October 02, 2014 // Franchising.com // DULUTH, Ga. - Representative of an esteemed 30-year history in early education with 157 preschool facilities in 14 states all across the nation, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® first set its sights on global expansion five years ago. With the recent opening of the Kids 'R' Kids China corporate office in Beijing, the U.S.-based preschool franchise is poised to open its first international location in Shanghai at the beginning of 2015 – licensed to serve an astounding 500 to 600 children between the ages of 6 weeks to 6 years. Nearly a dozen more schools are set to follow throughout the course of the year.
"The reception to our concept in China has been incredible so far," said David Vinson, Director of Operations for Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc. "The people we've talked with are drawn to the fact that we offer a 30-year head start on preschool education, and that we are fully accredited by AdvancED™ – which is recognized as the world leader in providing improvement and accreditation services to education providers of all types in their pursuit of excellence in serving students. It's amazing to think in terms of how far we've come in the last three decades from when my parents, Patrick and Janice Vinson, opened the first Kids 'R' Kids in Doraville, Georgia to when we became the first preschool brand to franchise in the United States to now. We're extremely proud of the fact that Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies is the first American-born, privately-held company to franchise preschools in Mainland China."
Now that the corporate office is officially up and running in Beijing, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies is targeting expansion into additional Chinese cities like Chengdu, Shenzhen, Jinan, and Hong Kong.
"Whereas the standard Kids 'R' Kids facility in the United States is licensed to serve between 185-400 students, our locations in China are expected to serve anywhere from 500 to 600 children," said Vinson. "What will remain the same will be our commitment to our students and their families through our 'Hug First, Then Teach' founding philosophy and the provision of our exclusive curriculum, as well as extraordinary health and safety standards. We will also continue to show our dedication to our franchisees' success – whether here in the United States or abroad – through ongoing training and the full support of our U.S.-based corporate headquarters. We select our franchisees very carefully and are respectful of the fact that they are entrepreneurs, so our position is not one of control but of support to help them achieve their goals."
Beyond China, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies is also carefully examining other international markets, such as South America, United Arab Emirates, Australia and India. In the U.S., the early education franchise seeks further growth in current markets like Florida and Texas, as well as previously untapped markets such as New Jersey and Colorado. Prospective franchisees are encouraged to visit the Franchise Opportunities page at www.kidsrkids.com for more information.
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 157 locations in 14 states. For more information about Kids 'R' Kids International, Inc., please visit www.kidsrkids.com.
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