Golden Gate Capital Acquires the Learning Experience, a National Franchise and Academy of Early Education

Golden Gate Capital, a leading private equity investment firm, has acquired The Learning Experience, one of the nation’s largest and fastest-growing academies of early education for children 6 weeks to 6 years old.  The Learning Experience, headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, is led by Co-Founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer Richard Weissman.

Offering state-of-the-art facilities and a proprietary curriculum, for nearly 20 years, The Learning Experience has provided the foundation necessary for children to succeed in preschool, kindergarten, and beyond. Additionally, Weissman successfully pioneered a franchise model to expand The Learning Experience to more than 300 company-owned and franchise centers operating or under development across 22 states, with plans to open its first international location in the United Kingdom. The Learning Experience has generated double-digit annual growth for the past 15 years.

“Golden Gate Capital is fully committed to our curriculum and vision, with an excellent track record of accelerating the growth of multi-unit consumer companies,” said Weissman. “This is a transformational moment for The Learning Experience and the children and families we support, and we are thrilled to partner with Golden Gate as we work together to build on our momentum and provide a foundation for even more children to learn, play, and grow.”

Josh Cohen, Managing Director at Golden Gate Capital, said, “We are excited to partner with Richard, his leadership team, and the company’s franchisees to accelerate their growth plans domestically and internationally in the growing early childhood education market.”

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