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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Proprietary Curriculum Propels Growth for Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company

Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company understands: Education is about more than just rote learning of facts, it’s also about developing kind and empathetic world citizens. Our proprietary C.A.R.E.S.℠ curriculum delivers character-based, age-appropriate learning in early learning schools that are welcoming and nurturing. 

The C.A.R.E.S acronym stands for Character Values Education; Active Engagement through hands-on learning; Research-Centered practice applying the latest in early childhood education to our approach; Embedded content with overlapping thematic elements and Standards-based objectives, ensuring we help children achieve state and national learning standards. 

The values-based curriculum sets Childrens Lighthouse apart from other early learning schools and gives parents peace of mind that their children are being nourished in every way. Our professionals model the same values they teach and work with parents to complement home and school lessons expertly.

CLFC’s approach to well-rounded education has led to satisfied franchisees who serve a special niche in childcare. Franchisee Juantia Brown is proud that the outstanding curriculum nurtures children who start elementary school with an advantage: not only are they above grade in reading and math skills, they’re also polite and eager to learn. The well-rounded curriculum attracts families who want more than just a warm body watching their children, they’re looking for character and values-based early childhood education.

Additionally, passionate entrepreneurs are sitting up and taking notice. Childrens Lighthouse has now opened new locations in Seabrook and Allen, Texas. In addition to expanding in the Lone Star State, CLFC also expanded into Colorado with a school in Parker. The launch in Colorado is just the beginning of a strategic expansion for Childrens Lighthouse as it looks to bring its signature curriculum and robust childcare model to five additional schools in 2020. 

Early childhood education that focuses on every aspect of a child’s development, that abides by the latest research in the field, and that meets standards is hard to find. Satisfied parents, children and franchisees attest that the Childrens Lighthouse approach is exemplary and wins accolades in every community it serves. Care is woven into our very message, and it continues to drive our growth as we expand into new markets.

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Childrens Lighthouse Creates Opportunities for Franchisee Growth During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic may have upended the education delivery method with many schools choosing to work with a hybrid model, but that doesn’t mean families had to struggle through virtual learning this fall. 

Mixed-learning methods, which allow students to attend in-person classes for a few days a week and are fully remote other days, have left parents with the challenge to find options that will give their children a meaningful education – while continuing their own careers. But, as parents looked for guidance on the new rules of school, Childrens Lighthouse franchisees stepped in and to fill the void, benefiting from new revenue opportunities while still delivering premier educational programming.

Our Virtual Learning Assistance program allowed parents to schedule time either all-day or in blocks at Childrens Lighthouse as staff facilitated learning for children. In between active learning blocks, kids could also socialize with their peers, a component many parents were worried that their children would miss out on because of remote learning. We redesigned classroom spaces, controlled access to schools and increased disinfection practices even more to ensure a safe and healthy learning environment for all. And, to keep skills flourishing, we have also launched XStream Quest, a quest-based approach to learning science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math (STREAM) skills. 

These programs, layered on top of our already robust proprietary curriculum, give franchisees a distinct advantage in serving their client base. In fact, our efforts have won coverage in Austin and Frisco, Texas and Hoover, Alabama.

Over the years, Childrens Lighthouse has distinguished itself not just as a premier provider of early childhood education, but also as an enriching career option for franchisees. The COVID-19 pandemic might have disrupted learning, but it has also provided our franchisees with new opportunities that can be harnessed to grow revenue while keeping the needs of families front and center.  

As we continue to grow into new areas, we are seeking talented individuals who share our passion for community, nurturing care and education. If that sounds like you, reach out to us to learn more about how you can become a Childrens Lighthouse franchise partner.

Childrens Lighthouse Director of Education and Training Recognized by Exchange Leadership Initiative

Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company is excited to announce that our Director of Education and Training, Dr. Kristi Martin-Smith, has been appointed an Exchange Leader by Exchange Leadership Initiative (ELI) – a top early childhood care and education authority. 

