The group's principal activity is to provide childcare and preschool educational services. The group provides childcare and preschool education, five days a week throughout the year to children between the ages of six weeks and twelve years. The classrooms are organized in seven levels following the sequential process of growth and impart the creative curriculum(R) for early childhood, a nationally recognized educational curriculum. The group operates in three segments: childtime, tutor time and franchise opers. Under the childtime and tutor time segments, the group operates child care centers and under the franchise opers segment it licenses and provides developmental and administrative support to franchises operating under the tutor time brand. On 28-Mar-2003, the group operated 474 childcare centers. During fiscal 2003, the group acquired tutor time learning systems, inc. Childtime acctd for 80% of fiscal 2003 revenues, tutor time, 18% and franchise operations, 2%.