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  • 1.  Private Preschool

    Posted 12 days ago
    Hello.  I am an owner and director of my own private preschool.  I have owned and operated it for 16 years. I am beginning to think of selling the preschool although I rent the space in which we use for the preschool.  Has  anyone here sold or bought a preschool recently that can give me pointers in how to put it up for sale. ( I do not own the building, but rent it)   I do not want to advertise I am interested in selling the preschool as I am not 100% sure I am ready to do it, however I am interested in hearing any stories of preschools being sold or someone buying a preschool and how they went about it.  Thank you.

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    Karen A.
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  • 2.  RE: Private Preschool

    Posted 10 days ago
    I have bought and sold two within the 22 years of owning centers. What state do you live in? There are a few child care brokers out there, but only sell in some states. Selling on your own is difficult especially when you rent. Bankers are hesitant to get out loans without collateral. Help line up a few lending sources while you are selling. I know a good broker, but they don't sell in PA.

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    Judith Crowder
    Little JEMS Children's Center
    Croydon PA
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  • 3.  RE: Private Preschool

    Posted 5 days ago
    HI. thank you for your feedback. I am  in Pennsylvania.  It seems going through a broker is a good place to start.  Thank you.

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    Karen Patton
    Owner/Director
    Love 'n' Learn Christian Preschool
    Garnet Valley PA
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  • 4.  RE: Private Preschool

    Posted 10 days ago
    Hello Karen, i have owned my early childhood center for 25 years and I am very interested to read feedbacks too!

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    Veronique Liebmann
    Minnetonka MN
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  • 5.  RE: Private Preschool

    Posted 9 days ago
    Hello,
    I am interested in learning where one could find a preschool for sale. I have always wanted to have my own school and wondering if it is easier to start one myself or purchase one and build off of one that is operating. I am in California. If anyone can recommend where to find schools that are for sale. I currently manage an Early Education program in a school district but have always dreamed of having my own school.  Would love to talk to someone and hear the pro and cons.

    Claudia Paterson

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    Claudia Paterson
    Program Manager
    San Jose Unfied
    San Jose CA
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  • 6.  RE: Private Preschool

    Posted 9 days ago
    A simple place to start is www.BizBuySell.com. It's simple to use. Just select business (education) and state and start searching. Good luck.

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    Judith Crowder
    Little JEMS Children's Center
    Croydon PA
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  • 7.  RE: Private Preschool

    Posted 9 days ago
    Thanks for posting this website

    Michelle Fanwick










  • 8.  RE: Private Preschool

    Posted 5 days ago
    Hi.  Thank you for your response.   I bought the preschool from another owner who ran it out of a church in my town.  I approached her about it actually as I heard she may have been thinking about retiring.   I recommend researching schools already operating,    When I purchased the school and the sale was going through, the church where the preschool was located decided to start their own. Thankfully I was able to find a church just down the street who offered me  a lease for 3 classroom spaces and a "gym room".  Worked out great and have been there for 16 years.  It's been something I wanted to do FOREVER and it truly is fun and rewarding although challenging  this year, but it's year I learned how resilient kids are and how well they can adapt to change (better than adults actually).   I am just beginning to think of selling as I see the new generations of families moving into the area....and am thinking it may be a time to start thinking about it as we currently have waiting list in most classes and calls come in everyday about availability.  If you have thought about or always wanted to run your own preschool program, I highly recommend it.  It is honestly one of the most favorite things I have done.  I have met lifelong friends (my teachers) 5 of which have been with me for 16 years, as well as students, some of whom I will remember ALWAYS and the families you get to know and become friends with....just so amazing.   This experience has been much more rewarding than I ever imagined.  I know all states are different in their regulations and licensing processes but if there is anything I can assist you with or questions you have please feel free to contact me. Thank you.
    Karen

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    Karen Patton
    Owner/Director
    Love 'n' Learn Christian Preschool
    Garnet Valley PA
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  • 9.  RE: Private Preschool

    Posted 6 days ago
    Hi, I bought a preschool from my previous employer.  She sold me all of her supplies and curriculum.  I also purchased all of her furniture.  In the deal, I received access to her waiting list.  She informed them all about her leaving (she was moving) and introduced them to me.  It went smoothly because I didn't purchase the rights to her companies name; instead, I made my name and have my building.

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    Karolynn Christiansen
    Director/owner
    It's A Good Day Preschool
    Stansbury Pk UT
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