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Fall Into Franchising With Children’s Lighthouse

Fall is a time of transition, and we couldn’t think of a better time of year to ‘fall into franchising’ with Children’s Lighthouse. We stand out in the franchise marketplace, both among other general franchise brands and other daycare businesses. Read on the find out why Children’s Lighthouse is the perfect franchise opportunity for you this fall. 

A comprehensive training program — no prior experience required

At Children’s Lighthouse, we pride ourselves on our education prowess — and that extends to our franchisees, too! We understand that there are plenty of people with a passion for children’s wellbeing and education who may have lacked the opportunity to work in childcare or education themselves. That’s why we offer a comprehensive training program that teaches our franchisees everything they need to know about the industry and our operation model.

proprietary curriculum 

We’re different from other daycare businesses — most other daycares are focused on providing care and play, while Children’s Lighthouse pushes beyond that with a focus on education. Our proprietary Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S. (SM) curriculum ensures that children are learning while they are in our care, and of course, having fun too! When parents see our educational offerings, they know Children’s Lighthouse is the right choice for their precious kiddos. 

Opportunity for life-changing income

One of the biggest perks of business ownership is the ability to work toward your own goals instead of someone else’s — and as a franchise owner with Children’s Lighthouse, you have the opportunity to produce the capital that can make your goals a reality! Children’s Lighthouse franchise owners whose schools were open for at least 18 months averaged gross revenues of $1,625,330* — talk about life changing! Not only can you work in a business where you know you’re changing young lives, you can change your own, too!

For more information check out our FAQS—or, if you’re ready to learn even more about franchising with Children’s Lighthouse, fill out our form to receive our complimentary brochure.

* see Item 19 in the 2019 Children’s Lighthouse FDD for details

The Benefits of Franchising with Children’s Lighthouse: Meet Alexis Legg

Our franchisees are ambitious, dedicated entrepreneurs who care just as much about their businesses as they do about the children and families they serve. Meet Alexis Legg, the owner of Children’s Lighthouse Oak Forest. Alexis has been a franchisee since 2020 when she decided to open up her own Children’s Lighthouse location after struggling to find a school that met her own high standards for her child. 

“I couldn’t find it, so I created it,” said Alexis. 

Alexis has a background as an educator, including a master’s degree in education, and is happy to have opened her own high caliber learning school and to have raised the bar for early education in her community. 

“My favorite part about being an owner is seeing all the happy families in my Children’s Lighthouse,” she said. Each time that happens I am reminded that I’ve achieved my goal of building an exceptionally great school in our community.”

Watch the video below to learn more about Alexis and the Children’s Lighthouse opportunity. 

Meet Alexis Legg Video

Learn more about franchising with Children’s Lighthouse. 

Children’s Lighthouse Brings an Elevated Experience to Franchisees

For parents, choosing a childcare option can be stressful and overwhelming. As fathers themselves, brothers Pat and Mike Brown recognized that stress for families in their hometown of Fort Worth, Texas — parents didn’t want just another babysitter for their children. Rather, they were looking for a trusted educational childcare option that would aid in their child’s development. With that in mind, Pat and Mike opened their first Children’s Lighthouse school in 1997 and the rest, as they say, is history!

What is Children’s Lighthouse?

At Children’s Lighthouse, we believe that every child has a right to excellence in all aspects of early education. And, we believe that every one of our franchise owners, teachers and staff members can make a difference in the lives of the children and families that we serve. 

Children’s Lighthouse provides a nurturing environment with a highly effective curriculum that promotes cognitive, intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. We’re a family-focused, premium early learning school with a concentration on developing children academically and emotionally from as early as six weeks old.

Why Become a Franchisee?

Together, with our passionate franchise owners, we provide a guiding light for students. Our Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.℠ curriculum is based on an age-appropriate, comprehensive learning approach that incorporates character values like integrity, fairness and honesty.

As a franchisee, you’ll be part of growing young brains, bodies and behaviors while connecting with families and your community. With the ability to own your own business, impact countless young lives and become a leader in the educational childcare industry and in your community, there’s no better time to invest in a Children’s Lighthouse than now.

What Makes Us Different?

