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The 61st Annual Report April 1, 2022 - March 31, 2023

Progress and results of business.

Although there was some relaxation in the pandemic response measures in a number of countries, the number of new infections overseas reached a record high in February of 2022 and the number of new infections in Japan reached a record high in August of 2022. Thus, the impact on the social and economic environment from COVID-19 in the consolidated fiscal year was greater than ever. In addition, accelerating price hikes due to the global situation cast a significant shadow over the economic situation both inside and outside of Japan. Moreover, the rapid depreciation of the yen also affected domestic economic and business trends.

In response to such changes in the business environment, domestic Center operations focused on “increasing customer perceived value,” which is a priority activity of the Mid-term Corporate Plan: Innovation 2025, and this has made steady progress. As one result of these efforts, in the third JCSI (Japan Customer Satisfaction Index) survey released on November 8th, 2022 by the SPRING (Service Productivity & Innovation for Growth) organization, Kumon received the second highest customer satisfaction score in the educational services section, and they commented, "the score for the Kumon Method has been increasing since FY2020.” In addition to these efforts aimed at "increasing customer perceived value," Kumon has also been implementing new external media strategies, including the full-scale operation of Center web advertising as well as the usage of social networking services such as Instagram and LINE.

As a result, new enrollment and additional subject enrollment in the fourth quarter exceeded the same period the previous year, and enrollment after the free trial study campaign in February was 111.3% compared to the previous year, showing a recovery in overall enrollment. As a leading indicator, enrollment in December was 101.8% year-on-year in the monitor Centers offering the revised Japanese worksheets.

In regard to overseas Center operations, efforts were made to further improve and upgrade activities, including improving response to potential customers inquiring about enrollment. As a result, Kumon North America, Kumon South America, and Kumon Europe and Africa, which began to increase enrollment in FY2021, achieved further growth in the number of students in the fiscal year. Kumon Asia and Oceania was somewhat behind this pace but, nonetheless, it achieved a rapid recovery in enrollment during the fiscal year to lead the Kumon Group in the momentum of enrollment growth. Only in China, strongly affected by the government’s “double reduction policy” and zero-COVID policy, was there a standstill in enrollment. In total, the five overseas regions achieved a higher degree of recovery than in the previous year, with a year-on-year enrollment of 107.8% in 2022 for the fiscal year ending on December 31, compared to 106.3% in 2021.

One more notable overseas initiative was efforts to develop our tablet study operations. This was begun as an experiment to realize the goal of “ICT appropriate to Kumon” as stated in the Mid-term Corporate Plan: Innovation 2025, and this has been further developed and verified through repeated monitoring. As of December 2022, the last month of large-scale monitoring, there were 23,705 students engaged in tablet study in the five overseas regions. Tablet study operations, under the name “KUMON CONNECT,” were begun overseas in January of 2023, and by March of 2023 enrollment had already more than doubled to 48,174 students in a period of only three months.

As for expansion into new countries, we achieved expansion into Pakistan. This initiative was sparked by the aspirations of a pioneering Instructor who wished to enable the children of Pakistan to study with the Kumon Method. This expansion was also made possible thanks to the help of business partners who share those same aspirations, and was based on careful preparations. An incorporated company was set up in 2023 as a local subsidiary, and we are determined to enable as many children as possible to develop their full potential in Pakistan.

Significant progress was also made during the fiscal year in our licensing business, which involves licensing the Kumon Method to be implemented by partner businesses. In Japan, we have started a program with the Ashinaga Foundation to provide learning support to orphans in elementary and junior high schools, and with the Deloitte Tohmatsu Well-being Foundation to provide learning support in cafeterias for children. Overseas, pilot programs for introduction of the Kumon Method into schools in Nepal and other countries has been decided. In addition, based on the results of our collaboration with BRAC, a non-profit organization from Bangladesh, as well as in response to the wishes of the government of Bangladesh, we will launch a pilot program in six "Schools of the Future" promoted by the Ministry of Science and Information & Communication Technology. Furthermore, in regard to the “2022 Survey on Overseas Development of Japanese Education in the With-COVID/Post-COVID Era,” conducted under the auspices of EDU-Port Japan, which is led by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan and is aimed at promoting Japanese-style education overseas, a study to be jointly carried out by Kumon and Nagoya University called "The improvement of non-cognitive ability of industrial workers through habitual learning of mathematics and its measurement of its effects" to be implemented in a company in South Africa was selected. In addition to the Center business model through franchising, which has been the main pillar of the Kumon Group's business to date, efforts are steadily underway to develop the licensing business into another pillar of our operations.

Over the past three years, the Kumon Group has worked to reform its profit and loss structure so that we will be able to invest sufficient resources in the development and operation of KUMON CONNECT, and in the implementation of other future-oriented strategies. In Japan, we have selected and concentrated on the promotion of activities and expenditures that should be prioritized, with a focus on "improving customer perceived value.” Overseas, the Kumon Group as a whole has been working on "structural conversion to a high-profit structure" as a priority item of our mid-term overseas Center operations plan. As a result, we were able to significantly change our profit and loss structure to one that is still profitable while investing resources in future initiatives.

As a result, consolidated sales in this fiscal year were 82,059 million yen, an increase of 5,715 million yen compared with the previous fiscal year (year-on-year increase of 7.5%). Operating income was 12,085 million yen (year-on-year increase of 25.1%), ordinary income was 13,634 million yen (year-on-year increase of 14.8%), and the net income attributable to the owners of the parent company for the fiscal year was 10,227 million yen (year-on-year increase of 22.5%). The increases in operating income, ordinary income, and net income attributable to the owners of the parent company were due to the increase in sales and the ongoing reform of the profit and loss structure.

As of the end of March 2023, the total number of subject enrollments worldwide was 3.62 million.

Mitsunori Tanaka President Kumon Institute of Education Co., Ltd.

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Founded in Japan in 1954, the first  Kumon center in North America was opened in New York in 1974. The Kumon Institute of Education predominantly provides tutoring for mathematics and reading. While students range from preschool- to high school- ages, Kumon targets the elementary school-age market, as more than 60.0% of its students are in grades two to six. In 2017, roughly 300,000 students studied at 1,502 Kumon centers throughout the United States. Worldwide, 4.1 million students are enrolled in over 24,350 centers in 49 countries. The company generated $52.4 million in 2018.  Most Kumon centers are individually owned and operated through a  franchise system.

