You are purchasing the right to open and operate an MKU school with all resources, including excellent support and training. We are proud to have been voted #1 in America by Newsweek Magazine for the best in customer service in the childcare sector (2020 and 2021). We have invested years in the development of our training protocols. You will have access to all the tools needed to develop and operate a successful program.

All franchisees are required to use our MKU Real Estate team for the location search. With a strong network of experts around the country, we will use specific criteria and software to assist in finding the perfect location. Our team of MKU lenders will work with you to ensure you get funded for your loan. Our lenders work with banks that have invested in MKU clients and understand our model. Private bankers often do not have that leverage and may not approve your loan.

You may sell your franchise at any time. It is required the buyer continue operate an MKU location, so they must become a franchisee. The new owner is required to pay MKU a transfer fee of $10,000.

It is never possible to know in advance how long a location will take to open. On average the timeline to open is 9-12 months once the Franchise Agreement has been signed and longer if school is being built. At times there may be unforeseen setbacks related to permitting or land use permits that may extend the timelines.

If you are unhappy for any reason with your school and would like to move out of ownership, we can assist you with the sale. We often have potential buyers in many areas looking to purchase an existing location.

Our Childcare Montessori Philosophy

At Montessori Kids Universe (MKU) our philosophy is a beautiful combination of authentic Montessori methods, Reggio Emilia Methods and developed together with DaVinci Kids. Let’s look more at each of these.

Montessori Method

The Montessori Method is an educational philosophy developed over a hundred years ago by an Italian physician; Dr. Maria Montessori. Through research with children, Dr. Montessori discovered a unique methodology observing how children learn. The Montessori Method fosters individuality, enabling each child to follow their own interests in a carefully prepared environment. Students develop a self-driven pace through independent learning. The child is then guided to higher level skills as individual mastery occurs.

Social Graces and Courtesies are a core component in a Montessori Kids Universe school. We believe in modeling respect and courtesy. As we model respect, our students develop respect for themselves, their classmates, teachers, classroom and community.


The Reggio Emilia method was founded by a teacher, and educational psychologist Loris Malaguzzi shortly after WWII in Reggio Emilia, Italy. One of the main aspects of the philosophy is the role of self expression. The philosophy believes in the concept of “One Hundred Languages” in that there are “hundreds” of ways for children to express themselves.

Those ways of expressions are described as expressive, communicative, symbolic, cognitive, ethical, metaphorical, logical, imaginative and relational. In following the philosophy materials are presented; and the artist known as the atelier, offers a variety of different expressionist tools that allows the child free reign to express themselves. Initially children explore, experiment and play with the materials but they are subconsciously developing skills and will eventually be able to use those skills to assist in concept development. There is no right or wrong. Each child is allowed to express their individuality thus nurturing creativity and deeper understanding of a topic.

DaVinci Kids

DaVinci Kids, our proprietary enrichment curriculum was developed with the objective to foster creative thinking skills; integrated through the arts and sciences. Our enrichment curriculum provides many provocations and opportunities for the child to participate, igniting curiosity and developing creative thinking skills. Our unique curriculum focuses on creativity through Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (S.T.E.A.M.). A carefully planned series of successes builds upon the child’s inner confidence, assuring them they can learn independently and creatively. These activities contribute to your child’s healthy emotional development as they continue to build self-confidence.

The combination of the Montessori and Reggio inspired philosophies, integrated with our unique DaVinci Kids curriculum, reinforces and strengthens the child as a competent, creative and curious person. Our curriculum offers an abundance of creative outlets, stimulating projects and social interactions.

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