Frank Kennedy credits his 5-year old son, Nathaniel, and comedian, Eddie Murphy, for his interest in the business of early childhood education. After watching, laughing, re-watching, and laughing even harder at Eddie Murphy’s movie, Daddy Day Care, on their suburban Philadelphia living room sofa, Nathaniel suggested to his father that he start an in-home childcare business.
The idea was poignant since Nathaniel’s father, Frank, like the main characters in the film, was a recently laid-off business executive. Frank did not open a childcare business , but he was inspired to launch a related business: an educational program for hundreds of childcare centers in the mid-Atlantic region.
Frank is an entrepreneur and a teacher of entrepreneurs; it is his ministry. After working with low-income students in urban Philadelphia, he found that entrepreneurship and Christian discipleship are synergistic companions, that both create “new life” and both cause “growth.” He started helping teens create business ventures (t-shirts screening business, pizza delivery, and more) and taught them how to become their own entrepreneurial executives. Since the late 80’s Frank Kennedy has helped tens of thousands of children craft their own entrepreneurial dreams into concrete business plans. His advocacy, workshops, classes, keynotes, and training sessions have helped entrepreneurs from Massachusetts to California, from prisons to colleges, in urban and rural settings, nationally and internationally.
In his spare time, Frank has climbed to the top of the Great Pyramid in Egypt, been trapped in the sewers of Paris, earned an M.B.A. at Eastern University, skied the Swiss Alps, snorkeled in Hawaii, handled tarantulas in the Amazon Rainforest, graduated from Haverford College with a major in religion, sailed the Nile River, floated on the Dead Sea, crashed a party hosted by Michael Jordan, prayed with Mother Teresa, and toured 45 countries and all 50 states. Frank lives happily with his wife and two sons, Nathaniel, 17, and Calvin, 9, an energetic boy on the autism spectrum.
Frank is excited to partner with the entrepreneurial vitality of Early Childhood Professionals, helping churches to realize their entrepreneurial potential to make disciples through effective childcare ministries. He has always been inspired by the possibilities of St. Paul’s declaration in Ephesians, chapter 3: “Unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or imagine.”