We give our franchisees the tools, guidance, and opportunity to operate a profitable business that is designed to give children a safe, loving place to learn, make friends, and build confidence. This support includes four weeks of training: two weeks at the Children’s Lighthouse home office, one week of in-school training before opening and one week of post-opening training in your school. 

No prior experience in education or franchising is required. Our comprehensive training program will teach you about the industry and our operational model. Our most successful franchise owners have a passion for children and a desire to improve the lives of families and communities. Business and management experience is helpful, as is a willingness to get out in the community and build relationships with partners and customers. There are no required educational training or certifications needed – simply an entrepreneurial spirit and a desire to impact young lives.

Learn more about franchising with Children’s Lighthouse. 

Want to Start a Business? Here Are 3 Reasons to Franchise

So, you’re interested in owning a business. Or, you’ve at least thought about it a few times! 

Being a business owner can be a very rewarding experience. However, as you explore the many opportunities that are out there, you may wonder, “Should I buy a franchise or start my own business?” 

There are certainly pros and cons to both models, so as you consider your options, it’s important to keep in mind what your goals are and the level of support you need. Here are three key reasons to consider pursuing a franchise opportunity vs starting a business alone. 

Established processes, training and support  

Starting your own business can be a thrilling journey – however, it’s a journey that doesn’t necessarily come with its own roadmap. If you’re unsure of how and where to start, you’re not alone. Fear of failure and lack of confidence are among the top barriers to starting a business. 

Fortunately, with franchising, there’s no reinventing the wheel. A franchise comes with an established set of processes and systems that are proven to drive success. With the backing of tried-and-tested business methods, you have more time to focus on other areas of running your business – without having to focus on logistics and what your next steps should be. Many franchisors offer extensive training programs that begin as soon as you sign the dotted line. This is an especially attractive benefit for aspiring business owners looking start a business in an industry where they might not have tons of experience. 

At Children’s Lighthouse for example, most franchise owners are business professionals, not necessarily educators. You don’t need a background in early childhood education to be a successful Children’s Lighthouse franchisee! Just like a lighthouse, we guide the way along every step of your journey

Franchising provides the benefits of owning your own business with the security of a built-in support system. Between franchise leadership, the development team and a network of other owners, you’ll have plenty of people to turn to for advice and best practices. 

Site selection assistance and marketing support programs 

Starting a business comes with plenty of logistics. Will I be working out of my own home or a different location? How do I find and secure a site? How and where do I attract my customers? 

Franchising can help you tackle all these questions (and more!) with ease, taking the guesswork out of starting your own business from scratch. Site selection and construction, financing options, marketing, and customer acquisition are just a few examples of support that a franchisor can provide. 

During the start-up phase, Children’s Lighthouse franchise owners benefit from a robust support system that includes business plan assistance, real estate selection, project management and much more. In addition, we provide strong marketing and advertising programs to help build enrollment, retain customers and build market share. 

Less risk

Building an independent business from the ground up can cost you more time, stress and money than you bargained for. There’s nothing wrong with a little risk – however, considering that fear of failure is one of the biggest barriers to starting a business, franchising can provide more comfort and security from the get-go. 

Remember: whether you buy a franchise or start your own independent business, you’re still a business owner, and you’re still your own boss. Franchising may not grant all the freedoms that an independent business promises, but, it comes with the security of proven processes, systems, training and many other elements that are designed to help you succeed. 

Learn more about franchising with Children’s Lighthouse. 

Childrens Lighthouse: Not Just a Daycare

At first glance, Childrens Lighthouse may seem like another children’s daycare. However, you’ll quickly find that our franchise is much more than that. 

Childrens Lighthouse provides a nurturing environment with a highly effective curriculum that promotes cognitive, intellectual, social, emotional and physical development. We’re a family-focused, premium early learning school with a focus on developing children academically and emotionally from as early as six weeks old!

Together, with our passionate franchise owners, we provide a guiding light for early childhood education. Our Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.℠ curriculum is based on an age-appropriate, comprehensive learning approach, incorporating character values like integrity, fairness and honesty.

Parents are raving about how Childrens Lighthouse goes above and beyond for their children. But, don’t just take our word for it – check out some of our glowing reviews!

