Discovery Point Blog

February 16, 2017
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Tampa Community Embraces Discovery Point Owners

Childcare Franchise Leader and Local Franchise Owners to Participate in Tampa Franchise Expo; Florida Poised for Expansion

According to a new report by the International Franchise Association (IFA), the franchise industry is positioned to expand by 1.6 percent in 2017, an increase in more than 11,500 establishments nationwide. With years of educating and providing quality care for children six weeks to 12 years old, Discovery Point, a leading childcare franchise, announces expansion plans to meet the needs of the working parent in Tampa, as well as other cities in Florida. As a top state for entrepreneurship, per the SBE Council, Discovery Point is confident that its current success in Florida can be multiplied to support communities across the state.

“One of our longest-standing franchise owners, Nancy Fields, opened our first Discovery Point in Tampa years ago after being one of the franchise’s first employees in 1988. Her dedication to education and community is what has made Tampa one of our most successful markets in the country,” says Spencer Reid, VP of Franchise Development, Discovery Point. “Since her initial introduction to the market, we have grown to 12 locations in metro Tampa, serving children and families and providing opportunities for entrepreneurs to truly become involved in their community. We hope to continue Nancy’s entrepreneurial spirit and expand further in Tampa and cities across the state.”

Nancy Fields’ business acumen and friendship with founders Cliff and Diane Clark were big factors in the brand’s successful expansion from its headquarters in Atlanta to Tampa. “Being part of the original development of this brand, I can confirm that what works today still works because of Discovery Point’s processes and focus on curriculum. Because it has consistently focused on these items, business owners with a passion for children and community have been able to realize their dreams as Discovery Point owners and make a difference to the families they serve,” explains Nancy Fields.

Tampa Legacy Just the Beginning

Discovery Point originally came to Tampa after recognizing it as a family-oriented community, with a need for quality educational child care. As the brand looks for growth opportunities, Tampa continues to stay top-of-mind based on its growing millennial generation, now starting families of their own.

“When my business partner and I began looking for franchise opportunities, Discovery Point quickly shot to the top of the list,’ explains Tim Sabba, owner of Discovery Point Spring Hill. “The brand’s reputation in the area, corporate training and support and operation processes have allowed us to be successful in serving the families in our center. Discovery Point requires its owners to be involved in the day-to-day operations of the centers, and it has made all the difference in building a franchise system of passionate, independent and community-oriented owners. I love that it’s not a cookie cutter brand. It evolves as it grows. It’s a great franchise, with room for more centers in Tampa and surrounding markets.”

Tampa Owners Join Corporate Support Team at Franchise Expo

Discovery Point will take part in the Tampa Franchise Expo on February 18-19 at the Tampa Convention Center. To learn more about franchise opportunities or to schedule a one-on-one meeting, visit