In the last few months, we’ve witnessed the critical need for child care—more and more families experiencing significant disruption in their lives, with our children being affected immensely not just during this pandemic but also in terms of developmental progress that can impact them in the long-term.
It is also a time when we take stock in our livelihoods—and right now is probably the best time to be looking for opportunities. Many families have been furloughed, laid off, or let go from their jobs. We also find ourselves reevaluating our situation: what are we going to do moving forward? It reminds me of a formative moment in my life. I’ll never forget the day I came home, I was still living with my parents and my mom said she was having a meeting with a gentleman called Jack Pector and that moment was my opportunity. I asked her, “Can I go with you?” and she said yes. That led me to opening my first school.
Our first Celebree School opened in 1994 in Ellicott City, Maryland and have since grown to more than 26 schools nationwide. In 2018, we have officially launched its franchise offering to the market, allowing like-minded entrepreneurs who may or may not have previous franchising experience, to bring the Celebree ethos of Growing People Big and Small across the United States. Taking charge of the opportunity led to life-changing success not just for myself and my family, but also for countless children, families, and communities that Celebree serves.
Data shows that during the pandemic, child care is ever-more essential for parents of young children “if they are to work.” A survey in April revealed that 43 percent of the parents are working remotely and said they currently need child care, 49 percent working in-person need formal child care during the pandemic, and only 8 percent saw “no change” in the availability of their child care provider.
This setup is putting a strain on families when access to child care is greatly reduced. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) of the parents surveyed had difficulty finding child care, and 33 percent said it was “very difficult”—which was twice as high compared to about five months ago. More importantly, about half, or 47 percent, expressed concern that they may not be able to afford child care when they return to work.
Furthermore, one-third of the parents surveyed who are currently working remotely are alternating work hours to care for their children, 21 percent who are working in-person had to reduce their hours, and 10 percent work outside regular business hours to make extra time to care for their children. At Celebree School, we have been providing unhampered, essential child care services during the pandemic—an essential service to many parents who had to work or for those whose households are not equipped to provide a sustainable, learning-conducive environment.
This is the best time to be looking for opportunities, the chance to do something productive and meaningful amidst the crisis, to better your life, and build your legacy through something that really motivates and inspires you.
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