Nirali enjoys the sense of community at Kiddie Academy. In addition to building bonds with her Kiddie Academy families, Nirali has the flexibility to spend more time with her young son, Ryan, a Kiddie Academy student.
Goals: Although they do not have a background in child care, the Patels’ mix of business savvy and high expectations regarding care for their own children have provided a solid foundation to not only grow their existing academy, but also to open a second location in the area within the next few years.
Challenges: Because this is a new business in the area, the Patels need to get the word out to parents that Kiddie Academy is not like other child care providers – it is better. As more people find out about their academy, the Patels expect enrollment numbers will continue to increase.
Results: The Patels already feel that they have made a difference in their community, and their enrollment is steadily increasing. Parents are very pleased with the service they receive and the Patels’ hands-on approach to business. The children never want to leave.
Disclosure: I received compensation for this post from Kiddie Academy. All opinions are 100% mine and are not swayed by outside sources.