Urbanization has reemerged as a big buzzword in our economy and society – and for good reason. More than 2.5 billion people are moving back to urban centers around the world, according to the Urban Land Institute. And the most recent U.S. census shows that 80.7 percent of the American population already lives in urban areas. My family of three is a proud example of this trend in Philadelphia’s Center City, where we plan to open a new school in the urban core in just a few short months. Like many others, we found that quality early education was lacking downtown, and we saw a great opportunity to invest in the next generation of community leaders by making a Primrose education possible close to where they live.
We originally chose to make the city our home, because we enjoy the vibrant culture, bustling pace and intellectual atmosphere. While we love this environment, we realized when we were expecting our son that Philadelphia’s core lacked quality early education options, despite all of the prominent educational institutions and world-renowned hospital systems close by. After talking with several friends, we concluded that we weren’t the only ones with this problem. It seemed that everyone we met was having trouble finding the right child care provider that focused on everything that we wanted for our son – nurturing care, academic stimulation and character development. I knew about Primrose Schools from when I lived in Georgia and was so excited to see in the local media that they were expanding the brand to Pennsylvania. My husband and I made the decision to channel all I had learned in commercial real estate and bring Primrose Schools to the “City of Brotherly Love.”
Challenges and Opportunities in the Urban Core:
Opening an urban school versus a traditional suburban model may seem daunting to some, but it’s actually a very viable option because of the pent-up demand. One well-known challenge when opening any business in a city is finding the right location. Instead of building ground-up schools like in the suburban markets, the Primrose Real Estate Team discovers alternative building options including former bank buildings and commercial office spaces. When we decided to embark on our journey, we were thrilled that the Primrose Real Estate Team helped us secure space in a commercial high-rise building! Our location will be ideal for parents who live and work in the city, but also for those who commute into this area and want child care close to their offices. The Primrose New School Support team made certain that our school location meets all of their high safety standards to keep our students in a safe learning environment and give parents peace of mind.
We are now just a few months away from opening Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia in the heart of the city. Even in a city so full of opportunity and activity, I know that our school will provide a unique early education and care experience in the community, and we’re excited to bring Primrose to even more families in the coming years. We’re thrilled to be on the forefront of bringing early education to our city, joining the urbanization movement that is full of so much promise and ultimately has the power to change the next generation.
To learn more about Primrose School of Center City Philadelphia and follow its progress, visit www.PrimroseCenterCity.com..