Tess M. Ousley, M.Ed
My name is Tess Ousley, M.Ed. and I am the CEO/Founder of All About Kids Learning Academy, Inc. I began this early learning program out of need for quality childcare for my oldest daughter, Breanna. I was fresh out of graduate school when my husband and I welcomed Breanna into this world. We were so excited for her to be exposed to a quality early learning program. However, what we did not realize, at the time, was that on teacher’s salaries, we could not afford the quality care that we expected and desired. So, with the vision of God, myself and my husband, I converted the entire first floor of our southwest side home in Chicago into a home daycare. I furnished it with all of the equipment and supplies that a quality center provides. We named our home daycare, All About Kids. Within five years, we saved enough to purchase our first commercial property, a 5,000 square foot space. Five years later we expanded our facility and opened an infant and toddler program. Shortly after, we opened our Lakeshore Learning Academy facility and now we are in the process of opening our third facility, Early Learning Centers of America.
Much of our success comes from God. He has blessed this business with His vision, wonderful and compassionate teachers and administrators, parents and students. We are a family of learners. We understand the important job that we have been blessed with from God, to provide the best early learning experiences for all of our children.
Tess M. McKenzie, M. Ed.