KIDS ‘R’ KIDS INTERNATIONAL, INC. PARTNERS WITH INCLUSENT TO EXAMINE CURRENT DEI POLICIES AND PRACTICES
Kids ‘R’ Kids International Takes Next Steps in Addressing Discriminatory Behavior
JUNE 20, 2021 – In mid-April, a parent observed video footage of a Roswell Kids ‘R’ Kids franchise’s staff apparently serving lunch to White students while Black students were not served. The incident was contrary to Kids ‘R’ Kids’ mission for every child in its care to feel safe, loved, and inspired. Consequently, Kids ‘R’ Kids terminated its contract with the Roswell franchisee responsible for the event and assisted displaced families in their search for a new preschool.
Kids ‘R’ Kids’ most recent action step has been engaging Inclusent, a nationally recognized diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) firm, to perform a third-party diagnostic assessment of the company. With decades of experience handling workplace investigations and DEI strategy development and execution, the Inclusent team will conduct an audit thoroughly evaluating Kids ‘R’ Kids existing DEI policies, processes, and systems and provide best practice recommendations for moving forward.
“After several meetings with David Vinson, CEO, and the executive leadership team, I came away immediately impressed that the Company is 100% committed to addressing this challenge as a top priority” said Bill Hawthorne, Inclusent’s Chief Strategy Officer, who will lead the review.
Updated Statement April 8, 2021 – Theinteractionscapturedonvideo by one of our families, yesterday, is disturbing and not in accordance with the inclusive culture that we promote at Kids ‘R’ Kids amongst our families, their children or our staff.
After further review and much consideration of the photo/video in question, our company has decided to terminate that franchisee’s Kids ‘R’ Kids contract and branding, effective immediately, leaving them to operate independently.
We apologize to the family, the community and all of those impacted by this situation and will use this as a learning tool to remind our Kids ‘R’ Kids staff onthe importance of diversity and inclusivity.
As a result of this decision, our corporate office will assist any displaced families with locating preschool options in their respective area.
April 8, 2021 –
Weapologizetoourfamily, their friends and our entire Kids ‘R’ Kids community for the narrative that is displayed by the snapshot of a video from one of our locations. We are in contact with the familyto again express our sincerest apology and to show them video of earlier in the day and other days, where our inclusive culture is on full display. Our video system is in place and available toour families to ensure that we always operate in the spirit of wanting the best for their/our children. We appreciate everyone’s openness to allow us to demonstrate that Wednesday’s incident was random and isolated. We look forward to moving beyond this and refocusing our efforts on our vision of developing generations to cherish and impact their world through the positive foundation fostered at Kids ‘R’ Kids locations across the country.