Jo Kirchner

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As CEO of Primrose Schools, Jo Kirchner has a lifelong mission to deliver a nurturing environment and a quality early learning foundation to help children become confident adults who love who they are and what they do. Jo leads strategic direction and external brand leadership efforts for Primrose, including the launch of Primrose on Premise℠ employer-sponsored schools. She joined the company in 1990 as Vice President and became President and CEO in 1999. Under Jo’s leadership, Primrose has grown from four schools in metro Atlanta to nearly 400 schools nationwide. She serves as a member of the Primrose Early Learning Council and oversees the Primrose Schools Board of Directors. Jo also serves on the AdvancED Board of Trustees, making her the first individual to represent early childhood education on this 12-member, international board. Additionally, Jo is a trustee for the Committee for Economic Development of The Conference Board and currently serves as a co-chair, helping business leaders influence government policies related to early childhood education. Through the Primrose Promise℠ corporate social responsibility program and the Primrose Children’s Foundation® (which Jo founded), Primrose Schools has raised and donated more than $5.5 million to charities focused on the needs of at-risk children. In 2013, she helped form a long-term partnership with Save the Children®, the world’s top independent charity for children in need. Jo holds an associate degree in marketing from Ohio Career College. She lives on a horse farm in Dallas, Ga., with her husband, Rick. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.

Giving Back This Season

Giving Back This Season

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots, the other is wings.”  - Hodding Carter, Jr.  This quote reminds me…

Early Childhood Education: A Year in Review

This year was an encouraging one for those who are passionate about early childhood education. We made great strides in 2013 rallying thought leaders, business people and political influencers around the importance of high quality early education. We’ve sparked the conversation, noting that this is not just an education issue, but also a business and financial crisis for our nation. Leading researchers and economists agree that if we don’t stimulate Active Minds, Healthy Bodies and Happy Hearts® in young children during…

The Gift of Gratitude

In a technology-driven world, we spend a lot of time absorbing the steady stream of information that is constantly coming our way. Sometimes I find myself sorting, managing and processing that information with the speed and agility of an acrobat. Other days I get bogged down by the mental strain, and I come home from work drained from information overload. There are many techniques for managing this swirl of mental activity, which, at its worst, can make us restless, disrupt…

Ode to Working Moms Part 3: Giving Back

This is the third in a series of special blog posts by Jo Kirchner celebrating working mothers. Be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you missed them! In the first part of this blog series, I discussed the challenges of balancing time between work and family, and making time for yourself as a working mom. Now I want to discuss a third topic that is near and dear to my heart: giving back. As Julia Beck, Founder…

Ode to Working Moms Part 2: Family First

This is the second part of a series of three special blog posts by Jo Kirchner on the challenges of working motherhood – be sure to check out Part 1 if you missed it! It’s 7:25 a.m. and you’re running late for work. Your little one woke up with a sore throat this morning and you had to arrange for your mother-in-law to come over for a few hours while you wrap things up at work. We’ve all been there.…

Ode to Working Moms Part 1: Finding Balance

This is the first of a series of three special blog posts by Jo Kirchner, CEO of Primrose Schools. Join her as she discusses the challenges of working motherhood and celebrates the trials and triumphs of working mothers across the country! Along with many other working mothers I know, I’ve experienced the challenge of maintaining a strong commitment to my family while trying to achieve success in my career. I am passionate about both my family and my work, and…

2013 National Business Leader Summit on Early Childhood

On Monday, I was honored to be part of the 2013 National Business Leader Summit on Early Childhood in Atlanta. The event was hosted by ReadyNation, the early childhood program of America’s Promise Alliance (a foundation founded by Colin Powell in 1997 to help children and youth from all socioeconomic sectors in the United States), and by the Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS). The Summit brought together more than 200 business leaders and policy makers to examine…

A Best Practices Approach to Education Delivery

Hello! My name is Jo Kirchner and I am pleased to join the conversation on Pointers for Parents with my very first blog post. My first and most important roles are mom and grandmother.  I have two preschool children, Carson and Chloe, who attend a Primrose School.  I am also honored to be the CEO of Primrose Schools. I join thousands of Primrose Support Staff and Franchise Owners, Management team members and most importantly, teachers who are dedicated to providing…
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