The business of childcare

wealthy@tri-statedefender.com | 11/27/2013, 11:35 a.m.

CM: What inspired you to go into the childcare business?
TG: As a working parent of small children at the time, I faced challenges finding childcare that offered a safe environment while providing a preparatory curriculum with exposure to the arts. The need for solid early childhood education in the community along with exposure to all of the arts created the need for such a facility. I was inspired to answer the challenge for not only my children but for all children in the community.

CM: How long has the center been in business?
TG: We have been serving the community for eight years.

CM: What are your hours?
TG: We are open for 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CM: How flexible are you with pickup and drop-off times?
TG: We are flexible and willing to accommodate parents as needed with drop-off and pick-up times that are most convenient.

CM: Do you offer scholarships or sibling discounts?
TG: We offer sibling discounts.

CM: What makes your childcare center different or unique from other centers?
TG: We are a high quality NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Accredited, Three-Star rated center providing phenomenal childcare in a creative, academically challenging environment that encourages social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth of the child as a whole.

CM: Do you encourage visits from parents?
TG: We encourage visits from parents and welcome parental participation. We believe in a collaborative approach to learning that includes the family and the community.

CM: Are the kids grouped by age or are the ages mixed?
TG: Children are grouped by their age.

CM: What are the staff's credentials and training?
TG: Our teachers have degrees and certifications in early childhood education and have experience working with young children. All employees complete ongoing training and development.

CM: Does the staff have emergency training in first aid and/or CPR?
TG: All employees are CPR and first-aid trained.

CM: Do you provide breakfast, lunch, and/or snack?
TG: We offer nutritious daily-prepared meals for breakfast, lunch and snack.

CM: What advice can you offer those interested in entering into the childcare business?
TG: Be strategic in location selection and offer diversity and creativity in the program. Be flexible and willing to meet the customer's needs.

CM: What is the most challenging part of the business?
TG: As a center that strives to meet the needs of each individual child on a daily basis, we want to be confident that we are not only meeting but exceeding that goal.

CM: What is the most rewarding part of the business?
TG: Providing services that support and contribute to the success and well-being of both children and their families is by far the most rewarding part of the child care business.

(For more information, visit www.aclinc.net; email info@aclinc.net; call 901-366-9973; fax 901-386-9974.)

(Contact Carlee McCullough, Esq., at 5308 Cottonwood Road, Suite 1A, Memphis, TN 38118, or email her at jstce4all@aol.com.)