The Process.

Starting a business with Children’s Lighthouse Franchise Company is a straightforward process that we lead you through step-by-step.

Starting a Childcare Business

with Children’s Lighthouse Is a Straightforward Process That Can Lead to a More Fulfilling Life!

Amanda Palluch on the front desk of a Children's Lighthouse School
Nadene Habboush on the hallway of a Children's Lighthouse School

Opening a childcare business with Children’s Lighthouse is an exciting and fully transparent process that involves a number of informative steps and that always includes our guidance and feedback. We’re committed to your success and to growing our brand because we believe in the importance of what we do — helping children become their very best selves!

We know that selecting a franchise that best fits your passion and skills is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Similarly, we take great care when choosing our new franchise owners. We strive to make sure our values and goals align and that there’s a good fit between us as a franchisor and you as a franchisee. We call it a discovery process, meant to give you all the information you’ll need to make a decision about becoming part of the Children’s Lighthouse family.

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Below is a brief look at some of the
steps you’ll take toward starting a childcare business
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01
Goals, Overview & Your Decision Criteria

Goals, Overview & Your Decision Criteria

After you contact our franchise development team, we’ll work together to understand your personal and professional objectives. We will explore how those could blend with the Children’s Lighthouse franchise model along with the timeline, selection criteria and investment range.

03
Candidate Questionnaire

Candidate Questionnaire

Now that you have a foundational understanding of our business, the next step is to complete a non-binding Request for Consideration. While there is no obligation to invest at this point, you are demonstrating that you are serious about exploring our franchise growth opportunity. Once we’ve received and discussed your RFC, we will provide the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), which includes more detail on training, support, mutual obligations, the initial investment range and other details associated with owning and operating a Children’s Lighthouse. The Personality Profile is an instrument that we use to understand how you might fit into our business but is also an excellent tool for you to use in your decision-making process.

05
Funding Process & Territory Background

Funding Process & Territory Background

Children’s Lighthouse Franchising has dedicated small-business lender relationships in place and can help you understand the funding environment, what to expect, and the different options available. We will schedule an interactive webinar with one of our funding partners, who can assist you in completing a non-binding, pre-approval term sheet. During this step, we will also review your target area territories and the site selection / real estate process.

07
Award Letter

Award Letter

Once you’ve attended a Discovery Day and received an award letter, we will schedule a final call to review next steps and any remaining questions.

02
Brand Review

Brand Review

This is an essential and thorough brand presentation; we want you to fully understand the Children’s Lighthouse mission, objectives and the value proposition that our franchise owners extend to parents. Through an open and honest discussion, we will, together, determine whether it is reasonable to continue the conversation. You’ll get a clear picture of our business and culture and learn the profile, style, character and habits of a successful franchise owner. If we both elect to move forward, we’ll schedule the next steps and establish firm timelines.

04
Business Review of Franchise Disclosure Document

Business Review of Franchise Disclosure Document

The Federal Trade Commission requires an FDD; we take the time to thoroughly review this document with you on an interactive call featuring our VP of Operations. This is a comprehensive information outlay, including our company background, management team, a detailed breakdown of the total investment, a financial performance representation, our training and support programs and more. We want to confirm that you fully understand every aspect of the business and our mutual obligations. It is also crucial that we document your selection criteria and ensure that Children’s Lighthouse Franchise is the right fit for you.

06
Attend Discovery Day Event

Attend Discovery Day Event

Our Discovery Day event is your opportunity to tour a Children’s Lighthouse, meet our entire executive team in person and ask questions. You’ll be immersed in our culture and the ways we can help you accomplish your goals through perhaps becoming a Children’s Lighthouse franchise owner. We will discuss our curriculum, marketing, enrollment-building strategies, future company initiatives and more. You will have the opportunity to share even more details about why our goals may fit with your future.

08
Franchise Agreement Signing

Franchise Agreement Signing

Congratulations! You have completed the Discovery Process and are now a member of the Children’s Lighthouse franchise family! Upon receipt of the signed Franchise Agreement and initial fees, we will schedule an immediate project kick-off call with our Onboarding team. This call starts the new Franchisee site selection and development process which leads to a successful school opening! Our dedicated Onboarding and Operations teams will make certain that your project progresses efficiently and that you are well trained as you begin your new business.

01
Goals, Overview & Your Decision Criteria

Goals, Overview & Your Decision Criteria

After you contact our franchise development team, we’ll work together to understand your personal and professional objectives. We will explore how those could blend with the Children’s Lighthouse franchise model along with the timeline, selection criteria and investment range.

02
Brand Review

Brand Review

This is an essential and thorough brand presentation; we want you to fully understand the Children’s Lighthouse mission, objectives and the value proposition that our franchise owners extend to parents. Through an open and honest discussion, we will, together, determine whether it is reasonable to continue the conversation. You’ll get a clear picture of our business and culture and learn the profile, style, character and habits of a successful franchise owner. If we both elect to move forward, we’ll schedule the next steps and establish firm timelines.

03
Request for Consideration & Personality Profile

Request for Consideration & Personality Profile

Now that you have a foundational understanding of our business, the next step is to complete a non-binding Request for Consideration. While there is no obligation to invest at this point, you are demonstrating that you are serious about exploring our franchise growth opportunity. Once we’ve received and discussed your RFC, we will provide the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD), which includes more detail on training, support, mutual obligations, the initial investment range and other details associated with owning and operating a Children’s Lighthouse. The Personality Profile is an instrument that we use to understand how you might fit into our business but is also an excellent tool for you to use in your decision-making process.

04
Business Review of Franchise Disclosure Document

Business Review of Franchise Disclosure Document

The Federal Trade Commission requires an FDD; we take the time to thoroughly review this document with you on an interactive call featuring our VP of Operations. This is a comprehensive information outlay, including our company background, management team, a detailed breakdown of the total investment, a financial performance representation, our training and support programs and more. We want to confirm that you fully understand every aspect of the business and our mutual obligations. It is also crucial that we document your selection criteria and ensure that Children’s Lighthouse Franchise is the right fit for you.

05
Funding Process & Territory Background

Funding Process & Territory Background

Children’s Lighthouse Franchising has dedicated small-business lender relationships in place and can help you understand the funding environment, what to expect, and the different options available. We will schedule an interactive webinar with one of our funding partners, who can assist you in completing a non-binding, pre-approval term sheet. During this step, we will also review your target area territories and the site selection / real estate process.

06
Attend Discovery Day Event

Attend Discovery Day Event

Our Discovery Day event is your opportunity to tour a Children’s Lighthouse, meet our entire executive team in person and ask questions. You’ll be immersed in our culture and the ways we can help you accomplish your goals through perhaps becoming a Children’s Lighthouse franchise owner. We will discuss our curriculum, marketing, enrollment-building strategies, future company initiatives and more. You will have the opportunity to share even more details about why our goals may fit with your future.

07
Final Validation

Final Validation

Once you’ve attended a Discovery Day and received an award letter, we will schedule a final call to review next steps and any remaining questions.

08
Franchise Agreement Signing

Franchise Agreement Signing

Congratulations! You have completed the Discovery Process and are now a member of the Children’s Lighthouse franchise family! Upon receipt of the signed Franchise Agreement and initial fees, we will schedule an immediate project kick-off call with our Onboarding team. This call starts the new Franchisee site selection and development process which leads to a successful school opening! Our dedicated Onboarding and Operations teams will make certain that your project progresses efficiently and that you are well trained as you begin your new business.
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