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Kris Murray

President and Founder

Kris Murray is the Founder of The Child Care Success Company and is America’s leading child care business expert. Her mission is to help child care owners and directors become more successful and profitable through proven cutting-edge marketing techniques and a unique approach to running a child care business. Kris founded CCSC in 2008 when the economy was starting to tank and the enrollment at her children’s preschool was down significantly. They were about half full, desperate, and in need of answers. Taking her marketing knowledge and combining it with her “mom hat,” she was able to create a system for her very first client (TLC Academy in Hudson, Ohio) that worked to grow their enrollment by about 55 children in 11 months. Together, they doubled their enrollment by putting proven but little-known marketing strategies into place. Today, they remain nearly full and have a waiting list for some rooms.

Kris took that success story and ran with it, turning it into a marketing system and toolkit for the child care business owner. Spreading the word through speaking engagements at state and national child care conferences, as well as online media and training webinars for partners and associations in the early childhood field, Kris began being sought out by child care owners. She made a commitment to dedicate the rest of her professional life to helping as many child care business owners, directors, and managers as she can with their enrollment, revenue, staff issues, time management, goal-setting, mindset, systems, and more. The biggest driver for Kris is when she is able to provide her clients with massive insight or clarity on how to fix a business challenge and they are inspired to take action to get results.

Kris believes that the child care industry is too high-risk and high-stress for its’ workers to not be compensated well for the work that they do. She believes transforming the minds of child care owners to have a positive mindset and live with daily gratitude rather than having a fear-based approach to life is a key ingredient to running a healthy, successful business. She is determined to help child care owners start leading happier, less stressful lives, and help them make a good living through the amazing work they do.

Kris Murray is also the author of four books that have helped thousands of owners and leaders become more effective in their marketing and enrollment-building. All 5-star books, Rock Star Stories volumes 1 and 2The Ultimate Child Care Marketing Guide, and The 77 Best Strategies to Grow Your Early Childhood Program, are available on Amazon. She is also the co-author of The Happiness Guide for Early Childhood Educators: Secrets to Living Your Best Life In and Out of the Classroom.

She also hosts the world’s largest conference 100% focused on the business side of child care. This year at the Child Care Success Summit™ we expect to see over 1,300 top child care business leaders looking to learn the strategies to be more profitable, run their businesses better, and succeed in life. 

Since founding CCSC, Kris has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine, Newsweek, USA Today, Child Care Exchange, PBS Radio, and is proud to have received an award from Moving America Forward for the impact she has had on the industry. Kris is also very excited to say that CCSC has been ranked as one of Inc’s 5000 Fastest-Growing Private Companies in America for four years in a row. In 2022, Kris was named as one of Success Magazine’s Women of Influence.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Kris now resides in the mountains of Colorado. She has two grown children, Owen and Maeve. Kris loves all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer–her favorite sport is downhill skiing–and taking time to travel to cross destinations off her bucket list.

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