Real Estate

Exceptional Opportunity. Exceptional Support.

Since 1981, Kiddie Academy® has grown into a leading provider of education-base child care with academies in locations throughout the Unites States.  A key industry differentiator is our Life Essentials® philosophy, which focuses on Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum, Health and Fitness, Character Education and Technology. Life Essentials prepares children for school and life.   We search for people and organizations who share in our dedication for being the best child care provider in the communities we serve.     

One important aspect of our strategy for growth is the relationships our experienced real estate team establishes with landlords, developers and franchisees.  High quality, attractive facilities developed in locations that make good business sense, are the result.  

We provide a full spectrum of support to our franchisees (your tenant), including assistance with site selection, academy design and development. This entails support with regulatory approvals for building, zoning and child-care licensing throughout the construction phase.  

Once open, Kiddie Academy daycare franchises are continually supported with training and guidance on financial management, operations and marketing.  Our comprehensive set of systems and methodologies helps each daycare franchisee maintain uniform, high-quality standards.  

For you, the developer or landlord, that means you get peace of mind knowing you'll have both desirable tenants and solid operators.  

A Winning Formula

Educational daycare franchisees do not need prior child care experience to become successful. Our success is the result of selecting quality franchisees who share our vision and core values.

  • Education of the whole child
  • Committing to the improvement of the communities we serve 
  • Making long-term business decisions 
  • Possessing honesty, trustworthiness and ethics in everything we do

The Support You Need

Our support makes a Kiddie Academy educational daycare franchise an exceptional opportunity, whether you are a seasoned developer/landlord or this is your first commercial child-care lease. Our proven approach to daycare franchising will provide a strong educational program for the local community and a sound business opportunity for your tenant.


We assist our daycare franchisees with securing third-party financing that starts during the site selection stage through loan closing/disbursement. Our franchisees have access to our national loan application system with over 2,400 lenders. Over the years, we have established relationships with many local and regional lenders. 

Real Estate

Our professional real estate team with years of experience throughout the country, utilizes sophisticated market demographics and site selection strategies as well as in-market and on the ground site tours/inspections to help the franchisee select the best site possible.


Our in-house construction team supports our daycare franchisee's site development efforts including the following areas: architectural plans, zoning, permits, construction, specifications and child care licensing requirements.

Real Estate Criteria:

Site Criteria:

  • Building Types: Freestanding, Retail (in-line/end cap space), Office
  • Lot Size: One to two acres
  • Building Size: 7,000-9,000 sq. ft. (prototype: 8,500 sq. ft.)
  • Floor Level: Prefer 1st floor space but will consider two story building with half of the space on the first floor
  • Adjacent Outdoor Play Area: Min. of 2,500 sq. ft. (should be contiguous to building) but size varies by state and local regulations (call for more details)
  • Parking: Per local code (min. of 25 spaces) 
  • Accessibility: Easy ingress and egress 
  • Signage: Building and/or monument signage available 
  • Zoning: Child care permitted by right or conditional/special-use permit 
  • Interior: Built to Kiddie Academy specs

Acquisition Methods:

  • Lease: New construction build-to-suit lease or existing space lease
    • Minimum 15-year lease
    • Three (3) five-year options
  • Purchase: Land or building purchase
  • Ground Lease: None, please

Target Demographics
Benchmarks (5 mile radius):

  • Population: 100,000
  • Average Household Income: $80,000
  • Children Under Age Five: 8,000 


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Trade Area Criteria:

  • Growth: Strong population growth preferred
  • Schools: Located near local elementary schools 
  • Convenience: Convenient to major commuter routes and/or good daytime population

For more questions about our real estate criteria or to present us with an opportunity, please contact our Real Estate Support Team.

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