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A. How did KidsPark begin?

Debbie Milner, Founder and CEO

Rita, the first KidsPark-er. Stylish from the start.

In 1988, KidsPark was the original “disrupter” in traditional childcare in California.  I introduced licensed, hourly-care. Why?   Quite simply, because I needed it.  An advisor told me to find the service or product that was missing from my life. I needed childcare on demand, without reservations, when you need it days, evenings and weekends.  It became my niche and passion.

Was I the only Mom that couldn’t juggle it all? (Let me know – send an email.)  I was new to California, didn’t have any family in the area, worked full-time as an Information Systems for HP, my husband traveled a great deal and I had Rita, a 2-year old.  Yikes!  I just needed a few hours here and there to take care of errands, get a haircut, see a doctor, or have some down-time.

I tried finding a babysitter, but I never remembered to schedule one early enough and couldn’t find one on the spur of the moment.  Plus, I felt better leaving Rita with an adult than a teenager and I wanted her to have other children to play with.  When my research confirmed it wasn’t just me, other families needed hourly care, I moved forward.  I spent a year figuring out how it could work and raising some capital.

Creating a company was very important to me.  I wanted to control my work life.  I was a latchkey kid, so my hot button was to be home in the afternoon with my daughter.  My version of life-work balance was to work before she got up, while she was at school, and then when she was in bed.  When she was little, she came to work with me. Remember, this was back in 1988, before flex-time and job-sharing.

Being able to control one’s schedule resonates throughout KidsPark.  Three times a year, we ask our teachers when they want to work. We build our schedule around their requests. This way a mom can work days when her children are in school and switch to evenings for the summer when school is out.  Or college students can change their schedules each semester depending on their courses.  I think this has helped us build a strong team – we have teachers who have been with us for 20+ years!

Debbie Milner, CEO


     
B. Create Your Own Play-Scape

Debra Milner, Founder and CEO

 

Or, should I say play escape!

Only in the 20th century has play been so strongly associated with a toy rather than an activity. But, play does not need to center around the newest, most expensive gadget. Play doesn’t have to cost a lot. KidsPark “is play without batteries”, according to Arlington, TX KidsPark center owners, Beth Christie and Heather Alanis. Child initiated play lets children explore, test, create and follow their own interests. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and United Nations High Commission for Human Rights confirm play is an essential part of a child’s development.

Many years ago I worked for Lakeside Toys. We held children’s focus groups to see what attracted and held their attention. I observed children playing in a co-operative environment – kids building on each other’s stories and insights. The activities that held their attention offered:
• new options each time
• many routes to take – not just a “right one”.
• improvisation
• objects in a variety of colors, textures and shapes

We incorporate this into KidsPark’s layout and selection of activities. Check-out our Pinterest pages for ideas. Create your own play-scape at home.

Time — play happens outside of lesson plans, appointments and routines. Let it initiate by leaving blocks of unscheduled time for children to be playful and engage their imagination.

Art Station – play needs a certain amount of choice. There must be room for using things and doing things in new ways.  Put out an Art box and see what happens!  Fill a cardboard box, or storage bin with:

For older children add:

Storage – If it may take more than 1 sitting to finish, start the project on a tray or board that can be moved out of the way if you are using a kitchen or dining room table. I prefer to move it into the child’s room so it is a reminder to finish the project (else it might sit in the corner of the living room forever). It also makes the child responsible for its safety.

Indoor Play – The simplest is a bubble bath with lots of toys. Set up a cozy clubhouse by draping a sheet or bring in a large box. Turn off the lights and play with a flashlight and shadows. Act out a favorite story or TV show.

Outdoor Play – be playful. Simple things will engage children’s imagination and senses. Try: Bubbles (Dawn works great); pail of water, ladle and measuring cups; dirt, scoops and plastic containers

I hope you have a ton of fun watching, and maybe joining, your child in play. I’m getting off my soapbox now, so I can play with it! It could become a… robot, a go-cart, a playhouse ….

Debbie Milner, CEO


     
C. Wordplay

Debra Milner, Founder and CEO

Is KidsPark a treat or a routine? Good question.

One answer is, “It depends.” Many families use KidsPark as a reward for their children or an indulgence for themselves. Other families come specific times, like clockwork, so their kids stay in a schedule or so parents can attend recurring activities.

Personally, I think for kids and parents, KidsPark is both.

Routine

Developing a routine for kids is important so they feel secure in knowing what to expect. However, no one wants “boredom”, and that is a fine line. Coming to KidsPark is routine in the sense kids know the check-in process and the activity areas, but it is a treat to do something new. We rotate toys, introduce new games and have different themes each month.

For parents with fixed commitments, it’s nice to know you can routinely depend on KidsPark without the hassle of calling ahead to reserve a space. But, being open days, evenings and weekends also gives families versatility if anything in their schedule changes.

Treat

It is a treat to come at different times. Who doesn’t enjoy a night out? I do! You do! So do kids. Many parents may worry about disrupting a sleep schedule or the kids are not in their own bed. But, that is what makes it a treat for the kids – they get to do something different. Doesn’t everyone remember the times their parents let them stay up for a special occasion? How nice to be “treated” like to be a “big kid”! And Parents, don’t worry if the kids get tired at KidsPark, we offer them quiet time in the theater with stories and calming music. Kids comfortably snuggle down when it is late and parents carry them to the car.

So, when asked about KidsPark, how about saying – it is a treat to be enjoyed routinely!

Debbie Milner, CEO


     
D. Become a KidsPark Franchisee

Leslie Gamez, VP of Franchising

Is KidsPark right for me?

If you answered  yes,  you are our franchisee!

Why not do it myself?

Being an entrepreneur has its perks!

But, doing it alone can be terrifying. Franchising provides the autonomy to be an independent business owner, but with the support of a large company. It’s a win-win situation. You always have the support of a team of other business minded entrepreneurs.

First Step

From the minute we meet to begin the vetting process, we develop a personal relationship. We lead you through our discovery process one step at a time.  All along you have the opportunity to “kick the tires”. You are encouraged to do market research, ask questions, speak to our Franchisees and gather all of the information needed to make an informed business decision.

Next

If a franchise is awarded, we hit the ground running. We teach you the KidsPark way:

KidsPark’s franchise opportunity is pretty close to a turnkey solution. We share our proven methodology. There is no need to reinvent the wheel. If you need it, chances are we’ve already thought of it. Over 25 years of business experience is documented.

Learn More

Contact us.

Read the details.

Happiness is in our bones. Happy kids. Happy parents. Happy franchisees.

Leslie Gamez, VP of Franchising


     
E. A musing.

Debra Milner, Founder and CEO

I bet about this time of year you are tired of hearing “I want …” from your kids. When my daughter was young, I got really tired of it, especially when it referred to clothes. I like clothes, too, and am willing to indulge my inner diva. So, I understand I may
have been an enabler, but it needed to be controlled.

When she was about 11 years old she was given a monthly clothes allowance.  The rules were simple:

  1. If it shows (ie, underwear doesn’t count), you buy it.
  2. Exceptions: winter coats, special event outfits and 2 pairs of shoes a year.

Cut and dry. No more arguments. She had a VisaBuxx card that refilled each month. Although unspent money could be carried over, there was no borrowing ahead. When it was gone, it was gone.

Shopping with her became a pleasure. Suddenly, she evaluated her purchases.

I knew it hit home when we were shopping for a special event outfit and I had to nix her choice. But, I graciously said she could buy it with HER money. She said “No, it isn’t worth it.“ Aha! If it isn’t worth your money, then it isn’t worth mine!

Of course she learned the expected:

But, the biggest surprise was what I learned? Kids can respect rules and meet expectations.

Now, when we shop, there are many times we look at each other and simultaneously wink as we say “would you spend your money on this?”


