Lana Manganiello is the founder of Kid Spot, which is a high quality child care service that provides safe & fun child enrichment programs on premises at local businesses. Lana has partnered with fitness studios like Bar Method in Silver Lake, SYCLE in Toluca Lake & Dragonfly Cycling in Sherman Oaks, offering parents a chance to get their work out on while their little ones are in a room nearby learning songs, dancing & even doing kids yoga!
It’s a unique business idea that is so needed. I can’t tell you how much I would have wanted something like this when my daughter was younger. Often times I had to try to get a relative to babysit so that I could get my fitness work out in or try to cram it in while she was at preschool for 4 hours (in between cleaning the house, running errands, etc.). Workouts are usually the last thing on a mom’s mind but having this service would make it so much easier. Plus not only does mom get a break, but the child will engage in a fun program with other kids!
Kid Spot employees are carefully vetted & hired after background checks & fingerprinting. They are also trained & insured. A small child to teacher ratio ensures that your kid has one on one attention from Kid Spot employees!
Please meet the latest Real Mom of the SFV, Lana Manganiello!
How/why did you begin your business?
Lana: After I had my daughter I saw that there are tons of resources for parenting, child rearing and child enrichment but realized there was not much available in regards to personal wellness and self-care in early parenthood. I saw a dramatic difference in my mental well-being, parenting ability and satisfaction when I utilized childcare and got back to regular group yoga classes about 8 weeks after my baby was born. I knew that a lot of new moms were unable to take time for themselves because of a lack of childcare resources. I also noticed that there was no standard of care in the temporary childcare and babysitting space. I decided that I would create something that set a high standard in temporary childcare and allowed for parents to utilize childcare without any guilt or worry.
As a working mother, what is one tip or piece of advice that you would give to other female entrepreneurs?
Lana: I would say don’t waste your precious and finite energy feeling guilty.
What do you like best about having a business in the San Fernando Valley?
Lana: I love how family friendly and community oriented the Valley is.
If there was one thing you wish you knew before you began your business, what would that be?
Lana: My business isn’t quite a year old yet so I feel like it’s all been lesson after lesson so far. Luckily, none of them have been too dramatic. I guess I am glad I only knew what I knew when I started, otherwise I may not have set out to create this thing.
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