Childrens Lighthouse Prioritizes Philanthropy Year-Round

The principles of character are molded into Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company’s core values: “We believe in the importance of teaching character values, and more importantly, in modeling their use in our interactions with children, their families, and one another.” As a company, we actively pursue opportunities to donate time and resources to the communities we serve in order to live those values every day. 

Through our national partnership with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we have an established outlet that allows all of our franchise owners to participate in and host philanthropic events. Alexis Legg, the owner of soon-to-open Childrens Lighthouse in Oak Forest, Texas, recently put together a team for a virtual St. Jude walk-a-thon and raised $1,500 for the organization. To cap off a month of fundraising, Deanna Gustafson and the team at Childrens Lighthouse Winter Garden, Florida held a trike-a-thon in February to support St. Jude’s mission. These are just a few examples of the ways in which our owners choose to donate their resources and time. 

In addition to their work with St. Jude, it’s been heartening to see so many of our franchise partners come to the support of their community during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several schools, including Texas locations in Lake Houston, Arlington and Wylie, hosted blood drives to shore up critical supplies for regional hospitals. Owner Navi Sharma of the Arlington location said she was delighted to do what she could to help during the pandemic. Looking to support frontline workers in times of need, many Childrens Lighthouse schools also offered discounted fees to families of essential workers. 

Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company is dedicated to excellence in all aspects of early childhood education. By giving back to their communities in whichever way they can, our franchisees also model good character to the very children they nurture. 

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Childrens Lighthouse Appoints Shelly Pair as VP of Operations

We’re pleased to announce that Shelly Pair has been named as our new Vice President of Operations! Previously serving as Director of Operations for Childrens Lighthouse, Shelly will continue to play a key leadership role for the brand and our franchisees. 

“It is humbling to be recognized by the Childrens Lighthouse team with this promotion,” said Shelly. “I have felt incredibly welcomed and valued by the team from day one, and I look forward to continuing to make an impact for our franchisees and working with the Franchise Support Center team to drive continued success.”

The announcement was also recently featured in Franchising World’s March issue, highlighting Shelly as one of the publication’s “Top 5 People on the Move.” 

“Shelly’s innovative ideas drive operational efficiencies and grow profitability for both franchisees and the brand as a whole,” said Michael Brown, President of Childrens Lighthouse. “From the moment she stepped through our doors, Shelly has demonstrated expertise in management and operations, and this promotion is in recognition of her dedication to the Childrens Lighthouse brand.”

Shelly, who joined our team in April of 2019, is a seasoned professional with a passion for early childhood education. She has 26 years of experience in operations, early education and franchise industry leadership. Prior to working at Childrens Lighthouse, Shelly served in executive roles at two early childhood education systems and a healthcare provider.

Childrens Lighthouse has early learning schools across the United States, including Alabama, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, North Carolina and Texas. In 2020, Childrens Lighthouse anticipates more than twelve openings, which will join the 50 existing schools in communities across the country. 

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Another Year of Success for Childrens Lighthouse

Childrens Lighthouse has had a busy year, exceeding 50 locations throughout the United States! 

In 2019, we opened schools in several areas of Texas, including: 

  • Prosper 
  • Arlington – Viridian 
  • Katy – Nottingham 
  • Brushy Creek 
  • Brookshire – Jordan Ranch 

Additionally, we have numerous schools set to open immediately in 2020 in: 

  • Seabrook, TX 
  • Sugarland, TX 
  • Parker, CO 
  • Corinth, TX 
  • Allen, TX 
  • Mansfield, TX 

To help accomplish this growth, we made a few key additions to our leadership team, including the appointment of Colin Berry as Director of Marketing and Franchise Administration. Berry oversees marketing and new franchisee administration, leading franchisees through the entire opening process. 

“I’m thrilled to join such a vibrant, fast-growing team in the booming early education space,” said Berry. “The Childrens Lighthouse brand is widely recognized as the leader in values-based early learning, and I’m looking forward to making an impact for our franchisees, as they make a difference in their communities through our curriculum and model.” 

