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Smarty Arts Child Care

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1317 W. Nedro Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19141

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Smarty Arts Child Care

Nikiya Newton, founder of Smarty Arts Child Care LLC, transformed her entrepreneurial drive into community growth. Young city children, who often come from low income households and may have limited resources for exploring their artistic talents, can find their creative outlet for dance, drama, vocal, and even sewing and fashion design classes at Smarty Arts.

Nikiya always knew that she wanted to be her own boss, and after she discovered that she didn’t want to pursue a career in cosmology, running a childcare business became her focus. She came to Entrepreneur Works in 2012 for a loan to help open Smarty Arts. Starting her daycare quickly became Nikiya’s greatest challenge, as security issues and property damage compromised the existence of Smarty Arts, just days before its opening. Nikiya explains, “I was in a bad situation, I had to start from scratch.” Along with her loan from Entrepreneur Works that helped pay for a new alarm system, Nikiya’s own resilience stood as a strong source for her business recovery.

Today, Nikiya has found more stable ground in managing her business, as it allows her to “have full control of all aspects” of her center and that she may teach her artistic talents to children every day, so that they may “find and master their crafts.”

Perhaps what is equally rewarding for Nikiya is that her daycare “provides light to a dark situation,” as many Smarty Arts kids have parents who cannot otherwise pay for their children to pursue creative interests such as dance and drama, as these are commonly believed to be “luxury” activities, Nikiya says. Not only this, but on a grander scale, Smarty Arts provides for the whole community with its nutritious snacks and meals, designed to “help instill healthy eating habits,” as well as Nikiya’s long-term goal to develop a co-ed Smarty Arts basketball league that would combat child obesity and “keep kids off the streets.”

Regardless of her business’s tough setbacks, Nikiya’s entrepreneurial drive has soldiered her on to create a worthy, life-changing daycare and for her, a more self-led life, which she “wouldn’t change for the world.”