September 03, 2014 // Franchising.com // Piscataway, NJ - Rainbow Academy, a New Jersey-based early child care education franchise, announced that Gigi Schweikert has joined the company's executive team as Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately. In this role, Schweikert will report directly to President and CEO Guy Falzarano, overseeing business development, sales and marketing, operations, education, and training.
"Over the past 17 years, we have worked diligently to build a strong team and build our brand, and we're thrilled to have Gigi join our leadership team," said Falzarano. "Her business savvy and strong leadership skills combined with her wealth of knowledge in the business and early childhood education will allow for continued strategic growth, strengthen our position as an innovator and expand our reputation nationally."
Schweikert joins with more than 30 years of experience as a thought leader in child care and early childhood education. Over the course of her career, Schweikert has served as a keynote speaker and highly respected consultant for hundreds of community-based child care providers, Fortune 100 corporate child care programs, and established brands such as Goddard, Primrose and Kiddie Academy. With 18 published books, written in three languages, she is passionate about raising the bar in the early learning industry through innovative programs in leadership, child development and professionalism. She is also a regular contributor to Child Care Information Exchange, a former Director of the United Nations Child Care Centre in NYC and the mother of four children.
"It's exciting to join the Rainbow Academy team at such a pivotal time for the company and play a role the company's development as it continues to expand in the U.S.," said Schweikert. "Most importantly, I'm looking forward to seeing children laughing and learning, parents meeting the challenges of work-life balance, employees engaged in a supportive work environment, and fulfilled franchisees managing profitable Academies. After all, happiness is the bottom line when you work with children and their families."
Established in 1997, Rainbow Academy, a family of early learning centers, provides early education and child care to children ages six weeks through kindergarten, as well as special programming for children up to 10 years old during school holidays, breaks and summer camp. The company franchised in 2011 in an effort to expand their distinctive concept throughout the Northeast; it currently has over 50 child care centers either open or in development throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Founded by Guy and Julia Falzarano, the Falzarano family remains deeply involved in the company, from Guy Falzarano as CEO to their youngest grandchild enrolled in one of the child care facilities. For more information, visit www.RainbowAcademy.com.
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