We believe in our Franchise Owners. Our Core Values anchor our brand.
If you take this opportunity to own a Children's Lighthouse Childcare Franchise, you'll need to know all about our core values and what's important to our brand.
We believe that each child is an individual, with his or her own unique set of strengths, talents, and gifts.
We believe that every child has a right to excellence in all aspects of early childhood education.
We believe in the importance of teaching character values, and more important, in modeling their use in our interactions with children, their families, and one another.
We believe in the use of positive discipline strategies that lead children to become self-disciplined.
We believe that honest and frequent communication between the school and the home positively impacts children’s success.
We believe in the importance of continuing professional development and personal growth through educational opportunities and supportive communities learning.
We believe that every Franchise Owner, teacher, and staff member can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.
Proven Business Model
Franchisee Juanita Brown shares her experience with the Children's Lighthouse business model.
Our people and our passion are what makes us a premier educational child care brand.
Pat has over 30 years of child care and real estate experience. He co-founded the company with his brother G. Michael Brown in 1997 with the goal of providing educational child care to families. He oversees strategic leadership and direct supervision of Operations, Franchise Development and Real Estate. Pat received a B.A. in Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
VP of Franchise Operations
Donna is a greatly respected leader and child care industry professional who joined Children’s Lighthouse in 2001. She has more than 35 years of experience in the child care industry. Donna and her operations team are responsible for initial and on-going training and support, new school openings, quality assurance, school cost / best practices guidance and field consultant visits. Before joining Children’s Lighthouse Donna held senior management positions at KinderCare Learning Centers LLC, Children’s World and Tutor Time Learning Centers LLC. She holds a BS in Business Administration and an AAB in Child Development from Dallas Baptist University and is a member of both the Texas Licensed Child Care Association and the National Child Care Association.
VP of Finance
As the son of a Children’s Lighthouse founder, Michael has been engaged in the family business from its beginning in 1997. He joined full-time in 2006, following graduation from the University of Texas with a B.S. in Finance. He supports Franchise Owners by assisting in obtaining lender financing, financial modeling, project management and many other areas. He also supervises financial aspects and serves as a Director of Children’s Lighthouse Franchise Company.
Chief Development Officer
Stephen Dixon joined Children’s Lighthouse in 2010 and is responsible for creating and executing the company’s development, real estate, onboarding and other strategies. He leads the development and real estate teams in opening new child care learning centers across the U.S. Stephen has more than 20 years of franchise development experience and holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Denver.
Franchise Development Manager
Monica joined the company in 2015 and serves several key roles within the franchise development department. Monica (unrelated to the founding family) works closely with franchise candidates in the initial discovery stage. Additionally, she assists in building and refining marketing, real estate and other processes critical to growth. Monica has more than ten years of franchise development and project management experience. She earned a B.A. degree in Speech Communication from Texas A&M University at College Station.
Dr. Kristi Smith, Ed.D; M.Ed
Director of Education and Training
Dr. Kristi Smith, Ed.D.; M.Ed.
is the Director of Education & Training and she oversees the curriculum, accreditation, and training for our schools. Prior to working for CLLC, she was the Executive Director of Early Education for Harvest Christian Academy for 23 years and during that time served for six years as adjunct faculty for Southwest Assemblies of God University where she taught Masters 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 including the Association of Christian Schools International where she served seven years as the early education representative on the Executive Board, past Vice Chair of the Accreditation Governance Commission, and has worked closely will all aspects of the development and implementation of the accreditation R.E.A.C.H. protocol. Kristi has also served on the Advisory Committee to Texas Child Care Licensing in Austin as well as served in a volunteer role of mentoring child care Directors for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. She has written for various publications as well as provided quality trainings through webinars, EE Radio, conferences, and magazines such as Focus On The Family. Her training expertise has been shared with early educators all over the United States as well as in person at conferences in Hungary, Romania, and South Africa. She was named the first recipient of the Celebration of Champions Administrator of the Year Award and as the first recipient of the Phyllis Jack Moore Professional Development Award.