Providing quality early childhood education has been a top priority for Primrose Schools, ever since the national early education and care provider was founded in 1982.

This quality education was what led Kelly Hammons and her husband to become the franchise owners of Primrose Schools at Waterside Estates, located at 1810 Lewisville Drive, Richmond, in 2017.

“We were introduced to it through mutual friends,” Hammons said. “The more that we looked into it, the more we discovered what the brand was and what they were doing for early learners. We kind of fell in love with everything that they were doing and the impact they're making on families with their care and education.”

There are currently 45 Primrose Schools throughout the Greater Houston area that operate on different schedules, to help accommodate parents no matter what.

The school uses an exclusive, research-informed “balanced learning curriculum,” which combines the best thinking from early learning theorists with modern research to help nurture a love of learning in every child.

While many preschools use off-the-shelf curricula, Primrose Schools partnered with experts in early education to design an exclusive learning approach. It combines purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to tap into the ways that children learn best.

“It's teaching curiosity and creativity,” Hammons said. “It's teaching the kids competence, decision making skills and character development. There's a lot of pieces to what our curriculum is offering. I think at the end of the day we're trying to grow these young learners' minds by teaching them kindness and compassion and what it is to be a good human. That is our ultimate goal.”

The schools serve infants, toddlers and offer private Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten programs, while some schools offer a Kindergarten program, such as Hammons’ school. Most schools also offer before-and-after school care and summer programs.

The summer program, called Summer Adventure Club, usually starts in June and runs through August, though the dates vary by location. It is more than a summer camp, providing a fun, full-day experience for grade level children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Each week, children try a variety of hands-on activities including sports, robotics and arts that help build skills around literacy, creative problem solving, STEM and more.

The summer program, along with normal day-to-day education and care has been enormously popular with the children, which makes running the business extra rewarding for the franchise owners.

“It's funny for me when my kids are crying because they don't want to leave school,” Hammons said. “That makes me so happy. That's a perfect day for me. It's the unconditional love that you see everyday. That's a pretty gratifying gift every day for me as an owner.”

High-quality early childhood education has lasting benefits for children. By partnering with parents to support each child’s individual needs, Primrose makes the most of a child’s first five years and helps set them up for success in future classrooms and beyond.

To learn more about enrollment opportunities at Primrose schools in Houston, visit the website.

The above story was produced by Community Impact's Senior Multi Platform Journalist Sierra Rozen with information solely provided by the local business as part of its "sponsored content" purchase through our advertising team.