Each Kumon franchisee should develop a solid business plan to estimate potential revenues and expenses. The initial investment for establishing a Kumon franchise ranges from $73,373 to $154,825 depending on the center’s location. The initial investment covers a wide range of expenses such as the initial purchase of study materials, rent, and professional fees. In addition, all potential franchisees should have a net worth of $150,000 and a liquid capital of $70,000. Joorney Business Plans has experience in developing long-term financial projections for Kumon franchises and understands the initial investment requirements.

If individuals become franchisees, they must instruct the students personally and be at the center during all student sessions except in extraordinary circumstances. They must devote full-time to the operation of the franchise throughout the franchise relationship. Franchisees can also operate the center through a corporation or limited liability company if they meet the necessary requirements.

Franchisees do not need to have a background in education, however, they need to have a bachelor’s degree and be passionate about working with and helping children. They need to participate in the Kumon instructor development program in order to learn the Kumon Learning Method .  This twelve-day training program takes place over four months at the regional Kumon office and at the Kumon University in Teaneck, New Jersey. Joorney Business Plans writers have extensive experience in developing long-term employee plans and matching the specific employees’ knowledge, skills, experience, and training to their designated roles.

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Kumon franchisees  do not receive an exclusive territory for the operation of the center. They could face competition from other franchisees, from centers owned by the franchisor, or from other channels of distribution, or competitive brands controlled by Kumon. Franchisees may operate their center only at the location approved by Kumon and specified in their franchise agreement.  Joorney Business Plans has experience in helping Kumon franchisees develop in-depth local market and competition analyses.

For over 14 years, Kumon was rated by Entrepreneur magazine number one tutoring service franchise, and one of the world’s top global franchises. Kumon is committed to providing franchisees with the training, resources, and support to help them thrive and earn profit over the long run.

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How to Start a Kumon Franchise in 2023 Looking for franchise information about how to open a Kumon franchise? Here's what you need to know.

By Entrepreneur Staff • Sep 30, 2022

Kumon is the after-school learning center where kids can start as young as three and stay through completion of the program of calculus and Shakespeare. Kumon kids stand out because they not only master math and reading but also develop skills for success such as focus, confidence and grit.

In business for over 60 years, investment starts at less than $65,000 and Kumon offers up to $34,000 in incentives — veterans may qualify for an extra $10,000 bonus. Opening a Kumon Franchise is ideal for individuals with a passion for education and for helping kids.

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For kids from pre-K to high school, Kumon is a math and reading learning center and academic enrichment program that goes well beyond traditional tutoring, unlocking the potential of children to achieve more. Through daily practice, the individualized approach helps children develop strong math, reading, writing and grammar skills. Students develop confidence, increase focus and improve study habits. Kumon Instructors guide kids through their curriculums, helping them set and achieve math and reading goals.

When you open a Kumon center, you aren't tutoring kids through a short-term struggle, rather you're following a unique and proven method of learning that instills self-learning and develops top-notch students ready for lifelong success. The company offers a system of success supported by training, materials and marketing to drive your business.

Kumon is consistently ranked No. 1 in the education category by Entrepreneur magazine, and this year, Kumon was ranked No. 6 on the overall Franchise 500 list. 2022 marks the 10th consecutive year that Kumon has earned a ranking on this prestigious list, all of which have been inside the top 40.

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What are the pros and cons of owning a Kumon franchise?

Currently, there are approximately 26,500+ Kumon franchise establishments. With decades of experience, Kumon knows how to help franchisees create businesses that are emotionally and financially rewarding. Kumon franchises guide kids through a long-term program that ensures they master math, reading and writing while building essential skills for success, like setting goals and developing the grit to achieve those goals. As a Kumon franchisee you'll work close to home, build relationships and contribute to your community. Your branch manager and field consultant will support you, and the connections you make at training and conferences will provide you with a ready source of business-building ideas and encouragement.

The Kumon franchise opportunity is unique among education franchises because it's not tutoring. Instead, you'll guide kids through an enrichment program that complements schoolwork while ensuring nothing is missed in math, reading and writing. A Kumon student can stay for years as they work through the levels of the program, and parents often enroll all their kids, offering you financial stability. With Kumon, you can offer parents a long-term solution to help their kids excel academically in ways they never thought possible — in math, reading and writing.

Kumon curriculum helps each child develop critical thinking, increase focus, improve study habits, become more organized and learn to be problem-solvers. The extra enrichment kids receive from Kumon franchisees helps them catch up, but it's seeing them advance to work at levels well above their current grade and the skills they develop, including grit, time management and focus, that have parents so excited about Kumon. Offering Kumon to teachers and parents to help kids reach their full potential will benefit the entire community and will make lots of parents (and teachers) happy.

Related: How Kumon Rode the Choppy Waves of Childhood Learning to a Top Franchise Ranking

What are the requirements to invest in a Kumon franchise?

To open a Kumon learning center franchise of your own, here are the financial requirements, cash required and ongoing franchise fees associated with business ownership.

Initial franchise fee: $2,000.

Initial investment: $67,248 to $145,640.

Net worth requirement: $150,000.

Cash requirement: $70,000.

Veteran incentives: $10,000 toward build-out/grand opening costs.

Royalty fee: $36 to $40.50 per student/per month.

Term of agreement: 5 years.

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In addition to the above, each Kumon owner candidate must possess a bachelor's degree and either U.S. citizenship or a green card. Kumon has an innovative way to help franchisee candidates get up and running fast, by covering up to $36,400 in expenses. Here's how it works:

  • It reimburses you for 50% of your rent for the first 12 months, up to $1,000 a month.
  • Kumon will purchase your main exterior sign for you — including the cost of any signage permits required and the cost of getting the sign made and installed, even the electrical hookups and sales tax. This is valued at between $4,800 and $7,000.
  • The company will purchase and deliver the Kumon furniture and fixtures you'll need to open your center — a value of $9,300.
  • Kumon will split the cost of $4,000 in local marketing in your first three months with you. To give you time to build up your student base, you won't pay anything towards this program until your 5th and 6th months. At that point, you'll be billed $1,000 each month.
  • Kumon will reimburse you for the cost of the phone system that ties you to the call center, so leads can be called and appointments can be scheduled for you, saving you up to $600 and countless hours.
  • Kumon does not charge for the Instructor Development Program (IDP). Plus, when you complete IDP, the cost of the training will be applied to your franchise fee. Should you decide not to continue IDP, you may return the training kit for a full refund.
  • After the initial materials purchase, you will never need to worry about worksheets — you'll simply order more when you're running low for just the cost of shipping.

