Ducklings Franchise

Oh, What an Opportunity!

Over its twenty years of operation, Ducklings has honed the art of childcare management into a successful and approachable business model. Through self-evaluation and analyzing market responsiveness, we have discovered our perfect fit in childcare center size and arrangement. When paired with our curriculum and philosophy, Ducklings sets the standard for childcare in today's market.

Why Choose Ducklings?

Franchisees are given tried and true assets. We want every child to have a great start and we give you what you need, to get them there.

With so many parents pursuing careers in the workforce, early childhood education is a thriving market.

Owning a Ducklings location means making a difference in the lives of families and some very important little people.

Having a concrete business plan, our supportive team, and resources in place means you have more time for yourself and your family.

In 2016, the childcare industry approaches $50 billion a year. 75% U.S. children are in preschool.

It's One Secure Industry

The child care industry is booming - approaching $50 billion a year!

With 75% of young children in the US participating in a preschool program, the demand for high-quality early education and care has never been higher. Now more than ever, parents recognize the correlation between high-quality early education and consecutive success in their child's future education and growth. Parents appreciate the value of high-quality care and early education and believe that the rewards outweigh their investment. Ultimately, we've structured our business model to support industry influx, to drive long-lasting education, and to provide franchisees with a stable and profitable business investment.

We Show You The Ropes

You don't have to be a teacher to own a Ducklings' franchise - or a duck.

We help you to build a team of degreed teachers and encouraging management. Owners of Ducklings Early Learning Centers have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for impacting the lives of the children in their community. They also like to have fun at work.

You make the commitment - we do the rest.

Proprietary Curriculum

Ducklings franchisees are given exclusive rights to our unique Here We Grow® curriculum. This toolbox makes Ducklings franchises different from every other opportunity out there. Our one-of-a-kind program is composed of the perfect combination of multiple recognized schools of thought, blended with our degreed teachers' creative ideas. Carefully planned and driven by the children, our approach incorporates the latest research and best practices, while taking into account the needs of every type of learner.

Technology Resources

We provide a number of resources to our children, families and our franchisees, with clear advantages:

  • Our Online Assessment Tool

    Ducklings offers parents comprehensive and ongoing assessments of each child's individual progress.

  • Accurate Daily Tracking

    Parents enjoy receiving emails and seeing occasional photos and videos of their children actively learning.

  • Business management & accounting software

    Years in the business have led us to some of the industry's best tools. Streamline your recordkeeping into a single solution, from tuition and payroll, to expenses and revenue.

Do what you love - love what you do.

Site Selection

Ducklings facilities are placed in locations where families are willing to pay a little extra to accelerate their child's education and development.

The location of your Ducklings Early Learning Center is important. Ducklings offers indoor and outdoor play spaces, fully stocked libraries, technology in all classrooms, all in secure, modern buildings. We have age-specific classrooms and designated child-to-teacher ratios. We identify and evaluate the best real estate options in every region.

Plans based on socio-economic factors:

  • Quality of area schools
  • Average household income
  • Volume of families
  • Existence of competition

Guiding you through the process of:

  • Identifying ideal spaces
  • Negotiating your lease
  • Improvements
  • Rent deferment

We’ll help you to discover a location that meets our requirements and that is ideal for you to implement our business plan.

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Defined Territories

Each of our Ducklings locations are in a specific area defined by a 125,000-250,000 population base.

Given the appropriate demographics, we have found that this market size will be plenty large enough for franchised locations to successfully build and grow without the invasion from other franchise operators. No other franchisees will be permitted to open or advertise in your market, so you'll never have to worry about encroachment of other Ducklings locations.


Everything, but - well, maybe even the kitchen sink.

Ducklings offers training programs and on-going support for all of our franchisees to help grow their business. We have a wide variety of support systems available to you so that as a franchisee you have every aspect of your business covered. With 20 years under our belts, we have already defined the ideal path to building a successful business, so you can leave the learning curve behind.


Ducklings will negotiate quantity discounts on behalf of all of its members, passing savings on to the franchisees. This may include marketing materials, uniforms, signage, collateral, curriculum materials and other items used in each of the franchisee's businesses.