“I love Childrens Lighthouse because they meet the needs of my family. The staff are great, the building is clean and safe, and they have a fabulous educational program. Their curriculum encourages exploration, good communication skills and engages in fun-filled learning activities from the time they are an infant.” – Salina B. in Dallas, Texas

“My husband and I visited several child care centers to and none of them compared to Childrens Lighthouse! You get what you pay for here because not only is the facility great, but the staff is WONDERFUL too!! We HIGHLY recommend Childrens Lighthouse to anyone!” – Natasha S. in Los Angeles, California

“This is the first time my children have attended a childcare learning school, and they LOVE it. They get excited when time comes to go to sleep, so that they will get to go to school the next morning again. They love their teachers, food, games and most of all the learning times.” – Bardha R. in Houston, Texas

Of course, our dedicated franchise owners have found much to love in Childrens Lighthouse as well, from the opportunity to be a part of their student’s lives and give back to the community, to the ability to grow a rewarding business with the backing of exceptional franchisee support. Check out these video testimonials to hear it right from our franchisees!

The bottom line: Childrens Lighthouse is not just a daycare. We’re a well-rounded investment opportunity in the childhood enrichment industry. As a franchisee with our premium early childhood learning franchise, you’ll play an integral part in helping to grow young brains, bodies and behaviors while connecting families to their communities. 

Learn more about franchising with Childrens Lighthouse. 

Learn Why Our Women Franchise Owners Love Childrens Lighthouse

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.” 

Learn more about franchising with Childrens Lighthouse. 

Childrens Lighthouse President Participates in Franchise Roundtable Discussion with U.S. House Member Beth Van Duyne

On Friday, January 29, Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company President Michael Brown had the opportunity to meet with newly sworn-in U.S. House Member Beth Van Duyne, along with several other franchisors in the Dallas area, during a franchise roundtable discussion.

The roundtable, held at Rep. Van Duyne’s local office, offered the opportunity for members of the local franchising community to share with Rep. Van Duyne more information about the franchise model and the many industries and sectors represented. 

Participants in the roundtable also discussed several important issues related to small business and the franchise model. Brown specifically spoke to Childrens Lighthouse’s experience with PPP loans and reiterated the importance of getting businesses back open and running with less restrictions as a necessary means to jumpstart the economy. Varun Sharma, owner of Childrens Lighthouse Viridian at Arlington, was also able to share his experiences with receiving PPP funding and how that supported their school during the heat of the pandemic.

At Childrens Lighthouse, we value our local connections. We’re committed to continuing the conversation with changemakers – both on a local and national level – so we can build strong relationships and have a voice when it comes to policy changes. 

Childrens Lighthouse franchisees are just one example of passionate small business owners pursuing their American Dream while making a positive impact on local youth and families. The franchise model in general is often misunderstood by those who are not familiar with it, so it’s critical that we educate others on the realities of what franchising truly is, and the positive impact it creates in communities far and wide. 

Learn more about the Childrens Lighthouse franchise.

Building a Family Legacy: Hear from Childrens Lighthouse “Couplepreneurs”

At Childrens Lighthouse, our franchisees love what they do – their investment empowers them to invest in themselves, their families and their communities. 

And, for many of our owners, this isn’t just an investment opportunity – it’s a chance for them to build a family legacy by doing something they are passionate about. Learn more about a few of our franchising couples, or “couplepreneurs,” how the franchise opportunity has impacted their families and what advice they have to share with other couples considering going into business ownership together. 

Why did you want to go into business ownership with your partner?  

“We wanted to create something for ourselves that would play into our strengths as a couple and also build something that our children could be a part of.” – Chip and Amanda Palluch, owners of Childrens Lighthouse Two Creeks

“We each had a specific set of skills and knowledge that complemented each other, specifically for the childcare business. Stefani has been in childcare since she was in her teens and I am a CPA/Attorney. We had a lot of boxes checked before we even got started. Plus, we have been married a long time (30 years), so we know each other well.” – Stefani and Steve Kulawik, owner of Childrens Lighthouse Alamo Ranch

What is the most rewarding part of working with your partner?

“The most rewarding part of working together is knowing that no matter what happens, we will continue to be partners for life.” – Brittany and Jamize Olawale, owners of Childrens Lighthouse Mansfield

“Accomplishments and success in the business are that much more rewarding since we are doing it together, and it lends to our life goals. We are on the same page as far as expectations. We do not have to rely on or consult with a non-family owner/partner for decisions.” – Stefani and Steve Kulawik, owner of Childrens Lighthouse Alamo Ranch

What advice would you offer to other couples who are considering going into business ownership together? 