Overall, it's recommended that you have $13,500–$18,000 in additional funds for operating expenses during your first three months to make sure you get your small business off to a good start.

How much can you earn as the owner of a Kumon franchise?

Since each Kumon franchise is independently owned and does not report its total income, we cannot provide a hard number. However, as part of your franchisee training, you'll develop a business plan that can assist you in projecting your revenues and expenses. Kumon will also encourage you to talk directly with Kumon franchisees for more information.

Are you the ideal candidate for opening a Kumon center?

All franchisee applicants need a bachelor's degree and either U.S. citizenship or a green card, in addition to meeting the liquidity requirements of $70,000 and net worth requirements of $150,000. Beyond that, Kumon looks for people who will make a full-time commitment to their business and who have a desire to develop relationships with families in their community and to see kids succeed, not just in math and reading, but in life.

Having a prior background in education is not required. While this experience can prove quite valuable, it is certainly not a requirement for becoming a Kumon franchise owner (though you must have a bachelor's degree). However, you must have a passion for working with children and believe in the company's mission of helping students become independent, self-assured and confident leaders of tomorrow.

Many of Kumon's current owners came in with some kind of business background, and many have their children currently or previously enrolled in Kumon. If you value academic excellence, find satisfaction in helping kids long term and enjoy being part of a community, you'll find everything you're looking for when you open a Kumon center.

Here are Kumon's preferences and requirements which you must meet to be considered for a franchise opportunity:

  • A passion for and dedication to education and working with children.
  • A teaching or education background is helpful, but not required.
  • A bachelor's degree is required.
  • You must be proficient in math and reading.
  • The ability to create and manage a center that effectively motivates children in the Kumon Learning Method, and an interest in and commitment to helping children in your community.
  • The ability to deliver an excellent customer experience while maintaining a dedication to Kumon's core values.
  • A good understanding of the area, and strong ties to the community.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • A full-time commitment to Kumon — typically, an average of 6–8 hours per business day.

Request more information about franchise opportunities with Kumon by filling out this form to learn more and begin the discovery process for your very own franchise operation.

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Unlock the Key to Educational Success with a Kumon Math & Reading Centers Franchisee Business

Are you passionate about education and eager to make a difference in the lives of students? Look no further than opening a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business. With the increasing emphasis on academic achievement, the demand for supplementary educational programs is skyrocketing. In fact, the tutoring and test preparation industry generated over $11 billion in revenue last year, with a projected growth rate of 8.4% annually.

As the largest and most established after-school learning program in the world, Kumon has been transforming the lives of students for over six decades. By becoming a Kumon franchisee, you can join a reputable brand that focuses on personalized and comprehensive education, aimed at enhancing students' math and reading skills.

So, if you're ready to embark on a fulfilling entrepreneurial journey and make a positive impact on the future of education, follow this comprehensive checklist to open your very own Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business.

9-Steps To Start a Kumon Math & Reading Centers Franchisee Business:

Starting a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business requires careful planning and preparation. Before launching your franchise, it is important to take the following steps:

  • Research the market and competition: This step involves analyzing the demand for educational programs in your target area and assessing the competition to identify opportunities and differentiate your franchise.
  • Develop a comprehensive business plan: Create a detailed roadmap that outlines your goals, target audience, marketing strategies, financial projections, and operational processes.
  • Secure necessary funding for startup costs: Determine the amount of capital required to cover initial expenses such as franchise fees, lease agreements, equipment purchases, and marketing campaigns.
  • Identify suitable location for the franchisee outlet: Find a high-traffic area with accessibility and visibility that aligns with your target demographic.
  • Acquire permits and licenses as required by local regulations: Consult local authorities and obtain the necessary permits and licenses to operate legally.
  • Attend Kumon franchisee training programs: Participate in Kumon's training programs to gain insights into their curriculum, teaching methodologies, and operational procedures.
  • Develop a strategic marketing plan to attract students: Create a marketing strategy that includes online and offline initiatives to reach and attract potential students and their parents.
  • Set up the franchisee outlet with necessary equipment and materials: Purchase the appropriate furniture, learning materials, computers, and software to ensure a conducive learning environment.
  • Hire and train qualified staff members: Recruit experienced instructors who are well-versed in Kumon's teaching methods and provide comprehensive training to ensure consistency in delivering quality education.

Research The Market And Competition.

Before diving into opening a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee, it is crucial to thoroughly research the market and understand the competition. This step will help you gauge the demand for educational programs in your area and identify gaps that your franchisee can fill.

  • Start by examining the local educational landscape and determining the number of schools, tutoring centers, and other academic resources available to students.
  • Identify any specific challenges or preferences in your target market, such as a high percentage of students needing extra support in math or reading.
  • Gather data on the demographics of the area, including the number of potential students within the target age group.
  • Research the existing Kumon centers in your vicinity and analyze their offerings, pricing, and reputation.
  • Look for opportunities to differentiate your franchisee by offering unique services or targeting underserved communities.
  • Consider conducting surveys or focus groups to gather insights from parents, teachers, and students in your target market.
  • Explore online forums and social media platforms where parents discuss educational options to gain insights and understand their preferences.
  • Attend educational conferences and networking events to connect with industry professionals and stay updated on the latest trends.

Develop A Comprehensive Business Plan

Developing a comprehensive business plan is a crucial step in starting a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business. This plan will serve as a roadmap for your operations, helping you define your goals, strategies, and financial projections.

When developing your business plan, consider the following:

  • Identify your target market: Determine the age range and demographics of the students you will cater to, as well as their specific needs and expectations.
  • Define your unique selling proposition: Differentiate your Kumon center from competitors by emphasizing the personalized and comprehensive educational programs you offer.
  • Outline your marketing strategies: Research the most effective channels to reach your target market, whether through online advertising, partnerships with schools, or community outreach initiatives.
  • Set financial goals: Create projections for your revenue and expenses, considering factors such as franchise fees, rental costs, staffing, and marketing expenses.
  • Establish operational processes: Develop systems for student enrollment, progress tracking, and communication with parents and educators.
  • Consult with a business advisor or franchise consultant to ensure the accuracy and viability of your business plan.
  • Conduct market research to understand the demand for Kumon educational programs in your target area.
  • Consider the scalability of your business by leaving room for future expansion or additional services.
  • Regularly review and update your business plan to adapt to changing market conditions and trends.

