Why Children's Lighthouse.

The Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning School franchise business model is one of the best in the industry and takes a lot of the guesswork out of developing and operating your early learning school!

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Why Choose
Children’s Lighthouse?

Our Preschool Franchise Business Model Is Without Peer!

Children’s Lighthouse is a leader in the early education sphere, and we’ve developed a preschool franchise business model that will allow you to leverage our industry to the fullest. We help you develop your new school, and provide you access to proprietary resources and technologies. Our business model lays it all out and takes a lot of the guesswork out of running your franchise early learning school..

We’ve developed a time-tested business model that leverages our industry to the fullest and that responds to important industry statistics.

Current franchisees express their satisfaction and sense of belonging with Children’s Lighthouse.


Your Child’s Path To Future Success Starts At Children’s Lighthouse.

Children’s Lighthouse is committed to excellence in early childhood education. All children deserve a safe environment that allows them to be expressive and independent learners as they develop in their own learning style. Our Lighthouse Pathways approach delivers such an environment by providing opportunities for individualized skill development, group learning, self-regulation, and inquiry-based investigation with a focus on 4 key areas; Confidence, Connection, Continuous Improvement, and Curriculum.

Start Your Child’s Path at
Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning School

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Our Curriculums

Lighthouse BRIGHT

Lighthouse BRIGHT supports the development of higher thinking skills through a curriculum designed to build healthy brains at the earliest age.

  • Brain development
  • Research-based activities
  • Integrated skill development
  • Goal focused
  • Heart focused
  • Time rich in individual language experiences
Lighthouse CARES

Preschool children excel with our CARES curriculum featuring The Learning Wall, Learning Lesson Session, Centers That Shine, and 3E: Outdoor Curriculum that involves exploration, experimentation, and exercise.

  • Character-building values for social emotional development
  • Active engagement through exploration
  • Research-based on current early education best practices
  • Embedded content in activities and lessons
  • Skills based on national and state benchmarks
XStream Quest
xSTREAM Quest® is an exciting curriculum based on STREAM labs in a Questing Studio where Questers earn Solo, Team, Community and Outdoor Cog Badges on a path to becoming a Quest Master. In the process, they learn using their higher-thinking skills in creative ways.
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Reading
  • Engineering
  • Art
  • Math
Questers follow the Mind Quest Path:
  • Choose a Challenge
  • Choose a Mission
  • Search for other Quest partners
  • Design a Mission using their Chronicle Log
  • Execute their Mission to earn a Cog Badge
  • Celebrate Challenge successes!
eX-STREAM Summer Adventure

Campers expand their horizons, embark on new adventures, and most importantly – have fun! Our exceptional program and dedicated staff create a summer experience that is unforgettable!

Weekly Themes Include:
  • Nature expeditions
  • Creative arts
  • Group activities and special events
  • Cooking classes
  • Science projects
  • Reading & writing activities
  • Experimentation and technology
  • Field trips
  • Engineering and math exploration
  • Journaling activities

Meet Dr. Kristi Smith, D.ED., M.ED., CFE

Children’s Lighthouse Director of Education & Training

A young child’s play is their work as they embark in learning for a lifetime. Understanding how a tiny human learns and teaching adults how to be brain architects is the life passion of our Director of Education & Training, Dr. Kristi Smith. Kristi is committed to using her 30+ years of “boots in the field” experience as an early education administrator to provide our schools with fun and creative proprietary curriculums that outshine our competitors. Because she has experience teaching early educators all over the world and teaching Masters of Education courses, she has the unique ability to insightfully design custom instructional materials for a variety of audiences.

Dr. Kristi oversees the curriculum, accreditation, and training for our schools. She has 23 years of experience as the Executive Director of Early Education for Harvest Academy. For six years, she was a university adjunct professor, teaching Masters of early education and Masters of organizational leadership courses. Kristi has a Doctorate of Education in Leadership and a Masters of Education in Early Education Administration. She volunteers her services to a variety of early education organizations and has led accreditation efforts in R.E.A.C.H. protocol. Kristi has served on the Advisory Committee to Texas Child Care Licensing; she’s also served as a mentor of childcare Directors for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She is a published writer, and her training expertise has been enjoyed at U.S. and international conferences. She was named the first recipient of both the Celebration of Champions Administrator of the Year Award and the Phyllis Jack Moore Professional Development Award.

Dr. Kristi Martin-Smith
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We’ll teach you what you need to know!

Think you need a background in early childhood education to become part of the Children’s Lighthouse brand? Think again! Our preschool franchise business model is time-tested and comprehensive and can be used by just about anyone to leverage our robust and important industry. Beyond that, you can count on our training and support to bring you up to speed on just about everything you’ll need to know to run your preschool efficiently and successfully.

We Provide Training At Our Franchise Support Center and On-Site At Your School and Cover Topics Like:


Business Planning


Human Resources




Enrollment Building


Customer Service


Financial Benchmarking

Once post-opening training occurs, you can look forward to ongoing visits to your franchise early learning school from your Franchise Business Consultant, who supports you with ongoing training, assists you with business and classroom management, after-hours education for your staff, seasonal action plans, and quality assessments of your entire operation. You’ll be in business for yourself but not by yourself!

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