Children’s Lighthouse Signs Deal to Bring First School to Tennessee

Leading Early Learning School Plans Development in
One of the Nation’s Fastest-Growing Cities

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning School™, the nation’s leading provider of values-based early childhood education, announced today a signed agreement to bring its first location to Tennessee. Spearheaded by local owners Kal Patel, CJ Patel, Danielle, and Mariano Luja, the operating group will deliver the highest quality academic experience for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children in Nashville.

The forthcoming Children’s Lighthouse school will be conveniently situated at 9468 Lebanon Rd. Mount Juliet, TN. 37122 nearby Hwy 70/Lebanon Rd. and is expected to open by Spring 2024.

“Considering the lack of available childcare options in our areas and the demand we’re seeing from young families, we’re eager to introduce Nashville to our innovative programs that prioritize children’s holistic well-being,” said Danielle. “Drawing from my background in mental and behavioral healthcare services, and Kal and CJ’s extensive background in hospitality, joined with Mariano’s experience in management, Children’s Lighthouse was the perfect option for us. We are thrilled to bring such a trusted and reputable brand to Tennessee and honored by the opportunity to make a positive impact on the Nashville community.”

The ownership group’s partnership combines CJ, Danielle, Mariano, and Kal’s strengths and motivations to create an ideal environment for lifelong learning. As a valued executive team member of Imagine, CJ brings a wealth of expertise and leadership to the team. Meanwhile, Kal who owns more than five hotel franchises, will be heavily involved in the school’s growth. He is passionate about professional and personal development and has built the reputation of being able to keep his staff longer than the industry average through his professional management style and personable demeanor. Together with Mariano’s leadership experience as an executive member of a reputable construction company and Danielle’s proficiency in youth and family behavioral science, the team brings a plethora of skills and leadership that will serve the Children’s Lighthouse School in Nashville with great success for decades to come.

“It is always so special to partner with people like CJ Patel, Danielle Luja, and Kal Patel who are not only knowledgeable about the importance of growth and development, but who are also passionate about making a difference in our youth and in families’ lives,” said Michael Brown, President of Children’s Lighthouse. “We are thrilled to welcome them to our team and are confident the school in Nashville will be a valuable resource in the community.”

The mission of Children’s Lighthouse is to prepare children for kindergarten by providing targeted learning goals that support creativity and independent thinking in order to establish a strong foundation for lifelong learning.

Children’s Lighthouse is able to do this by giving franchisees the tools, guidance, and opportunity to operate a profitable business designed to provide children with a safe, loving place to learn, make friends, and build confidence. Additionally, franchisees across the network are actively involved with their local communities and regularly give back through volunteering, donations, and more.

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The Children’s Lighthouse brand was established in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1997. Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning Schools™ are the nation’s leading values-based early learning schools. Currently, Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company has more than 60 franchised schools in operation and 25 additional franchised locations in the development pipeline. Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning Schools™ promise to create a safe, fun, and happy place that gives children confidence, a sense of comfort today, and a lifelong love of learning, friendship, and community. Its proprietary curriculum helps children of all ages develop healthy brains, bodies and best behaviors.

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