We’d also like to highlight the promotion of Jenni Hofherr as Director of New School Support. After working for Childrens Lighthouse as a franchise consultant from 2013-2016, Hofherr rejoined the team in January as a new school coordinator. In the past several months, she has proven her ability to successfully support new franchisees as they open new locations, leading to her promotion to new school director. In her new role, Hofherr leads support of franchise owners as they navigate the pre-opening process and spearheads New School Owner’s Training. 

Notably, we’ve also appointed Shelly Pair as Director of Operations. Pair supports existing franchisees in their year-over-year operations plans and growth while also supporting the development and opening process for new franchisees. 

Stephanie Russ has been named Vice President and General Counsel. In her new leadership role, Russ helps the brand grow with oversight over all departments to ensure cohesive brand strategy and plan implementation. 

Finally, Chrissy Barrow has been appointed Curriculum and Training Specialist, a new role at the Childrens Lighthouse corporate office. These additions to our team will allow us to continue to deliver best-in-class franchisee support to our system. 

Childrens Lighthouse provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open in attractive metropolitan areas with the benefits of a full suite of support services, including site selection, financing guidance, construction administration and grand opening marketing best practices. We’re looking forward to continuing this momentum, and you can join our success! 

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Children’s Lighthouse Joins the Most Reputable Brands in the Nation With Prestigious Recognition

We’ve been ranked on Franchise Times’ Top 200+ list! The list, which is the most comprehensive ranking of the 500 largest franchise systems in the United States, is based on Childrens Lighthouse’s global system sales and number of locations. 

The acknowledgement of being named to this ranking verifies the exceptional growth we’ve experienced in the past year – we currently have more than 50 locations throughout the country. 

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a tremendous amount of growth within the franchise system, and this recognition is a testament to the hard work our team has put in,” said Michael Brown, president of Childrens Lighthouse. “This ranking also gives us the motivation to continue expanding, and I can’t wait to see our continued growth with talented franchisees across the country.”

You have the opportunity to help us continue this momentum! Childrens Lighthouse provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open in attractive suburban high income areas. Ownership in a Childrens Lighthouse franchise includes a full suite of support services, including site selection, financing guidance, construction administration and grand opening marketing best practices. With over 15 new schools planned to open by the end of 2020 there’s no better time than now to join the Childrens Lighthouse family. Our schools have high AUVs, great sustainability and provide an excellent work-life balance making it one of the fastest growing franchise industries available today. 

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Children’s Lighthouse Recognized on Franchise Times Top 200+ List

Childrens Lighthouse Learning CentersSM was recently named to Franchise Times’ Top 200+ list– an exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises in the United States by global systemwide sales, based on the previous year’s performance. Children’s Lighthouse has been rated number 380, alongside the largest franchises in the country.

“We are humbled to achieve this incredible milestone,” said Michael Brown, president of Children’s Lighthouse. “This ranking is a direct result of our franchisees’ hard work and dedication to succeed. We look forward to continuing this momentum as we grow into new markets and offer continued support to our existing franchisees.”

This recognition validates the tremendous growth the company has experienced in the past year. In 2017, the brand generated $55,000,000 in systemwide sales and added several new franchise locations. Children’s Lighthouse now operates 49 locations in communities throughout the United States. Notably, the brand’s 50th location will open by year-end.

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New Children’s Lighthouse Location Opens in Richmond, Texas

Childrens Lighthouse Learning CentersSM has carved a special niche in educational child care by developing a proprietary Lighthouse C.A.R.E.SSM curriculum that focuses on both education and character growth. Now that same brand of early childhood development is going to enjoy a new home in Richmond, Texas when partners Karen and Zeff Walcher and Daniella and Patrick Simpson plan to open the doors to their first school in the winter.

