Celebree School Raises $215,000 for Children’s Hospitals

Celebree School Raises $215,000 for Children’s Hospitals

The Growing Early Childhood Education Brand Helps Kids Across the U.S.

Celebree School, a provider of early childhood education, set a record with its philanthropy last year, raising and donating more than $215,000 to aid children’s medical centers around the United States. Two more milestones came by way of Entrepreneur magazine, which ranked Celebree School No. 1 among the publication’s Top New and Emerging Franchises for 2023 and put the brand on its 2024 Franchise 500 list, a remarkable accomplishment for an emerging brand.

Founded in 1994, Celebree School is well-positioned in the early childhood education market, which is charting impressive growth. The market size was more than $249.3 billion in 2022 and is expected to exceed $467.3 billion by 2030, according to Zion Market Research. The projection is based on an expected compound annual growth rate of 8.2%.

Philanthropic Focus

But Celebree School is about more than business and the bottom line – philanthropy is embedded in its DNA. Its recent gifts totaling $215,000 resulted from fundraising by its schools and by Caliday, Celebree School’s nonprofit before- and after-school care program as well as contributions from the Huffman Family Foundation. Richard Huffman founded Baltimore-based Celebree School and serves as its CEO.

During 2023, Celebree School’s fundraising events included:

  • Hosting its Fourth Annual Charity Golf Tournament, which netted $64,000 for the MedStar Franklin Square Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Baltimore County, Md. The tournament also raised $45,000 for the University of Maryland Medical Center during the concluding year of a three-year partnership with the hospital, with Celebree raising a total of $145,000 to benefit the institution.
  • Two philanthropic efforts involving franchisees and the corporate team. Kate Mulcahy, a franchisee in the Washington, D.C., area, matched the Celebree School Enterprise donation of $10,000 for Children’s National Hospital, resulting in a total contribution of $20,000. Celebree School also donated $12,500 to Boston’s Children’s Hospital for a charity event in which local franchisees Nick and Nikki Foundas participated.
  • A contribution of more than $15,000 to the Leukemia Foundation of Delaware. Cancer research by this organization saves lives in Delaware and all around the nation.
  • Caliday’s charity walk benefiting the Kennedy Krieger Institute, which is dedicated to improving the lives of children and young adults. The institute’s care focuses on pediatric developmental disabilities. The Gobble Gobble Walk N’ Wobble raised more than $2,000.

Commitment “Runs Deep”

Celebree CEO Huffman takes pride in last year’s contributions to communities by The Huffman Family Brands, which is the new parent company for Celebree School and Caliday. He vows to keep up the good work. “At Celebree, our commitment to nurturing children and their families runs deep. These contributions will have an impact on families and children across the country, a result that aligns with our core mission and means everything to us.”

Celebree CEO Richard Huffman
CEO Richard Huffman

But Celebree School’s philosophy is that records were made to be broken. So this year, the brand aims to top its record donation of $215,000 in 2023. The goal for 2024 is to exceed $225,000 in gifts that will benefit American kids.

Ronald McDonald House

One point of outreach will be Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), an organization that helps families through the extremely difficult days and nights when their children are hospitalized. Huffman has joined the board of the RMHC of Maryland, and all proceeds from Celebree’s fifth annual golf tournament are designated for RMHC of Maryland.

Celebree’s partnership with RMHCs across the nation will encourage our franchise partners to join their local RMHC chapters and to support other nonprofit organizations in their communities, Huffman says.

Holistic Education Approach

Celebree School has made a promise to Grow People Big and Small™, he adds, and the company was established in the belief that successful early childhood development must extend outside the classroom and meet the needs of the whole child and the whole family. “Each Celebree School is a village composed of parents, their kids and educators who prepare children for kindergarten and beyond,” Huffman explains.

Celebree School franchise
Celebree School franchise

Celebree School has programs for babies as young as 6 weeks old all the way through to school-age kids up to 12 years old; it offers full- and part-time care. Celebree curriculum builds social skills and values while simultaneously letting children learn through age-appropriate play, projects and other activities. Each school’s customized programs address the emotional, physical and academic needs of the kids they serve – giving them the confidence and the tools they need to achieve lifelong success.

Celebree School Franchisees

Celebree School franchise

When franchisees invest with Celebree School, they become part of an organization with a strong culture, solid systems, and a proven business model backed with a 30-year history. Celebree School franchisees do not need experience in the child care industry. They should, however, have a passion for helping kids learn and succeed, and for giving back to their communities. Franchisees appreciate that the schools operate Mondays through Fridays, freeing up weekends for family time.

Franchising since 2019, Celebree has 42 schools in operation and 51 additional schools awarded, with more than 4,500 children currently enrolled. For more information on franchising opportunities with Celebree School, please visit https://www.celebree.com/franchising/.

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Mary Vinnedge is an award-winning journalist who has served as editor in chief, managing editor and senior editor at national and regional publications, including SUCCESS and Design NJ magazines. She also held reporting and editing roles at The Dallas Morning News and Charlotte Observer newspapers.

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