The Exchange Leader designation serves as a testament to Martin-Smith’s dedication to providing training and operational support to ensure our franchisees are equipped to provide top educational programs for all children enrolled at Childrens Lighthouse Early Learning Schools™ across the country. 

“There are so many incredible individuals who are reshaping the future of early childhood education in such profound ways, and to be recognized as a leader among them is a monumental moment for me, both personally and professionally,” said Martin-Smith. 

The honor was bestowed upon Martin-Smith for the contributions she’s made to early childhood education throughout her career. Combining 30 years of global educational leadership and experience in teaching, training and working with teachers, administrators, and school owners from many economic as well as cultural backgrounds, her merit as an Exchange Leader will allow her to make an even larger impact on children, families and communities across the country. 

The announcement comes at a time when Childrens Lighthouse Early Learning Schools™ are reopening their doors and Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company is continuing to focus on growth. In fact, we recently opened a new franchised location in Seabrook, Texas, and look forward to opening the 18th Childrens Lighthouse location in the Dallas-Fort Worth area this fall. 

As the demand for educational child care increases, Childrens Ligthouse provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open in attractive metropolitan areas. Contact us today to learn more about how you can become a Childrens Lighthouse franchise partner.

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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Childrens Lighthouse Celebrates Franchisees and Plans for 2020 at Annual Conference

At Childrens Lighthouse, our franchisees are given the tools they need to implement our nationally acclaimed, research-based curriculum to the best of their abilities and work alongside industry experts on the executive team to ensure excellence on every level. Our annual Owners Conference is the opportune place to do just that. 

More than 40 franchisees recently came together with vendors and the Franchise Support Center at our 2020 Owners Conference in Orlando, Florida. During the three-day event, franchisees participated in training seminars, panel discussions, business enhancement programs and met with key business partners. 

A highlight of the conference was the awards ceremony, where several exceptional franchisees were recognized for making a lasting impact on their communities with their progressive educational childcare innovations, technologies and strategies for providing the highest quality experience for Childrens Lighthouse parents and children across the country. 

Chip and Amanda Palluch received the Franchise of the Year Award, a special honor given out annually at the conference to recognize the franchisee(s) in the system that exemplifies outstanding customer experience, dedicated leadership and extraordinary brand standards. 

Other award recipients at the Childrens Lighthouse Owners Conference included:

  • Community Partner – Mark and Dana Westmoreland (Valley Parkway, Lewisville, TX)
  • Golden Anchor – Aubree Fuentes (Riverside, CA)
  • Rising Star – Aspen Ricks (Gardner, KS)
  • Navigator  – Tonya Sanders (Mag Creek, League City, TX)
  • Rookie of the Year – Varun Sharma (Viridian, Arlington, TX) 

We also celebrated our Directors of the Year, newly Accredited Schools, Franchise Advisory Council, New Schools and 10-year Anniversary Schools. 

With over 50 schools and nearly 40% new school growth projected by the end of 2020, Childrens Lighthouse opportunities are all across the country. 

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A Better Franchise Opportunity For 2020

Make 2020 your best year yet for business by owning your own Childrens Lighthouse! 

Launched 24 years ago, Childrens Lighthouse provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open in attractive metropolitan areas. In fact, we’re planning to enter new markets in 2020 with scheduled Denver, CO (Parker) and Tampa, FL (Valrico) openings. These will join the 50 existing schools in communities across the country.

“It is truly amazing to see how much the brand has grown and is beloved by parents and children alike,” said Michael Brown, President of Childrens Lighthouse. “We are excited to continue this momentum throughout 2020 – there is strong consumer and investor interest in the brand and we’re looking forward to further significant growth.”  

The global child care services market as a whole has seen prominent growth in recent years and is expected to reach $520 billion in 2022. Rising awareness of the benefits of early learning is among the reasons for economic growth in this sector. Childrens Lighthouse has stayed ahead of the curve and leads the way in values-based early childhood education – providing care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children. 

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 50 schools and nearly 40% new school growth by the end of 2020, Childrens Lighthouse opportunities are all across the country. View our available territories and visit our franchise website to learn about how you can join the Childrens Lighthouse franchise family.

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