PRIMROSE SCHOOLS: Franchise Owner Charged With Rape

Primrose Schools childcare franchise now has its very own Franchisee from Hell.

According to FOX19 news in Lebanon, Ohio, the Maineville, OH Primrose Schools childcare franchise is being shut down after the owner was charged with the rape of a 13-year-old.

The alleged 13-year-old victim was not a student of Primrose Schools.

According to the news report:

John Foster, 36, was arrested last Wednesday. He was arraigned on Thursday morning and is being held in the Warren County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

Foster is a franchise owner of the Primrose School in Maineville. He and his wife opened the school in 2008. Police say at this point, they have no reported incidents involving Primrose students.

According to court documents, Foster engaged in sexual conduct with a girl under 13 from 1999 until 2003.

Foster has been ordered to stay away from the victim and all children under the age of 18…

According to the President of Primrose, Jo Kirchner, the license of the franchisee has been officially terminated.

Because of the ongoing investigation, Primrose schools felt it was in the best interest of the students and their parents to shut down the school. The students will be able to attend school at one of the three other Primrose locations.

The decision to close the school came after a meeting Thursday night with the parents of the students that attend the school and the owners of the other locations.

Foster and his wife co-own the private daycare and preschool franchise.

The Foster’s Primrose Schools franchise location offered daycare and kindergarten and had announced plans to add one first-grade class this fall.

About Primrose Schools (from the Primrose Schools website): 

“In 2008, Primrose Schools entered into a strategic equity partnership with Roark Capital Group, an Atlanta-based private equity firm. Primrose was their first investment to be made in the educational category. The capital from this partnership will allow Primrose Schools to continue to invest in infrastructure, innovation, and our franchise system to maintain continual improvement for the Primrose brand at all levels and raise consumer recognition across the country.

“In 2010, Primrose Schools unveiled our new Primrose School of Education, where we conduct regular training for school staff members and franchise owners. From our beginnings in a single school to the opening of our downtown Atlanta location in 2010, Primrose Schools has grown to more than 220 schools in 15 states.”


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2 thoughts on “PRIMROSE SCHOOLS: Franchise Owner Charged With Rape

  • April

    I worked with John Foster for 6 years. I also had my daughter enrolled in Primrose. Every screening process available was done and rechecked. He had no criminal past or even anything shady. Everything that could have been done was done. John himself was vigorous in screening our other employees to make sure there was only the best working there. There was unfortunately no preventing this horrid event or forecasting especially as it happened years before John joined the Primrose team. I assure you Primrose Corp is immaculate in their screening process:)

  • Anon

    “There was unfortunately no preventing this horrid event or forecasting especially as it happened years before John joined the Primrose team. I assure you Primrose Corp is immaculate in their screening process:)”

    Obviously they were not immaculate enough.

    It’s a bit disturbing that you accept the idea that there’s no way to keep child predators from owning day care franchises. There’s always something more that can be done. Sounds like you don’t think it’s worth the trouble.

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