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Ducklings Daycare Franchise

The Right Franchise Right Now

Childcare is considered a “Recession Resistant Industry” by business analysts. Quality care and education will always remain at the top of a parent’s priority list regardless of the economic situation. Not to mention, children thrive in happy, consistent, age-appropriate environments and parents can return to work with more focus and less stress at home. You will have a positive impact on the lives of children and families and also thrive as an entrepreneur.

1 Secure industry
$57 Billion childcare industry projected 2023 earnings
$1.3 million avg unit annual gross receipts
$65 thousand initial daycare franchise fee competitively priced
25 Years of Ducklings Daycare

Follow the Leader

Proud to be an Industry Leader for 25 years

For 25 years Ducklings has been providing the highest level of care and early education for infants through kindergarten age children. Our schools become the foundations of their communities and establish connections between children, staff, and families that have grown Ducklings from a preschool into a great big family. Here’s how we’ll help you do the same:

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The Ducklings Difference

Prime Location

Ducklings is excited to be expanding throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region and beyond. Because this is our initial phase of franchise growth you have the advantage of territory choice without the restrictions of closed markets.

Propriety Curriculum

Our proprietary Here We Grow® Curriculum, developed by top early education experts, is shared via a custom, digital sharing tool, ensuring consistent lesson planning and keeping your team on brand from training to teaching.

Proven Business Model

We have been successfully running schools for 25 years. We’ve added proprietary technology platforms along the way to streamline systems, maximize your profits, and help make running your Ducklings not only easy, but enjoyable.

Trusted Brand

Ducklings reputation for quality education and a deep respect for all children and families is highly recognized in early academic circles and one you can be proud to represent.


Want more time with family and more income to play with? Get ready to set your schedule and reap the benefits. Work-Life Balance has never been easier!

You Have Us

Your Ducklings Daycare Franchise Team has been the actual Ducklings team from the beginning! We have been running Ducklings Early Learning Centers for more than a quarter century and we have the stories to prove it! We bring those years of experience and personal connection to each and every Ducklings location helping to make your Ducklings 25 years stronger and smarter from Day 1!

Our Daycare Franchise is Available in Territories

Ducklings has been headquartered in Southeastern Pennsylvania for over 25 years. It makes the perfect home base for our intentional Mid-Atlantic expansion. Click the interactive map to learn more about our available territories. Your happy starts here and it’s closer than you think.



Immediate Franchise Opportunities (Currently in development)

  • Malvern
  • Newtown
  • Lancaster
  • Garnet Valley

Available Territories by County

  • Chester
  • Montgomery
  • Bucks
  • Delaware
  • Philadelphia
  • Allegheny
  • Lancaster
  • Eerie


Available Territories by County

  • New Castle
  • Kent
  • Sussex

New Jersey

Available Territories by County

  • Hunterdon
  • Somerset
  • Morris
  • Bergen
  • Monmouth
  • Mercer


Available Territories by County

  • Prince Georges
  • Howard
  • Baltimore
  • Anne Arundel
  • Carroll
  • Frederick
  • Montgomery


Available Territories by County

  • Fairfax
  • Falls Church
  • Prince William
  • Stafford
  • Spotsylvania
  • Frederick
  • Warren
  • Hanover
  • Chesterfield
  • Newport News
  • Suffolk
  • Chesapeake
  • Hampton
  • York
  • Williamsburg
  • Albemarle

North Carolina

Available Territories by County

  • Mecklenberg
  • Wake
  • Forsyth
  • Orange
  • Durham
  • Buncombe


Available Territories by County

  • New Haven
  • Fairfield
  • Middlesex
  • Litchfield
  • Hartford
  • Tolland


Available Territories by County

  • Worcester
  • Bristol
  • Norfolk
  • Suffolk
  • Middlesex
  • Essex
  • Plymouth

A Family Story

For 25 years Ducklings has been a leader in educational childcare throughout Chester County, PA and now, with affordable franchise opportunities, the Ducklings brand is extending to families across the country. Learn more about how Ducklings grew from a single location into a national childcare franchise leader.

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Ready to be happy at work?

Running at high efficiency, Ducklings schools utilize proven strategies and systems, with the profits to prove it. You’ll have more time outside of work too. No nights. No weekends. No holidays. It’s time to label yourself a happy entrepreneur!

“I have been with Ducklings for over 20 years, as a teacher, a school director, and now as an owner. When I was presented with the opportunity to purchase the Oxford location, I partnered with my daughter, who was a Ducklings student 20 years ago. It is one of the best decisions we have ever made.”

- Deb & Amanda Bellino
Owner Ducklings Oxford, PA
Ducks Since 1998

Why Choose Ducklings Daycare Franchise?

25 Years Strong! Join us for 25 more!

“I couldn’t be happier with my decision to partner with Ducklings Early Learning Center! …I am thoroughly enjoying the process and especially the relationship I am building with these incredible women!”

- Josie Oliver Waldman, Owner Ducklings Spring City, PA