Our History

The History of Discovery Point Child Development Centers – A Top Childcare Franchise

The demand for quality child care was the single most compelling reason for us to consider franchising. The need far exceeded our expectations. We saw an opportunity to make a real difference.– Diane Clark, Co-founder of Discovery Point

Development & Education with a Whole-Child Approach

Cliff and Diane Clark wanted to develop a child care center based on a simple truth: children thrive if they are guided in a loving and nurturing environment. Their vision was to create a preschool curriculum that cared for children as much as the children’s own parents would. Their vision came to fruition in 1988 when the first Discovery Point was founded.

Creating a child care center environment where children could learn, play, and grow in every way, their whole-child approach focused on more than intellectual growth. The Clarks wanted to help children develop emotionally, socially, physically, and intellectually. Discovery Point was such a success that only two years later, a second location was opened. The year after, Discovery Point developed its franchise model.

Taking Our Child Care Philosophy All Over the Southeast

Discovery Point then expanded farther across the Southeast. We now have child care center locations in Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and North Carolina – with plans to grow in within these states and beyond. With a franchise model, we ensure that Discovery Point owners are never far away from their child development centers.

We believe that every child care center owner ought to be involved in the lives of their community’s children. In fact, we guarantee that the local owner of your Discovery Point will be on campus daily, ensuring the vision and mission we began in 1988 continues today.

What Sets Us Apart

We do not grow our franchise group simply to increase numbers. We want to be sure that our franchisees are well supported and that each owner has the same passion for quality child development as we do.

Unlike other child care franchise opportunities, Discovery Point is with you every step of the way, starting with the construction of the center and continuing with unparalleled support after your center is open. We provide you with a turnkey business package, simplifying the start-up process for you. This allows you to focus on marketing your business while we take care of the heavy lifting.

We don’t just want you to buy a franchise—we want you to be successful. Even more importantly, we help you make an impact in your community while helping you grow healthy, courageous, and well-adjusted children.

In October 2018, we celebrated our 30th anniversary.

Discovery Point milestones:

  • 1988 – Cliff and Diane Clark open first Discovery Point center in Georgia.
  • 1990 –Discovery Point Franchising, Inc. is founded.
  • 1991 – The first franchised location opens in metro Atlanta.
  • 2003 – Discovery Point expands into our second state, Florida.
  • 2005 – Discovery Point expands into its our third state, Tennessee.
  • 2012 – Discovery Point named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 500.
  • 2014 – Discovery Point expands to our fourth state, North Carolina
  • 2016 – Diane’s Devotion is founded in honor of the late Diane Clark.
  • 2018 – Discovery Point celebrates 30 years in business.
  • 2020 – Discovery Point opens a new franchise location in Bradenton, FL