Camelot Kids Child Development Center just won a Totally Awesome Award for Most Awesome A+ Pre-School and Daycare in Los Angeles. We recently spoke to them about their experience as a business owner, the best advice they’ve ever received and more. Hear what they have to say below!
Red Tricycle: Your community recently voted you “Most Awesome A+ Pre-School and Daycare” – what do your customers value most about your business?
Camelot Kids Child Development Center: What makes people truly happy is a sense of belonging especially in a big city like Los Angeles. Camelot Kids is a Preschool & Transitional Kindergarten where parents trust that their children will be cared for, nurtured and guided to their full potential. We create a magical time and space for parents and children to share their experiences with each other building lifelong friendships. Camelot =Community.
RT: What do you want people to know about your business that they don’t already know?
CK: Feedback is all positive…. Just would have liked to be informed about when the nominations were starting or how that process works as we really didn’t even know we were nominated and only found out a few days before it ended – which was really cool.
RT: How did your business get started and what was the motivation?
CK: Out of necessity!!! Our daughter Ilan attended Camelot when she was 3 and at that time the preschool was unexpectantly shut down overnight due to mismanagement. Our son Mateo was 2 and I was 6 months pregnant with my third son Deklan. We were in a position as parents to either step up and help fix the problem and save Camelot or jump ship and let the pre-school close down. My husband Livinio & I chose to stay and help and over the next three months did co-ops with 20 families in our back yards. I gave birth to Deklan and 36 hours later had the appointment at DSS and obtained the license that re-opened Camelot. I had no idea what I was doing or getting myself into but as they say….The rest is history. LONG LIVE CAMELOT.
RT: Tell us, what do you start your morning with: 1. coffee 2. tea 3. mimosa 4. water 5. all of the above.
CK: Coffee x 3 and a workout at Little Knights.
RT: What is the most awesome thing a customer has ever done for you?
CK: There are so many special moment throughout the year but I especially love when parents write me spontaneous emails recognizing how much Camelot Kids means to them.
RT: What is your biggest pet peeve as a business owner?
CK: Insurance. Then people who gossip & complain about things or other people without being part of the solution. I always like to find the creative YES and get things done and that takes an enormous amount of positive energy.
RT: How do you keep your stress levels down?
CK: Checking in with my hubby at dinner after work and sharing a bottle of our favorite vino blanco from Spain Albarino.
RT: What’s your secret superhero power as a business owner?
CK: Connecting people and cultivating community in our neighborhood from preschool to high school.
RT: Tell us, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received (as a parent or business owner)?
CK: Do something for others and expect nothing in return.
RT: How about the worst piece of advice you’ve ever received?
CK: Luckily I have not received a lot of bad advice and if so I can’t remember it.
RT: Is there a special offer you’d like to include for Red Tricycle readers?
CK: Try one FREE parent + me class at Little Knights.
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