Children’s Lighthouse franchisees such as the Walchers and Simpsons use their entrepreneurial skills and followed the educational franchise’s proven procedures to develop flourishing schools in their local communities. And while franchisees don’t need an educational background to launch a Children’s Lighthouse school, sisters Karen and Daniella will lean on their experience in the field to position themselves strongly in the neighborhood as they plan on opening more locations in the future.

Karen and Daniella have both been elementary school teachers. Daniella also served as an assistant director at a child care center while in college and has worked as a reading interventionist. For her part, Karen has a master’s degree in education. They are looking to develop community connections as they manage daily operations at the new Children’s Lighthouse school.

Franchisees like Karen and Daniella lean on the extensive real-world training that Children’s Lighthouse provides, along with targets for enrollment building and financial benchmarking. Such a comprehensive approach creates a strong foundation for a business in educational child care that parents and children also love.

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Children’s Lighthouse Honors National Lighthouse Day with Successful School Supplies Drive

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers℠, widely recognized as the leading values-based early learning school in the United States, recently celebrated “National Lighthouse Day” by helping local schools and students in need. In honor of the big day, which fell on August 7, Children’s Lighthouse held a system-wide school supplies drive to “light the way” for fellow communities.

Now, the early childhood education and care franchise is announcing the impressive results of the school supplies drive, with more than 500 donations made nationwide – including 30 new backpacks at one location alone.

“Our brand is dedicated to giving back to the communities we serve, which is why it was so heartwarming to see our franchisees across the network join in on our efforts to give back – and make such an impact – ahead of the school year,” said Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers℠ President Michael Brown. “It’s a testament to the high-quality leaders and entrepreneurs we are lucky to call Children’s Lighthouse franchisees.”

Launched 23 years ago, Children’s Lighthouse strives to connect families together with independent owners in an effort to enrich communities through the innovative and proprietary Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.℠ curriculum. Children’s Lighthouse franchisees are committed to instilling education and strong character values through this curriculum, helping to develop children both academically and emotionally and guide the way for their future.

Children’s Lighthouse takes pride in its top-notch network of franchisees, who are dedicated to giving back to their communities and being a leader in educational child care. As a Children’s Lighthouse franchisee, you can make a difference in many lives and inspire others to grow, learn and succeed, all while mentoring a passionate staff and enjoying a more balanced lifestyle.

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New Franchisees Leverage Strengths to Children’s Lighthouse Business

Ahmed, Alla, Tesneem and Noor Attia each have their individual strengths. Together they make a powerful sibling team ready to launch a Childrens Lighthouse Learning CenterSM in Brushy Creek, Texas.

Since 1997, Childrens Lighthouse Learning CentersSM has anchored its philosophy on getting children ready for school by catering to both their academic and emotional needs. That all-rounded approach has won it enthusiastic support from parents and accreditation from AdvancEd, which holds institutions to high operational and educational standards.

This popularity has enabled Children’s Lighthouse to expand across Texas and the Southwest. The Attias are hoping to leverage the franchising system that Children’s Lighthouse has developed to build a thriving child care center of their own.

Tesneem has experience in early childhood education, while Noor, with a marketing degree, understands the nuances of reaching out to the community to expand business. Ahmed is an engineer who appreciates the value of education and the proprietary C.A.R.E.S.SM curriculum that Children’s Lighthouse has developed. Alla, a working mother of three with children in daycare, appreciates parents’ concerns as well.

The Attias are looking to serve the Bushy Creek and Cedar Creek regions in Texas with the Children’s Lighthouse brand of education that focuses on play, technology, character building and learning that molds children for success in school and beyond.

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Star Franchisee Opens Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center℠ in McKinney

Emily Fernando, center, receiving the 2014 Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company’s Bright Star Award.

The success of Emily Fernando, an award-winning franchisee and entrepreneur, only continues to grow. With plans to spread exceptional child care throughout Texas, Fernando officially launched her new Childrens Lighthouse Learning CenterSM in McKinney. Located at 7900 Stacy Rd., the center proudly opened its doors on June 6, 2018, offering a safe, warm and welcoming environment and providing more children with a space to receive high-quality early childhood education and care.

