Central Christian Academy (CCA) is announcing plans to franchise with its first location in Vilonia.

CCA serves children ages 6 weeks to 5 years and includes a school-age program with before and after-school drop-off and pick-up to and from local elementary schools.

CCA is a licensed and Better Beginnings accredited program with strong emphasis on quality certified teachers and enrichment through Spanish, music, art, gym classes, and other engaging activities for young minds.

CCA is designed to minister to children through quality early childhood education while nurturing Christian values and deeply enriching students’ development socially, emotionally, physically, academically and spiritually.

Founded in 2008, CCA has grown to include a Conway and Greenbrier location. The preschool’s demand is so high, each location has a waiting list.

In the last year, the Conway location has had 475 children added to their waiting list, said Cristin Jensen, Chief Executive Officer of Central Christian Academy.

"We receive up to 10 calls and walk in or scheduled tours per day," she said.

Jensen said with a need for growth, but not enough resources between her and her husband Michael, franchising seemed like the right option.

"Running a business the right way is a lot of work, and we put all of our time and energy into the preschools," she said. "We knew we still wanted to grow, but not operate another location ourselves on a daily basis. After much prayer, we started looking into the franchise options."

There are many requirements for franchising Jensen said with two being financial stability and business knowledge, but we are excited about working with couples who are passionate and have experience in early education.

"We trust that God will lead us in choosing the right people when that time comes," she said.

Currently Vilonia is the only franchise planned, but Jensen said CCA is open to the idea of opening more locations, and has had many people approach her about opening a CCA in Cabot or Maumelle.

The Vilonia location will be set up exactly as the CCA programs in Conway and Greenbrier, Jensen said.

"They will use the same curriculum, enrichment programs, webcams and technology options, hiring standards and even murals on the walls in the preschool classrooms," she said.

All franchise locations are required to become Better Beginning accredited within one year.

Shane and Alexis Cauthen of Vilonia are the franchisees of Central Christian Academy of Vilonia (CCAV), and are enthusiastic about providing the Vilonia area with more early childhood options.

Alexis Cauthen, Executive Director of CCAV said, "My husband and I have strong ties to this community and deeply desire to serve the families of Vilonia by loving and teaching their children in a safe, clean, nurturing, quality environment."

With the help of Centennial Bank and Watson and Watson Construction, the Cauthens are working very hard to have the facility open by the beginning of January 2015. Daily hours will be from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

CCAV will be located at the corner of Beryl and Highway 64 with drop off access directly off of Beryl Road.

"We want the chance to love on and minister to these kids and their families after all we’ve been through as a community," Alexis said. "With the growth in Vilonia, we saw a need developing before the storm, and we have such faith in the people of this city, that we know the demand will only increase as we recover, rebuild and grow."

For those interested in enrollment at the Vilonia location, please call or text (501) 269-8247, or call Central Christian Academy at (501) 327-5437. For more information visit www.centralchristianacademy.org.

For those interested in employment opportunities, please email your resume to ccavilonia@gmail.com.

For information about franchising opportunities, please email allaboutcca@gmail.com.

(Staff writer Michelle Corbet can be reached by email at michelle.corbet@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1215. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)