“Make sure you are on the same page and always working toward the same goals. Communicate, communicate, communicate. To be successful, you need to have a unified and agile plan.” – Chip and Amanda Palluch, owners of Childrens Lighthouse Two Creeks

“Extend your partner grace and room to grow. Be ok with stepping back when you see your gifts are better suited elsewhere.” – Brittany and Jamize Olawale, owners of Childrens Lighthouse Mansfield

Learn more about franchising with Childrens Lighthouse and going into business ownership with your partner. 

The Importance of Educational Childcare

If there’s one thing the pandemic dramatically highlighted, it is the need for quality childcare. Childcare makes the economic engine run, and without reliable ways of accessing it, families’ jobs suffer. Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company has been delivering peace of mind for families across the country and reconfigured already stringent processes to keep families and staff safe during a difficult year.

Childrens Lighthouse believes not just in the value of quality childcare, but also in providing a strong foundation for educational development. We work with our proprietary C.A.R.E.S. curriculum, which emphasizes a character-building approach to early childhood education, including cooperation, kindness, honesty, respect, gratitude and more. The C.A.R.E.S. stands for character values education, active engagement through doing, research-centered practice, embedded content through themed units, and standards-based objectives. These cornerstones have helped Childrens Lighthouse develop an outstanding curriculum that constantly meets the needs of today’s children and their families.

Our schools dive deep into what defines each positive trait and work on focused units for a month each so children can understand the various ways in which these valuable traits can manifest themselves. Childrens Lighthouse also staffs schools with caregivers who model sound character behavior — it’s about learning and doing.

The future is unknown but we do know that solid values-based education will stand all children in good stead and help them realize their full potential. Families appreciate our dedication to partnering with them and caring for their children in the best ways possible. 

Because Childrens Lighthouse has such a strong focus on a character-based curriculum, we are a standout in the early childhood market and a draw for families. Franchisees are the beneficiaries of this special position that Childrens Lighthouse occupies. Through the pandemic and beyond, Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company has shown what it takes to provide quality educational childcare that nurtures children. It’s why our franchisees and our families trust us with their business and their most precious assets — their children.

Learn more about franchising with Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company.

Looking Ahead to 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic and the cyclical lockdowns might have impacted education overall with parents and children figuring out how to make jobs and school work. But at Childrens Lighthouse, we understood the value of maintaining in-person learning early on. By focusing on redesigned classrooms and class sizes and increased sanitation and hygiene procedures, franchisees could ensure some level of continuity for families. 

It’s not just our approach to the pandemic that has won approval. Our focus on nurturing both a values-based education and proprietary CARES curriculum make us a standout. So popular is Childrens Lighthouse that our franchise is expected to register 200% growth in 2021, adding twelve new locations. January alone will see three new locations in Texas, in Mansfield, Corinth and Forney. January will also include a new opening in Apex, NC. Other 2021 schools include locations in Valrico (Tampa) FL; Katy, TX; Rosenberg, TX; Holly Springs, NC; Jessup, MD; Fate, TX.

Growth is not limited to Texas alone. We are also targeting new markets for expansion, including Denver, Colorado Springs, Kansas City, Austin, DFW, Houston, Raleigh/Durham, Tampa, Orlando and Washington D.C. metro.

Childrens Lighthouse franchise partners benefit from a true partnership with the extended family in which ideas for what works in a period of flux are immediately implemented and nurtured. At a time when working families are looking for quality childcare options, Childrens Lighthouse provides a welcoming beacon. Families appreciate our investment in positive learning outcomes for all children, no matter the challenges. Such loyalty and extensive franchise support are what draw our franchise partners to Childrens Lighthouse. 

The proof is in the pudding. We’re looking forward to kickstarting 2021 with fresh energy and new insights into what defines quality childcare. The value of in-person learning has become apparent over the pandemic. At Childrens Lighthouse, we help our owners deliver that model while adhering to strong safety and health protocols.

Our ability to abide by our commitment to early childhood education promises to deliver an exciting new year.

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