     
F. De-stress Gift Giving

Leslie Gamez, VP of Franchising

Words like easy, simple and less stress are not associated with the holidays … EVER!  As parents, the demands of this time of year are daunting:

And the list goes on.  Now sprinkle in work, out of town guests, family and home life responsibilities –   whew!

Taking the time to focus on your child’s wish list can be additional stress.  Reduce some of the cost and stress with this rule of thumb.   Gift giving should include:

  1. Want
  2. Need
  3. Wear
  4. Read

Want

Consider one favorite item, a must have, or can’t live without it gift for this category. We all love the idea of a wish list – dream the big dream. With all the latest and greatest electronics, styles, gadgets and galore, it’s hard to ignore the “wants”. But, encourage varied items on the wish or (want) list to ease the financial burden and stress of failing to deliver.

Need

Maybe replenish a mid-year school supply or  athletic gear.

Wear

Wearable gifts rock from head to toe!

Read

The gift that keeps on giving.

As gifts are unwrapped, I think you’ll have tears of joy, not cries of disappointment. Turn gift giving into a win-win and de-stress the holidays, or any gifting occasion, with a fun twist and new rule of thumb. Happy kids. Happy parents. Happy gift giving.

 

 


     
G. What do you want?

Debra Milner, Founder and CEOQuestion:

If you got 30 women of varying ages, professions and locations together and ask them what they needed to make their lives better, what do you think their response would be?

Answer: 

Childcare

Surprised? I was.

I attended a meeting last month and was surprised to hear the stories of struggles, choices and frustrations that covered the last 30 years. As much as I think things have gotten easier with flex-time, job sharing and more involved Dads, women were griping.

After sifting through the gripes at this meeting, what I found interesting is the true gist of their complaints wasn’t the lack of affordable childcare services, but the perceived lack of emotional support when their schedules veered off the traditional 8am – 5pm workday. This can happen when dealing with:

They hated the “looks” from co-workers or snide remarks when they left early or came in late due to family responsibilities.

Would this have been resolved if they had closed the communication loop?

Women (everyone, really) have to stop assuming everyone knows what they are thinking. If they are leaving work early to attend to family needs, and their co-workers are working hard to meet a critical deadline, it may be best to say, ”Don’t worry, I will have the report to you no later than 10pm tonight – we will make our deadline.“ This is much better than sneaking out and leaving people wondering about your commitment. We all want confirmation that:

When my daughter was a baby, I was a manager at a tech company. I changed my hours to 6:30am-3:30pm, which was much earlier than most of my team. I admit to pangs of guilt when leaving. Thinking back, this was pre-email and cell phones (yikes), which would have made keeping in contact much simpler. However, the guilt became less as my team realized they had my attention — the same level of support and commitment as before. Plus, early morning problems were solved before they arrived!

By closing-the-loop in communication, I think we create a circle of support.

This is what I want.

I think this is something we can get.


     
H. REACH Out to Children

Debra Milner, Founder and CEO

Who doesn’t need a good cry sometimes? If a person cries, it is an expression of:

Same with children. It may be even more important for young children who have not developed many verbal skills yet.

What to do? At KidsPark, the first question is always – Are you hurt? Once we are assured a child is physically fine, then we can probe. We REACH out to the children.

  1. Recognize the feeling.  Are you feeling _______? Fill-in: sad, scared, mad
  2. Empathize and acknowledge their feeling.  I can understand how you would feel ______.
  3. Assure them it will be OK.  Mom will be right back.
  4. Comfort them. Can I give you a hug?  Want to build a tower? Want to color?
  5. Help redirect their attention.  Let’s join the circle time. I want you to meet one of my friends _____.

Before you know it, tears are a thing of the past.

There are times when a child does not want to be comforted. That’s when you see our sign “No Hugs Wanted”. We have tried to comfort the child but they get more hysterical. These children need some time to settle down before they can be approached. At home, this is a good time for a child to rest in their room or be asked to quietly sit. Many child psychologists recommend not giving children electronics to divert their attention – they need to develop diversion skills on their own. Once they have self-soothed, we address their needs.

Parents, let’s not overlook the happiness cry – the best cry of all! We all experience the slow, eye misting to swelling tears rolling down our cheeks. The sheer happiness of remembering or sharing something special. I hope we all have many, many happy cries.


     
I. Add an E to ECE

Quality Early Childhood Education focuses on how children learn and develop through curriculum. At KidsPark, we add an E for environment, Early Childhood Education and Environment. By design, KidsPark looks different from the traditional preschool or childcare center.

Why?

We believe our environments set the stage for playful learning, successful outcomes and most importantly fun! We see the positive results daily in our Preschool Education, Hourly Play and School Age environments.

  1. Socialization

    KidsPark’s hourly program and preschool classes provide parents the flexibility to introduce a high quality early learning environment to their child on their own schedule.

  2. Cooperation

    Our trained, professional teacher’s have the child’s best interest at heart. We consciously set up the program to encourage interaction with materials and one another. We “coach” and “model” appropriate interaction.

  3. “Whole” Development

    Children succeed when they are interested learners. That’s easy – our environment allows flexibility within the schedule, daily routine and curriculum offered to meet the social, emotional, physical and mental development of the child.

  4. Patience

    Our centers allow for peer to peer problem solving, turn taking and opportunities for children to navigate their own play and rules. Patience is learned and shared daily.

  5. Lifelong Learning

    Our team teaching approach allows interaction from different personalities, styles of teaching and experiences. Most importantly we share our expertise to create enthusiasm and develop the child’s love of learning.

  6. Teamwork

    Our program, center layout and schedule of activities cultivates a culture of teamwork. Group games, cooperative clean up, small group activities and team teaching are present daily.

  7. Confidence and Self-Esteem

    It’s simple – children have the autonomy to choose at KidsPark! We set the stage, create interest areas, offer engaging activities and allow children to choose their play based on interest.

We create a new day of discovery and learning for every child whether they visit hourly, daily or more frequently.  ECEE may “sound easy”, but it takes work, experimentation and training.  When we say “we play all day, every day” we mean business!

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For more details on the key benefits to ECE, read this article by Vicki Palmer, a career early childhood educator and founder of TicTacTeach.com.


     
J. Spring Fling

Debra Milner, Founder and CEO

The calendar says it is Spring but, in most of the country, it hasn’t felt like it. It has been cold, wet and dreary… and not necessarily in that order. I can’t seem to get going.

I notice kids feeling the “drag”, too. It happens. They want to be less active, sometimes are less tolerant of change or requests and seem to need more motivation. Sound familiar?

Well, enough of this! Let’s feel “spring-like” – have enthusiasm and energy to match the proposed season. Here’s a game plan:Move away from the computer!  Get out-of-the-house. Plan outings with friends and family.

This worked for me:

I can happily say I AM READY FOR SPRING even if the weather isn’t!

This list is going on my bulletin board as a reminder of what to-do next time I have an energy drain.


     
K. Preschool: Benefits Beyond Academics

Preschool is important for non-academic and academic reasons. Unfortunately, the non-academic reasons are too often overlooked. When I think about the start of the school year in September (what can I say, August still doesn’t feel right), I think:

Social Skills 
Empathy 
Poise 
Transition 

“Soft” skills are indispensable and benefit you throughout life. At KidsPark, we are strong supporters of both Preschool soft skills and traditional academic requirements. Both merit our time and attention to cultivate.  

Social skills encompass interactions with other children and adults, manners, and the ability to share. These skills are role modeled by parents and need to be learned early for success in group environments.

Empathy refers to a child’s ability to appropriately relate to others’ feelings, even if they don’t feel that way themselves. It is the root of a child’s ability to be kind and compassionate.

Poise gives a child confidence and self-discipline.  They feel in control of themselves. Once they feel self-assured, they will be able to tackle projects and learn new things.

Transition is the ability to adjust to change and take direction from others. Some people breeze through transitions and others are never comfortable. If children are not comfortable with transitions, coping mechanisms can be developed and practiced to enable them to more easily adjust to new situations and be more open to change. Simply put, life!

