Local Couple Turns Grief into Opportunity, Brings Quality Early Childhood Education to Tulsa
April 27, 2023 // Franchising.com // TULSA, Okla. – Celebree School, a leader in early childhood education that provides infant and toddler care, preschool, before and aftercare, and summer camp programs, announces the signing of three franchise agreements in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This agreement marks the brand’s entrance into the state of Oklahoma where demand for quality childhood education rises.
The couple behind the three-unit agreement is Karl and Jennifer Neumaier. Karl has almost 30 years of experience in supply chain management and operations, and Jennifer was a high school Spanish teacher at Coweta Intermediate High School for nearly four years. The pair volunteers and serves on multiple for-profit, not-for-profit, and educational boards of directors in the area, including the Tulsa Community College Foundation and Reading Partners, among others.
In 2022, the couple lost 3 of their parents within 13 days of each other. The two took a sabbatical to grieve their tremendous loss and regroup about how they intended to serve their community and what the next step in their lives entailed. Knowing their passion for education and helping others, along with the idea of working for themselves, they jumped on the opportunity to give back to the community and help improve education in Oklahoma by becoming franchisees of Celebree School.
“We are passionate about the importance of quality education and the role it plays in society,” said the Neumaiers. “We know the Tulsa area is a childcare desert and are aware of the covid-learning loss present in students’ education today. We aligned with Celebree’s mission to Grow People Big and Small™, and are excited about the opportunity to provide quality education to students from the start, all while making a greater impact throughout our community.”
The Neumaiers signed a three-unit development agreement with Celebree School and anticipate opening the first location in late 2024 or early 2025 in the South Tulsa area. They recognize the tremendous growth of the Tulsa market and the significant need for quality child care in the community. These development efforts contribute to Celebree School’s aggressive expansion goal of opening 150 new schools over the next three years.
“We at the Tulsa Regional Chamber are committed to fostering economic development for northeast Oklahoma, and child care is absolutely an economic development issue,” says Mike Neal, president and CEO of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “The lack of enough care options can limit career growth for parents. All of us at the Chamber are excited that Celebree’s arrival in the Tulsa area will further expand child care options in our community.”
Today, Celebree has 26 corporate schools, 15 franchise locations, and 90-plus in various stages of future development. As franchise development continues to surge, Celebree School is looking for qualified and engaged individuals seeking single and multi-unit opportunities who are involved in their community, have a passion for childhood education, and are eager to explore the world of franchising.
Celebree School lives by its promise to Grow People Big and Small™, and was founded on the belief that success in early childhood development is equal parts curriculum and a connection that extends beyond the classroom to address the needs of the whole child and the whole family. Each Celebree School is a village made up of parents, children, and educators with a focus on curriculum-based care that prepares your child for kindergarten and beyond.
Programs are available for children six weeks to 12-years-old with unique curriculums designed to develop positive social skills and values while allowing children to learn about their world through age-appropriate play, projects, and activities. Care is available part-time or full-time, and parents are allowed to drop in and visit at any time.
When franchisees invest with Celebree School, they’re investing in an organization with a strong culture, solid systems, and a proven business model backed with 28-plus years of experience in providing exceptional early childhood education. For more information of franchising opportunities visit https://www.celebree.com/franchising/.
About Celebree School
Founded in 1994, Celebree School is a leader in early childhood education that provides infant and toddler care, preschool, before and aftercare, and summer camp programs. With a mission to Grow People Big and Small™, Celebree School believes success in early childhood development is equal parts curriculum and connection. Each school employs a customized program that addresses the physical, social, emotional, and academic needs of children and follows applicable state guidelines. In 2019, Celebree School launched its franchise offering. Learn more about how we grow confident children who are prepared for school and life at Celebree.com. Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.