Primrose Schools President & CEO Jo Kirchner Wins Gold Stevie® Award

In International Awards Competition for Women in Business

ATLANTA (Nov. 14, 2013) – Jo Kirchner, president and CEO of Primrose Schools, was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Female Executive of the Year category at the 10th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. Kirchner was presented with the award during a sold-out event at the Marriott Marquis Hotel on Friday, Nov. 8 in New York City.

The Stevie Awards for Women in Business are the world’s top honors for female entrepreneurs, executives, employees and the organizations they run. All individuals and organizations worldwide are eligible to submit nominations – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small. The 2013 awards received entries from 18 nations and territories. "It’s such an honor to accept this Stevie Award on behalf of everyone at Primrose," says Jo Kirchner, president and CEO of Primrose Schools. "It represents our team’s daily commitment and leadership in early childhood education and our passionate commitment to ensure children have the right foundation."

More than 1,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year for consideration in a wide range of categories. Kirchner won in the Female Executive of the Year category for consumer services companies with 11 to 2,500 employees.

"Jo’s strong leadership qualities and dedication to educational excellence instill passion and confidence in Primrose franchise owners, support staff, parents and teachers," said Dr. Gloria Julius, vice president, education and professional development for Primrose Schools.

Stevie Award winners were selected by more than 240 executives worldwide who participated in the judging process this year.

"For 10 years we have been recognizing the achievements of women in the workplace, and this year’s nominations were the most impressive class the judges have ever reviewed," said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of the Stevie Awards.

Details about the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and the list of Stevie Award winners are available at www.StevieAwards.com/Women.

About Primrose Schools

Founded in 1982, Primrose Schools is the nation’s leader in providing a premier educational child care experience in more than 270 schools in 18 states. Each Primrose is independently owned and operated by our Franchise Owners. They partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life, and offer an environment that helps children have fun while nurturing Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts®.

The Balanced Learning® System, consistently delivered in all Primrose Schools nationwide, is designed to provide high quality educational experiences to support children’s social-emotional, cognitive, creative and physical development. It is made up of an exclusive standards-based curriculum that enables teachers to help children gain the knowledge and skills that will enable them to move successfully from one level of development to the next as well-rounded individuals. The system also offers developmentally appropriate materials and equipment for all classrooms; multiple forms of assessment; and extensive training for teachers.

Primrose is the first early childhood education organization in the country to receive AdvancED Corporation Systems Accreditation under the new Standards for Quality Early Learning Schools. This accreditation ensures all Primrose schools meet the highest quality standards and shows they are continually improving student learning. For more information, visit www.PrimroseSchools.com.

About the Stevie Awards

Stevie Awards are conferred in five programs: the Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, The International Business Awards, The American Business Awards, the Stevie Awards for Women in Business, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service. Honoring organizations of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.StevieAwards.com.

SOURCE Primrose Schools

Media Contact:

Kim Englehardt Miller
APR Executive Director
Integrated Marketing Strategy & Communications
770-529-4004 ext. 265
kmiller@primroseschools.com

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