The focus on both soft and academic skills creates a fully developed person who realizes their potential.  What more could a parent hope for?


     
L. Welcome Center #20 – Folsom

Did we just have summer?  I think I blinked and it was gone.  You, too? Happens when you are busy!  This has been a busy summer for us – Center #20 was under construction. It opens in Folsom, CA, Monday, September 9 at 8am.

We’ve worked with Ladan and Ben to open their KidsPark center in Folsom. It is a beautiful center!  It is such a pleasure to see our new franchisees take ownership.  They’ve learned the center mechanics, hourly program, preschool curriculum and center management system.   We’ve nurtured their interests and taught them the know-how. Gosh – sounds like I am talking about kids growing-up!  It is true, each center we open is a part of the KidsPark family, sharing our mission of Happy kids. Happy Parents.  

Our first center opened in 1988, my daughter was just turning three.  We had yellow cabinets, berber carpet and white walls. Our check-in program was MS-DOS; we used floppy discs and paper registration forms. People paid with cash or checks and family accounts were based on a home (landline) phone number!  

Fast forward 2019, my daughter is in her thirties and, like her, KidsPark has grown a lot too. We have wood tone cabinets, fun carpet tiles, and bright colored walls.  Our check-in system is internet based. Accounts are name based (because, really, who has a landline). We accept cash and credit cards – no more checks!  

The biggest change I’ve seen in San Jose is just how busy everyone is all the time which translates into more shared responsibilities in the home, more Dads checking-in and out, more non-traditional work schedules and more lunches purchased than brought from home. 

 What hasn’t changed?  At all San Jose centers:

Kids are kids.  Parents are parents.  If any of you parents were once KidsPark kids (as many of you are) these favorites may just bring back some fun memories or still be some of your favorites.  (You are never too old for cheese goldfish and a dance break!)

Our look may be different, but the need KidsPark fills has not changed.  We look forward to welcoming Folsom families!


     
M. The 4th “R” in Learning

What happened to the 4th R – Responsibility? Reading, writing and ‘rithmatic are the basics along with STEM, STEAM and now STREAM. All important! Yet,  responsibility can’t be overlooked. School-agers are ready to take on a few chores or jobs so they can learn this life-long important skill in a safe space. Responsibility needs to be learned gradually, otherwise it might not stick. If they are not responsible for themselves until they leave the house, life can become overwhelming and difficult to cope with. How will they face drastic everyday changes such as college or adulthood without some sense of responsibility? It is much harder to teach at a later age so we recommend teaching the 4th “R” at school age.

At first, school-agers must manage their own sphere of school tasks: homework, test prep. Then, as they adjust to these responsibilities, add additional responsibilities geared to your child’s age and interests. If your child is interested in food prep, have them pack their own lunch. If your child is all about animals, make them responsible for feeding their pet. Do you have a child who likes things to be in order? Perfect! They can make their bed or be responsible for straightening up the family room. Each year, add more responsibilities. Wash or put away their clothes. Vacuum. Dust. Make breakfast. The important thing to remember is learning responsibility is about accomplishing a task and being open to letting your child accomplish it in their own way.

There are many thoughts on whether these actions should be paid. Personally, I believe they shouldn’t. Children need to learn that not everything has a tangible reward. They do need to learn follow-through, consistency and responsibility to understand what “help” means.

For my family, an allowance was given in recognition that money was needed for my daughter to learn to manage money and save for things she wanted. I’m glad I didn’t tie it to chores because I didn’t want to have to keep track or argue about whether or not it got done. No job charts on our walls. Without the overbearing threat of losing money, her responsibilities were never viewed as work or punishment (as in not getting an allowance). As a family, it was just what had to be done to enjoy our home and have time together.


     
N. My Space

Everyone needs their own space.  It doesn’t need to be big or fancy, but must be designated as theirs.  Children and adults are bombarded by outside stimuli – people, tech, television and they need a reprieve – some down time.  Studies show kids need this down time to actually process, retain information and reach their full potential.

Happy Kids.

For kids, their space could be their bedroom, a corner in the living/family room, a window seat..  This area is their responsibility to maintain (let them!). It is their area to use to unwind, day-dream, create, do nothing.  What they do in this space is up to them and enjoy the surprises you might learn about what your kids when you give them the freedom to pick their own activities. To learn to relax and self-comfort is an important growth skill they will use their entire life.  It is also the start of developing mutual trust. You trust they can be alone for 5 -15 minutes (dependent on age) and they learn to trust themselves.

At KidsPark, by design, we create a few quiet areas where kids can pursue independent play and still be seen.  It is wonderful to see them focus and enjoy an activity of their own choice

Happy Parents.

You need your time, too!   If you’re one of the thousands of parents who  have been using the bathroom as your “me” space I think it’s safe to say you deserve an upgrade. Designate that special place for you at home. Maybe it is a specific chair – tell your kids, when I sit here, it is my time to recharge.  Save your questions and requests till I get up.  Take 15 minutes to read, listen to music, catnap, do a crossword – this is your me-time to relax.  No to-do lists! No guilt! This is a health requirement not a guilty pleasure. Just like for your kids, resting the brain lets it recharge to be more responsive and more able to handle problems/stresses.  

KidsPark’s mission is to be of help to families.  We strive for Happy Kids. Happy Parents. 

Hope we can be of help!


     
O. Lessons Learned – WFH

Working from home (WFH) may sound easy, but it has its challenges.  WFH is status-quo for most small business owners and all KidsPark franchisees do it from day one; so did I when I started KidsPark over 30 years ago.  What else did we have in common? We all had small kids and we all survived WFH!  Times may have changed, technology certainly has, yet some things remain constant.

WFH has immense multi-task conveniences: do laundry, prep meals, save on commute time, less traffic stress, save on gas, ….  It also has its challenge of being pulled in 2 directions – share both workspace and time with children. I know you have read all the usual:  set boundaries, have routines and keep to a schedule. But really, there is more to it!

Lessons Learned from long-time work-at-homers.

  1. Blend work and family. Heather from our Arlington, TX franchise says it best – ”their play/work is valued alongside mine.” 
  2. From a child’s point of view, Mom and Dad are doing their important thing; they want to do theirs, too.  Kids want to be like their parents. Set up a play space for your child that mimics yours. When I took my satchel to my workspace, my daughter took her “briefcase” to her workspace.  I pulled out my computer, papers, memos. She pulled out her coloring book, crayons, and a pretend phone. We both did our thing. When I wasn’t on the phone and she was, it was funny to hear her impression of a business call!  (Do I really say “ good point “ that often?? 
  3. Make your office or workspace kid-friendly.  This may solve the issue of supervision. Lisa, from our Sacramento, CA franchise, recalls pak-n-plays on the floor. 
  4. Set-up non-verbal signals.  If you are on a call and cannot be disturbed, signal this to your kids with an agreed-upon sign.  I placed a big, red bowl on my desk that stood for no interruptions till I put it away. 
  5. It is hard for kids to keep busy while you work if they are doing the same-old-same-old.   Think about bringing out a new and non-messy activity ONLY for the time you are working.  It will stay fresh and engaging so you will have fewer interruptions. Gigi, our Franchisee in Rocklin, CA describes how her sister puts tape on her back fence to create picture frames and then gives her kids chalk.  The kids color for hours while she works on the computer watching them. When done, the tape comes off and gorgeous pictures remain (till it rains or is hosed off). 
  6. A lot is said to set kids’ schedules, but what about yours?  Decide when you work best.  If you are an early riser – work for a few hours before your kids get up to take the stress out of the day of needing to finish certain tasks.  If you are a night owl, work a few hours after the kids go to bed. Work your schedule around your family. I know this works – I get emails from our franchisees at the oddest times. 
  7. Know when to turn off the lights. WFH can easily become 24/7 since it is always staring at you. Be sensitive to the difference of working around your children to always working.  Be kind to yourself and allow guilt-free down-time. 
  8. Ask your company to designate a core meeting time, for example, between 10am – noon or 1pm – 3pm, popular nap times.  I recognize some professions and companies are more flexible than others.   As a national franchise, with owners across all time zones, KidsPark’s corporate office has figured out key times to reach-out to everyone.  We know not to schedule calls at school pick-up times (remember those days?) or too early or late in the day. Like Goldilocks, we want to find the perfect time.   

