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Celebree School Franchisees Brian and Kate Mulcahy Are Eager to Provide High Level of Quality Care to Northern Virginia Families

Former attorney, wife and mother, Kate Mulcahy wants to ensure parents have the unconditional support they need, which led her and her husband to franchise with Celebree School.

Brian and Kate Mulcahy are no strangers to juggling family and business, and the chance to own and operate a Celebree School was just too good of an opportunity to pass up. After a great deal of research and several phone calls with different franchise brands, the McLean, Virginia-based couple is thrilled to join forces with the early childhood education and enrichment franchise. They were drawn, in part, to the brand’s professionalism and the united front presented by the leadership team. 

Celebree School takes a very measured and professional approach to franchising and is very deliberate in how they identify geographic areas for growth,” Kate Mulcahy said. “What stood out to me the most, though, is how closely the leadership team works together. No matter what role they’re in, everyone is really involved and has a strong grasp of the overall business, which I found very unique when speaking with different franchisors.” 

Celebree School was founded in 1994 with a mission to Grow People Big and Small™ and operates on three key principles: educate, nurture and protect. Since its founding, Celebree School has become a leader in early childhood education. Today, the brand has 40 locations either open or under development in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia that provide infant and toddler care, preschool, before- and after-school programs and a summer camp program. The Celebree School leadership team is eager to expand into communities in New Jersey, New York, Virginia and more, and seeks franchisees who want to bring a high level of professional childcare to their communities. 

The Mulcahys fully embrace this mission and feel confident the leadership team will support them. They are in the process of determining the location of their first franchise, which will either be in Fairfax County, specifically in the Tysons Corner community, or in North Arlington. Both areas, and Northern Virginia in general, are highly condensed with families who often face limited options—and long waiting lists—for quality childcare. 

“There is a huge need in those communities for more high-quality daycare, and most of the centers in operation are either beyond capacity or very close to capacity,” Mulcahy said. 

In addition to Celebree School, Brian Mulcahy owns and operates his own consulting firm, Morrison Consulting Services, which supports architectural and engineering firms who are seeking to contract with or are performing contract work for the federal government. Kate Mulcahy also has a background in corporate law and practiced at two large law firms before she opted to retire from that field in 2013 to focus more on her family. 

Mulcahy never thought she’d go into franchising, but she also knew she wouldn’t be able to provide an exceptionally high level of care without some major support. She and Brian decided to look into several concepts in the early childhood education space. 

“My 14-year-old son has high-functioning autism, and teachers and caregivers have always played a critical role in his journey to being his best self,” she said. “I wanted to provide that high level of service to overworked families in this area who are also trying to raise children, and I realized very quickly it was not something I could do as well as I wanted to without a high-quality early childhood education company behind me.” 

Mulcahy felt very comfortable with Celebree School from the beginning and said that working with them has felt more like a partnership than anything else. She plans to leverage her existing community connections to spread the word about her new venture. Not only does she volunteer at her children’s schools, but she also helps raise money for Children’s National Hospital in Washington D.C. She is currently serving her second term as president of the Board of Visitors of Children’s National and will cycle off of this term in June, which makes this summer the perfect time to embrace this new chapter of her personal and professional life. 

“The Celebree School leadership team is thrilled to have someone of Mulcahy’s caliber on board and is positive that she and Brian will represent the brand extremely well in the Northern Virginia area,” said Jim DiRugeris, Celebree’s Chief Development Officer.

The initial investment for a Celebree School franchise ranges from $634,000 to $1,390,000. The franchise fee is $75,000. To learn more about franchising with Celebree, visit