The Difference Between a Preschool Franchise and a Daycare Franchise

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The Difference Between a Daycare Franchise and Our Preschool Franchise


When you open a Children’s Lighthouse franchise, it won’t take long for you to realize just what an important resource you’ve become to your community. Millions of parents rely on daycare franchises to help them meet their responsibilities outside the home, and your Children’s Lighthouse location will serve this important function, too. But the fact is, you’ll be so much more than that; you’ll be providing children in your area with access to an exceptional learning environment that simple daycare locations can’t or don’t offer.

Daycare vs. Early Learning


Daycare franchises provide a very important service, and your Children’s Lighthouse location will offer care and supervision of young children to parents who need it most. Typically, however, daycare is simply that; it does not offer an educational component designed to nurture children and help them get off to a good academic start. This is the primary difference between a daycare center and an early learning center. 

Daycare is also often provided in private homes and often operated by individuals without meaningful childcare experience or outside credentials. As such, the quality of daycare centers can run the gamut from exceptional to poor. But early learning centers like Children’s Lighthouse are staffed by highly-trained and educated industry professionals, people who make a difference in children’s lives and who your community will quickly appreciate and trust.  

Below are some other basic differences between daycare centers and early learning schools: 

  •     Focus: Daycare provides child care as the primary function, with a focus on supervision and a safe environment. An early learning center emphasizes early childhood education, incorporating structured learning activities into the day.
  •     Curriculum: Daycares may have some playtime activities and basic routines but not a set curriculum. Early learning centers, however, follow a curriculum designed to develop social, emotional, and cognitive skills. 
  •     Schedule: Daycare facilities typically offer flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, to accommodate work schedules. Early learning centers usually follow a more structured schedule with set hours that don’t include weekends.

The good news is that your Children’s Lighthouse franchise will be providing both expert and loving daycare and enriching educational opportunities for the children in your care, making you an important resource in your community from day one!

Our Proprietary Early Childhood Learning Curriculum


Of all the differences between a daycare provider and a preschool/early learning center, perhaps the most important is the educational component or lack thereof. Each Children’s Lighthouse school provides not just quality daycare for children between the ages of six weeks and 12 years but also the chance for them to explore and learn through our proprietary, early-learning curriculum.

Our Lighthouse Pathways™ approach to early education is an opportunity for children to explore and expand their world through individualized skill development, group learning, self-regulation, and inquiry-based investigation. We know it’s important for children to have access to a safe environment that allows them to be expressive and independent learners, and we’re committed to providing that environment to every child we serve. 

The fact is, we’re leaders in the early learning sphere, and when you partner with us to open your Children’s Lighthouse franchise, you’ll gain an immediate advantage over the competition — daycare centers and early learning facilities alike — as a result!

To find out more about what separates Children’s Lighthouse from other preschool franchise investments, reach out to our team today! 

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