I think the way we work will change after this pandemic.  Businesses have learned people can be productive and part of a team from home. When I was younger, the call-to-action from working moms was to allow a 4 day 10-hour workweek. Instead, 24/7 seems to have become the norm.  I hope priorities are reassessed and lifestyles made more family-friendly with work schedules incorporating both office and WFH, . . . but only after a break from the kids 🙂


     
P. Help Kids Adapt to Change

Debra Milner, Founder and CEO

Like the weather, one thing you can always count on is Change. As parents, one of the most important skills we can help a child develop is their ability to adjust to change; transition to new activities, new places, new people. Everyone copes differently so it is important to recognize what works best for your child so you can best address their needs through all of live’s changes and challenges.  

At KidsPark, we see kids who are: 

We assist each child to make his or her transition to KidsPark easy and positive. And, it is possible that on a different day, kids react differently. A Watcher may become a Joiner. A Resister may become a Watcher. They may change as they grow or they may change based on their mood, their energy level, or what they did the day before. Don’t we all?

Joiners are children who enter a KidsPark center and see bright colors, a fun play space with lots of toys and other kids having a good time. Their initial reaction is to join in; just like being at the neighborhood park. Our teachers just need to show them around, especially where the restroom is and go over the basic play rules. 

Parents can support their children’s confidence and eagerness by saying, “Good-bye, have fun, and see you soon.” If you come for a tour before your visit, be prepared for a fuss when you leave. These kids want to stay and play.

Watchers are children who need a few minutes to observe the area and people before they pick their spot. We give them time and space. Then, if needed, we assist with suggestions, guide them into an activity, or introduce them to a group. 

Parents can support a child who is a Watcher by allowing them the time to adjust. Instead of watching them or giving them direction, let the desk person know you will call in 15-20 minutes to be sure they are engaged or we can give you a confirmation call. It may be helpful to tour the center before your first visit to build excitement for them. Try to talk about a favorite toy or activity the child connected with so they look forward to their return visit.

Explorers are children who are non-stop and need to check-out every inch of the KidsPark center. These kids are usually individual participants who need the freedom to roam to feel comfortable before they pick an activity. Our open floor plan allows choice in many activity centers. 

Parents can support a child who is an Explorer by letting them roam instead of insisting they immediately join a group and “get started.”

Resisters are children who are uncomfortable with change and may need time to make any transition. We often have parents say these kids need time at home to transition from play to bedtime or breakfast to running errands. It is not unusual for these children to have some hesitancy in a new environment. In these cases, we definitely recommend a tour before their first visit to ward off apprehension. 

Parents can support a child who is a Resister by repeatedly, a day or two before their visit, describe an activity that they will enjoy doing at KidsPark such as painting a picture or playing with slime. Or, plan a special lunch when he or she is picked up. We also encourage parents not to prolong the good-byes – a kiss and a hug and off you go with a smile works best for the child. If you show you are upset, your child will be upset. And, most importantly, keep the first visit very short – 30 minutes at most. If they understand a clock, tell them the specific time you will be back so they have reassurance.

If a child is uncomfortable with change or new environments, we recommend:

KidsPark is a family’s best friend.  We work with you to make sure each visit is a positive experience for you and your child. 


     
Q. How do the kids “KidsPark”?

 

Catch a glimpse of the Creation Station and Theater.

KidsPark is an invitation for fun – there’s always something going on.  Play components are selected to promote cooperation, socialization, listening skills, and motor development. Each month there are featured activities that include cooking, arts and crafts, sensory exploration, or hands-on science.

Every center has these play areas:

  1. Creation Station promotes fine motor development and sensory exploration. Throughout the day, kids participate in art, cooking, and hands-on science.
  2. Activity Area builds self-confidence and imagination. Kids individually or in groups play with a wide assortment of toys, pretend in the playhouse or investigate the book nook.  Organized action games are offered hourly based on the interest, age, and energy level of the children present.
  3. Mountain of Energy bolsters coordination and cooperation. Kids run, jump, climb, and slide. The structure can be a mountain, a castle, or a space ship. Imagination is the key.
  4. The theater enhances language and listening skills. This area is used for storytimes, music, movies, games, and guest performers.  Group times are offered at least 5 times a day incorporating music, dance, drama, and imagination.
  5. Blue Crew is a special school-age area that encourages interaction with peers. Older kids participate in more detailed art, age-appropriate games, non-violent video games, and can do homework or distance learning. During school vacations, special activities and camps are offered.

If you stood in the middle of a KidsPark center, you would be able to see all these areas.  Why does KidsPark have an open floorplan? For the most important reason:  Safety.

Our open, “no walls” floor plan allows continuous teacher observation and gives children freedom of movement to choose the activity area that most interests them. Without walls blocking visibility, parents can always see the exciting activities their children are engaged in at KidsPark. This ensures a safe and secure environment.


     
R. KidsPark Preschool

 We are unique!  Just like your child.

Our goal is to prepare your child for Kindergarten and a life-long love of learning while we offer support and flexibility to parents.

How?

Shaving cream play is sensory, Science, and art activity: Plus it just smells good!

Back in the early 2000’s, teachers noted our morning attendance was primarily children ages 3-5 years old. Their thought was to make the most of this time – offer preschool activities. From that observation began the Buddy Preschool and our guiding concept of “Preschool-for-All”. At first, we purchased a program that we augmented with our own lesson plans. Over the years, we have developed an entire KidsPark curriculum that includes:

  1. Knowledge Base (letters, numbers, colors, shapes)
  2. Daily Life Skills (time, calendar, weather, personal care)
  3. Science (color mixing, movement/reaction, bugs, solar system, ocean and animal life)
  4. Math Concepts (sorting, quantity, patterns, graphing, measurement)
  5. The Arts (art, music, drama, literature, cooking)
  6. Online supplemental resources for home use with a Preschool Hotline for questions

The secret to our preschool is our lessons are repeated throughout the week in new ways to engage all learners (visual, auditory, and sensory learner). This method is ideal for children on different schedules. Each child is exposed to the same material multiple times to aide retention and to give many opportunities to practice new concepts.

As advocates for both children and parents, it is important to offer a personalized schedule to enable children to start or add more classes when they are ready, instead of on a preconceived school schedule.   Parents pick their schedule weekly and pay-as-they-go, pay only when they attend, to eliminate the need to pay when on vacation or their child is unable to attend.  For families who want to commit to a schedule, some centers do offer a set schedule and tuition plan.

In summary:

Program benefits – happy kids.
Lesson plans are geared to all learning styles.
Each week’s lesson plan is presented in many different ways, utilizing many different media. In this way, it stays fresh for every child, meets all children’s learning styles, and reinforces previously learned concepts. This method is ideal whether a child comes once a week or 5 times a week. Each child is exposed to the same material.

Flexible schedule, low-pressure commitment.
You can adjust your attendance to meet your child’s needs. Create your own schedule; choose your days. Pay as you go. You don’t pay when you are on vacation or your child is ill. Maybe you want to start one day a week until your child is ready for more. Because children learn best through repetition, we encourage you to create a consistent schedule for your child allowing them many opportunities to participate in our program.

We keep the kids moving.
We expect young children to fidget, so we give them plenty of opportunities to move. Learning takes place by exploring, moving, and doing! We present lessons in all our center activity areas and not always sitting down.

