The Whole Child Learning Co.

At a Glance

Products & Services: Enrichment and tutoring programs

Number of Locations: 50

Total Investment: $32.6K - $38.8K

Founded: 1996

Began Franchising: 1999

About The Whole Child Learning Co.

Noticing a lack of quality computer education programs for children, husband and wife Matt and Lindsay Barron founded Gigglebytes in San Marcos, Texas, in 1996. Combining Lindsay's teaching experience with Matt's sales and marketing experience, they sold their computer education service to preschools, day-care centers and after-school programs.

In 1997, they changed the company's name to The Whole Child Learning Co. to reflect its expanded curriculum, including martial arts and physical movement classes. The company began franchising in 1999.

Franchise Units

Year U.S. Canadian International Company Owned
2014 46 0 0 4
2013 45 0 0 4
2012 39 0 0 10
2011 32 0 0 9
2010 26 0 0 6
Where Seeking Franchisees: Franchisor is seeking new franchise units in the U.S.,Asia, Australia/New Zealand, Canada, Central America, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Mexico, South America, Western Europe.
Direct Capital

Startup Costs, Ongoing Fees and Financing

Total Investment: $32,600 - $38,800
Franchise Fee: $29,500
Ongoing Royalty Fee: 7%
Term of Franchise Agreement: 10 years, renewable
Veteran Incentives: $5,000 off franchise fee
Financial Requirements
Net Worth: $75,000
Liquid Cash Available: $40,000
Operations
Franchise can be run from home. Number of employees needed to run franchised unit: 3. Absentee ownership of franchise is NOT allowed. (100% of current franchisees are owner/operators).
Direct Capital
Financing Type In-House Third Party
Franchise Fee
Startup Costs
Equipment
Inventory
Accounts Receivable
Payroll

How This Franchise Supports Franchisees

Training: Available at headquarters: 1 week. At franchisee's location: 3 days.
Ongoing Support: Newsletter, Meetings
Marketing Support: Co-op advertising, Ad slicks, Regional advertising,

Franchise Ranking History

Franchise 500®: #365 (2010),
Low-Cost: #91 (2010),

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