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Our Story

Jay Shah & Kruti Shah are the founders of Marigold Academy. Our journey in childcare began in 2017 when we were blessed with twin daughters. As working professionals, we needed high-quality childcare for our own children, and we immediately began searching for a perfect childcare program for our children. After visiting more than half a dozen established schools, we quickly realized we needed a loving, nurturing, and high-quality program to prepare our children for kindergarten and beyond. We wanted an environment that not only enriches our children’s socio-emotional skills but also provides an environment where they can develop their curiosity and appetite to learn and explore, socialize with other children, and make friends.

In the process, we realized our love and passion for childcare and early education. The process of identifying an ideal school for our children planted the seeds and led us to acquire our first school in 2019. That enabled us to fulfill our passion for pursuing a new career in early childcare development. In 2021, we acquired a second school. Once we decided to enter franchising, we rebranded both locations from Education Station to Marigold Academy.

Our Founders

Jay Shah – Founder and CEO

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Jay Shah is a Founder and CEO of Marigold Academy. Jay founded the Marigold Academy in 2023. However, Jay did not come from a background in education. Rather, Jay grew up in a humble environment. Jay immigrated to the United States in 1995, and like most immigrants, he worked hard to support his family and build a career for himself. Jay holds an Electrical & Computer Engineering degree from Wayne State University and MBA from Michigan State University. Jay spent the first 15 years of his career in corporate America in various capacities within Engineering, Supply Chain, Operations, Finance & Accounting related positions. Furthermore, he has been part of the early education and childcare industry since 2019. In his current role, Jay oversees and manages two very successful Marigold Academy corporate locations. He utilizes his knowledge, expertise, and leadership to build a successful childcare brand to provide high-quality early education to children before they enter kindergarten.

Jay is a huge advocate of high-quality early education for children in all communities to build a strong foundation for successful lives and careers. Jay is also very passionate about helping other professionals build a strong foundation and legacy for their families and communities. In his current role, Jay utilizes his leadership, experience, and vision to build a strong brand and associate with highly motivated individuals that want to make a difference in their communities while building a strong foundation and legacy for their own families.

Kruti Shah – Founder and President

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Kruti Shah is a Founder and President of Marigold Academy. Similar to Jay, Kruti also came from humble beginnings, helping out in the family business (a franchised operation) while growing up. Kruti has a degree in Architecture; however, she has been part of the early education and childcare industry since 2019. Kruti is truly passionate about children, their well-being, and education. Apart from being involved in overseeing the corporate Marigold Academy locations, she also enjoys volunteering at her daughters’ local elementary school.

We invite you to read about the rich history our school faced throughout our years of service.