By developing a comprehensive business plan, you will have a clear understanding of your goals, strategies, and financial projections, setting a strong foundation for your Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business.

Secure Necessary Funding For Startup Costs.

Starting a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business will require an initial investment to cover startup costs. Securing the necessary funding is an essential step to ensure the successful launch of your franchise.

Here are some important steps to secure funding for your Kumon franchise:

  • 1. Determine your startup costs: Conduct a thorough analysis to identify the various expenses involved in opening a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business. This may include franchise fees, equipment costs, leasehold improvements, initial inventory, and marketing expenses.
  • 2. Explore financing options: Research different funding sources such as banks, credit unions, and Small Business Administration (SBA) loans. Seek guidance from a financial advisor to understand which option best suits your needs and financial situation.
  • 3. Prepare a comprehensive business plan: Develop a detailed business plan that outlines your goals, strategies, and financial projections. This will help lenders understand the potential profitability and viability of your franchise.
  • 4. Approach potential investors: Consider reaching out to family, friends, or other potential investors who may be interested in supporting your venture. Present your business plan to showcase the potential return on investment.
  • 5. Seek assistance from franchisor: Kumon may have relationships with lenders or financial institutions that specialize in franchise financing. Take advantage of these resources and inquire about any available funding programs.
  • Maintain a good personal credit score to increase your chances of securing funding.
  • Consider applying for grants or scholarships that support educational programs and initiatives.
  • Explore crowdfunding platforms as a potential source of funding for your Kumon franchisee business.
  • Prepare a compelling pitch to convince potential lenders or investors of the profitability of the Kumon brand and the demand for its educational programs.

By adequately researching your startup costs and exploring different funding options, you can secure the necessary capital to embark on your journey as a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee. Remember to develop a solid business plan and leverage available resources to increase your chances of success.

Identify Suitable Location For The Franchisee Outlet

Choosing the right location for your Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee outlet is crucial to the success of your business. You need to find a place that is easily accessible, has a high concentration of potential customers, and is in a safe and convenient area. Here are some steps to help you identify a suitable location:

  • Conduct market research to identify areas with a high demand for educational programs and services. Look for neighborhoods with a large population of families and schools in the vicinity.
  • Consider the competition. Evaluate the presence of other tutoring or educational centers in the area. If there is heavy competition, it may be challenging to attract students.
  • Research the demographics of the area. Look for areas with a high percentage of children and families who value education.
  • Consider the accessibility and visibility of potential locations. Look for areas near main roads or busy intersections, as this will increase the exposure of your franchisee outlet.
  • Take into account the cost of the location. Consider your budget and analyze the potential return on investment for each location.
  • Visit potential locations in person and assess their suitability. Look for spaces that offer ample room for classrooms, study areas, and administrative functions.
  • Consider partnering with local schools or community organizations to establish your franchisee outlet. This can help generate referrals and increase your visibility.
  • Look for locations with ample parking facilities, as this will make it more convenient for parents to drop off and pick up their children.
  • Consult with a real estate agent or leasing professional who has experience in commercial properties to help you find the best location within your budget.

Identifying a suitable location for your Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee outlet is a critical step that requires thorough research and careful consideration. By choosing a location that aligns with your target market and provides a conducive learning environment, you are setting your business up for success.

Acquire Permits And Licenses As Required By Local Regulations

Before opening a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business, it is crucial to comply with all the necessary permits and licenses mandated by the local regulations. Acquiring these legal requirements will ensure that your franchisee outlet operates in accordance with the law and maintains a trustworthy reputation.

  • Research Local Regulations: Begin by researching the specific permits and licenses needed to operate an educational center in your local area. Reach out to the local government or regulatory authorities to gather accurate information regarding the requirements.
  • Consult with Professionals: Consider seeking guidance from an attorney or a business consultant who specializes in licensing and permits. They can provide valuable insights and assist you in navigating through the regulatory process.
  • Submit Applications: Once you have identified the necessary permits and licenses, prepare the required application forms and submit them to the respective authorities. Ensure that you provide all the necessary supporting documents and information to expedite the approval process.
  • Stay Updated: Keep yourself informed about any changes or updates in the local regulations. It is essential to maintain compliance even after your franchisee outlet is up and running.
  • Start the permit and licensing process well in advance to avoid any delays in opening your franchisee outlet.
  • Consider hiring an experienced professional to handle the permit and licensing requirements, as they can efficiently navigate the process on your behalf.
  • Stay organized and keep copies of all the permits and licenses in a secure location for easy access.

By acquiring the necessary permits and licenses as required by local regulations, you demonstrate your commitment to operating a legitimate and compliant Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business. This step ensures that you can confidently move forward with your business plans and focus on delivering exceptional educational programs to students.

Attend Kumon Franchisee Training Programs.

One of the key steps in opening a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business is attending the Kumon franchisee training programs. These programs are designed to provide you with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively operate your franchise and deliver high-quality educational programs to students.

During the training programs, you will learn about the Kumon method, which emphasizes self-learning and mastery of math and reading skills. You will also receive in-depth training on how to manage the operations of your franchise, including administrative tasks, curriculum implementation, and student management.

Attending the Kumon franchisee training programs is essential for achieving success in your franchise business. Here are some important points to keep in mind:

  • Be prepared to learn: The training programs are intensive and cover a wide range of topics. Come with a mindset to absorb knowledge and ask questions to fully understand the concepts presented.
  • Take detailed notes: Write down key points and strategies discussed during the training programs. These notes will serve as valuable references as you start operating your franchise.
  • Network with other franchisees: Use this opportunity to connect with fellow franchisees who have already established successful Kumon centers. Share experiences, exchange ideas, and learn from their insights.
  • Ask for clarification: If there's anything you don't understand or need more information about, don't hesitate to ask. The trainers are there to support you and ensure your success.

By attending the Kumon franchisee training programs, you will gain the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively operate your franchise and provide exceptional educational programs to students.

Develop A Strategic Marketing Plan To Attract Students

Once you have set up your Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee outlet, it's time to focus on attracting students to your program. Developing a strategic marketing plan is essential to effectively promote your educational services and reach your target audience.

