Children’s Lighthouse has lit the way for early learning for more than 25 years. A student at a Children’s Lighthouse school is shown filling out a worksheet. New Braunfels’ first Children’s Lighthouse is set to be built this year at 726 Barbarosa Road. Now, Ashley Hempton and her husband Ryan, owners of Children’s Lighthouse of New Braunfels, plan to bring the school to the “City of a Prince.” The early learning center teaches babies as young as six weeks to children as old as 12 years of age.
Children’s Lighthouse uses its “Lighthouse Pathways” approach in order to create a safe environment that allows students to be independent and expressive learners, while offering opportunities to develop their skills.
Besides Children Lighthouse’s eX-STREAM Quest Summer Adventure, the Lighthouse Pathways includes three different educational paths divided by age — Lighthouse BRIGHT, Lighthouse CARES and xSTREAM Quest.
“(For) school aged kids, we have a bus that will pick them up after school and bring them back to the school,” Hempton said. “It’s a franchise that is very good about their learning program — very up to date. They’re constantly updating ways to teach the kids and help them learn and grow.” Hempton originally learned about Children’s Lighthouse through the parents of her daughter’s friend. Similarly, Hempton’s husband knew friends who owned a couple of Children’s Lighthouse locations, while a few others owned Primrose School locations.
At the same time, the Boerne couple was already looking for a business venture. While her husband wanted her to open an indoor plant shop, she was more interested in education. “I’m not into plants,” Hempton said. “We talked about it and I am into kids learning and I love kids … we have six kids, so that was important to me. Out of the things that I could start doing, something like that was something I could do and have more passion towards.” After her husband did research and the two met with Children’s Lighthouse, the couple decided they wanted to open their own Children’s Lighthouse location.
Currently, the Hemptons are working on closing their property by March and want to begin construction shortly after. The couple’s hope is to finish construction by the end of the year.
Children’s Lighthouse of New Braunfels will be located at 726 Barbarosa Road.