Demand for early child education in China has been growing steadily. By 2018, there were more than 100 million children age 0 - 6 in China, and close to 300,000 kindergartens, up from 240,000 in 2016 and about half of which are private (both for-profit and not-for-profit). The fast-increasing demand/shortage of supply has spurred huge investment, with top kindergarten chains growing from a few hundred locations each to a few thousand.
In November 2018, China's State Council published guidelines to restrict private kindergartens from going public; it also restricted already-listed companies from buying kindergartens. In addition, the Council pledged more government investment in public preschool education to make kindergartens safer, cheaper, more convenient and simply more available.
The policy shift has had tremendous impact on domestic and foreign investors in private early education, in some cases driving down market caps of leading players by tens of millions of dollars. How should the market better understand and better respond to the government's measures on early childhood education reform? Please join us on 15 March, from 12:00 - 13:45, to learn from leading experts discussing this question from the operational, investment and legal perspectives.
12:15pm-12:20pm: Opening Remarks
1pm-1:30pm: Panel Discussion
1:30pm-1:45pm: Audience Q & A