Description: A child care education franchise that puts you in partnership with a leader of more than 30 years standing. Opportunities: Single and multi-unit franchises available throughout the United States. Business Type: Franchise. Minimum Cash Required: $200,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, through a third party. Training Provided: Yes. SBA-Approved: Yes.
Cory Bullock: Serving His Country and Community
Two couples came together to form a highly successful franchise partnership with Kiddie Academy in California
Pramod & Ravinder Gaud, together with Neeraj & Bala Sahejpal, go from strength to strength as they expand their Kiddie Academy child care franchise centers.
Background: With a background in early childhood education and teaching, Ravinder Gaud began looking at the opportunity to start her own child care business. After she and her husband Pramod decided to explore franchising as opposed to a home-based, independent business, they soon discovered Kiddie Academy. Pramod and Ravinder asked their good friends, Neeraj and Bala Sahejpal, to join them in their business venture. Having a background in business and marketing, Neeraj saw Kiddie Academy as a terrific investment and was very interested in the business endeavor. Bala, who has a Master’s degree in Computer Applications, was pregnant with the couple’s second child and was excited by the opportunity for her children to be able to reap the benefits of high-quality child care.
Success in the community: Pramod and Ravinder and Neeraj and Bala opened their Kiddie Academy franchise in April of 2006 at 521 West Capital Expressway, San Jose, California. Though the Kiddie Academy brand was new to the area, the Gauds and Sahejpals succeeded in building bonds in the community and setting themselves apart from local competitors. Fired by their success, the Sahejpals acquired another academy, located at 205 E. Middlefield Road in Mountain View, California.
Goals: The Gauds and Sahejpals are continuing to build momentum at their two locations by focusing on community outreach projects, staff development and emerging trends in technology. They have set these goals in motion by facilitating several fundraising activities to support local causes and opening an academy computer lab featuring eight computers. With enrollment at both their academies growing, plans are in the works to open additional academies in the broader San Jose area.
Challenges: The Gauds and Sahejpals found the two biggest challenges were establishing themselves as a leading child care provider in an area where no other Kiddie Academy locations existed, and learning to balance the day-to-day activities with the responsibility of running a business. Despite those challenges, they have continued to persevere and build enrollments.
Results: The couples’ commitment to success has resulted in continued enrollments and an established presence within their community. Parents are continually impressed with Kiddie Academy’s exceptional curriculum and safety features. The Gauds and Sahejpals find satisfaction in being at their academy and seeing their children attend. They have been dedicated to making their academy a home away from home not only for themselves but for the Kiddie Academy families they serve.
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