Children's Services Franchises

  • Rank
  • Company/Description/Initial Investment
# 40
Kumon Math & Reading Centers

Kumon Math & Reading Centers

Initial Investment: $64K - $134K

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# 84
Eye Level Learning Centers

Eye Level Learning Centers

Initial Investment: $76K - $139K

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# 109
Goddard Systems Inc.

Goddard Systems Inc.

Initial Investment: $707K - $751K

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# 135
Primrose School Franchising Co.

Primrose School Franchising Co.

Initial Investment: $659K - $5.5M

# 140
Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

Club Z! In-Home Tutoring Services

Initial Investment: $33K - $57K

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# 157
Tutor Doctor

Tutor Doctor

Initial Investment: $66K - $104K

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# 169
Mathnasium Learning Centers

Mathnasium Learning Centers

Initial Investment: $91K - $138K

# 175
JEI Learning Centers

JEI Learning Centers

Initial Investment: $61K - $100K

# 194
Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Soccer Shots Franchising LLC

Initial Investment: $32K - $39K

# 198
Huntington Learning Centers

Huntington Learning Centers

Initial Investment: $99K - $204K

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# 201
My Gym Children's Fitness Center

My Gym Children's Fitness Center

Initial Investment: $34K - $247K

# 253
High Touch-High Tech

High Touch-High Tech

Initial Investment: $60K - $64K

# 258
Kiddie Academy

Kiddie Academy

Initial Investment: $414K - $3.6M

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# 267
TSS Photography

TSS Photography

Initial Investment: $36K - $74K

# 276
i9 Sports

i9 Sports

Initial Investment: $45K - $70K

# 315
LearningRx

LearningRx

Initial Investment: $102K - $201K

# 343
Amazing Athletes

Amazing Athletes

Initial Investment: $34K - $56K

# 356
Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Young Rembrandts Franchise Inc.

Initial Investment: $37K - $49K

# 370
Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Co.

Initial Investment: $634K - $4M

# 379
Little Gym, The

Little Gym, The

Initial Investment: $146K - $366K

# 401
SeekingSitters Franchise System Inc.

SeekingSitters Franchise System Inc.

Initial Investment: $59K - $91K

# 439
Parisi Speed School

Parisi Speed School

Initial Investment: $10K - $172K

# 456
Mad Science Group Inc.

Mad Science Group Inc.

Initial Investment: $70K - $90K

# 477
Learning Experience Academy of Early Education, The

Learning Experience Academy of Early Education, The

Initial Investment: $495K - $3.6M

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# 484
Sylvan Learning

Sylvan Learning

Initial Investment: $187K - $282K

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Abrakadoodle

Abrakadoodle

Initial Investment: $38K - $80K

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Adventure Kids Playcare

Adventure Kids Playcare

Initial Investment: $326K - $565K

NR
Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness

Baby Boot Camp/Karna Fitness

Initial Investment: $5K - $10K

NR
Baby Power/Forever Kids

Baby Power/Forever Kids

Initial Investment: $88K - $111K

NR
Chyten Educational Services

Chyten Educational Services

Initial Investment: $139K - $262K

NR
CompuChild

CompuChild

Initial Investment: $18K - $33K

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Computer Explorers

Computer Explorers

Initial Investment: $63K - $73K

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Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

Drama Kids Int'l. Inc.

Initial Investment: $29K - $49K

NR
FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

FasTracKids Int'l. Ltd.

Initial Investment: $48K - $204K

NR
Fun Bus Fitness Fun on Wheels

Fun Bus Fitness Fun on Wheels

Initial Investment: $85K - $115K

NR
Guard-A-Kid

Guard-A-Kid

Initial Investment: $21K - $39K

NR
Ho Math Chess Tutoring Center

Ho Math Chess Tutoring Center

Initial Investment: $32K - $32K

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Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Ident-A-Kid Franchise Corp.

Initial Investment: $34K - $44K

NR
JumpBunch Inc.

JumpBunch Inc.

Initial Investment: $40K - $74K

NR
Kidokinetics

Kidokinetics

Initial Investment: $43K - $57K

NR
Kidville

Kidville

Initial Investment: $300K - $450K

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Kidz On The Go

Kidz On The Go

Initial Investment: $100K - $125K

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Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Kinderdance Int'l. Inc.

Initial Investment: $15K - $46K

NR
Lil' Angels Photography

Lil' Angels Photography

Initial Investment: $24K - $29K

NR
Pigtails & Crewcuts

Pigtails & Crewcuts

Initial Investment: $94K - $168K

NR
Rainbow Station Inc.

Rainbow Station Inc.

Initial Investment: $3.5M - $6.5M

NR
Romp n' Roll

Romp n' Roll

Initial Investment: $200K - $287K

NR
Skyhawks Sports

Skyhawks Sports

Initial Investment: $23K - $68K

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Stork News of America Inc.

Stork News of America Inc.

Initial Investment: $12K - $76K

NR
Stretch-N-Grow Int'l. Inc.

Stretch-N-Grow Int'l. Inc.

Initial Investment: $30K - $30K

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The process began in July 2015, when we asked franchisors to participate in our survey. Each submission was vetted before being entered for data analysis; 951 companies made the first cut. Of those, the top 500 became the Franchise 500® ranking, based on financial and statistical data from July 2013 through July 2015.

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