Jenny Fawson started Kidsville in February of 2009 in Grantsville, UT after the birth of her oldest child. Initially, she wanted to open a child care center but didn’t have enough capital, so she started the business in her home. Word-of-mouth quickly spread in this small town with lots of children that there was a good child care provider available.
Fawson soon realized that she needed more help and hired a full time employee. She finished her basement and turned it into a daycare and preschool facility. Kidsville was licensed by the State of Utah in 2011. State law allows in-home child care facilities to have 16 children in the facility at one time. Kidsville met that in a short time, and Fawson found herself having to turn away many families in need of reliable child care services.
If Kidsville had its own building, it would be able to provide for a lot more families in this growing community. Fawson, and her husband Christopher, saved up the needed capital and went to a local bank to find out about getting a loan for a new building. The bank put her in touch with the Tooele Small Business Development Center (SBDC) to help her with her business plan.
Fawson worked closely for many hours with the SBDC consultant so she could get all the accurate research and financial projections needed to secure the loan for Kidsville. The consultant went out of his way to meet Fawson at her convenience so she could work on the plan and still run her business. Thanks to the help of the SBDC, and Fawson’s perseverance, Kidsville will be opening a new 6,650 square foot facility on Main Street in Grantsville. Fawson will be able to hire more childcare providers and increase her enrollment from 16 to 124 children.
Kidsville has all the key ingredients for a quality childcare facility. They provide a reliable program with well-trained and educated providers, a clean and safe environment with convenient hours and daily activities to help the children learn and grow. Fawson said, “we are not just a daycare. We treat every child like our own, and truly love the children and support their parents.” Fawson also acknowledged that it takes hard work and dependability to make Kidsville successful.