Meet Nisa Khan, Aziz Pabani, Malika and Akbar Pabani — the proud Franchise Owners of Primrose School of West Little Rock. Along with Primrose Schools, the family believes that who children become is as important as what they know. They are excited to bring the thoughtful curriculum and impressive character-building focus of the Balanced Learning® approach to Little Rock.
Malika and Nisa are sisters-in-law who were first introduced to Primrose in 2013 while searching for suitable child care for their daughters in the Little Rock area. After a long and unfruitful search, they spoke with Nisa’s cousin, an owner of another preschool in Texas, who said that if she ever had to start over again, she would go with Primrose. This increased confidence in the brand. Nisa and Malika did not stop there. After thorough review of its values and curriculum, Nisa and Malika knew Primrose Schools was the best provider to bring to Little Rock.
“We saw a need for a Primrose school in Little Rock,” said Malika. “When I was looking for an early education provider for my daughter, I did not find a balanced approach that would not only educate but also build the character of my child, which is what Primrose offers through its Balanced Learning curriculum. That’s when we came together as a family and decided to bring a Primrose to our community.”
Malika has a background in business communications and will handle meeting with parents and managing the school day-to-day. Nisa, who has been a nurse for more than 15 years, will continue her nursing career while dedicating time to assist Malika with the school’s needs. Both Malika and Nisa and their families have called Little Rock home for more than 10 years. Nisa’s brothers Aziz and Akbar, who is also Malika’s husband, will work behind the scenes to provide support and business counsel. Eventually, the four hope to open more Primrose schools in the Little Rock area to fully service their community’s needs.
“We understand as mothers, how hard it can be to leave your child in someone’s else’s care, but knowing that they will develop life skills with their academics is a huge plus,” said Nisa. “Our Primrose will be a nurturing haven for our students and their parents. Parents will be able to trust the quality of care and education that teaches children both academically and builds them emotionally. Primrose is the foundation which will help kids grow into respectable, kind and compassionate individuals.”
The school will feature the Balanced Learning curriculum in infant through Pre-Kindergarten classrooms and the Primrose Explorers before- and after-school program for students up to age 12. Malika and Nisa’s daughters will attend the Primrose Explorers after-school program and Nisa’s son, Ilian, is one of the first students enrolled at the school. Developed and taught exclusively at Primrose Schools, the research-informed curriculum blends purposeful play with nurturing guidance to develop curious, compassionate and creative individuals.