Development opportunities

Learn how you can invest and grow with the nation’s fastest-growing childcare franchise, boasting more than 35 years’ experience in the childcare industry with over 450 locations operating or under development.

Shaped by our experience developing more than three million square feet of childcare center space, the TLE® Strategy is simple: One block at a time in concentrated markets. This proven model ensures that TLE® will continue to grow, while maintaining low corporate G&A, and enabling our company to build top-line management directly at the center level, where it belongs. We believe that maintaining our reputation for the highest standards of quality requires the highly-concentrated development strategy known as center clustering. This growth model will permit the building of brand recognition by concentrating our marketing dollars directly within each core market—all while allowing our centers to leverage support staff and marketing costs. This helps increase margins without loss of quality.

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Purpose-built for children

Our TLE® Centers are purpose-built to foster an environment where children feel comfortable, safe and ready to learn, and where their curiosity and creativity are encouraged. We’ve carefully selected every detail—like furniture, accessories and supplies—to match the children’s age and size to make sure that their introduction to learning is free of unease or discomfort.

Growing across the country

TLE® pursues growth, in existing and new markets, by establishing both Franchise and Corporate-owned sites in each major metro market. Once we identify a market, we establish franchised sites in the surrounding suburban areas. We are currently on a trajectory to open 75-100 Centers per year.

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Building requirements

Delivering effective early education requires consistency, center after TLE® center—especially with so many deliberately chosen details playing such an important role.

Build-to-Suit requirements
  • Type: Freestanding, Out Parcels, End/Cap
  • Building Size: 10,000 sq ft
  • Parcel Size: 1-5 acres (developed 3/4 acre)
  • Lease Terms: 15 Years Plus Options
  • Additional Requirements: Playground 5,000± sq ft; Ease of Egress and Ingress; 40 Parking Spaces

Why develop a TLE® Center

With more than 450 sites either open or under development, TLE® has become the nation’s fastest-growing childcare franchise. That’s how we’ve come to understand the needs of developers, including market and financial calculations. TLE® is seeking Build-to-Suit Developers who can offer our company multiple locations to meet our ever-growing expansion across the country.

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Our regional contacts

Nick Vanella, Executive VP – Real Estate


Chad Weissman, Director of Real Estate Acquisitions

TX, WA, CT, OR, CO, VA, OH, NM, NV, Canada

Joshua Stahl, Real Estate Manager

Annie Ewing, SVP – Center Development

US, Canada and UK

Jeannie Cave, Sr. Director Construction & Center Development

States: FL (Tampa, Orlando, Jacksonville)