To create a successful marketing plan, consider the following steps:

  • Identify your target audience: Understand the demographics, needs, and preferences of the students and parents you aim to attract. This will help you tailor your marketing efforts to resonate with them.
  • Highlight the benefits of Kumon: Clearly communicate the unique benefits of the Kumon program, such as personalized learning, comprehensive curriculum, and proven results. Showcase success stories and testimonials to build trust and credibility.
  • Utilize online platforms: Leverage the power of online marketing by creating a professional website, engaging in social media, and optimizing your online presence. Use targeted online advertisements to reach potential students and their parents.
  • Collaborate with local schools: Forge partnerships with schools in your area to promote your Kumon program. Offer presentations or workshops to educate teachers, parents, and students about the benefits of supplementary learning.
  • Offer free trial sessions: Attract potential students by offering free trial sessions, allowing them to experience the effectiveness of the Kumon program firsthand. This can be a powerful tool in showcasing the value and impact of your educational services.
  • Regularly evaluate and adjust your marketing strategies based on their effectiveness. Monitor key metrics, such as website traffic, inquiries, and conversions, to measure the success of your marketing efforts.
  • Stay updated on the latest marketing trends and techniques in the education industry. Attend conferences, webinars, and workshops to gain insights and learn from industry experts.
  • Utilize word-of-mouth marketing by encouraging satisfied students and parents to refer your Kumon program to their friends, family, and acquaintances.

By developing a comprehensive and targeted marketing plan, you can effectively promote your Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee and attract students seeking to enhance their math and reading skills. Implementing a well-thought-out marketing strategy will help you establish a strong presence in the community and grow your student base.

Set Up The Franchisee Outlet With Necessary Equipment And Materials.

Once you have secured a suitable location for your Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee outlet, it's time to set up the space with all the necessary equipment and materials. The goal is to create a welcoming and conducive learning environment for your students. Here are the steps to get you started:

  • Evaluate your space: Assess the layout and size of your space to determine the best arrangement for desks, chairs, and storage. Consider the flow of traffic and ensure there is enough room for students to move around comfortably.
  • Invest in furniture: Purchase desks and chairs that are ergonomically designed and suitable for students of different ages. Ensure the furniture is durable and can withstand heavy use.
  • Provide learning materials: Stock up on the necessary learning materials such as textbooks, workbooks, educational games, and manipulatives. These resources should align with the Kumon curriculum and cater to the different levels and abilities of students.
  • Equip the center: Install whiteboards, bulletin boards, and display shelves to showcase student achievements and provide important information. Consider investing in a computer or laptop for administrative tasks and online resources.
  • Create a comfortable environment: Pay attention to lighting and temperature control to ensure a comfortable learning environment. Consider using soft colors and decorations that promote a positive and motivating atmosphere.
  • Regularly assess and update your equipment and materials to ensure they are in good condition and up to date with the latest educational tools.
  • Consider creating designated areas for different activities, such as a reading corner or a math station, to cater to different learning needs.
  • Establish clear systems for organizing and storing materials to maximize efficiency and minimize clutter.

Setting up your franchisee outlet with the necessary equipment and materials is crucial in creating a conducive learning environment for your students. Take the time to carefully plan and invest in the right resources to facilitate their educational journey.

Hire And Train Qualified Staff Members.

Finding and hiring qualified staff members is crucial for the success of your Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee. These individuals will be responsible for delivering high-quality educational programs and providing support to students. Here are some steps to help you hire and train qualified staff members:

  • 1. Determine your staffing needs: Assess the number of instructors and administrative staff you will need based on the size of your franchisee outlet and projected student enrollment.
  • 2. Advertise job openings: Utilize online job boards, local newspapers, and social media platforms to attract potential candidates. Clearly outline the job requirements and desired qualifications to attract suitable applicants.
  • 3. Review resumes and conduct interviews: Carefully review resumes to shortlist candidates who meet the qualifications and job requirements. Conduct thorough interviews to assess their teaching skills, experience, and passion for education.
  • 4. Perform background checks: Before making a final hiring decision, conduct background checks to ensure the candidates have a clean record and are suitable for working with children.
  • 5. Offer comprehensive training: Once you have hired qualified staff members, provide them with comprehensive training on the Kumon Math & Reading Centers educational programs, teaching methodologies, and customer service. Ensure that they understand the brand's philosophy and expectations.
  • Look for candidates with previous experience in education or tutoring, preferably with a focus on math and reading.
  • Consider conducting demonstration lessons during the interview process to assess the candidates' teaching abilities.
  • Encourage ongoing professional development and training opportunities for your staff members to enhance their skills and stay updated with the latest educational trends.

By hiring and training qualified staff members who share your passion for education, you can ensure that your Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee provides exceptional educational programs and support to students, helping them enhance their math and reading skills.

Opening a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business can be a rewarding opportunity for individuals with a passion for education and a desire to make a positive impact on students' lives. By following these 9 steps outlined in the checklist, prospective franchisees can set themselves up for success in this specialized educational field.

From conducting thorough market research and developing a comprehensive business plan to securing funding, locating a suitable outlet, and obtaining the necessary permits and licenses, every aspect of starting a Kumon franchise requires careful planning and execution.

Attending Kumon's franchisee training programs and creating a strategic marketing plan are crucial steps in attracting students to the center and establishing a strong reputation within the community.

Finally, setting up the franchisee outlet with the necessary equipment and materials, and hiring and training qualified staff members ensure that students receive the personalized and comprehensive educational programs that Kumon Math & Reading Centers are known for.

By following this checklist and combining it with hard work, dedication, and a commitment to educational excellence, opening a Kumon Math & Reading Centers franchisee business can be the first step toward a successful and fulfilling career in the education industry.

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Kumon North America, Inc. Celebrates 40th Anniversary During Year of Significant Growth

RUTHERFORD, N.J.  , Sept. 7, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Kumon North America , Inc. is on pace for a second consecutive year of substantial growth for new student enrollments and center development in its 40 th anniversary year.

Kumon North America , which opened its first U.S. center in Inglewood, California , in 1983, has been the top education franchise for 22 years running, according to Entrepreneur magazine's franchise rankings.

Through July, the company had already enrolled more than 105,000 new students, and more are expected. And with more students is the need for more centers. While the company has signed franchise agreements for 78 centers in 2023, more are needed to keep up with the demand.

"What was supposed to be a down year in franchising is turning out to be one of our best years," said John Collins , Kumon North America's vice president of center development. "It's encouraging to see parents investing in their children's ongoing education. As competition for higher education increases, the lingering impacts of the pandemic become more evident as the education gap widens."