Fernando has been with Children’s Lighthouse for 10 years and plans to continue her expansion throughout Texas, aiming to open another location in Fate in December 2018. In 2014, Fernando was honored with the Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company’s Bright Star Award for having the highest opening growth rate in the system.

“Emily has been a valued part of the team for years,” said Michael Brown, president of Childrens Lighthouse Learning CentersSM. “She shares our passion for community, nurturing care and education. That’s why we couldn’t be happier about adding an early learning school in McKinney and doing so with such a gifted entrepreneur. Children’s Lighthouse has a bright future in the region.”

Committed to providing top intellectual development and care for children, Fernando felt that Children’s Lighthouse would be very beneficial to the children and parents of McKinney.

“In my opinion, Children’s Lighthouse will serve a very special need in McKinney,” Fernando says. “We will be providing parents a place where they can feel confident that their children are safe and secure, while developing priceless and lasting learning habits. Our Children’s Lighthouse will offer individualized care in a loving and nurturing environment, providing parents with the utmost sense of security that their child is being cared for.”

The new Childrens Lighthouse Learning CenterSM delights children and parents with its 12,000 square-foot location and upgraded turf-surfaced playground including a musical area, complete with windpipes. Parents can also be assured that their children are receiving the best nutritional care, as an on-site kitchen is prepared to serve daily fresh and healthy meals.

There are plenty of opportunities for children to receive high-quality educational child care. Children’s Lighthouse provides both traditional school-hour programs and interactive after-school programs and summer camps, welcoming children just a few weeks old to 12 years old.

For more than 21 years, Children’s Lighthouse has been a leader in early childhood education. Its proprietary Children’s Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.SM system promotes intellectual development, social and emotional growth and active learning through hands-on lessons using the latest technologies.

Children’s Lighthouse is noticeably taking the reigns as a top educational child care center in the industry, with 25 new Childrens Lighthouse Learning CentersSM currently in development or under construction, joining the ranks of the other 47 locations in operation.

Franchisees like Fernando who enjoy entrepreneurial opportunities in educational child care can find thriving business opportunities with Children’s Lighthouse, creating growth in attractive metropolitan areas. In addition, franchisees are offered full support with services such as financing guidance, construction administration and more. Ongoing training and support led by an experienced team of child care veterans ensure franchisees are prepared to lead and provide exceptional child care and educational growth.

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Children’s Lighthouse Recognizes and Celebrates Outstanding Educators

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers believes that the success of children is highly dependent on the quality of the early childhood educationthey receive. The educational childcare franchise launched a Facebook contest to recognize its extraordinary educators as part of National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7-11.

As part of the contest, parents were invited to share what they loved about their child’s educator. Children’s Lighthouse received an impressive 260 entries from 19 locations. One winner was selected from each.

The teachers were touched by the appreciation. “I’m passionate about teaching children and helping them to grow in all aspects of their lives,” says Ms. LaWanda, the winner from the Canyon Lakes West school. “Ms. LaWanda is the teacher I hope every kid has at least once in their lifetime,” a parent wrote about the educator. “She loves each kid as her own and shows them that every day. My son tells me each weekend that he misses her and he’s so excited to go to school.”

It is exactly this kind of dedication to children’s whole selves that has made Children’s Lighthouse a standout in early childhood education. The educational franchise has developed a technology-driven curriculum that helps children blossom into their fullest potential while receiving the highest standards of care.

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers regularly recognizes exemplary educators as the cornerstone of their mission. Through 48 locations, the early childhood educationfranchise family sets high standards for professionals, which is reflected in the high praise they receive

“I’m proud to work at Children’s Lighthouse, and all my fellow teachers here have the same desire to help children be their best,” Ms. LaWanda says, “We take pride in making Children’s Lighthouse a great place for children to learn and develop to better prepare them for their futures.”

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