The Learning Experience® Franchise Honors Thirteen Locations Nationwide with 'Center Of Excellence' Award

Early Learning Academy Franchisees Recognized For Outstanding Customer Service, Curriculum Delivery & Overall Operational Performance

April 23, 2014 // // BOCA RATON, FL – The Learning Experience® (TLE®), the country's fastest growing early learning academy for children six weeks to five years old, is pleased to announce thirteen of its franchised centers as the recipients of its annual Center of Excellence Award. This recognition is bestowed upon the top 10 percent of TLE® Centers nationwide that have scored 85 percent or higher on their annual evaluations.

Each year, TLE® Centers are evaluated by TLE® Board of Directors on customer service, student retention, curriculum delivery, TLE® branding and overall performance. Based on this criteria, the following locations were among the top of 120 centers nationwide and chosen to receive the Center of Excellence Award:

  • Crest Hill, IL, owned by Bernadette Fiascone
  • Holly Springs, NC, owned by Jonathan and Darcel Cumbo
  • Charlotte, NC, owned by Donna and Frank Portagallo
  • Edison, NJ, owned by Ivette Vecchione and Manuel Jacome
  • Hopewell, Pennington, NJ, owned by Biren and Trish Shah
  • South Lyon Twp, MI, owned by Cynthia Umphrey and Richard Gibout
  • Boynton Beach, FL, owned by Michael Brown
  • River Vale, NJ, owned by Irene and Peter Anevski
  • Hackensack, NJ, owned by Michael and Christine Pane
  • Manahawkin, NJ, owned by Coleena Lieter and Shaleen Riker
  • Rocky Point, NY, owned by Christine Flynn
  • West Windsor, NJ, owned by Geetha and Samitha Ranasinghe
  • Medford, NY, owned by Larry Russo and Rajiv Menon

"TLE® Centers of Excellence are emblematic of our company's proven academic franchise system, and we are pleased to honor the top performing centers with this annual award," said Mr. Richard Weissman, TLE® President. "The franchise owners, management and teachers' hard work and dedication to following our system and methods at each of the recognized locations has directly resulted in this Center standing out as a top performer and educator."

TLE® is a family-run business whose founders have over 30 years of experience in dealing with business and proprietary education. Under Weissman's leadership, the company has become the country's fastest growing early learning academy providing cutting edge accredited curriculum tailored to meet the needs of each individual student as well as tried and true methods for the success of TLE® franchisee owners.

TLE®'s unique proprietary curriculum, L.E.A.P. (Learning Experience Academic Program), features computers, math, music, drama, dance, songs, arts & crafts, foreign languages, the award-winning early reading program "Fun with Phonics," and specialized enrichment programs which are all included in tuition. Social programs such as manners & etiquette allow children to practice positive decision-making and build self-confidence. Additionally, as the first nationwide preschool to offer a philanthropy-focused curriculum, TLE® teaches the core tenants of selflessness, generosity and giving and encourages students to apply such values in the classroom, at home and in the community.

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About The Learning Experience®

The Learning Experience® (TLE®) is a leading provider of child care and early education services and the nation's fastest growing early learning academy for children ages six weeks to five years old. TLE® offers full and part-time services for children and supplemental after-school services for school-age children.

In line with the national emphasis placed on early childhood education during the most crucial years of development (six weeks to age 8), TLE® incorporates programs that advance cognitive, social and physical activity in its preschoolers. TLE®'s innovative curriculum programs, such as L.E.A.P®, a cutting-edge proprietary approach to learning which has nearly 90 percent of TLE® children graduating preschool reading at a Kindergarten or greater level, are complemented by enrichment programs crucial to advancing learning and overall balance such as philanthropy, baby yoga, music, soccer, and more.

As of February 2014, TLE® has 207 system-wide centers including 126 operating centers (107 franchised and 19 Company-owned) and 81 centers in various forms of development. TLE® is one of the few childcare operators (either Company owned or through a franchise model) that demonstrated positive same-store comparable growth in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.

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SOURCE The Learning Experience®


Typhanie Stewart
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