Childcare Franchise Opportunity

Own a Children’s Lighthouse Child Care and Preschool Franchise

The Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning School franchise opportunity is one of the very best in the industry and comes with best-in-class support and guidance.

Children’s Lighthouse Is Recognized as a Top Childcare Franchise Choice for 2023!

We’re very excited to announce that Children’s Lighthouse has been ranked by Entrepreneur as a top childcare franchise for 2023 and has once again been included in the publication’s annual Franchise 500® list, the world’s first, best, and most comprehensive franchise ranking. This year, over 1,300 brands competed for inclusion and were evaluated on their costs, support offered, size and growth, stability, and more. Recognition of this kind is a distinction few brands can boast of and attests to the strength and value of our opportunity — an honor we’re exceptionally proud of!

Join a Recession-Resistant Industry & Turn Your Passion into Purpose.

At Children’s Lighthouse, we believe in making a difference — in the lives of the children we teach, the families we serve, and the franchisees we are proud to call part of the Children’s Lighthouse childcare franchise brand. When you join us to make your living by making a difference, you’ll benefit from our decades of experience and our commitment to your success!

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*Based on schools which had been open for 18 months or more as of end of each calendar year shown above. Please see Item 19 of the FDD for details. Numbers are based on 2022 revenue.

Investing in the
Future — Yours & Your

A Children’s Lighthouse franchise opportunity is an investment not
only in your future but that of every child you teach!

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Why Own A
Children’s Lighthouse Childcare and Peschool Franchise?

Children’s Lighthouse was launched over 25 years ago, and in that time, we’ve grown to become a top-tier early childhood education franchise, trusted by thousands of families who rely on us every day!

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A Proven Business Model

We’ve laid the groundwork with time-tested systems and procedures that take a lot of the guesswork out of running your preschool.

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Proprietary Curriculum

Our Lighthouse Pathways™ approach to learning incorporates years of experience and research to nurture children and help them reach their full potential.

Comprehensive support

Comprehensive Support

We’ll help you with real estate selection and construction advice and make sure you’re up to speed on everything you need to know to run your preschool successfully.

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A Trusted Brand Name

Ours is a name that communities already know and trust, making it far easier for you to establish your own location, grow your business, and meet your community’s needs quickly.

Our Values Make All the Difference

Our early childhood education franchise is based on values that have helped to establish us as a trusted and respected childcare resource.

Mission Statement

We give franchisees the tools, guidance, and opportunity to operate a profitable business that is designed to give children a safe, loving place to learn, make friends, and build confidence.

Care with a purpose

Our Recession-Resistant
Industry Is More Important
Than Ever!

Right now, the childcare industry has never been more vital, as working parents continue to place a high value on educational childcare like that provided by a Children’s Lighthouse preschool franchise.


Value of the childcare industry in 2019

35 M

Number of U.S. working mothers in 2019 

12.5 M

Number of children under 6 who require childcare

3.9 %

Projected annual industry growth rate from 2020 to 2027

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We’re Guided
by Integrity,
Passion, &

Our founders, brothers Mike and Pat Brown, opened the first Children’s Lighthouse School in 1997 because they knew, as parents and uncles of several young children, that the need for quality childcare was a growing one. More than twenty-five years later, our passion to serve children and families still motivates us to strive for excellence in every aspect of our organization. As a result, Children’s Lighthouse continues to be a top-tier early learning and childcare provider. 

Entrepreneur Franchise 500 Ranked 2022
Current franchisees express their satisfaction and sense of belonging with Children’s Lighthouse.
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Real Estate

We’ll help you find and develop a school site that’s ideal for your community.

Real Estate


Our marketing team will provide you plans and tools to drive top line revenue.



We’ll help you identify and train qualified staff who reflect our values.



We’ll teach you how to find and retain new families for your school.


Financial Benchmarking

We’ll help you set and reach your goals for the future.

Financial Benchmarking

The way we see it, we’re in this together. Our proprietary technology platform provides transparency across the franchise system, allowing for best practice sharing and financial targeting!

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Kids Grow Fast — & We Do, Too!

We’re excited to be growing the Children’s Lighthouse name and are ready to include your community as part of it. Check out our available territories map, and let’s make a difference together!

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