Our History Inspires
Kiddi Kollege Inc. started from humble beginnings back in the mid-1950’s. The owner, Geraldine Dolinar, originally launched the business out of her own basement in Kansas City, Kansas.
In the 1950s the words “Child Care Center”, “Preschool”, or even “Day Care” had yet to be spoken. The care of young children at that time usually fell to the local church or the domestic caregiver.
Few people thought about children’s education at such a young age in addition to their care, but Geraldine recognized this opportunity. She was not satisfied with the level of attention that the local children were receiving when it came to their education.
At the time she had her third child (who is our current Regional Director) there was an opportunity to address this issue in the local community. She noticed a demand was growing for high-quality childcare with a focus on early childhood education and found a sizable demand for families needing this service. She told the families of the community if she did decide to open a care center, that she would start an educational center, “a preschool… she would not be a babysitter” (Geraldine would always correct anyone who called Kiddi Kollege a day care).
So Geraldine decided to do it herself and develop an early childhood education program. Ultimately, she became an entrepreneur while also giving her the option to care for and educate her own children.
She has always said that opening this business was one of her proudest accomplishments, and she was especially proud of opening the business at a time when opportunities for women were less than abundant. After the first center opened she continued to reinvest in her business by opening several additional early childhood learning centers throughout Kansas City.