June 17, 2015 // Franchising.com // DULUTH, Ga. - To answer the growing demand for educational childcare nationwide, Discovery Point Child Development Centers® is launching a national expansion campaign designed to open as many as 100 new locations over the next five years.
The growth will be accomplished by franchising, initially targeting Texas and North Carolina with new markets to be added.
"As the economy continues to grow and more parents are going back to work, the need for quality childcare will increase," said Cliff Clark, President and CEO of Discovery Point Child Development Centers.
Clark founded Discovery Point Child Development Centers in an Atlanta suburb in 1988 with his late wife, Diane, a former public school teacher. What began as Diane's dream to make a difference in children's lives early on, coupled with Cliff's experience in real estate and building businesses, soon proved to be a popular alternative to existing childcare opportunities with parents and potential franchisees.
After opening the first Discovery Point Child Development Center in 1988, the Clarks expanded to a second center in 1990 and franchising followed in 1991, propelling Discovery Point into a leadership position in the industry.
Discovery Point now has almost 50 franchises in four states and was ranked by Entrepreneur magazine in its Franchise 500 and at #22 among its "Top 100 Red Hot Franchises" and its "Top 500 New U.S. Franchises" for 2013.
"Through the years, we've opened quite a few centers," Clark said, "but we didn't grow just for the sake of growth. We grew at a rate we were comfortable with."
Discovery Point Child Development Centers use the nationally recognized early childhood education program Creative Curriculum System® for Preschool. That distinctive approach – coupled with the company's unique, turnkey franchise model — sets Discovery Point Child Development Centers® apart in the childcare industry.
Once a franchise agreement is signed, the Discovery Point real estate team carefully selects optimum sites for its franchises, purchases the property, and builds the childcare center from the ground up, handling all aspects of construction. All equipment is provided and installed by the franchise company, literally creating a turn-key opportunity for the franchisee to open the doors to a new state-of-the-art facility.
"This process allows the franchisee to focus on training and learning the business rather than being distracted by trying to find real estate and getting the center constructed and opened, which is where we have extensive expertise," Clark said.
With almost 50 locations throughout the Southeast, Discovery Point Child Development Centers® provides safe, educational and nurturing environments for growing children. Discovery Point embraces a three A's approach – Attention, Affection and Approval – and partners with Teaching Strategies in using the nationally recognized early childhood education program, Creative Curriculum System® for Preschool. Since opening its first location in an Atlanta suburb in 1988, Discovery Point has been a leader in childhood enrichment and care, expanding beyond its Georgia roots into Florida, North Carolina and Tennessee with plans under way to reach new markets nationwide. Discovery Point Child Development Centers® was recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine in its "Franchise 500" and ranked #22 on its "Red-Hot Franchise" list for 2013. More information about Discovery Point and Discovery Point franchise opportunities is available by calling (800) 418-3990 or visiting discoverypointfranchise.com or discoverypoint.com.
SOURCE Discovery Point Child Development Centers