Primrose Schools® Joins Global Thought Leaders to Improve Access to Early Education at the World Forum on Early Care and Education

ATLANTA (May 31, 2022) – Primrose Schools, the premier early education and care leader with nearly 475 franchised locations, recently joined over 350 leaders, innovators and advocates from more than 80 countries at the World Forum on Early Care and Education, which took place May 16-19 in Orlando, Florida. The semi-annual conference brings international thought leaders and early childhood professionals together to discuss solutions to issues impacting children and families worldwide.

“It was an honor to share inspiration, innovative efforts and best practices with other early education leaders about how we are working to help ensure all families have access to quality early education and care,” said Jo Kirchner, CEO of Primrose Schools. “By investing in a unique early education and care delivery model, our Primrose Schools Children’s Foundation® is partnering with leaders committed to supporting community transformation and promoting economic viability to advance our mission to forge a path that leads to a brighter future for all children.”

Primrose Schools also supported a tour for conference attendees of AdventHealth’s West Lakes Early Learning Center (ELC), an integral part of Lift Orlando’s community transformation plan, which combines high-quality early education, childcare and comprehensive health, wellness and social services for children and their families in the historic West Lakes community in Orlando.

Leaders from Primrose Schools shared successes and learnings of the ELC alongside its partners, AdventHealth, Lift Orlando and West Lakes Partnership, during a panel discussion. Key insights were shared about the success of bringing together members of the community, nonprofits and the private sector to help achieve sustainable investments that strengthen communities holistically.

“We’re proud to be at the unique intersection between early education and health,” said Annette C. Heng, Chief School Excellence Officer at Primrose Schools and panelist at the conference. “It was a privilege to share the power of leveraging private and nonprofit partnerships to make a difference in the lives of children and families in the communities we serve.”

The four-day conference was designed to promote an ongoing global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings.

“It was rewarding to hear worldwide thought leaders share inspiration, knowledge and diverse perspectives to understand how we can collectively impact the future of young children and their families around the world,” said Mark Elliott, Executive Director at the World Forum Foundation.

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About Primrose Schools®

Primrose Schools is the leader in providing premier early education and care to children and families in the United States. Founded in 1982, there are nearly 475 Primrose schools in 33 states and Washington D.C. today. Each school is independently owned and operated by Franchise Owners who partner with parents to help children build the right foundation for future learning and life. Primrose believes who children become is as important as what they know. The Primrose-exclusive Balanced Learning® approach is created from the best early education wisdom and balances purposeful play with nurturing guidance from teachers to encourage curiosity, creativity, confidence and compassion. For more information, visit, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter, explore our blog, sign up for our Pointers for Parents emails and find a Primrose School near you.

About The World Forum Foundation

The mission of the World Forum Foundation is to promote an ongoing global exchange of ideas on the delivery of quality services for young children in diverse settings. As a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, the World Forum Foundation organizes a variety of international activities and working groups in the early childhood arena, including the World Forum on Early Care and Education. For more information, visit, follow us on Facebook or Twitter and YouTube.