At Childrens Lighthouse, we believe that every child has a right to excellence in all aspects of early childhood education. And, we believe that every franchise owner, teacher and staff member can make a difference in the lives of the children and families that we serve.
We’d like to take a moment to highlight a few of our many Rockstar women franchise owners who embody our values and beliefs, and have made an incredible impact on their communities by providing a guiding light for early childhood education. Read on to learn more!
Aspen Ricks – Greater Kansas City, Kansas
Inspired by the high standards and remarkable curriculum offered by Childrens Lighthouse, Aspen joined our franchise system in 2014. Now the owner of four Childrens Lighthouse locations in the Kansas City area, Ricks and her team have given hundreds of local children a head start in life through early education.
“The most rewarding part about being a Childrens Lighthouse franchisee is having more time to spend with family, working for myself and bettering the community with the support of the best industry leaders,” says Aspen. “I not only make a great living, I also make a difference.”
Aspen has been recognized multiple times during past Childrens Lighthouse annual owners conferences with our “Rising Star” award, a special honor given to high-performing franchise owners who demonstrate a unique ability to meet every challenge head on, maintain focus, and achieve operational excellence and stability.
In addition to impacting her students, Aspen has a history of community involvement. For example, she’s put together gift baskets and hosted food drives at her Childrens Lighthouse locations to help families in need. She says that she’s always felt called back to give back to her community, especially in more recent times during the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Davora Sides – Chicago, Illinois
Davora is the co-owner of Childrens Lighthouse North Center Chicago and joined our franchise system in 2015. She brings all-star organization and service skills that she developed during her 14 years working with kids in camps, schools and family entertainment venues to her business.
“The most rewarding part about being a Childrens Lighthouse franchisee is building relationships with families,” says Davora. “We have the honor of raising children who are primarily coming from dual working households. We spend as much time with some of these kids as their parents. We literally become like family and it give us such pride to help raise these little ones and get them ready for school.”
Davora especially appreciates being a part of a family-run brand that provides dedicated support to each and every franchise owner.
“This is a great business to be in. Every day you get to provide a service that makes parents lives better and easier,” Davora adds. “You also get the joy that comes from being around children and their always surprising imaginations. And from the business standpoint, there’s a lot of financial potential. Childrens Lighthouse provides the resources and support staff needed to feel like someone has your back.”
Noor Attia – Cedar Park, Texas
Noor Attia, along with siblings Alla, Tesneem and Ahmed, teamed up to open their Childrens Lighthouse location in Cedar Park, Texas in 2019.
Opening a Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center was a natural fit for Noor, who has children of her own. She wanted a way to give back to her community and provide parents the same level of quality educational childcare that she was seeking for her own children. She found exactly that in Childrens Lighthouse.
“The first time I toured a Childrens Lighthouse school, I was blown away,” says Noor. “It exceeded all of my expectations and offered a nationally accredited curriculum that I hadn’t seen anywhere else. This was a school that my siblings and I were excited to bring our children to, and we wanted to offer that same level of excitement to other families.”
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