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KinderCare Education Acquires Rainbow Child Care Center, Expanding to More than 1,500 Learning Centers, Serving 185,000 Children across the United States


Market-leader KinderCare Education acquires Michigan-based regional
provider in one of largest expansions in the U.S. child care industry

Further cementing its leadership role as the largest childcare provider
in the United States, KinderCare Education (KCE) announced today the
successful acquisition of Rainbow Child Care Center and its 150 centers
in 16 states. Based in Troy, Michigan, Rainbow is the eighth largest
child care provider in the nation, and the acquisition expands
KinderCare's national presence to provide child care to more than
185,000 children in 40 states and Washington, D.C.

The company did not disclose the terms of the transaction, which closed
on August 24, but can confirm that this is the largest single
acquisition for KinderCare since the company merged with Knowledge
Learning Corporation in 2005.

Known for its red-roofed community-based learning centers that began
almost 50 years ago, KinderCare currently operates more than 1,300 fully
accredited centers and has delivered 24 quarters of top-line and
bottom-line consecutive earnings growth. After opening its first center
more than 30 years ago, Rainbow has grown to serve families in more than
150 centers in 16 states, including Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina,
Florida, Virginia, New Jersey and South Carolina.

"Through this acquisition, KinderCare will grow our footprint overnight
with a partner who shares our values and commitment to children and
families," said Tom Wyatt, CEO, KinderCare Education. "Bringing our two
companies together, we share the goal of raising the quality of
childcare in this country. What's more important than helping to build a
lifelong love of learning and confidence in more children?"

KinderCare, based in Portland, operates more accredited centers than any
other provider, and has earned the distinction of being one of fewer
than 40 Gallup Great Workplace award winners for two years in a row.
Recent independent assessments from TerraNova® and BRIGANCE®
confirm that KCE
students are better prepared for school

Rainbow, meanwhile, has consistently delivered industry-leading growth
through their robust new center opening engine. Both KinderCare
Education and Rainbow offer before- and after-school programs, and
partner with private sector companies to provide child care for their
workers, demonstrating further alignment in their offerings for
families, and fueling opportunities for growth.

Rainbow co-founder Pat Fenton said: "We're thrilled to join the
KinderCare family to build upon our 30-year record of success. Our
combined forces will enable us to serve more families with the
high-quality child care that is our tradition." Effective immediately,
Fenton will report to Wyatt, and join the KinderCare Education
leadership team.

KinderCare Education and Rainbow are both majority-owned by private
equity firms - Partners Group, on behalf of its clients (KCE), and
Quad-C Management (Rainbow).

"We're excited about this acquisition and proud that it means KinderCare
will be able to provide even more children and hardworking families
access to the quality early education that KinderCare is known for,"
said Joel Schwartz, Head Private Equity Americas at Partners Group and a
member of KinderCare's Board.

Tim Billings, Partner at Quad-C Management Inc. said, "We are honored to
have been partners with Pat Fenton and the Rainbow team. Rainbow is
known for developing and operating world class schools; the combination
of KinderCare and Rainbow will create tremendous opportunities for
students, families and employees."

About KinderCare Education®

KinderCare Education is an experience-based provider of early education
and child care with more than 32,000 teachers and staff serving 170,000
children and their families every day, where they need us:

  • In neighborhoods with our KinderCare® Learning
     that offer early childhood education and child care for
    children six weeks to 12 years old.
  • At work through KinderCare Education at Work™, family-focused
    benefits for employers including on-site and near-site early learning
    centers and back-up care for last-minute child care.
  • In local schools with our Champions® before
    and after-school programs.

KinderCare Education operates more than 1,380 early learning centers,
more than 500 Champions sites, and is supported by a corporate team of
nearly 500 headquarters employees based in Portland, Oregon. In 2018,
KinderCare Education earned their second Gallup Great Workplace Award –
one of only 39 companies worldwide to win the award. To learn more,

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