We provide a foundation.
Our Knowledge Base domain focuses on letters, numbers, colors, and shapes. Before children can become successful in reading and writing, a foundation must be established. Our program develops the skills needed to encourage a life long interest in reading and writing.

We like to answer “Why?”
Through our World Awareness units, children learn about the role of community helpers, recognizing weather patterns and appreciating different cultures.

We foster independence and teamwork.
Our Daily Life Skills build each child’s ability to interact with their environment. Our program teaches tracking time by clock and calendar, contributing to the household and relating to others in a team environment. Social development in young children is essential to success throughout their school years.

We encourage creativity.
We incorporate open play into our curriculum to give children the additional time to pretend, explore, make friends, be social, and pursue interests independently. And, we love messes. Let the kids paint, glue, glitter, cut, mix, and enjoy the process of making things in many art media and cooking recipes.

We keep you informed.
Ask children what they did today, they might say “nothing”. We fill in the gaps. By posting daily activities, writing newsletters and sending emails, we keep you informed on what activities were offered, the learning goals, and how your child did.


     
S. KidsPark – we love to party!

We know how to have a great children’s party. The Birthday Child is the focus of the day.  And what do they want most – cake, gifts, . . . no, they want YOU. The most important part of the day is you can enjoy the event with your family and friends.

On Sundays, KidsPark offers private parties for 2-12 year olds. Your personal party hostess plans the event and conducts activities so you can enjoy the event with your family and friends.

Party packages include:

A personal party hostess to plan, coordinate, and clean up. Very happy parties.

Parties are Sunday mornings and evenings. Check with your local KidsPark center for details, prices and to reserve the date for your special event. The host family must be registered at KidsPark.

 

For your convenience, please use punchbowl.com to invite your guests.


2. Pages
     
A. Home


     
B. Why KidsPark


     
C. Programs

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How to describe our program?

High energy. Something for everyone. Caring. Enriching. And, some might say, “it’s a zoo!”  We smile, and say, “it’s great to see the kids having fun.”

You may see some kids in the midst of movement games, some on the mountain-of-energy, some in the creative process at the art tables, some at work on a lego or waffle block structure and some in conversation with friends.

We see an organized program with planned tiers of activity for each age group – preschool and school-age.

How to use our program.

Hourly Care

Back-up Care

Preschool Education

 


     
D. Parties

Very happy parties.

On Sundays, KidsPark offers private parties for 2-12 year olds. Your personal party hostess plans the event and conducts activities so you can enjoy the event with your family and friends.

Party packages include:

Parties are Sunday mornings and evenings. Check with your local KidsPark center for details, prices and to reserve the date for your special event. The host family must be registered at KidsPark.

For your convenience, please use punchbowl.com to invite your guests.


     
E. Locations

Find a Center Near You

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      F. Franchising

      Join our family of franchisees.

      We envision KidsPark centers in cities across the United States.  If you are a business-minded individual who wants an entrepreneurial opportunity to contribute a needed service to your community and are prepared to invest between $258,750 and $472,950, take a close look at KidsPark.  As a KidsPark owner, you will share a reputation for quality, a proven method of operation and an innovative program.

      Entrepreneur Magazine listed childcare and KidsPark as one of the hottest franchises for 2020.

      Are you the right fit?

      KidsPark owners are customers themselves. You value this type of service and would use it in your community. You recognize the importance of a quality play program for children and extended support for busy families.

      Our Ideal candidate is comfortable being the face of the brand, marketing savvy, business minded, ambitious and detail oriented. Previous childcare experience isn’t necessary. We have documented every step of owning and operating a KidsPark franchise.

      More Information


           
      G. About


           
      H. Tell A Friend

      Be a hero. Tell a friend about KidsPark. They'll thank you and we'll thank you with a free hour of care.
      • Who are you?

        So we can tell your friend who referred them and send you a Free Hour Play Pass when they register.
      • Who's your friend?

        We'll email them a 50% off Registration coupon from you. Wow - you are a hero!
      • Which Center?


           
      I. Contact

      KidsPark Inc. Corporate Office
      2858 Stevens Creek Blvd. Suite 201
      San Jose, CA 95128

      Contact your local center

      Franchising opportunities

      Contact our corporate office


           
      J. What to Expect

      We encourage parents and children to take a tour of our center and meet our staff. This eases the transition on your first visit, especially for very young children. If your child seems overwhelmed with the activity, we suggest you allow them to observe before they join in. When they are ready, teachers will direct them into an appropriate activity.

      For more detailed coverage of what you can expect, see our FAQs page.

      Reminders:


           
      K. Our Centers

      Kids aren’t the only ones who love us.

      KidsPark staff are energetic, creative people who want to interact with children and present fun activities.

      Certified experts.

      KidsPark Staff is:

      KidsPark exceeds state licensing requirements by providing, on average, a lower teacher-child ratio. In addition, there are always at least 2 staff members on site at all times.

      What is the play space like?

      An invitation for fun!

      Our open, “no walls” floor plan gives children freedom of movement to choose the activity area that most interests them, and it allows continuous teacher observation. Without walls blocking visibility, parents can always see the exciting activities their children are engaged in at KidsPark. This ensures a safe and secure environment.

      In addition, gates are equipped with audio alarms to alert the staff of children entering or leaving the play area.  Our proprietary computerized check-in and out system identifies people authorized to pick up your children and to make note of allergies or special needs.

      There’s always something going on.

      Creation Station promotes fine motor development and sensory exploration. Throughout the day, kids participate in art, cooking and hands-on science.

      Activity Area builds self-confidence and imagination. Kids individually or in groups play with a wide assortment of toys, pretend in the playhouse or investigate the book nook.  Organized action games are offered hourly based on the interest, age and energy level of the children present.

      Mountain of Energy bolsters coordination and cooperation. Kids run, jump, climb and slide. The structure can be mountain, a castle or a space ship. Imagination is the key.

      Theater enhances language and listening skills. This area is used for story times, music, movies, games and guest performers.  Group times are offered at least 5 times a day incorporating music, dance, drama and imagination.

      Sport Court. What can we say – the kids have a ball here! They can kick goals, shoot baskets, play 4-square or just enjoy a game of catch.

      Blue Crew is a special school-age area that encourages interaction with peers. Older kids participate in more detailed art, age appropriate games, non-violent video games and can do homework. During school vacations special activities and camps are offered.


           
      L. FAQ

      Mom hugging kids

      What will my child do while he/she is at KidsPark?

      Our play space offers many entertaining and learning activities through a mix of teacher-organized and child-initiated activities in both group and individual settings. Kids choose. Play components are selected to promote cooperation, socialization, listening skills and motor development. Each month there are featured activities that include cooking, arts and crafts, sensory exploration or hands-on science.

      Who will be caring for my child?

      The KidsPark staff are hired because they are energetic, creative people who enjoy interacting with children, and are:

      KidsPark exceeds state licensing requirements by providing, on average, a lower teacher-child ratio. In addition, there are usually at least 2 staff members on site at all times. If a child needs a few minutes of one-on-one attention, another teacher is available to the group.

      We’re new to KidsPark. How can I help my child transition to a new setting?

      The short answer is: kids thrive at KidsPark and can’t wait to come back.

      The long answer is: you know your child best and they have their own way of adjusting to new experiences, just like adults. They may be joiners, watchers, explorers or resisters. We assist each child to make his or her transition easy and positive. And, it is possible that on a different day, kids will react differently. A Watcher may become a Joiner. A Resister may become a Watcher. They may change as they grow or they may change based on their mood, their energy level or what they did the day before. Don’t we all?

      I think my child is a Joiner, how will they do at KidsPark?

      Joiners are children who enter a KidsPark center and see bright colors, a fun play space with lots of toys and other kids having a good time. Their initial reaction is to join in; just like being at the neighborhood park. Our teachers just need to show them around, especially where the restroom is and go over the basic play rules.

