Writer / Janet Striebel
Photographer / Brian Brosmer
The Primrose School of Geist is scheduled to open this winter. For more than 30 years, Primrose Schools have been making a difference in the lives of children, not only for those enrolled in the fun-filled curriculums (six weeks to pre-school age) but also for those served through the not-for-profit organizations they support locally and nationally.
Meet Anita and Harrison Boyd, franchise owners of Primrose School of Geist and proud parents of 2-year old son, Connor, and newborn daughter, Savannah. Both Anita and Harrison admired the quality of care and warmth they witnessed at Primrose back in 2014, when they began searching for childcare even before Connor was born.
“We fell in love with the culture, values and beliefs of Primrose,” Anita says. “Everything is so well thought out in the program, down to the toys. Everything they do is intentional, and the little things build to create this overall picture of an ideal curricular path for child development.”
The Boyds are thrilled to open a Primrose school in Anita’s hometown of Indianapolis. After growing up in Lawrence and attending Lawrence North High School, Anita received her undergraduate degree at Indiana University in Bloomington before moving to Atlanta where she earned her doctorate in physical therapy from Emory University. Harrison grew up in Atlanta and graduated from Auburn University with a degree in architecture. Together, they met through a mutual friend in Atlanta, and their journey continues as they make their home in Geist.
“I feel like it’s God’s plan to bring me and my family back to where I was raised,” Anita says.
The new Primrose school located at 7615 Oaklandon Road, is only one mile from where she grew up.
Known for its proprietary balanced learning approach, Primrose engages children with purposeful play and nurturing teacher-guidance while emphasizing character development.
“We look at the whole child, in terms of growth and their needs emotionally, socially, physically and cognitively,” Anita says. “We believe who children become is as important as what they know.”
Obviously, the Primrose methodology is working as it continues to spread with more than 350 schools nationwide. In fact, 90 percent of Primrose students perform at about twice the level of their peers, according to the results from a third-party survey conducted by Unifocus from 2009-2011.
Primrose offers before and after-school programs up to 12 years old. A Primrose bus will offer transportation for older siblings making it more convenient for parents.
“As working parents, we’re excited to provide Indianapolis children and families with premier childcare and early education that parents can trust,” Harrison says. “We love this community and hope to build the same trusting relationship we had as Primrose parents with the families in our community.”
Anita and Harrison welcome you to the Primrose family. Upcoming parent meetings (October 10 at 6:30 p.m. and October 22 at 4:30 p.m.) will be held at Yeager Office Suites, located at 9165 Otis Avenue. Or visit, My Gym, located at 10290 E. 96th St. on October 15 from 3-5 p.m. The kids can play and have fun while you meet Anita and Harrison to learn more about Primrose.
Visit primrosegeist.com for more information or call 317-855-7808.