The Daycare Franchising Guide

Joining a daycare franchise is a great solution for entrepreneurs who prefer to use a proven model rather than start from scratch. Often, the most important decision you'll make when becoming a franchisee is which franchise to join. Use our carefully selected list of daycare franchises to find the right one for you.


Opening a daycare franchise is an excellent option for people who love to nurture and influence children. It can also be a great choice for entrepreneurs interested in opening a business with stable demand and regular customers. Daycares allow parents to work or attend school while their children spend their time learning and gaining experience for school. This means parents are almost always return customers.

However, passion for childcare isn't enough to get started with a daycare franchise. Considering the costs of build outs and hiring, daycare franchises can cost anywhere from $90,000 to over $4,000,000 to start. In addition, daycare franchise owners can expect to spend long hours caring for children, with some daycares having hours from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Ask any daycare owner, though, and they'll tell you it's rewarding work. 


Our list includes franchises with well-reviewed services, great training programs, and strong support systems. We reached out to each franchise on this list and we were able to hold an interview with one: Children's Lighthouse.

Franchise Fee: $70,000
Total Investment: $907,000-$4,511,000
Minimum Net Worth: $1,000,000

Company Overview

Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning School works to instill values such as honesty, respect, and fairness in children in a learning environment. With programs specially tailored to children based on age, early and late hours for parents, even video monitoring for parents, Children’s Lighthouse is a great learning space for young children.

Program Overview

Providing 80+ hours of training, including on-site training, Children’s Lighthouse ensures franchisees are not only passionate about childcare, but well-prepared to provide it. With 47 current locations and 12 in development, franchisees will be in good company.

Kiddie Academy

Franchise Fee: Not listed
Total Investment: Not listed
Minimum Net Worth: $600,000 (if leasing), $1,000,000 (if purchasing)

Kiddie Academy brings 35 years of child care experience to the table. Focused on maximizing the learning and development opportunities of children, Kiddie Academy aims to make each day full of learning and fun.

KLA Schools

Franchise Fee: $70,000
Total Investment: $90,000
Minimum Net Worth: Not listed

KLA Schools focuses on and prioritizes each kid’s individuality. Results-driven, KLA Schools keeps records of students’ performance in order to refine their curriculum, inform parents, and provide children with a learning environment conducive to success.

The Goddard School

Franchise Fee: $135,000
Total Investment: $704,800-$764,600
Minimum Net Worth: Not listed

The Goddard School employs its F.L.EX.® Learning Program, which focuses on research that indicates children learn best when having fun. As such, teachers at the Goddard School are flexible in their curriculum, and adapt classes to kids’ interests while still providing the necessary lessons.

Discovery Point

Franchise Fee: Not listed
Total Investment: Not listed
Minimum Net Worth: Not listed

Discovery Point is focused on helping children learn in an individualized way with love and nurturing. Discovery Point does not structure lessons into a “learning time,” rather it finds ways to incorporate learning into every aspect of students’ daily stay.