      Parents can support their children’s confidence and eagerness by saying, “Good-bye, have fun and see you soon.” If you come for a tour before your visit, be prepared for a fuss when you leave. These kids want to stay and play.

      I think my child is a Watcher, how will they do at KidsPark?

      Watchers are children who need a few minutes to observe the area and people before they pick their spot. We give them time and space. Then, if needed, we assist with suggestions, guide them into an activity or introduce them to a group.

      Parents can support a child who is a Watcher by allowing them the time to adjust. Instead of watching them or giving direction, let the desk person know you will call in 15-20 minutes to be sure they are engaged or we can give you a confirmation call. It may be helpful to tour the center before your first visit to build excitement for them. Try to talk about a favorite toy or activity the child connected with so they look forward to their return visit.

      I think my child is an Explorer, how will they do at KidsPark?

      Explorers are children who are non-stop and need to check-out every inch of the KidsPark center. These kids are usually individual participants who need the freedom to roam to feel comfortable before they pick an activity. Our open floor plan allows choice in many activity centers.

      Parents can support a child who is an Explorer by letting them roam instead of insisting they immediately join a group and “get started.”

      I think my child is a Resister, how will they do at KidsPark?

      Resisters are children who are uncomfortable with change and may need time to make any transition. We often have parents say these kids need time at home to transition from play to bedtime or breakfast to running errands. It is not unusual for these children to have some hesitancy in a new environment. In these cases, we definitely recommend a tour before their first visit to ward off apprehension.

      Parents can support a child who is a Resister by repeatedly, a day or two before their visit, describing an activity that they will enjoy doing at KidsPark such as painting a picture or playing with clay. Or, plan a special lunch when he or she is picked up. We also encourage parents not to prolong the good-byes – a kiss and a hug and off you go with a smile works best for the child. If you show you are upset, your child will be upset. And, most importantly, keep the first visit very short – 30 minutes at most. If they understand a clock, tell them the specific time you will be back so they have reassurance.

      If my child is uncomfortable with change or new environments, what are some ways to help him or her with the transition?

      You can get your child comfortable with transitions by making visits to KidsPark a routine once or twice a week, lengthening the stay each time, until your child is comfortable. We recommend trying KidsPark before you need us for a critical appointment that will require a few hours. Bringing a small comfort toy or blanket is also a good idea. Also, let us help! Be ready to let our teachers comfort your child.  And, check with the center for suggestions on what day and time you should visit – less busy times may ensure a more positive experience for your child.

      What are some tips to help my child make the most out of his or her visit?

      What about the “Mommy-Guilt?”

      Moms tend to feel guilty doing something for themselves without their kids. But, remember, when children attend adult type of activities, often times it’s not fun for them and inevitably they act-out or have a melt down. If you end up saying “no” more often than “yes”, your child is being put in a negative situation where they cannot succeed and feel good. Don’t touch, don’t run, don’t talk, don’t climb…. doesn’t sound like a good time for anyone. When your child is at KidsPark “it’s a win-win situation” – they have a fun place to play while you get to keep an appointment or have time to do something for yourself. Parenting experts say if you take care of yourself, you’ll see the positive results in your children. At KidsPark we say “Happy kids. Happy parents.” So, cut yourself some slack. And, remember, KidsPark is a treat for your kids – you’re giving your child an opportunity to create his/her own experience, learn to socialize and, most importantly, have FUN. They will thank you!

      How does KidsPark complement my parenting?

      Parents sometimes say, “I don’t work outside my home so it is my job to be with my children.” Every job includes a break. As the primary nurturer and caretaker, you need to be taken care of, too. It is realistic to expect there will be times when you cannot be with your child – going to doctor appointments, attending meetings or enjoying the new fancy restaurant. Plus, as the parent, it is your role to schedule or coordinate key learning experiences for your child. That “job” entails instilling confidence, practicing transitions and becoming school-ready. KidsPark assists with these goals and others – like exposure to many art media, music, games, dance, stories, cooking, science, to name a few.

      Do I have to make an appointment?

      No appointment necessary. But, if you are concerned about your child transitioning on their first visit, call your center to check on the best times to come when it may not be as busy.

      Do I need to register before my first visit?

      You can register on-site as it just takes a few minutes. Or, if you like, you can print our Registration Form and bring it with you already filled out. Click on your center location to find the appropriate form(s) or link for online registration. Check your center’s rates for their one-time registration fee.

      My toddler wears diapers, is that okay?

      Absolutely. Diapers are welcomed. If your child is in diapers, bring a spare. What if my child is potty training? If your child is toilet training, bring extra clothes in case they are too busy playing to stop. (We will remind them!)

      Should I bring a meal or snack?

      Snacks of 100% apple juice or water and crackers are complimentary at 10am, 3pm and 8pm. Meals can be purchased for lunch at noon or dinner at 6pm. Or, you are welcome to bring a meal or snack with you. Please, if possible, do not pack any products with peanuts.


           
      M. Preschool

      Traditional preschool with a modern twist.

      KidsPark’s Preschool program focuses on preparing children for entry into Kindergarten. Our program is open to new students at any time. Think of us when your child is ready, we are the perfect place for their first preschool experience or complement to other programs.

      Our traditional academic curriculum focuses on:
      •    Knowledge base (letters, numbers, colors, shapes)
      •    Daily life skills (time, calendar, weather, personal care)
      •    Science (color mixing, movement/reaction, bugs, solar system, ocean life)
      •    Math Concepts (sorting, quantity, patterns, graphing, measurement)

      Uniquely, each month  a unit on The Arts (art, music, drama, literature, cooking) is included.  Parents are invited to attend their children’s performances, visit their art displays and enjoy the feasts they create.  This year, Enrichment units include: Picasso, Chagall, Jazz Appreciation and World Cultures.  We truly believe The Arts enrich one’s life – no matter what age.

      The key to our program execution is involving all children in attendance at their own developmental level. We engage children so they learn if they come once a week or 5 times a week. We use:
      •    Active hands-on learning style
      •    Flexible scheduling
      •    Curriculum diversity
      •    Parent-Teacher communication

      Program benefits – happy kids.

      Lesson plans are geared to all learning styles.

      Each week’s lesson plan is presented in many different ways, utilizing many different media. In this way, it stays fresh for every child, meets all children’s learning styles and reinforces previously learned concepts. This method is ideal whether a child comes once a week or 5 times a week. Each child is exposed to the same material.

      Flexible schedule, low pressure commitment.

      You can adjust attendance to meet your child’s needs. Create your own schedule; choose your days. Pay as you go. You don’t pay when you are on vacation or your child is ill. Maybe you want to start one day a week until your child is ready for more. Because children learn best through repetition, we encourage you to create a consistent schedule for your child allowing them many opportunities to participate in our program.

      We keep the kids moving.

      We expect young children to fidget, so we give them plenty of opportunities to move. Learning takes place by exploring, moving and doing! We present lessons in all our center activity areas and not always sitting down.

      We provide a foundation.

      Our Knowledge Base domain focuses on letters, numbers, colors and shapes. Before children can become successful in reading and writing, a foundation must be established. Our program develops the skills needed to encourage a life long interest in reading and writing.

      We like to answer “Why?”

      Through our World Awareness domain children learn about the role of community helpers, recognizing weather patterns and appreciating different cultures.

      We foster independence and teamwork.

      Our Daily Life Skills builds each child’s ability to interact with their environment. Our program teaches tracking time by clock and calendar, contributing to the household and relating to others in a team environment. Social development in young children is essential to success throughout their school years.

      We encourage creativity.

      We incorporate open play into our curriculum to give children the additional time to pretend, explore, make friends, be social and to pursue interests independently. And, we love messes. Let the kids paint, glue, glitter, cut, mix, and enjoy the process of making things in many art media and cooking recipes.

      We keep you informed.

