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. 

Learn more about how you can become a Childrens Lighthouse franchise partner.

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. 

View our available territories and visit our franchise website to learn about how you can join the Childrens Lighthouse franchise family.

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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