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Business comes at 'right time' for this single mom

Posted August 1, 2010

A few years ago, Lori Klein was a single mom of two kids wondering where to go next in her career.

Klein had started out on Madison Avenue, working for a global advertising firm. Her job took her as far away as Istanbul. But now as she looked for ways to reenter the workforce, she knew she wanted and needed to stay much closer to home with her kids, then ages 8 and 5. Lori Klein of RightTime Kids Business comes at 'right time' for single mom

So she landed with RightTime Kids, a drop-off childcare center for kids ages 18 months to 12 years. In 2005, Klein opened RightTime Kids in Raleigh. She currently owns and operates the north Raleigh center. And in 2008, she co-founded RightTime Kids Franchising. She serves as its president and CEO.

She now owns 76 percent of the company and is working to expand across the country to help other parents who need a few hours of childcare while they work, run an errand or take a night off.

“I want it to be a convenience people can count on in this country,” she says.

About a month ago, Klein showed me around the Oberlin Road location in Raleigh, which had recently opened. It's an open, airy space with all kinds of toys; a climbing wall and slide; and the "Blue Room," for kids ages 8 and up.

Klein tells me the Blue Room was inspired by her son after he complained there was nothing for him to do there. It's filled with video games; a pool table; darts; Lego and science projects; and other ways for bigger kids to pass the time.

Feedback from her kids, Klein told me, "has been hugely helpful and helped me to grow it to a level it hadn't been before."

Now that Klein knows where her career is going, the company is working to help others get back on their feet.

RightTime is offering free childcare for parents while they go to job interviews. Parents who have a scheduled interview can drop off their toddlers to 12-year-olds anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They must bring a copy of the job advertisement or an official email confirming the interview to receive the two free hours of childcare.

“Job interviews are stressful enough,” Klein says. “If we can ease parents’ minds by providing a safe, fun place for their child to play during that time, then we’re happy to oblige.”

Hear more from Klein and see some of the Oberlin Road location in the video.


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  • Mugu Aug 9, 2010

    Why do you guys always applaud these single mothers? They are a pariah of society.

  • bevgsmith Aug 2, 2010

    This per hour charge and use is most convenient for parents. The other plan, paying for a full day even if you only use half a day is more common but in the interest of operating a childcare centre as as predictable business. I prefer the per hour as fairer to the client. Option 3 would be to look at what kids want and to have government also fund that. Right now governments when they fund anything tend to fund the long hours childcare setting away from home but nothing else. If we funded care of a child by money to the child's parent directly, the parent could pay for long daycare, short daycare or even family-based grandma, aunt, dad or mom care.
    IT all depends on what matters - parental convenience, childcare centre convenience of children's security.
    In an ideal world I'd pick the last one which would help fund the other two also, as parents wish.