      Ask children what they did today, they might say “nothing”.  We fill in the gaps. By posting daily activities, writing newsletters and sending emails, we keep you informed on what activities were offered, the learning goals and how your child did.


           
      N. School-Age

      Blue Crew – kids can’t wait!

      To become a school-ager is a big deal. We recognize this. So, we treat our school-agers (kids 6 and older) to an additional space called the Blue Crew, named for their blue name tags.  This is a special space like their room at home (maybe cleaner) where they can get away and just be or interact with peers. Here they participate in more detailed art, age appropriate games, non-violent video games and can do homework. We even supply homework help at no extra charge.   We provide age-appropriate electronic games – please leave personal electronics (games, music devices and cell phones) at home.

      During school breaks we create Blue Crew Camps with special themes. Watch for announcements.  Kids can stay full-days when school is closed – check your local center’s back-up care program.

      The benefit of mixed ages.

      KidsPark is a family environment where kids of many ages play. Many of our Blue Crew kids have grown up with KidsPark; they know the routines and have a positive influence in the center as leaders and role models for younger children.  And, they shine with pride and self-confidence when they know they have helped another child.

      No one has to worry about small toes being stepped on – we separate school-age and preschool children for gross motor games and times on the Mountain of Energy.

      Even though school-agers want to act all grown-up, in truth, they still want to play games, do art, act silly and be with other kids. And they can at KidsPark, as part of the Blue Crew.

       


           
      O. Register


           
      P. Events


           
      Q. The Basics


           
      R. Why choose KidsPark?

      Happy franchisees. “We admire your humor, grace and intelligence and consider ourselves lucky to have the chance to work with you.” – Beth and Heather, Arlington, TX center owners.

      We’re in this together.

      We value our franchisor – franchisee relationship. Transparent business practices, open two-way communication and peer support are a few of the ways we continue to build a strong brand together.

      You’re in good hands.

      In our 30 years of experience, we have constructed, grown and operated multiple licensed hourly childcare centers. No need to reinvent the wheel. Implement our program curriculum and follow our best practices to duplicate our proven business model. Our focus is to train, share ideas and listen to feedback.

      Learn about our opportunity. Complete this form.

      KidsPark™ franchises are available to qualified prospective franchisees only in certain states. KidsPark, Inc. will not offer or sell a franchise unless registered (or exempt) in the state where the prospective buyer resides or where the franchise will be located. This information is not being directed to any resident of the following states: Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Utah, Virginia, or Wisconsin, or any province, country or jurisdiction where KidsPark, Inc. is not currently registered to offer or sell, unless otherwise qualified or exempt.

      The information on this website is not an offer to sell, or a solicitation of an offer to buy a KidsPark™ franchise. An offer to buy a KidsPark™ franchise is made by Franchise Disclosure Document only unless an exemption applies.


           
      S. Get Email Updates

      Enter your email, then watch for news and offers from the KidsPark center in your area. We promise not to share your address with anyone.


           
      T. San Jose

      Fantastic – you have 2 centers in your area! Once you are registered, you can visit any KidsPark without additional registration. Which center would you like to visit?

      San Jose West

      2858 Stevens Creek Blvd.
      Across from Valley Fair Mall
      San Jose CA 95128

       

      San Jose South

      5440 Thornwood Drive
      Across from Oakridge Mall
      San Jose CA 95123

       


           
      U. Jacksonville

      Fantastic – you have 2 centers in your area! Once you are registered, you can visit any KidsPark without additional registration. Which center would you like to visit?

      Jacksonville Avondale

      4274 Herschel Street
      In Historic Ortega/Avondale
      Jacksonville FL 32210

       

      Jacksonville Touchton

      9726 Touchton Rd #111
      On the Southside
      Jacksonville FL 32246

       


           
      V. We are excited to tell you more!

      What makes a KidsPark franchise special?

      Support. Support. Support.

      Systems. Systems. Systems.

      Who are we looking for as a franchise candidate?

      Our ideal candidate has the following traits:

      Why we do what we do.

      We might not leap tall buildings, but we are dedicated to answering the childcare needs of families.  We envision KidsPark centers in cities across the United States.  Anyone with kids needs a KidsPark!

      What makes our team unique?

      Being both parents and owners, we are keenly aware of what our customers and franchisees need. Together, our team has over 50 years of experience to share!

      Debbie Milner, CEO, founded KidsPark in 1988. Her IT and Production Management background explains our excellence in support, systems and operations.

      Lisa Alvarado, Program Manager, joined KidsPark in 1999. She develops the national hourly and preschool programs and manages our two San Jose locations.

      Melissa Peters, Training Manager, joined KidsPark in 2004.  She trains new owners and supports current franchises on operations and systems in person and via webinar.

      Ready to explore our opportunity?  Expect Tom to contact you shortly!


           
      W. rss


           
      X. What’s KidsPark?

      A fun place to play and learn.

      Play all day, everyday.  We focus on imagination, movement, art and socialization. Activities for preschoolers and school-agers include arts and crafts, games, cooking, sensory exploration, music, stories and hands-on science

      Freedom to explore.  Our open, “no walls” floor plan lets children choose the activity area that most interests them. Kids play independently or join group activities led by our early education professionals.

      Enrichment experiences.  We promote personal growth and world awareness. Our preschool and school vacation camps are additional opportunities

      Visit our Arrowhead location

      Take advantage of our free registration period. Ends Friday, November 18.

      Pre-Register


           
      Y. Corporate Contact

      Debbie, Melissa, Lisa, and Tom
      KidsPark Inc. Corporate Office
      2858 Stevens Creek Blvd. Suite 201
      San Jose, CA 95128

      Debra Milner, Founder and CEO
      tel (408) 213-0973
      Email me.
      Debra founded KidsPark in 1988 out of a personal need to find quality, fun, short-term care for her young daughter, Rita, so she could juggle all the things busy moms do everyday. Debbie started KidsPark after a career in information systems with Hewlett Packard and production management in the electronics and toy industries. She is dedicated to answering this special need in the community and currently focuses on strategic issues, marketing and national expansion of KidsPark through franchises. Recognition: 2010 Women of Influence from the San Jose Business Journal; 2012 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year from Women’s Initiative.  Member of the Santa Clara Local Early Education Planning Council, 2017 -2019.

      Tom Keefe,  Executive Director of Franchise and Support
      tel (818) 287-1970
      Email me.
      Tom started his career in sales, marketing, and training divisions of Fortune 500 companies like IBM and Spectrum/Charter.  In 2008 he was a guest speaker at Salesforce’s Dreamforce event and part of the Charter/Spectrum team that won the CableFax Business-to-Business Sales Team of the Year award. For over 5 years through franchise sales in the child services fields, Tom has helped individuals, couples, and partnerships realize their dream of owning their own business.  With hundreds of nationwide and international sales to his credit, Tom now brings his passion, knowledge, and experience to KidsPark.

      Lisa Alvarado,  Program and Operations Manager
      tel (408) 982-3393
      Email me.
      Lisa has been with KidsPark since 1999.  As a teacher and Center Director she always impressed kids, parents and staff with her program creativity and diversity. Now, she develops the program for KidsPark centers across the nation in addition to overseeing the operations at our two San Jose locations.  She has a BS in Business Management from San Jose State University. Her 20 years of child development experience includes working with the Girl Scouts and the YMCA.

      Melissa Peters,  Training Manager
      tel (408) 213-0970
      Email me.
      In 2004, while completing her degree in Social Work at San Jose State University, Melissa worked for the San Jose South KidsPark center as a fully qualified teacher.  After graduation, she quickly transitioned to Center Director. With 14 years of experience in operations and problem solving, she has joined the corporate team to share her knowledge with our franchisees as Training Manager. Melissa also has her hands full as a wife and mother of 3 daughters.


