The importance of preschool in a young child’s educational and human development is vital. TIME magazine published this article that followed 1,539 children over 25 years, the statistics are staggering:
“After tracking the children to age 28, researchers found that those who had attended preschool were 28% less likely to develop alcohol or other drug problems or to wind up in jail or prison in adulthood, compared with kids who did not go to preschool. What’s more, their odds of being arrested for a felony were cut by 22% and they were 24% more likely to attend a four-year college. Incomes in adulthood of those who attended preschool ere also higher than those for the children who did not.”
If you love working with kids at the beginning of their educational lives, starting your own preschool can be immensely rewarding. Here are some things to consider:
1. Residential or Commercial: You’ll save quite a bit of money in real estate costs by operating out of your own home, but I’m sure you can imagine the costs of such a choice when considering a dozen or so children running wild through your home. If you lease a commercial property, you’ll likely be able to expand your classroom’s capacity.
2. Requirements: States have varied requirements for operating a preschool or daycare. There will almost certainly be licensing requirements through the Department of Child Welfare and the Department of Health and Human Services, and operators of preschools are commonly required to have a degree in an education-related field.
3. Preschool Business Plan: A Preschool is a business like any other, and if you ask any entrepreneur, they’ll tell you that starting your own business can be hectic and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be. The best way to stay above the clutter of the day-to-day affairs is writing a thorough business plan to outline your membership fees, prices, finances, marketing efforts, short and long term goals, and everything in between. If you don’t know how to write a business plan, don’t worry, there are plenty of easy-to-follow guides online, like this one from the Small Business Administration.
4. Marketing: Start by targeting places parents frequent with fliers, like libraries, grocery stores and community centers. Additionally, social media sites like Facebook and Yelp will allow parents to find your preschool online, start by putting yourself on Google Maps with this guide.
First things first, you need a good, creative, inviting name that people will remember. Here’s a list of preschool names we found:
Le Petit Gan
Los Feliz Corners
The Canyon School
Country Kid’s Place KinderCare
All Children Great & Small
Butterfly Garden Preschool
Atwater Park Center
Little Stars Preschool
Kids Artistic Sense
Kinder Kids Christian Preschool
PLAY Silver Lake
Creative Kids Learning Garden
Play Mountain Place
Pine Tree Preschool
Tender Years Child Care
Bubbles’n Colors Bilingual Preschool
ABC Educational Center
Hazel Woods Preschool
Children of Our Savior Preschool
Building Blocks Christian Academy
Wilshire Smiling Tree Preschool & Kindergarten
Maple Bear Academy
A Kid’s Place
Eagle Rock Montessori School
‘PreSchool’ interest over time:
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