Growth of Montessori Schools
It has been 110 years since Maria Montessori first introduced her revolutionary way of educating children. She took a traditional teaching setting and changed it to a child centered environment, where children could explore their surroundings at their own pace. Her method continually evolved to help each child meet his/her greatest potential physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. She began her observations with elementary age children from 6 to 12 and quickly discovered that a child’s aptitude to learn began years before. Based on her observations education should be started at birth. This revolutionary thinking brought the scientific world into wonderful discoveries regarding the human brain.
The scientific discovery of brain technology based partially on Maria Montessori’s initial observations has turned the childcare industry on its head. It is estimated that 11 million children under the age of 5 spend at least 35 hours per week in a childcare facility and there is a growing recognition that early childhood education is immensely important and provide lifelong benefits. With annual revenues of $40 billion, the franchise educational industry is ripe with opportunity for motivated entrepreneurs. Education franchises are expected to grow 5% per year over the next 5 years. (Education Industry Analysis 2017: Cost and Trends, FranchiseHelp)
With discoveries of how much knowledge a child below the age of 12 can accumulate, has changed the world in the perception of childcare facilities. Educated parents want more than a place for their child to be supervised for eight hours a day, they want to see their child grow and discover the world around them. The child’s brain can simply be compared to a computer. At birth, a child’s brain has all the hardware it needs to mature into a future successful adult. Babies are born with 100 million neurons that are connected to dendrites and form synapses, connections, to the knowledge presented to them. These connections continue with the exposure of their outside environment. The environment can be equated to the software on the new computer. Adding knowledge up to the age of 12 can equate to off the shelf software added to the computer. After puberty, the brain will prune the unused synapses to give way to the expansion of prior knowledge. This does not mean one cannot learn past age 12, but the base knowledge is a springboard to future. Successful Montessorians, such as Larry Page and Sergey Brin (Google founders), have displayed how Montessori students do not think out of the box, they do not see a box. Allowing a child to explore the environment around them at their own pace without restrictions gives them a since of self-confidence and empowerment.
There is nothing more exciting to a parent than seeing their young child show what they have discovered and share their new-found knowledge. An eighteen-month-old that is beginning to form words can show his or her parents how to put their dishes in the sink, put their toys up and point out pictures of items they recognize. As a franchise owner of a Montessori school, a business person can be a part of a world that far exceeds the world they see every day. They can be a part of the world’s future.
IBTS World forecasts the childcare industry revenue will grow at an average annual rate of 2.6% to $54.5 billion in the five years to 2019. (IBIS Word Industry Report: Daycare in the US, July 2014) Being a part of a childcare franchise is rewarding financially. Being a part of a Montessori childcare franchise is rewarding not only monetarily but also in seeing the future of tomorrow. Maria Montessori said, “Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world.” Investing into a Montessori franchise gives you a chance to help children explore their true potential and at the same time establish a successful financial future of your own.
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Author: Cathy Moore, Director of Operations, Pinnacle Montessori Franchise Company