October 31, 2013 // Franchising.com // Atlanta - What began as one school in Doraville, Georgia in 1985 has since expanded to 160 Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies in 14 states… and growing. With plans underway to introduce its unique childcare and early education concept for the first time to families in New Jersey, New York, Washington D.C., Virginia and Colorado over the course of 2014, the company also intends to add new schools in cities where Kids 'R' Kids already has a solid footprint such as Tampa, Florida and Dallas, Texas. Perhaps the most exciting development on the 2014 horizon for Kids 'R' Kids is the company’s proposed expansion abroad. After nearly five years in the planning stage, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies will soon begin popping up all around the globe – including locations in Bombay, New Delhi, and Bangalore in India, Chile in South America, Istanbul in Turkey, and Beijing, Shanghai, Buton, Jinan, and Chengdu in China.
"A great deal of research and combined effort has gone into preparing for this new stage in our company’s growth, and we’re so excited to finally be standing at the cusp of its realization," explains Kids 'R' Kids Director of Operations, David Vinson. "While expansions in the United States can sometimes come with their own set of challenges, it’s an entirely different ballgame when you look at it from an international perspective. For instance, in the Asian market, we will be represented by a master franchise, everything we do must be approved through their Ministry of Commerce, and the schools will not reflect the standard appearance of their U.S. counterparts. What is a sprawling 1-story floorplan here in our domestic schools will be a 2- to 4-story facility in populous cities in Asia where land is difficult to come by. However, the concept at the heart of Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies – whether we’re talking about Atlanta, Georgia or Beijing, China – will remain the same."
From its inception, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies has sought to provide its students with a loving environment in which to learn and thrive socially. The company’s "Hug First, Then Teach" philosophy provides insight to Kids 'R' Kids delicate balance as a trusted childcare provider and early learning source. Endeavoring to remain on the cutting edge of its industry, Kids 'R' Kids was the first childcare company to franchise, first to equip its classrooms with secure internet monitoring and SmartBoard Technology, first to receive AdvancED Accreditation nationally, and first to introduce BrainWaves™ – a groundbreaking proprietary curriculum focused on promoting brain development in infants through 5-year-olds. Vinson expects that all of these concepts will translate beautifully throughout the upcoming global expansion – another in a long list of firsts. The initial leg of Kids 'R' Kids’ global expansion is expected to run from 2014 to 2017.
Established in 1985 and headquartered in the North Atlanta suburb of Duluth, GA, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies provide a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years. Through its signature "Hug First, Then Teach" philosophy, the provision of state-of-the-art facilities that boast interactive whiteboard technology and secure internet classroom monitoring for parents, and the employment of a highly trained teaching staff, Kids 'R' Kids encourages its students to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. In 2013, the early education provider was proud to unveil its revolutionary and proprietary curriculum rooted in brain development called Brain Waves™. AdvancED Accredited by the Southern Association for Colleges and Schools, Kids 'R' Kids International® is a family owned and operated organization that is comprised of 160 locations in 14 states. For more information about Kids 'R' Kids International, please visit www.kidsrkids.com.
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Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies is a pioneer in the early childhood education industry and was the first to take a proven business model and franchise it across the country.
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