Alexandria's Newest Montessori School Needs a New Location!

Alexandria's Newest Montessori School Needs a New Location!

From RoseMarie Davis

I'm a budding entrepreneur who's raising money to start a Preschool in Alexandria, VA. My original location didn't meet the final approval for occupancy. Help me secure a new location by January 2022!

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Hi!  My name is Rosemarie. I am an Arbitrator and a budding entrepreneur who embarked on a new journey to open my own business in the summer of 2020.  I love the Montessori philosophy and the fluidity Montessori programs offer young children at the preschool and grade school level. Having done extensive research and worked in the childcare industry as a consultant, I decided it was time to launch a preschool of my own.  In collaboration with my mom who has been a childcare administrator and professor of education for more than 30 years, I've built a strong team that assisted me with opening my original location in Alexandria.  Not only did I have 5 families who were registered after we advertised for 5 months, I also had a robust waitlist into 2022.  Unfortunately, after going through the building occupancy and special use permit process (that takes about 6-9 months to complete), I was informed that the second floor of the building (set to house our kindergarten-3rd grade students) could not be permitted for education use.  I was devastated!  Not only did I spend the past 9 months painting, conducting tours, purchasing and staging equipment and interviewing potential staff, I was on the hook for the rent.  Needless to say I had to make a quick decision to move out and take the financial loss.  After taking a few weeks off to regroup, I'm ready to relaunch the school in February, 2022!  The process requires permits, leasehold improvements, architectural plans, advertising and marketing and a lot of other fun stuff!  My goal is to raise $150,000 to cover the relocation cost since I don't qualify for a traditional loan having not been in operation.

I look forward to sharing this "win" with each of you!  

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