The Rose Garden Early Childhood Center is a LifeWays Representative Program and a home-away-from-home for children 18 months to 5 years in Buffalo, NY. After founding The Rose Garden in 2009, Judy Frizlen oversaw many successful years as owner and director. Then, when planning for retirement and facing the notion of handing over her dear school, Judy did research, engaged with her community, and soon realized the business model that would truly best suit the unique entity that is The Rose Garden: a worker-owned cooperative model. So, after careful planning, this transition was undertaken. The school kept the position of director, now held by Stephanie Neikirk-Epes, and embraced five teachers as worker-owners. Over the past winter the worker-owners, Theresa DiMuro Wilber, Josh Boyle, Dasha Nadolinski, Laura Grande and Meredith Unger, attended a twelve-week training course on worker cooperatives led by Andrew Delmonte and Tori Kuper of Cooperation Buffalo.
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