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Rising Stars: Meet Kyeisha Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kyeisha Jones. 

Hi Kyeisha, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
My story actually started like any other story… I’m a mom I have three kids working a 9-5 job for a major telecommunications company to make ends meet. I was never happy with my job but comfortable it kept a roof over our heads and allowed me to make sure we had necessities to survive. In 2020 COVID hit and the company I was working for went through a merger with another telecommunications company. We thought our jobs were safe they wouldn’t lay us off in the middle of a pandemic boy were we wrong! I remember getting on a conference call with my team thinking we were meeting the new head of our department only to find out the call was part of a mass layoff. After the call, I remember crying and thinking what I am going to do now I have three kids to take off and we are in the middle of a pandemic, on quarantine, and the world as we knew it wasn’t even a normal world anymore. I knew whatever my next move was I was going to be working for me and me only! 

I have a big family I’m the oldest grandchild on both sides, so I started babysitting my cousins early on. My love for kids came pretty naturally. Since my kids could walk and talk, I’ve always had slumber parties or some type of fun event at my home. That’s what made me decide after the layoff to open my own daycare center. I had so many things against me at the time we were still deep in the pandemic which caused a lot of delays in becoming licensed. I was able to be introduced to my mentor Meria Brown who was a blessing in disguise and knew all the ends and outs in the childcare industry, Kiddie Cave Daycare was born in August of 2020 and the doors were officially opened in October of 2020. By November I was maxed out and couldn’t accept any more kids. My mentor presented with an opportunity to go into partnership, and I jumped on it. Now I have not one, but two buildings and Kiddie Cave Daycare is ringing bells everywhere. Within a year of being open, I was nominated for the 2021 Kansas City’s People’s Choice Awards as the best daycare. As of today, I am still operating at full capacity and on the brinks of opening another location. I am forever thankful for family and friends who’s been behind me since day one and to all my Kiddie Cave Parents who entrusted me and my staff with the care of their little ones. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
Opening up in the middle of a pandemic when many daycares were closing due to staffing and keeping children enrolled has been one of the biggest obstacles for me. I have been blessed to keep my doors open continue to flourish during the whole pandemic. 

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work? 

The thing that sets me apart from other centers is that when you think of a daycare you think of children playing all day or watching tv that’s not the case with Kiddie Cave. Here kids are learning from the time they enter my infant rooms. I have 1 and 2year old’s that can point out letters in the alphabet thanks to my staff. The children are here more than they are with their parents and it is our responsibility to get them ready for their next biggest step in life which is school. 

What would you say has been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
The biggest lesson I have learned is learning patience. Every day in this field is not always rainbows and sunshine’s some days are rough. The smiles on the little faces as they enter the doors, or as I’m sneaking a peek in their classes and seeing the kids laughing and in their safe space makes every hard day worth it. 

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