           
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      Convenient For Parents:

      Fun For The Kids:

      • Our centers have arts and crafts, games, indoor climbing structure, drama area, building toys, movement video games, theater and special school-age area. Take a look inside our centers.
      • Teachers lead group games and art projects every hour. Our teachers have developed programs to engage all ages of children.
      • Special events are planned all month. See our upcoming events.
      • Children play with other children to build their interaction and  socialization skills.

      Safe For Everyone:

      • All our centers are State licensed.
      • Teachers are  background checked and have Early Childhood  Education units.
      • There are at least 2-teachers on site so children and teachers are supervised.
      • Gates are alarmed.

      Traditional Preschool With a Modern Twist:

      • Lesson plans are geared to all learning styles.
      • Flexible schedule, low pressure commitment.
      • We foster independence and teamwork.
      • We encourage creativity.

           
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      3. Events
           
      A. All Aboard the Polar Express

      December 5, 2015

      All aboard! Enjoy a round trip of holiday fun inspired by the movie Polar Express.
           
      B. Holiday Gift Workshop

      December 19, 2015

      Shh.... It's a surprise. Take home a gift for someone special.
           
      C. Winter Wonderland

      January 9, 2016

      Chill with us. Our winter wonderland is so cool it's hot!
           
      D. Silly Sensory Day

      January 30, 2016

      Messy is fun! Explore your senses. Mix, squish and slime.
           
      E. Pirate Party

      May 21, 2017

      Ready to walk the plank? It’s a pirates life for us. Ahoy matey!
           
      F. Seussville Celebration

      March 2, 2016

      We DO like to party, just like you! Celebrate Dr. Seuss and his magical world.
           
      G. Weird Wacky Science

      March 26, 2016

      Little mad scientists discover, play and learn.
           
      H. Crazy Hair Day

      November 7, 2015

      Fall into hair raising fun. Spike, spray color, braid, up-do, sparkle and gel all sorts of exciting new looks. Come any time, the KidsPark stylists are here all day!
           
      I. Turkey-tastic Day

      November 21, 2015

      Gobble! Gobble! Shake a tail feather in to feast on a day stuffed with Fall fun.
           
      J. Spook-tacular Sweets

      October 17, 2015

      Celebrate Sweetest Day. Little chefs cook up spooky sweet treats!
           
      K. Preschool Special Guest Art Teacher

      October 20, 2015

      As part of our Pablo Picasso enrichment unit... Sarah Joy visits to teach a Halloween inspired Picasso lesson.
           
      L. Frightful Frames

      October 24, 2015

      Boo! Create a creepy craft in our creation station. If you dare.
           
      M. Preschool Halloween Party

      October 30, 2015

      Spiders, bats, and ghosts. Oh my! Enjoy a party just for our little ghouls and goblins. Dress in your friendly costume and join the spook-tauclar fun.
           
      N. Annual Halloween Party

      October 31, 2015

      Little pumpkins enjoy a party filled with plenty of Halloween tricks and treats! Play ghoulish games, enjoy creepy cookie decorating and have lots of frightful fun with friends.
           
      O. Halloween Hours

      October 31, 2018

      We close at 6pm on Halloween. Happy trick or treating!
           
      P. Make and Take Pumpkin Playdough

      November 11, 2015

      Mix a batch of your very own yummy scented playdough! Take it home with a recipe to play with later.
           
      Q. Friday the 13th Fall Fright Night

      November 13, 2015

      Fall frightful fun! Create a creepy craft, listen to a flashlight story and enjoy spooky sensory play.
           
      R. Cooking Club: Pumpkin Waffles

      November 20, 2015

      Measure, mix, cook and eat an aut-yum treat!
           
      S. Wild Wild West

      November 28, 2015

      Wanted: you. Saddle up for a rootin tootin good time. Yee haw!
           
      T. Tree-mendous Fun

      December 12, 2015

      What will your unique tree look like? Little hands create a personalized tree to take home.
           
      U. Frozen Fantasy

      December 21, 2015

      Celebrate the first day of Winter! Chill out with a fun filled day inspired by Disney's Frozen movie. Cool crafts, sing a-longs, games and special treats. Costumes welcome.
           
      V. School Age Ornament Workshop

      December 22, 2015

      Get your holiday cheer on in our Blue Crew room. Create mouse ornaments with special edible tails!
           
      W. Cooking Club: Gingerbread House

      December 23, 2015

      Enjoy our annual holiday house building tradition. Create and decorate your own gingerbread house with edible glue and colorful candy decorations!
           
      X. National Read for the Record

      October 22, 2015

      Let's set a record! Participate in the National Read for the Record Day. Join us for the story Not Normin.
           
      Y. Valentine’s Day Party

      February 13, 2016

      Hearts, and cupids, and friendships oh my. Be our Valentine!
           
      Z. School Age Thanksgiving Camp

      November 23, 2015

      Spend your holiday break with us. Enjoy a week stuffed with fun. Fall cooking, science, games, crafts and time with friends. School is out... KidsPark is in!
           
      . School Age Winter Break Camp

      December 21, 2015

      School is out... KidsPark is in. Enjoy two weeks of holiday fun! Special cooking, science, games, challenges and crafts offered daily.
           
      . Preschool Picasso Portfolios

      October 29, 2015

      Picasso said, "All children are artists." We agree! Children learn and interpret his major art forms all month. Today take home a portfolio full of masterpieces.
           
      . Preschool Turkey Day Party

      November 20, 2015

      Little turkeys create crafts, cook with fall flavors, give thanks and be-leaf in the magic of autumn.
           
      . Parachute Play Day

      January 16, 2016

      Wiggle, giggle and shake up a wave of color!
           
      . MLK Friendship Celebration

      January 18, 2016

      Be our BFF. Make new friends, create an I am special craft and participate in team relays.
           
      . Minecraft Bingo Night

      January 22, 2016

      Play a Minecraft version of this old-time favorite for fun prizes!
           
      . Super Bowl Party

      February 7, 2016

      Our Super Bowl party is just the ticket! Complete with games, art, root beer floats and pizza dinner. We are open extended hours until 8:00pm. Catch the fun.
           
      . Lego Mania

      April 9, 2016

      Calling all master builders. Join us for a day stacked with fun.
           
      . Earth Day Celebration

      April 22, 2016

      Be here for the 4 R's: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Rethink.
           
      . Mother’s Day Gift Workshop

      May 11, 2019

      Create a surprise for someone special.
           
      . Bubble-icious

      May 21, 2016

      Floating softly through the air. Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! Pop in to join the fun.
           
      . Super Hero Training

      June 4, 2016

      Discover your super hero powers! Fly in for a day filled with heroic challenges, crafts and adventure.
           
      . Father’s Day Gift Workshop

      June 18, 2016

      Make something very special for dad. We supply the materials. You supply the love and creativity.
           
      . Red, White and Boom Weekend

      June 30, 2018

      Celebrate country and colors.
           
      . Under the Sea

      July 23, 2016

      Explore the magic of the sea.
           
      . Reality Game Shows

      August 6, 2016

      KidsPark kids got talent! Let the games begin.
           
      . Cooking Club: Anything Goes Weekend

      March 10, 2018

      Inspire the growing gourmet.
           
      . Emoji Party

      September 10, 2016

      Omg. So many emotions! We feel a great party is in your future.
           
      . Fall Foliage Fantasy

      September 22, 2016

      Celebrate trees changing, leaves falling and all the magic of Fall!
           
      . Weird, Wacky Science

      October 2, 2016

      Caution mad scientists at work. Crazy concoctions ahead!
           
      . Spooky Sensory Day

      October 22, 2016

      Explore your senses. Mix and squish ooey-gooey mysterious potions.
           
      . Woodland Forest

      November 5, 2016

      Over the river and through the woods. Take a walk on the wild side!
           
      . Cooking Club: Fall Flavors

      November 18, 2016

      Little chefs explore smells and tastes of the season.
           
      . Winter Wonderland

      December 3, 2016

      Chill with us. Our winter wonderland is so cool it's hot!