The release of math and reading scores in the last year from "The Nation's Report Card" showed significant declines, revealing growing gaps in student learning.

"I think a lot of what is driving this growth is a combination of increased student competition and the continued fallout from the pandemic," Collins added. "As these test scores are released, parents are realizing the fallout from the pandemic is far from over. There are persistent education gaps that can't be overcome by the public school system alone. That's where Kumon can help."

Kumon's impact is significant in the private education sector globally. Kumon franchise owners operate more than 26,000 centers in more than 60 countries around the world, including over 1,600 in the U.S. and over 400 in Canada .

The quality is also unmatched. Kumon has topped Entrepreneur magazine's tutoring category for 22 consecutive years and ranked 6th overall on the prestigious Franchise 500 ranking for the last three years. Last year it was also named into the magazine's Hall of Fame listing.

Kumon, which began in 1954 in the home of its founder, Toru Kumon , remains one of the oldest operating franchises in the U.S. Kumon, who was a high school math teacher at the time, developed a worksheet education program for his second-grade son, Takeshi.

About Kumon Franchise

In business for more than 60 years, Kumon has ranked No. 1 in the education category of Entrepreneur magazine's prestigious Franchise 500® for 22 consecutive years and No. 6 overall for three years. Investment starts at less than $65,000 and Kumon offers up to $37,100 in incentives in the U.S.; veterans may qualify for a $10,000 bonus. Opening a Kumon Franchise is ideal for individuals with a passion for education and for helping kids. See if a Kumon Franchise  is right for you.

Contact: Sandra Dimsdale Horan , APR [email protected] 863.646.2488, x225

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MoSCoW Prioritization

What is moscow prioritization.

MoSCoW prioritization, also known as the MoSCoW method or MoSCoW analysis, is a popular prioritization technique for managing requirements. 

  The acronym MoSCoW represents four categories of initiatives: must-have, should-have, could-have, and won’t-have, or will not have right now. Some companies also use the “W” in MoSCoW to mean “wish.”

What is the History of the MoSCoW Method?

Software development expert Dai Clegg created the MoSCoW method while working at Oracle. He designed the framework to help his team prioritize tasks during development work on product releases.

You can find a detailed account of using MoSCoW prioritization in the Dynamic System Development Method (DSDM) handbook . But because MoSCoW can prioritize tasks within any time-boxed project, teams have adapted the method for a broad range of uses.

How Does MoSCoW Prioritization Work?

Before running a MoSCoW analysis, a few things need to happen. First, key stakeholders and the product team need to get aligned on objectives and prioritization factors. Then, all participants must agree on which initiatives to prioritize.

At this point, your team should also discuss how they will settle any disagreements in prioritization. If you can establish how to resolve disputes before they come up, you can help prevent those disagreements from holding up progress.

Finally, you’ll also want to reach a consensus on what percentage of resources you’d like to allocate to each category.

With the groundwork complete, you may begin determining which category is most appropriate for each initiative. But, first, let’s further break down each category in the MoSCoW method.

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1. Must-have initiatives

As the name suggests, this category consists of initiatives that are “musts” for your team. They represent non-negotiable needs for the project, product, or release in question. For example, if you’re releasing a healthcare application, a must-have initiative may be security functionalities that help maintain compliance.

The “must-have” category requires the team to complete a mandatory task. If you’re unsure about whether something belongs in this category, ask yourself the following.

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If the product won’t work without an initiative, or the release becomes useless without it, the initiative is most likely a “must-have.”

2. Should-have initiatives

Should-have initiatives are just a step below must-haves. They are essential to the product, project, or release, but they are not vital. If left out, the product or project still functions. However, the initiatives may add significant value.

“Should-have” initiatives are different from “must-have” initiatives in that they can get scheduled for a future release without impacting the current one. For example, performance improvements, minor bug fixes, or new functionality may be “should-have” initiatives. Without them, the product still works.

3. Could-have initiatives

Another way of describing “could-have” initiatives is nice-to-haves. “Could-have” initiatives are not necessary to the core function of the product. However, compared with “should-have” initiatives, they have a much smaller impact on the outcome if left out.

So, initiatives placed in the “could-have” category are often the first to be deprioritized if a project in the “should-have” or “must-have” category ends up larger than expected.

4. Will not have (this time)

One benefit of the MoSCoW method is that it places several initiatives in the “will-not-have” category. The category can manage expectations about what the team will not include in a specific release (or another timeframe you’re prioritizing).

Placing initiatives in the “will-not-have” category is one way to help prevent scope creep . If initiatives are in this category, the team knows they are not a priority for this specific time frame. 

Some initiatives in the “will-not-have” group will be prioritized in the future, while others are not likely to happen. Some teams decide to differentiate between those by creating a subcategory within this group.

How Can Development Teams Use MoSCoW?

  Although Dai Clegg developed the approach to help prioritize tasks around his team’s limited time, the MoSCoW method also works when a development team faces limitations other than time. For example: 

Prioritize based on budgetary constraints.

What if a development team’s limiting factor is not a deadline but a tight budget imposed by the company? Working with the product managers, the team can use MoSCoW first to decide on the initiatives that represent must-haves and the should-haves. Then, using the development department’s budget as the guide, the team can figure out which items they can complete. 

Prioritize based on the team’s skillsets.

A cross-functional product team might also find itself constrained by the experience and expertise of its developers. If the product roadmap calls for functionality the team does not have the skills to build, this limiting factor will play into scoring those items in their MoSCoW analysis.

Prioritize based on competing needs at the company.

Cross-functional teams can also find themselves constrained by other company priorities. The team wants to make progress on a new product release, but the executive staff has created tight deadlines for further releases in the same timeframe. In this case, the team can use MoSCoW to determine which aspects of their desired release represent must-haves and temporarily backlog everything else.

What Are the Drawbacks of MoSCoW Prioritization?

  Although many product and development teams have prioritized MoSCoW, the approach has potential pitfalls. Here are a few examples.

1. An inconsistent scoring process can lead to tasks placed in the wrong categories.

  One common criticism against MoSCoW is that it does not include an objective methodology for ranking initiatives against each other. Your team will need to bring this methodology to your analysis. The MoSCoW approach works only to ensure that your team applies a consistent scoring system for all initiatives.

Pro tip: One proven method is weighted scoring, where your team measures each initiative on your backlog against a standard set of cost and benefit criteria. You can use the weighted scoring approach in ProductPlan’s roadmap app .

