The Vinson’s role in the childcare business began in 1961 when Pat Vinson and his mother, June, renovated their home into a day nursery for children and named it Kiddie City. A truly innovative concept at the time, the idea of group care wasn’t as popular in the 1960s as it is today. However, fueled by a love of children and a desire to help working families, Pat built an extraordinary and successful business out of faith, hard work, and determination. Now they are expanding into the world of online education and helping families at home!
The Kids 'R' Kids Story
Over 50 Years in Early Learning & Childcare
From One School, to a Growing Franchise, to a Global Presence, to a Premier Online Learning Platform
The Story of Our Founders: Pat & Janice Vinson
Kids ‘R’ Kids became the first childcare company to franchise
With a growing need for quality care and the overwhelming success from their first preschool, another Kids ‘R’ Kids was opened 14 months later, and a third location opened its doors two years after that.
Business was booming, and it was also becoming complicated to be on-site in three different locations. Therefore, the idea of franchising came into practice for this young company. Kids ‘R’ Kids International, Incorporated was then formed, and Pat and Janice Vinson sold their first franchise in 1988.
Kids ‘R’ Kids has since blossomed into a world-wide corporation helping small business owners bring a first class preschool to their communities around the nation and around the world with multiple locations in China.
Our Founding Philosophy
Our most cherished principle, “HUG FIRST, THEN TEACH” defines our outlook on impacting a child’s well-being beyond the classroom.
Because happy children are better prepared for school achievement, healthy relationships, and success in life, they should be loved unconditionally and taught with kindness.
By focusing on all parts of development including character, intellect, creativity, and physical growth, we use the whole-child approach to ensure each child’s success.
We do this through the loving care of our expert teachers, a unique and powerful partnership between your family and our school, and plenty of hugs!
YOUR Kids ‘R’ Kids Story Has Yet to Be Written!
We welcome the opportunity to enhance our own story by adding YOU to our franchise family. We offer you the training and support you need to get started, as well as the flexibility you need to succeed. After all, no one knows your community better than you do and you can customize the tools we provide to fit the unique needs of your community and the families you serve. Ready to learn more? We encourage you to fill out our Franchise Interest Form and one of our Franchise Development Team Members will be in touch with you shortly.