There are many differences. The majority of traditional childcare centers group children according to the child’s age; ex: classrooms for 2 years old, 3 years old, etc.
National childcare providers implement their curriculum related to the child’s age not their actual level of development. An advanced 3-year-old in a traditional childcare center is not introduced to the higher level curriculum until he/she progresses to the next age-appropriate classroom upon their birth date.
The Montessori Kids Universe method designs and teaches the child based on the child’s individual level of development. Using a specific diagnostic assessment tool we create the curriculum customized to that child’s individual needs. Additionally, our classrooms combine ages, a primary class will have children ages 3 years – 6 years providing an excellent synergy for learning.
Learning is individual, but most children who have been in the Primary classroom for 2 years are reading 1st or 2nd grade level by the age of four, writing cursive and mastering multiplication by age five. The goal of a Montessori Kids Universe school is to teach a child the love of learning and to be “self-taught.” We work to stimulate a child’s natural curiosity and to enhance individual learning. The teacher acts as a “guide” in the classroom, unlike in traditional childcare where teacher is conducting the lesson. We teach children how to become independent learners, guided, loved and supported in the most enriched and stimulating environment.
At Montessori Kids Universe we offer a traditional Montessori morning philosophy combined with our DaVinci Kids proprietary curriculum blending Reggio Emilia inspiration with S.T.E.A.M. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. Additionally we offer a foreign language, cooking, gardening, music, and yoga.
The term “Montessori” is not a trademarked or protected term and is in the public domain. Named after Dr. Maria Montessori who began in 1905 to develop her philosophy; conducting research on how young children learn. Dr. Montessori’s philosophy optimizes how children learn and flourish; specifically during the absorbent mind period of the child’s development. Dr. Montessori never wanted to restrict her methods of education offering her expertise to people all over the world.
Today, worldwide there are over 35,000 Montessori schools and approximately 8,000 in the United States. Unfortunately, some schools use the Montessori name for marketing purposes only as their schools and are not implementing a true Montessori classroom.
Montessori Kids Universe provides the Franchisee with years of experience and business expertise. A quality franchisor has years of experience in the industry and has learned the best practices of implementing processes and systems.
People may be able to make a quality hamburger…but can they open a McDonald’s ?
Some individuals may have the experience and skill set to be successful on their own. However, the financial and emotional commitment needed to open and operate successfully is significant. Starting a business is fraught with unknown challenges and can be a difficult waters to navigate. Mistakes and lack of knowledge can be very expensive to a start-up business. New owners are provided detailed training and support to secure their success and minimize the risk of failure.
On a practical matter, banks and SBA lenders rarely provide loans or financial support for construction to individuals who have no prior experience in the business. Aligning with a Franchisor provides immediate credibility and years of experience; easing the lending process.
The days of the “mom & pop;” independently owned childcare center are going away, similarly to the independent pharmacies or grocery stores. Nationally based childcare organizations and childcare franchisors have significantly elevated the bar in childcare with nationally recognized curriculum, savvy branding and marketing as well as excellent training and continual support.
1. We offer over 25 years of experience and expertise in building private successful schools. It is extremely critical the franchisee “follows the recipe.” We will provide you with the building blocks and support, creating the foundation for your success. We will teach you how to create our model; a warm, nurturing environment where children love to learn. It has been documented that a Parent will make the decision on enrolling their child within the first 7 minutes from entering the front door and meeting with the school’s Director. To be successful, the school must appeal to the parent; it is critical that the Director represents professionalism, has excellent communicative skills and is able to gain the trust of a prospective enrolling parent.
Even though parent will drive 15 to 20 minutes out of their normal travel patterns to enroll their child, it is very important to locate a school in an area with the correct family and income demographics. We assist in this research process and school location.
3. The management skills of the Owners and Directors to build and manage a teaching staff that provides the “product” parents are seeking! The basic component of any successful business is the value of the product it provides. The product of a successful MKU school is the educational, social and emotional development of their children. This is achieved through the passion and high levels of expectations that start with owners and Directors.
Directors must have the managements skills to interview, hire and then train and retain their staff. This skill set comes with the ability to both hire and fire employees. The most challenging aspect of any successful business is the institutions’ ability to develop and build a team that provides the quality product. We assist in this training through our proprietary Training Institute; MKUTI.
Montessori Kids Universe Training Institute offers Montessori Teacher Training through Distance Learning.
As you will note in our Franchise Disclosure Documents (FDD), the cost ranges from $426K to $933K. This significant range is due to the location and the size of the building. Most of our franchises actual costs fall in the $500K to $600K range. Although our franchisees are free to build a facility or purchase a building for conversion, the majority of our franchises have entered into leases to open their school. Often a franchisee will consider a purchase of the building or a build- to- suit for their second location.
It is the goal of Montessori Kids Universe to greatly reduce the financial barrier of owning an MKU franchise. Major competitors in childcare franchising require a range of $2 million to $4 million to purchase land, build a school; with a licensed capacity of approximately 200 children.
Although experience in the childcare industry can help; it is not required. Most owners of an MKU franchises have no child care industry experience at all. Montessori Kids Universe school locations are licensed by their state by childcare agencies. There are no specific requirements to owning a licensed childcare center, however; owners must pass federal and state “background checks.” However, the schools’ Director and Lead Teachers must have specific, state mandated educational qualifications to function in these positions. MKU will assist the franchise owners in finding the qualified Director for their school location. At times, the franchise owner chooses to act as the School Director. We fully support that as long as the owner meets the state qualifications to act as the Director.