2. Not including all relevant stakeholders can lead to items placed in the wrong categories.

To know which of your team’s initiatives represent must-haves for your product and which are merely should-haves, you will need as much context as possible.

For example, you might need someone from your sales team to let you know how important (or unimportant) prospective buyers view a proposed new feature.

One pitfall of the MoSCoW method is that you could make poor decisions about where to slot each initiative unless your team receives input from all relevant stakeholders. 

3. Team bias for (or against) initiatives can undermine MoSCoW’s effectiveness.

Because MoSCoW does not include an objective scoring method, your team members can fall victim to their own opinions about certain initiatives. 

One risk of using MoSCoW prioritization is that a team can mistakenly think MoSCoW itself represents an objective way of measuring the items on their list. They discuss an initiative, agree that it is a “should have,” and move on to the next.

But your team will also need an objective and consistent framework for ranking all initiatives. That is the only way to minimize your team’s biases in favor of items or against them.

When Do You Use the MoSCoW Method for Prioritization?

MoSCoW prioritization is effective for teams that want to include representatives from the whole organization in their process. You can capture a broader perspective by involving participants from various functional departments.

Another reason you may want to use MoSCoW prioritization is it allows your team to determine how much effort goes into each category. Therefore, you can ensure you’re delivering a good variety of initiatives in each release.

What Are Best Practices for Using MoSCoW Prioritization?

If you’re considering giving MoSCoW prioritization a try, here are a few steps to keep in mind. Incorporating these into your process will help your team gain more value from the MoSCoW method.

1. Choose an objective ranking or scoring system.

Remember, MoSCoW helps your team group items into the appropriate buckets—from must-have items down to your longer-term wish list. But MoSCoW itself doesn’t help you determine which item belongs in which category.

You will need a separate ranking methodology. You can choose from many, such as:

  • Weighted scoring
  • Value vs. complexity
  • Buy-a-feature
  • Opportunity scoring

For help finding the best scoring methodology for your team, check out ProductPlan’s article: 7 strategies to choose the best features for your product .

2. Seek input from all key stakeholders.

To make sure you’re placing each initiative into the right bucket—must-have, should-have, could-have, or won’t-have—your team needs context. 

At the beginning of your MoSCoW method, your team should consider which stakeholders can provide valuable context and insights. Sales? Customer success? The executive staff? Product managers in another area of your business? Include them in your initiative scoring process if you think they can help you see opportunities or threats your team might miss. 

3. Share your MoSCoW process across your organization.

MoSCoW gives your team a tangible way to show your organization prioritizing initiatives for your products or projects. 

The method can help you build company-wide consensus for your work, or at least help you show stakeholders why you made the decisions you did.

Communicating your team’s prioritization strategy also helps you set expectations across the business. When they see your methodology for choosing one initiative over another, stakeholders in other departments will understand that your team has thought through and weighed all decisions you’ve made. 

If any stakeholders have an issue with one of your decisions, they will understand that they can’t simply complain—they’ll need to present you with evidence to alter your course of action.  

Related Terms

2×2 prioritization matrix / Eisenhower matrix / DACI decision-making framework / ICE scoring model / RICE scoring model

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Frequently asked questions.

Below we’ve included some of the questions we’ve heard from others interested in owning a Kumon franchise. If you don't see an answer you need, please call us at 1-800-266-6681 or email us . We look forward to speaking with you.

How much money and space do I need to open a Kumon Centre?

To qualify as a potential Kumon Franchise owner, you'll need to have a net worth of $150,000 and liquid capital of $70,000. But the amount you need to open your Centre will depend heavily on where you plan to set up your business. From an initial investment perspective, the range you will need as stated in our Franchise Disclosure Document ranges from $59,884 to $153,878. It is recommended that your retail location for the centre be at least 1, 000 useable square feet, with a minimum lease term of 5 years. Upon comparing, you'll find that we provide our franchisees a much lower startup cost than other supplemental learning franchises. For more details please visit our Investment and Fees overview.

How much is your franchise fee?

Our initial Franchise Fee is $2,000 plus applicable taxes. $1,000 of it is paid as your Training Agreement Deposit Fee and the balance is paid if you successfully complete the Instructor Development Program and sign a Franchise Agreement. There is an additional fee of $2,000 plus applicable taxes to purchase the materials you’ll need to operate your Centre, such as instruction answer books, student achievement tests, student placement tests and promotional posters. This entire, non-refundable fee must be paid when you sign the Franchise Agreement. For more details please visit our Investment and Fees overview.

Do I need to have a background in education?

While that can prove quite valuable, it is certainly not a requirement to becoming a Kumon Franchise owner (though you must have completed post-secondary education). However, what is very important is that you have a passion for working with children, and believe in our mission of helping them become independent, self-assured and confident leaders of tomorrow. Many of our current owners came to us with some kind of business background, and many have their own children currently or previously enrolled in Kumon.

Will I primarily be serving as a tutor?

No. Kumon is not a one-on-one tutoring program where most students are here for a “quick-fix” solution to a short-term academic problem. Instead, our success is built on a proven concept of helping students from age 3 through high school to actively build self-learning skills. Your students will work at their own pace, moving through individualized worksheets on a daily basis. You'll be there to help assess their starting point, answer their questions, and guide their ongoing progress by helping them if they struggle grasping a particular worksheet concept. Some of your younger students may require a bit more one-on-one attention at times, as they complete their early worksheets. You and your assistants will grade their worksheets and ensure they are progressing in their learning.

What are the qualifications I need to meet to become a Kumon Franchisee?

If you have completed post-secondary education (university degree), enjoy working with children and have some prior business experience, you're off to a very good start!

Here are the qualifications you must meet to be considered for a franchise opportunity:

  • A teaching or education background is helpful, but not required
  • Completion of post-secondary education (university degree) is required
  • You must be proficient in math and reading.
  • $70,000 liquid capital
  • $150,000 net worth
  • The ability to create and manage a centre that effectively motivates children in the Kumon Learning Method, and an interest in and commitment to helping children in your community
  • The ability to deliver an excellent customer experience while maintaining dedication to Kumon’s core values
  • A good understanding of the area, and strong ties to the community
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A full-time commitment to Kumon — typically an average of 6–8 hours per business day
  • Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident

Is there a franchise opportunity in my area?

