"Our Operations Team Is Solely Dedicated To The Success Of Our Franchise Owners."

Shelly Pair, Director of Operations

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Our Franchisees Aren't Part Of Our Day, They Are Our Day

If you take this opportunity to own a Children's Lighthouse Childcare Franchise, you'll need to know all about our core values and what's important to our brand.

We believe that each child is an individual, with his or her own unique set of strengths, talents, and gifts.

We believe that every child has a right to excellence in all aspects of early childhood education.

We believe in the importance of teaching character values, and more important, in modeling their use in our interactions with children, their families, and one another.

We believe in the use of positive discipline strategies that lead children to become self-disciplined.

We believe that honest and frequent communication between the school and the home positively impacts children’s success.

We believe in the importance of continuing professional development and personal growth through educational opportunities and supportive communities learning.

We believe that every Franchise Owner, teacher, and staff member can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.

Proven Business Model

Franchisee Juanita Brown shares her experience with the Children's Lighthouse business model.

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Meet our Leadership Team. With one simple purpose - to provide for and support our Franchisees - our Support staff is formed by some of the best in the child care industry.


Pat Brown

Pat has over 30 years of child care and real estate experience. He co-founded the company with his brother G. Michael Brown in 1997 with the goal of providing educational child care to families. He oversees strategic leadership and direct supervision of Operations, Franchise Development and Real Estate. Pat received a B.A. in Business Administration from Texas Christian University.

Michael Brown

As the son of a Children’s Lighthouse founder, Michael has been engaged in the family business from its beginning in 1997. He joined full-time in 2006, following graduation from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Finance. He supports Franchise Owners by assisting in obtaining lender financing, financial modeling, project management and many other areas. He also supervises financial aspects and serves as a Director of Children’s Lighthouse Franchise Company.


Stephen Dixon
Chief Development Officer

Stephen Dixon joined Children’s Lighthouse in 2010 and is responsible for creating and executing the company’s development, real estate, onboarding and other strategies. He leads the development and real estate teams in opening new child care learning centers across the U.S. Stephen has more than 20 years of franchise development experience and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver.

Colin Berry
Director of Marketing & Franchise Administration

Colin Berry joined the company in 2019 and oversees the brand's marketing strategy while helping individual Franchisees create and execute local and regional plans. Colin also leads Franchisees through the initial development process as they start their journey to becoming a Franchisee. Colin has more than ten years of Franchise Marketing experience having served roles at other well known brands such as T.G.I. Fridays, MOOYAH Burgers and Mr Gattis Pizza. Colin earned a B.A. in History from Union College.

Shelly Pair
Director of Operations

Shelly Pair joined Children’s Lighthouse in 2019 and leads the Operations team. With 26 years of childcare industry background, Shelly’s experience will play a key role in Children’s Lighthouse franchisee success. In her most recent role Pair was responsible for regional performance and grew annual revenue 159% to $22 million. Previously Shelly served in leadership positions with two large childcare systems where she directed new business, brand development and operations for multiple locations.

Dr. Kristi Smith, Ed.D; M.Ed
Director of Education and Training

Dr. Kristi Smith, Ed.D.; M.Ed.
is the Director of Education & Training and she oversees the curriculum, accreditation, and training for our schools. She has 23 years experience as the Executive Director of Early Education for Harvest Academy. For six years she was a university adjunct professor, teaching Masters of early education and Masters of organizational leadership courses. Kristi has a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and a Masters of Education in Early Education Administration. She volunteers her services to a variety of early education organizations and has led accreditation efforts in R.E.A.C.H. protocol. Kristi has served on the Advisory Committee to Texas Child Care Licensing; she's also served as a mentor of child care Directors for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She is a published writer and her training expertise has been enjoyed at U.S. and international conferences. She was named the first recipient of both the Celebration of Champions Administrator of the Year Award and the Phyllis Jack Moore Professional Development Award.

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