Primrose Schools® Continues expansion as increase in Child Care Needs
ATLANTA - Primrose Schools, an early education and care franchise, had seen growth and achievements during the first half of the year. Primrose recently celebrated the opening of its milestone 450th school, with six more locations slated to open by the end of 2021.
Much of this growth is fueled by Primrose Schools' positive financial trajectory throughout the pandemic, as detailed in the company's 2021 Franchise Disclosure Document. Enrollment has remained high as well, with many of its schools continuing to have waitlists for students. To help meet that demand, Primrose Schools has signed 16 new franchise agreements in 2021.
"At a time of uncertainty for the country, Primrose Schools is proud to have provided economic opportunity, while also giving peace of mind to the countless families who sought the quality early education and care experience we offer their children," said Steve Clemente, President of Primrose Schools. "Our success over the last several months affirms the hard work of both the local franchise owners and staff of each Primrose school and the efforts of Primrose Schools Support Center team members. Our shared vision and dedication to excellence in early education has positioned Primrose Schools to take advantage of the growth prospects before us and continue advancing local communities through education."
Celebrating 450th School Milestone
- In April, Primrose Schools opened its 450th school, a milestone that has been over 30 years in the making.
Awards and Recognitions
In addition to reaching this development milestone in 2021, Primrose Schools has continued to be recognized for its dedication to franchise owners as well as the families and children it serves.
- Entrepreneur's Franchise 500® awards, the world's first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking, named Primrose Schools No. 1 in the child care category and No. 67 on the overall list of best franchises for 2021. This is the fifth consecutive year Primrose Schools received the honor of claiming the top spot in the child care category.
Exceeding Literacy and Math Standards
- The Spring 2021 Star Early Literacy Assessment found that 96% of Primrose Schools kindergarten students met or exceeded kindergarten literacy and math standards during the 2020-2021 school year.
Civic Engagement and Thought Leadership
As a pioneer in early education and care, Primrose Schools and its leadership are sought by decision makers in the child care industry and beyond for their advocacy and expertise. With access to child care being a major, bi-partisan issue for legislators, Primrose Schools is also forming cross-sector partnerships with leaders throughout the country to advocate for a mixed delivery child care model benefitting all children.
"More than half of U.S. families live in a child care desert. While the efforts of Primrose Schools and our Franchise Owners are helping provide the invaluable service of quality early education and care to hundreds of communities, millions more families continue to face substantial challenges accessing child care," said Jo Kirchner, CEO of Primrose Schools. "Children are our future. We have a responsibility to help ensure every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential, which is why we are helping lead a nationwide coalition to advocate for a mixed-delivery system that ensures access to a quality early education for all children."
Making a Difference on Capitol Hill
- The Early Care & Education Consortium (ECEC), co-founded and co-chaired by Primrose Schools CEO Jo Kirchner, recently participated in a joint congressional briefing to inform policy makers on the urgent need for federal investment in a quality early child care and education system for all Americans.
Finding Meaningful Solutions for All Families
- In addition to its continued advocacy for the child care industry, ECEC helped develop a white paper, Solutions to Achieve a More Equitable and Sustainable Early Care and Education System, in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group, that discusses child care's importance to the nation's economy and the role of federal funding in deploying a robust, mixed delivery system for all children and families.
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