Rose Garden Early Childhood Center
Conversion to worker cooperative
2017 and 2023 Non-Extractive Loans
The Rose Garden is a LifeWays representative Waldorf-inspired private child care center, which emphasizes the role of imagination in learning, striving to integrate holistically the intellectual, practical, and artistic development of children. After 8 years, the founding owner Judith Frizlen decided to retire and came to Cooperation Buffalo for help selling the business to its workers. Quality child care is in very high demand in Buffalo, and is core to supporting newly expanding professional industries. The child care sector, however, is in rough shape, suffering from high worker turnover, low wage ceilings, and high levels of burnout among workers. Putting childcare workers in control of their workplace and in control of their surplus business income can go a long way to stabilizing the sector and creating good jobs.