Aliceson’s motivation for starting her daycare center, Kingdom Kidz Academy, was that, as she says, “providing young parents with affordable and reliable daycare services is the only way to put Texas back to work.” She started Kingdom Kidz because she saw a need in her Katy, Texas community for young, working parents to have access to reasonably priced daycare services. Without this access, she says these parents could not afford to go to work each day.
What makes Kingdom Kidz special doesn’t end there, however, because walking into the Kingdom Kidz is less like walking into a playpen and more like walking into a school. Aliceson splits the children’s time into activity time, during which students are able to play and interact freely with each other, and what she calls curriculum time. During curriculum time, the young students work with math, reading and computer literacy tasks. “I have a big, loving heart, but I also have very high expectations for education,” she says.
Aliceson feels that her biggest business success to date has been seeing children as young as one beginning to read. Though Aliceson has seen impressive success with her current location, she hopes to extend her reach by opening multiple locations that provide the same excellent service as her current center. “My goal is to see an excellent academic rate, with the children under my care more than ready for elementary school when they leave my center.”
Along the impressive results her program produces, Aliceson attributes her business success to the joy she brings to her children. She says that one of the biggest challenges in her business is becoming a household name that parents can trust. She built this trust by creating a comfortable and stimulating environment for her children – one which they are sometimes reluctant to leave. “By the end of the day, the children don’t want to go home, and they are excited to come back the next morning.”
With this loan, Aliceson will build an even stronger learning environment for her young students. She will purchase arts and crafts supplies, a laminator, a computer (with which children can learn basic computer skills), and blocks. With the remainder of the loan, she says she will buy things she can utilize to make her curriculum better, such as printers and planning documents.
Without this loan, Aliceson would not be able to obtain the resources necessary to reach the high expectations she holds for her children’s education. She reached out to the Kiva partner Accion Texas-Louisiana after being denied a loan at a commercial bank. Not only will this loan allow Aliceson to continue her mission of putting Texas back to work, it will help her to continue building a bright future for the children under her care and for her community.
LiftFund. (www.liftfund.com) is an award-winning nonprofit organization (previously known as Accion Texas) with a mission to provide credit and loans to small and start-up businesses that have limited or no access to credit from commercial sources. Established in 1994 in San Antonio, LiftFund has helped Texas and Louisiana entrepreneurs strengthen their businesses, stabilize and increase their incomes, create employment, and contribute to the economic revitalization of their communities. Learn more at www.liftfund.com.