LifeChangers Academy, which is based in Nebraska, opened its first early childhood learning center in 2003, with just three children enrolled in its first month of business. By the end of the first fiscal year, LifeChangers had successfully reached its state-licensed capacity of 55 students, so Founder & President Davida Anderson began formulating ideas to take her faith-based business to the next level. Through a fundamental commitment to excellent care and service, the original academy in Omaha obtained the adjacent building and doubled its capacity within two years of opening.
In 2009, Anderson opened a center in her church in Omaha. After she trained the staff and the center was operating profitably, the church assumed management responsibilities for that location. LifeChangers opened a third early learning center in Bellevue, Nebraska, which opened in 2012. And the fourth location opened in 2015 and reached its licensed capacity within the first year. In 2020, they outgrew one of their locations and decided to merge it with another branch that had three times the space.
In their first year of business, LifeChangers grossed $330K. In 2019, the company grossed $1.3M. To keep up with demand, they recently purchased a new building in June 2020. They plan to use their EnrichHER capital to renovate the new facility and furnish offices for their franchise head office. In addition, they will use the funding to implement programs, create marketing systems for their franchisees, and train staff.
LifeChangers Academy serves children, from 6 weeks old to 13 years old, leveraging Anderson’s 25+ years of experience in child development. She is part of the third generation of educators in her family and earned a degree in elementary and early childhood education. Anderson developed the LifeChangers approach, which focuses on nurturing emotional skills, social skills, communication skills, fine motor skills, gross motor skills, cognitive skills, and spiritual empowerment. The faith-based learning centers segment their program by age: Incredible Infants (6 weeks to 18 months old), Terrific Toddlers (18 months to 3 years old), Prized Preschool (3 to 5 years old), Substantial School Age (5 to 12 years old), and Soaring Summer (5 years to 13 years old).