If you’ve opted to take the leap into business ownership and decided to start a preschool, there are some things to consider before making the investment. You could build your own school from the ground up or choose to franchise with an existing brand. The overall cost of opening a brand-new children’s education facility can be daunting, particularly if all expenses are handled by one or two people at most. Similarly, managing the day-to-day responsibilities as the head of a school can also be overwhelming if you’re a “one-person show.” This is part of the reason why so many people who open childcare businesses on their own cannot stand out from the competitors in their area - but becoming a franchisee with a well-established brand eliminates many of these problems.

Some people have recognized this and instead chose to start a preschool by franchising with a well-known education brand like KLA Schools. At KLA, we are determined to prove that our franchise business model positions our preschools for success – both for the students who attend and the franchise owners who invest with us. Our unique curriculum and innovative approach to designing each school’s layout separate us from standard daycares nearly everywhere. KLA Schools also offers a site selection and real estate development process that gives entrepreneurs like you more flexibility in setting up your new school.

We dive further into the details of our early childhood education franchise opportunity at the Discovery Days we host at our schools in Miami. If you visit us during a Discovery Day, you’ll understand why our preschool franchises resonate so well with families in the communities we enter. You’ll join the KLA Schools Franchise Team and get a firsthand look at one of our schools while learning how to start your own preschool. You’ll get a better understanding of company culture, and we can conduct mutual assessments of each other. Plus, you can also connect and network with other franchisees who can provide helpful tips for getting started.

Childcare Businesses Struggle Without Support

Opening a childcare facility that's a top option for local families takes significant resources. As such, those who try to handle everything independently often face an uphill battle. Some soon realize that they don’t have the necessary time, money, energy, or other assets to open a childcare business in a timely manner. Even those who reach the grand opening milestone often find that their business is not that much different than daycares in their area. Obstacles that average childcare businesses frequently encounter include the following:

Licensing and compliance: One of the primary challenges of opening a childcare facility is obtaining the necessary licenses and meeting compliance requirements. Childcare facilities are subject to strict regulations and standards set by government authorities, including safety regulations, staff-to-student ratios, curriculum guidelines, and health inspections. Navigating the legal and regulatory landscape can be complex and time-consuming, particularly for small management teams.

Finding a suitable location: Finding the right location for your preschool can be another roadblock. Entrepreneurs need to consider factors such as proximity to residential areas, accessibility, safety, and adequate space for classrooms, playgrounds, and parking spaces. Finding a desirable location at an affordable price can be tough, especially in areas with high real estate costs.

Staffing and training: Finding early childhood educators who are experienced, skilled, and passionate about working with young children can be difficult. Entrepreneurs may notice that their resources drain quickly when hiring and retaining staff. You’ll also have to focus on recruiting, training, and creating a positive work environment – which can be a lot to manage on your own.

Building a strong curriculum: Creating a comprehensive and developmentally appropriate curriculum is vital for a preschool's success. Entrepreneurs need to design a curriculum that fosters children's cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development. Parents usually place a high priority on finding a curriculum that can deliver the best educational outcomes.

Marketing and enrollment: Recruiting and enrolling students is a significant challenge for the average childcare facility. Building awareness, showcasing unique features, and competing with other options in the area can be time-consuming. Effective marketing strategies, such as online advertising, community engagement, and word-of-mouth referrals, are crucial for success.

Competition and differentiation: The childcare industry is highly competitive, with numerous providers all servicing the same areas. Educators must find ways to differentiate their location from competitors and offer a unique value proposition. This may involve emphasizing aspects that appeal to parents and students that help you stand out in the market. KLA does this in a variety of ways, particularly with our well-designed curriculums and classrooms.

Witness the KLA Difference at our Discovery Day

Luckily, you won’t encounter these struggles or have to do anything on your own if you invest in a KLA Schools private preschool. Once you request more information, we’ll send you our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) and other relevant information to review. After you review the FDD, we can discuss our potential partnership. If you decide to continue the process, we will invite you to attend a Discovery Day at one of our Miami locations. 

During the Discovery Day event, you will be able to tour our preschools in the Miami area and meet the KLA team in person. We’ll answer any questions you may have about our franchise opportunity, and we can discuss opening a new KLA preschool together. Once you’ve finished your Discovery Day, we firmly believe you will be more ready than ever to join the KLA team as a franchise owner!

Eager to experience a KLA Schools Discovery Day for yourself? Reach out to our team today to begin the process of becoming a KLA Schools franchise owner!