NIACC Pappajohn Center & SBDC recognizes the July 2023 Entrepreneurs of the Month
17 Jul 2023
Ashley Thompson began Child Time Daycare as an in-home business in Northwood in 2018. She successfully ran the daycare at home for five years, and as her waiting list grew longer and longer, Ashley realized that the need for childcare in her community was not being fully met. “There were daycares closing in town that had been open for over 25 years,” she said. Those displaced families needed solutions so Ashley decided to take action. She saw that there was an opportunity for someone to help fill Northwood’s childcare gap so she sat down with her husband Matt and they figured out a plan. To make sure they were fully prepared, Ashley went back to school, attending Hawkeye Community College for the Iowa Childcare Director Training program, while Matt worked on finding a location.