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.

Learn more about how you can become a part of Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers’SM continuous growth.

Children’s Lighthouse Success Spotlighted in Texas Media

Childrens Lighthouse Learning CentersSM has developed a niche in early childhood education and proof of its appeal to families and teachers alike lies in its impressive success as it continues to launch new centers. The early childhood education franchise was established in Fort Worth, Texas in 1997 and has since followed a strategic path to expansion in Texas and neighboring states. Children’s Lighthouse astounding success was the basis of a recent article in the Fort Worth Business Press.

The article essentially tracks the value of a family-based business like Children’s Lighthouse, which was launched by brothers Patrick and Michael Brown. The focus always has been on nurturing children to a healthy start with respect to both character development and academics, the article states. Indeed, Children’s Lighthouse professionals work with a proprietary curriculum that meets the franchise brand standards.

Childrens Lighthouse Learning CentersSM has also been one of the pioneers in incorporating technology into all aspects of its operations and in its cutting-edge curriculum. The early childhood franchise introduced web cameras in its classrooms as a way of reassuring worried parents and use technology to ensure safety in classrooms.

“We feel we have the very best environment for children to be safe, and to learn, and prepare for the next stage in their lives,” said Michael Brown, President of Children’s Lighthouse in the article. “Our goal is to reach as many children as we possibly can and move that philosophy forward.”

Learn how you can help children achieve their full potential by becoming a part of Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers.

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.”

Learn how you can become a part of the growing Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers family.

Children’s Lighthouse Makes a Mark at Franchise Expo South

Already a dynamic presence in Texas, Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers continued to garner an unprecedented level of interest as one of the “best of the best” franchise brands that participated in Franchise Expo South held in Dallas from January 18-20.

Children’s Lighthouse has been recognized with a range of accolades including being certified as a Word-Class Franchise by the Franchise Research Institute. Such praise, along with an exceptional opportunity to carve a niche in early childhood education, draws franchisees to the nationally recognized brand.

Small business entrepreneurs with a passion for unsurpassed child care and learning services find that Children’s Lighthouse provides just the tools needed to launch their careers. Children’s Lighthouse provides site selection and a comprehensive suite of support systems including access to strategic leasing and financing partners and ongoing training and marketing support. Children’s Lighthouse uses cutting-edge technology to conduct comprehensive market and demographic analysis so franchisees can launch their business with targeted data that yields the best results.

Children’s Lighthouse has more than 21 years of experience in early childhood education, constantly tweaking its curriculum to deliver the best results. As the franchise continues to grow, passionate entrepreneurs are learning more about our vision and becoming a part of the Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers family. The Franchise Expo South was another efficient vehicle for entrepreneurs and Children’s Lighthouse to explore common ground and new ways of doing business together.

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Exceptional Children’s Lighthouse Franchisees Recognized at Convention

Franchisees at Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers receive every business tool they need to implement our nationally acclaimed, research-based curriculum. Part of the ongoing support Children’s Lighthouse provides is an annual convention where franchisees get to network with industry leaders and share best practices with the extended franchise family.

The early childhood education franchise also inspires franchisees to invest their very best efforts by recognizing a number of achievements. The 2018 awards were handed out at the recently concluded convention in Las Vegas. Two Creeks – David (Chip) and Amanda Palluch received the Golden Anchor award given to the franchisees who best maintain steady success and remain positive. West Cary’s Raja Davidarulappan was recognized as a Rising Star, given to the franchisee with consistently high enrollment numbers, surpassing the benchmarks that measure business success.

The Bright Star award, which recognized franchisees with the highest opening growth rate in the system during 2017 went to Oak Point’s Michael Carter and Julie Carter. John and Jessica Wilson of Canyon Lakes West, won Community Partner, a special honor given to franchisees in recognition of their superior services and commitment to the local community. The Beacon, Centers that Shine, went to Woodland Springs, Alta Vista.

Finally, Potranco Owners, Ken and Diane Kay, won Franchise of the Year. This special honor is given to a high-performing franchise team that demonstrates remarkable care and execution of early childhood education programs, a commitment to ongoing training and exceptional support for company growth.

Children’s Lighthouse is a beacon in early childhood education models and exceptional franchisees empower the truly impressive inroads the franchise has made.

Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers Celebrates Banner Growth Year

A new year is a great time for reflection and Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers is proud to have enjoyed an impressive growth streak in 2017.

Not only did Children’s Lighthouse continue to enrich the 40-plus communities it serves with quality educational childcare, the franchise expanded to 10 new locations. Eight of these are located in Texas, where Children’s Lighthouse is headquartered. The new Texas centers are in Cypress, Keller, Missouri City, Oak Point, Round Rock, Summerwood, The Woodlands and Montgomery. Two additional Children’s Lighthouse locations opened their doors in Gardner, Kansas and Raleigh, North Carolina. Children’s Lighthouse is excited to leverage this momentum into strategic new markets in 2018.

