Excellence in educational child care, our ever present mission.
April Marie Lukasik, founder of Bright & Early Children's Learning Centers, finds her roots in a family of entrepreneurs. Her grandmother owned and operated a nursing home that her parents later grew into a successful entity. April started off working in the family business, gathering experience and cultivating her passion of caring for others. After obtaining her Bachelors Degree in Marketing, April jumpstarted her entrepreneurial career, creating and operating multiple companies while gaining experience and insight into what it takes to build and grow a successful organization.
When her children were toddlers, April found herself searching for CT child care options that suited her needs and standards as a discerning parent… a safe, secure, nurturing, warm, home-like, educational, organized, and clean child care center. Not finding what she was looking for, April tapped into her entrepreneurial spirit to start her own child care center that met all of these standards. She renovated a 10,000 square foot building, set up 16 classrooms, enrolled 150 families, and hired a staff of 30. She successfully brought to market the kind of exceptional educational child care center she envisioned for her own children. Realizing that she had fulfilled the need for high quality child care and early education in Middletown, she set out to grow the company again, opening locations in North Branford and Old Saybrook. A West Hartford location will also open early 2018!
Over the years, April has created, developed, and implemented a business model that easily competes with the national brands of child care. With approximately 20 years of experience in the business, an excellent reputation, and detailed systems achieving the highest of standards, it was time to build upon the solid foundation, and take the company to the next level. Currently, Bright & Early is proud to have cared for and educated thousands of children and to have sent them on a path for success. The company philosophy captures the spirit of exceptional child care: “Awakening young minds when it matters most.”
As a member of Entrepreneur's Organization - Connecticut, as well as an active Board Member, April continuously attends executive education and global learning programs. From 2011-2013, she attended and completed the Entreprenurial Masters Program hosted at MIT. She also attended the EO Growth Forum hosted at The London Business School in 2015. April is the current President of EO Connecticut, leading the organization and promoting its mission to provide ongoing entrepreneurial educational learning events, forum based groups, and once in a lifetime experiences for Connecticut's entrepreneurial comminity.
An active member of the business community, she also volunteers as a coach and mentor for college students interested in developing start-up companies and entrepreneurship.
Pictured above with Kathy Pancione, Director of the North Branford center, attending a conference and workshop on Building Leaders.
As part of giving back to aspiring entrepreneurs, April volunteers each year as a coach, mentor, and judge for the College of Holy Cross Annual Shark Tank Competition. See below for local articles on this year's event...