Houston Chronicle: “Texas-based Preschool that Prioritizes Character and Values to Open New Cypress Location”

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Texas-based Preschool that Prioritizes Character and Values to Open New Cypress Location

A new early learning preschool is set to open its 28th location in Cypress in the next year and a half.

Children’s Lighthouse, a Fort Worth-based franchise established in 1997, has several preschools throughout greater Houston.

The schools house 210 to 220 children from the ages of 5 weeks to 5 years old. Locations are open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., including their after-school program which takes children from 5 to 12 years of age.

Stephen Dixon, chief development officer at Children’s Lighthouse said what makes this school different is its curriculum during normal school hours and afterschool program. 

The school created its own curriculum over the past few decades with math, science and reading courses, but is known for its focus on promoting character and values in early education, he said.

Children’s Lighthouse now has 98 locations with 24 locations in the Houston and four in development. Dixon said Houston is a leading location for its schools with locations in Katy, League City, Cypress, Missouri city and other areas.

He said the decision for franchise owners Emily and Amal Fernando to open a location in Cypress was based off the area’s growth.

“That area has many things that we look for as a franchise company and that our franchisees look for as opportunity,” Dixon said. “It’s got lots of new homes planned to be built over the next five years in that area. It’s got a great base of homes already there and we know that a large percentage of those homes that are already open or planned to build will have families with young children.”

This new Children’s Lighthouse location is expected to be developed in west Cypress by late 2024 or early 2025.

This will be the Fernandos’ eighth location since opening their first in 2005.

“It’s no secret that more and more families are moving to Texas, and as we continue to see our schools flourish in the Dallas area, it made sense for us to bring Children’s Lighthouse to the city of Houston,” said Emily Fernando in a press release. “As one of the fastest growing cities in the United States, there is an incredible amount of wait lists to get into a premium early learning school and we are dedicated to finding not only an accessible solution for Houstonians but a quality one. We are eager to introduce our value-driven curriculum focused on building long-lasting learning habits and establishing a community of engagement and lasting relationships.” 

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