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Children's Academy offers quality childcare

Lynn Curtis is the owner and managing director of Children's Academy Preschool, the only accredited preschool in Cottonwood Heights.  She has been working as an early childhood educator for more than 23 years after beginning her career in family child care in her home. She then moved into a child care center and has been a teacher, director and center owner.

“I wanted to help working families by providing quality child care. Something I had a very hard time finding when my children were young,” she said.

Lynn is also an instructor and coach at Children's Service Society, a technical consultant for the Child Care Professional Development institute at Weber State University and a co-founder of the Director Network Group of Utah. She enjoys reaching out to other directors and centers to help them improve the quality of care. She loves teaching adults and watching them gain new insight as to why a child is behaving the way they do and knowing that they can take that information back to the classroom and be a positive person in a child's life.

Lynn believes that child care needs a more professional approach - this is not just “playing” all day - but helping to create the future. With this model, she has created a program filled with professional staff, who continues to improve each and every day and understand the importance of their role.

“We focus on being honest, trustworthy and creating a community.  The children, the parents and the teachers are all valued and appreciated for the important part they each play.  We could not have such a great program without each of them,” she said.  

With 125 children, she decided, because of the lack of space and exploding demand she needed to expand to a larger facility. Since she was in a good financial position, she decided to buy some land and construct new facilities for her preschool.

She was talking with her bank about what she needed to apply for a loan.  She came to the Small Business Development Center because she needed help with creating a business plan and forecast for the new facility. Jim Herrin, director of the Salt Lake SBDC, met with Lynn and worked with her to create a solid plan and financial projections for several different scenarios for her business growth. This resulted in approval of an SBA 504 guaranteed loan of $3.3 million in the second half of 2017.

With this new facility Curtis has been able to expand their services to include children that are too old to go to preschool but too young to stay home.

Children's Academy Preschool offers high quality child care for children from birth to age eight. They have secure facilities with video cameras in each room where parents can view their children live on a computer or smart phone. They are dedicated to making children feel like they are somewhere they want to be, rather than somewhere they have to go. Children's Academy Preschool accomplishes this by employing professional staff and teachers, maintaining a first rate facility, as well as promoting a learning environment for children of all ages.

“It is hard work and (owning your own business) will not be easy but it is possible.  Ask for help and don't give up on your dream. I feel very proud to have achieved my dream and help others in the process,” she said.

Company Name: 
Children's Academy Preschool
Location: 
Cottonwood Heights, Utah