Children’s Lighthouse also made its mark in media coverage with national trade outlets like Franchising World and FranchiseHarbor, which celebrated the values-based early education childcare provider for its impressive achievements as it continues on track to expand into new markets. Franchise Times magazine commended Children’s Lighthouse for its relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

The opening of new centers was also recognized by a slew of regional publications. The media attention included the Houston Chronicle coverage of the launch of the Woodlands, Texas location and the Rockwall County Herald Banner spotlighting the recognition that Children’s Lighthouse received as one of the winners of the 2017 Rockwall Small Business Excellence Awards.

Children’s Lighthouse is looking forward to continuing its strategic marketing campaigns and expansion into new markets in 2018 in the thriving segment of educational childcare.

Learn how you can join the growing franchise family of Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers.

See Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers at the Franchise Expo South

Looking forward to the new year, Children’s Lighthouse is gearing up for an appearance at the Franchise Expo South, which will take place in Dallas from Jan. 18-20. Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers will be exhibiting the concept in Booth 427.

Expected to draw a crowd of more than 10,000 franchisees, franchisors, vendors, media and visitors, the Expo South provides an opportunity for all interested in franchising to come together to see the industry’s best and brightest. With a significant presence established in Dallas, Children’s Lighthouse will stand out at the Expo South as a franchise deeply committed to high standards in educational child care.

Launched 21 years ago, Children’s Lighthouse provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open in approximately 11,000 square-feet of space in attractive metropolitan areas. Complete with initial and ongoing training and marketing support, ownership in a Children’s Lighthouse franchise includes a full suite of support services ranging from access to strategic leasing and financing partners to pinpoint site selection support.

The company delivers its thorough market analysis with its powerful demographic software programs and real estate network, and its architectural partner assists in all aspects of the design work, leaving the entrepreneur to focus on what is most important – the business.

If you’re planning on attending the Franchise Expo South, come say hello at Booth 427!

Children’s Lighthouse Locations Celebrate Autumn with Fall Festivals

As the year comes to a close, Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers all over the country are finding ways to celebrate the return of cooler weather, colorful trees and the approach of the holiday season. In fact, more than 25 Children’s Lighthouse locations recently participated in Fall Festivals.

Consisting of games, music, food, rock climbing, bounce houses, petting zoos, costume contests and much more (depending on location), the Fall Festivals were a fantastic time for seasonal family fun.

Plus, local newspapers caught on to the festivals and reported on the good times had by all. Click here and here to see the coverage.

“As an organization focused around giving children the best experiences year-round, we take great joy in bringing our communities together. The Fall Festivals were a way to not only celebrate the season, but also to show our neighbors in the community all that Children’s Lighthouse has to offer. We’re passionate about intellectual development in a warm, safe and welcoming environment designed to bring out the best in children.”

This is just one example of the influence that Children’s Lighthouse franchise owners can have on the educational landscape of their communities.

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Children’s Lighthouse Celebrates Three New Openings

Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers is growing its presence further in Texas and celebrating two new openings in Oak Point and Keller as well as a grand re-opening in Missouri City.

Franchisee Gigi Gupta oversees the management of the Keller center alongside a center director and full staff of teachers and administrators, and is passionate about bringing high-quality child care to the Keller community.

The Oak Point center is owned and operated by Julie and Michael Carter, who are proud to be able to offer their community award-winning educational child care and know the area and its needs well, as they are both locals.

In Missouri City, the Children’s Lighthouse center is celebrating its grand re-opening and is now owned and operated by Hubert Vaz-Nayak and Madhavi and Pradeep Gokhale.

“Each of these Children’s Lighthouse centers will enrich their communities by providing the high quality educational child care that is so important to parents,” said Stephen Dixon, chief development officer for Fort Worth-based Children’s Lighthouse Franchise Company. “Our growth is a direct reflection of the dedication we have to providing children with the highest quality educational child care.”

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Children’s Lighthouse to Open New Cypress Location

The Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers℠ franchise model has many benefits, including the opportunity to work with some of the most experienced entrepreneurs and franchise professionals in the business. It’s an exciting time for Children’s Lighthouse as the brand is experiencing significant growth into new neighborhoods and markets around the country.

Recently, Childrens Lighthouse Learning Centers℠ was profiled in the City Biz List to announce its most recent opening in Cypress, Texas in the Canyon Lakes community. Local franchisees Jessica and John Wilson are operating the new Cypress Canyon Lakes center, which opened on Monday, August 14.

“Like all parents, our world revolves around our kids – so choosing a family- oriented industry was a top priority for us when we decided to pursue business opportunities,” Jessica said. “We were lucky to have experienced Children’s Lighthouse as parents with a child enrolled in the preschool program, where she excelled and developed a genuine love for learning. We are thrilled to provide that same passion to parents and families in Cypress Canyon Lakes.”

This is just one example of the influence that Children’s Lighthouse franchise owners can have on the entrepreneurial and educational landscape of their communities.

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