Description: Blending Montessori with creative learning, powered by VINCI digital resources and progress management, VINCI Preschool utilizes VINCI award-winning curriculum to provide a hands-on, individualized, STEM and Art infused learning environment for preschool and kindergarten children in order to maximize EACH child's potential! Opportunities: Single and multi-unit opportunities available in the US and Canada. Business Type: Business Opportunity. Minimum Cash Required: $50,000. Financing Assistance: Yes, from the company. Training Provided: Yes.
VINCI Preschool Business Opportunity Video
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Interview with Dave Price, Director of Operations of VINCI Preschool
VINCI Preschool is all about bridging the learning gap that seems to be ever-widening in United States education. This opportunity offers individuals the chance to make a difference in the lives of children as an owner/operator of a VINCI system school, much like the over 50,000 students the business has already helped worldwide. With its award-winning curriculum, VINCI Preschool is providing children with the tools they need to grow during this critical learning period and is providing its owner/operators with the training and support needed to get their business up and running.
In this Success Story Interview, we hear from VINCI Preschool Director of Operations Dave Price. He tells us about the need VINCI Preschool fills in communities across the country, the state of the education industry, the day-to-day activities of the preschool's owners, and more!
Can you tell us a little about the history of VINCI Preschool and the part you play in the business?
VINCI Preschool was developed out of the need for quality education in the United States. As a business line of VINCI Education, our mission is to maximize each child’s potential through STEM. We achieve this through individualized learning plans, an innovative blended curriculum, and state of the art technology. Founded in 2010, we now serve over 50,000 students and families worldwide through our owned, co-owned, and affiliated learning centers and schools.
I have the privilege to work with the prospective candidates through each key point in the process of owning either a VINCI Preschool or another school using the VINCI system. My role is to build relationships with our Preschool Owner/Operators early on; from the initial conversation, to contract, to ongoing support.
Describe the need that VINCI Preschool fills in communities.
Parents today are more concerned than ever about their child’s future. In an increasingly competitive landscape, children need to acquire a multitude of skills to become successful adults; from communication, to coping with stress, to innovation, as well as many others. Studies have shown that the majority of children in the United States are not ready for school by age 6. VINCI Preschool is designed to bridge that learning gap and provide the tools needed to help children grow during this critical learning period.
Tell us a little about VINCI Preschool’s brand recognition.
VINCI Preschool’s curriculum has been critically acclaimed after being put to the test by industry leaders. Endorsed by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), VINCI has also won a number of awards and accolades, including the CES learning innovation award, Tech and Learning Award of Excellence, and the 2014-2015 Codiie for best game-based curriculum solution.
How would you describe the children’s education industry right now?
Education companies, as a whole, generate approximately $80 billion dollars in annual revenue and the early-age education sector is booming for two major reasons: First, there is an increase for parents to look for alternatives to public education, due to the steady decline in quality over the past few decades. Secondly, there is the increasing recognition to replace some traditional school processes with technology to align with the advancement of today’s world.
What is VINCI Preschool doing to set itself apart from the competition?
VINCI Preschool’s learning environment takes a 21st century approach and a process-oriented operating model assisted by data and analytics. There is no other school system that uses our innovative curriculum. We take the effective, time-tested elements of traditional learning, and infuse them with cutting-edge technology and resources. We combine the philosophies of Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and our own discipline. Everything is designed to be at the teacher’s fingertips; the learning content, student progress, and parent communication are all managed within one portal that can be accessed 24/7.
We have a brand and strategy that has been proven successful to attract and retain students, as well as excite and engage parents. Take one of our schools in Alexandria, VA, for example; we reached full student capacity within the first 3 months of opening! This was the result of strong branding, strong demographics research, and a curriculum system that parents love from the start.
Describe a person who would fit in well running a VINCI Preschool. Is teaching or child care experience necessary?
VINCI Preschool’s model is flexible enough to accommodate owner/operators from many different backgrounds. People with teacher / child care training and who are familiar with school settings will have some advantages. However, it is entirely feasible for someone to open a business without teaching experience, since your main role is to hire and manage the professionals that perform the teaching duties for you. An ideal owner will have a degree in either education or business. A strong business acumen will also go a long way.
Can you tell us about the day-to-day responsibilities of a VINCI Preschool owner?
As an owner, you will be focusing on acquiring enrolments, performing site visits with prospective parents, and building relationships within the community. You will likely want to oversee the financial and administrative tasks at the launch of the school. Eventually you will start to hand those responsibilities off as you near student capacity. If teaching children is an interest for you, then you would definitely want to involve yourself in the daily routine as well. Maybe you would like to teach a class or two? Our curriculum has the adaptability to insert your own passion into the day.
What’s next for VINCI Preschool in terms of expansion?
Ever since we’ve announced our business opportunity model, we have received lots of positive feedback and enthusiastic prospects. We are looking to launch a few more schools in key states for 2017, while supporting our existing schools and building our outstanding community of students and parents.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I’d like to address some of the common roadblocks that may scare some people away from considering entering the preschool field. First, many feel that in order to open a VINCI Preschool, they would require extensive education and teacher training. As I’ve said before, teaching experience is an asset, but not a requirement. Strong leadership and business skills are also very valuable. Second, people tend to worry about the initial startup costs. Financing is available with a few different options depending on your circumstance. It is better to ask and see rather than just assuming you wouldn’t be able to raise enough capital to start. We are committed to offering quality education for young learners, and we work hard to ensure all of our schools are successful for both the students and the owners.
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