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Whole Kid And Kaboodle

The Whole Child Learning Company

This story appears in the April 2000 issue of Business Start-Ups magazine.

The dreams of all parents invariably include seeing their children succeed. Husband-and-wife team Matt and Lindsay Barron have tapped into that desire with The Whole Child Learning Company, a provider of educational enrichment programs for children. Whether it's teaching computer basics or Spanish to preschoolers, the goal is to give them tools for life.

Started in 1996 under the name Gigglebytes, The Whole Child Learning Company arose out of necessity. Feeling that quality computer education programs for kids were lacking, the Barrons decided to open shop in San Marcos, Texas, after a successful pilot program in New York City. Lindsay, a teacher at the time, had the experience to design the curriculum, while Matt, a sales manager for a fiber-optic cable manufacturer, had the sales and marketing expertise to promote the company. They sold Gigglebytes computer education service to preschools, day-care providers and after-school programs. Parents loved it.

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