Leeds Equity Partners, a New York-based private equity firm focused on the education, training and information services industries, has acquired Big Blue Marble Academy, a provider of early childhood education across the Southeast U.S., from Avathon Capital.

Big Blue Marble Academy provides early childhood education primarily for infants to four-year-olds, promoting development and kindergarten readiness through a curriculum focused on mindfulness, global perspective, service learning and language skills. The company’s schools provide a research-based, play-focused experience that aims to nurture students’ growth and development.

“BBMA provides its students access to a high-quality educational experience and we are proud to support the Company’s growth as it helps lay the foundation for lifelong learning and success,” comments Scott VanHoy, partner of Leeds Equity.

Latham & Watkins served as legal counsel to Leeds Equity Partners, Baird and William Blair served as financial advisor to BBMA.