Curriculum & Training

Our proprietary Here We Grow® curriculum is one of the greatest advantages awarded to our franchisees. We train your management team and staff, making the implementation of our program an enjoyable experience for you, your team and your families.

Research & Development

We are always seeking new ways to engage our children, providing bigger, better and more forward-thinking improvements to the Ducklings experience. We are constantly evolving and continuously offering new programs to all Ducklings franchisees.

Blazing a Trail

Your journey to opening a Ducklings ELC is mapped out for you. Getting your Ducklings franchise up and running looks a bit like this:

A Home

We Help You Find It

It's time to find a home for your new business. We help negotiate your lease and facility agreement. We establish a contractor relationship and oversee the build out (6-12 months start to finish).

Your Team

All Your Ducks in a Row

We assist you in building your team. Finding the right people and putting them in the right places is critical to your success. And, hey, we have done this before, so let us guide you.

Grand opening

Spread the Word

It's time to get the word out to families in your market! Our local marketing campaigns will kick off right before you open and continue for the first 3 to 6 months following your grand opening.


We've Got Your Back

We help you manage the operations of your business. Give us a shout when you have a question; bring us in to see your progress. Your reputation is our reputation and we want you to be successful and carefree!

An Investment
Chock-Full of Returns

Okay, we know what you're thinking:

How much?

Based on our experience opening Ducklings locations and in estimating market ranges, the following list of expenses compile an overview of your initial investment as a franchisee.

Franchise Fee $50,000
Royalty 6% of gross
Advertising 2% of gross
Networth $500,000 - 1,000,000
Liquid Cash Requirements $100,000
Total Investment Range $400,000 - $725,000


Is financing available?

The franchisees may obtain financing to buy land/build building or will have the option to retrofit the right space. We have lenders who know the Ducklings brand and are familiar with the value of the business model, let us help you navigate this process and find out what funding options you have for your new business venture.

Are prior child development skills needed to own a Ducklings?

While experience is always a plus, you don't need to previously have been a teacher or to have worked in a teaching environment to start a Ducklings franchise. A college degree is recommended, but not required. Owners of our locations have an entrepreneurial spirit and a passion for impacting the lives of the children. Our franchise owners also like to have fun at work.

How big is a typical Ducklings Early Learning Center?

The franchised units will range from 8,000 to 12,000 square feet of space. Locations are typically in areas with high densities of families and children and good visibility, we have specific elements that we look for in a location such as permitting, neighboring businesses and other factors, but we will help with this process.

How Long Does it Take to Open a Ducklings Center?

Depending on the chosen site, opening a Ducklings location can take anywhere from four to twelve months.

Clear Advantages

Let’s Break it Down:


Our program structure offers franchisees flexibility in their own lives. Whether you are looking to spend more time with your own family, travel, or actually do those things that you've talked about doing for years, when you become a franchisee you have the time to do the things you want.

Propriety Curriculum

As a franchisee, we appoint you with our proprietary Here We Grow® Curriculum. Created from decades of research and implementation, our carefully planned curriculum is composed around play with a focus on mind, body, heart and family.

Location Security

We make sure that your location is in an exclusive territory. Certain territories offer competitive marketing advantages. We encourage you to contact us to see what areas are still available.

Proven Business Model

We guide you to structure your management team and to fill your roster with passionate teachers who become the face of your Ducklings location. Your people are super important on so many levels. We know what person each position needs, and we want to help you to find them.

Ducklings Education

Our format is based on learning and driven by play, with a defined student-to-teacher ratio for each age-specific classroom. We give you assets that have been developed during our decades of experience teaching children as well as learning from them.

Trusted Brand

We set you up with professional marketing materials to attract in new families in your area. The Ducklings’ business model is composed of several layers of marketing and business development. We maintain brand consistency at the corporate level and show you the ropes to attract your little ducklings through local marketing.

You have US!

As you get started, we are here to educate you, to get you equipped, and to guide you and your team. We stick with you as a supportive partner from the beginning and stand behind you along the way. We check in on your progress and provide guidance well after your doors have opened.

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