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Stretch-n-Grow is the world's largest network of children's fitness professionals, providing Physical Education with Imagination to hundreds of thousands of children world-wide!

Stretch-n-Grow...
Physical Education with Imagination!

Each week, our Affiliates teach over one hundred thousand children in hundreds of cities around the world to

“Eat Wise and Exercise"!

Stretch-n-Grow offers EXERciting programs for kids starting as young as 18 months up to twelve years old. Each Stretch-n-Grow coach is a certified youth fitness specialist and has only one passion - to show our Stars an EXERciting time!

"Star" refers to the children in our program as well as the 5 point foundation of our curriculum:  exercise, nutrition, rest, hygiene, and attitude!

"EXERcited" = EXERCISE + excitement which is what our Stars experience every time they Stretch-n-Grow!

Stretch-n-Grow Story

Stretch-n-Grow was conceived in January of 1992 by Jill and Bob Manly in Galveston, Texas.  Their plan was to conduct classes on a local level only. Their home town provided a limited market base of approximately 30 child care facilities.  By September, classes were being conducted in eleven of those schools.  Parents paid $3 to $5 per class, resulting in a weekly income around $750.   (Over the years, our pricing structure has changed;  most centers pay a flat rate that varies by market, allowing all their children to participate.)

Excitement over what we were doing resulted in requests from several people in other cities for more information. Their excitement and success prompted a trial advertising program which launched the Stretch-n-Grow Affiliate Ownership Program. Within one year, our expansion reached several major U.S. markets; and in June 1993, Stretch-n-Grow became an "international influence" as we entered the Canadian market.

Stretch-n-Grow is a family and faith based company.  Jill’s daughter Amanda Cannon-Hollowell joined the company shortly after the birth of Jill and Bob's daughter Megan in July 1992.   Amanda currently serves as Director of Affiliate Relations and Operations.   Joining us in December of 2002 as Director of Sales, Bob’s daughter Caryn Burnier helped build much of our strong Affiliate base.  Megan graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016 and then joined the team.  She currently manages a local franchise in St. Petersburg, FL and assists with special projects. 

The simple concept of providing a comprehensive fitness program at an early, impressionable age grew quickly into an impressive network of dedicated, talented people with the common goal of building a successful organization that has a positive impact on the health and fitness of young children worldwide.

And here is the "happy ending" to this story:  there are now millions of Stretch-n-Grow "Stars" across the United States and around the world learning to enjoy a healthy lifestyle while building a foundation of fitness and well-being!