Our presence across North America currently includes more than 2,000 local Kumon centres. We’re committed to continuing this growth, with a focus on more populated, commercial, metropolitan areas. To find out if there is an opportunity to open a new Kumon centre in your area, or to take over an existing one, simply check our Available Franchise Opportunities .

What is the application and approval process?

The path to becoming a Kumon Franchisee is an exciting journey. We will work with you to complete the multi-phased process once you’ve submitted your application. Here's an overview of what you can expect:

  • You’ll begin by completing and submitting your application .
  • One of our Franchise Recruiters will contact you to conduct an initial interview via telephone and to help answer any initial questions you may have.
  • The next step is to attend a two-hour Kumon Franchise seminar where we can help you better understand the Kumon program and answer any additional questions. Find a seminar .
  • You'll then interview with one of our Franchise Recruiters and a Kumon Branch Manager and/or General Managers and also complete a Math, Reading and Written proficiency assessment.
  • Receiving and carefully reviewing our Franchise Disclosure Document.
  • Providing proof of citizenship or permanent residency (Permanent Resident Card).
  • Providing proof of assets.
  • Participating in a more in-depth review of net worth, including proof of funding.
  • A credit background check.
  • Submitting results from a criminal background check including vulnerable sector search.
  • This is a 12-day Development Training Program, which takes place online over an approximately 4 month period.
  • As you are completing your training, we will review and provide approval of the site you’ve selected for your Kumon Centre, and help you finalize the lease for the approved site.
  • Once you successfully complete your Kumon Instructor Development Program, you’ll sign your Franchise Agreement and we’ll welcome you to the Kumon family!

What kind of training will I need?

Once you qualify as a potential Kumon Franchise owner, you’ll participate in our Kumon Instructor Development Program. There will be two four-day sessions of training, held over a two-month period. You’ll also participate in a series of Centre visits for more hands-on training. Here we’ll train you in the Kumon Curriculum and the Kumon Method, as well as business strategies for owning and operating a Kumon Centre. As a Kumon Centre owner, you’ll also take part in our continuing education programs to refine your skills and further enhance your success.

How will I work with Kumon, and how will you support my franchise?

For 22 years, Entrepreneur magazine has rated us the #1 tutoring services franchise, and one of the world's top global franchises, because we're committed to providing our owners with the training, resources and support to help them thrive. For example, through our Kumon branch offices, our staff takes an active role in supporting you in both the administration of your programs and the growth and development of your centre. The materials your students use are continually reviewed, updated and supplied to you. Both internal communications and customer communications are produced and disseminated regularly. You'll also have the opportunity to attend continuing training, meetings and seminars, which are widely attended by other Franchisees who can share their insights and experiences. In addition, Kumon North America is currently embarking on the most aggressive marketing and franchisee support program in its history.

How much can I earn as the owner of a Kumon Franchise?

Since each Kumon franchise is independently owned and does not report its total income to us, we cannot provide a hard number. However, as part of your franchisee training, you'll develop a business plan that can assist you in projecting your revenues and expenses.

Can I own a Kumon Franchise and hire someone else to manage it?

No, it is critical to the success of Kumon and to your franchise that you remain directly involved in the day-to-day operations of your individual centre. You can decide how many assistants you will hire. However, you need to always remain the "face" of Kumon to prospective and existing students and parents. If you want to be an absentee owner, a Kumon Franchise simply isn’t for you.

How can I help increase my success as a Kumon Franchisee?

The success you can achieve as a Kumon Franchisee is virtually limitless – especially if you have local connections and a strong comfort level with marketing to your area. As the administrator of your own centre, you will also determine how many students you’re willing to enroll, how often your centre is open to maximize convenience for parents, and how many assistants you will have on staff. In other words, you control your own destiny – a claim that few professionals can honestly make.

How can Kumon help children?

From as early as age 3 through high school, Kumon Math and Reading Programs are designed to advance a child's comprehension and appreciation for learning — and give them a measurable edge throughout their school years and beyond.

Unlike traditional tutoring or passive learning from teachers, our program is designed to advance a child's learning, step-by-logical-step, as they complete daily assignments that take about 30 minutes. That includes two sessions a week at your Kumon centre, and five more at home. Parents will be able to see and track their progress, staying constantly informed as their child advances and learns math and reading skills that often go far beyond their peers.

When each child first enrolls in Kumon, you'll help assess their abilities through our assessment process, to help determine the right starting level for them. And you'll be there to guide them as they build the skills and confidence that will help in the classroom, and throughout their lives.

How can Kumon help parents?

Two of the biggest challenges parents face, are knowing how well their young child is prepared to enter school, and how well the child is actually learning and absorbing the material throughout school. If a child's ability is above his or her peers, the parents may not even know it. Similarly, if a child starts falling behind, the parents probably won’t know it until the frustrations and learning challenges start affecting the child’s attitude towards school. Either scenario can create friction and difficult moments at home.

Kumon gives parents the ability to monitor their child's daily progress. Our daily worksheets help students learn concepts in a logical, step-by-step way, so parents instantly know if their child is struggling with lessons — or, advancing ahead of classmates. Kumon helps arm parents with insights and information that will help them decide what’s best for their child, to keep them engaged and moving forward as they advance each year at school.

What sets Kumon instruction apart from every other learning program?

While Kumon can and does help students who have fallen a bit behind in school to catch up, and even surpass their peers, the greatest value of our unique approach is the impact it can make on a child’s success over time. Parents who view Kumon as a valuable, ongoing extracurricular activity — such as guitar lessons or sports, for example — often watch their child build an academic and confidence edge that helps them achieve more, year after year in school. It’s an advantage that propels many Kumon students into the colleges and careers of their choice. As a franchisee, your ability to convey this valuable advantage to parents of current students, as well as potential Kumon parents you encounter outside your centre — who may see Kumon exclusively as a quick-fix solution — will help you build the type of student population that can prove highly rewarding for you each day, and more profitable for your business over time.

How can I get more detailed information?

For more information, please call us at 1-800-266-6681, or you can start the application process .

How do I get started?

We encourage you to familiarize yourself with Kumon and our franchise opportunities by giving us a call at 1-800-266-6681 or sending us an email . If you think you would make a good Kumon Franchisee based on your interest, background and qualifications — and if there appears to be an opportunity in your area — we would love to hear from you!

Top publications agree —  Kumon consistently leads the way in growth and support

We know that leaving your job, hitting the restart button on your career and opening a new business is a huge commitment. But our consistently high industry rankings mean you can partner with Kumon and take that step with confidence.

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