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National Early Learning School Touts Six Signed Agreements in 2023; Additional Fall School Openings Anticipated  


Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning Schools™, the nation’s leading provider of premium early childhood education is having a banner development year. The brand’s franchise expansion efforts continue to resonate with new and existing franchise partners that are turning passion for childcare into purpose. 

In 2023 alone, the Entrepreneur Franchise 500 childcare franchise has signed six new franchise agreements, opened three new schools and built a robust pipeline of aspiring business owners who want to meet the nationwide demand for quality early education with nearly 30 additional schools in development. Amongst this development news, Children’s Lighthouse is growing into untapped territories for the first time, including major metropolitan areas like Nashville and St. Louis. 

Founded 26 years ago in 1997 by brothers Mike and Pat Brown, Children’s Lighthouse was one of the first early learning schools to make promoting character values like passion, integrity and excellence a cornerstone in its individualized age-appropriate curriculum. Today, the brand has leveraged its proprietary and nationally-accredited program Lighthouse PathwaysTM to provide thousands of families with secure, enjoyable, and nurturing environments for children to learn and grow. 

“With 70 open locations, every Children’s Lighthouse forges a unique impact,” expressed Michael Brown, President of Children’s Lighthouse Franchise Company. “We’ve diligently built a trusted reputation among families and business owners alike. Our devoted franchisees and teachers are driven by their passion to provide a remarkable experience for each family and child at our institution. As we approach the close of this year, we eagerly anticipate the exciting possibilities that lie ahead.”

With its six signed franchise agreements awarded, Children’s Lighthouse has attracted many talented franchisees focused on providing quality childcare around the country. One of several new franchisees to join Children’s Lighthouse this year is Kristi Noonan, a 20-plus-year advertising and marketing executive. Having enrolled her own children at the existing North Center Chicago Children’s Lighthouse school previously, she found great value in the curriculum and environment which benefitted her family. Noonan looks forward to providing the same benefits to north Chicagoland. 

In Nashville, a new management group comprised of Kal Patel, CJ Patel, Danielle and Mariano Luja join the Children’s Lighthouse community with professional experience in mental and behavioral health, as well as hospitality and management. They are motivated to bring the brand into a new market and provide a fresh curriculum option for parents who are currently lacking high-quality childcare education options in North-Central Tennessee. 

Meanwhile, in Missouri, local residents Ashley and Jeremy Fangmann are eager to open a new school in the greater St. Louis area. Ashley’s background includes management, a decade-long career as a CPA and leadership roles on the board of the Boys and Girls Club. Coupled with Jeremy’s decade of experience in financial advisory, they see franchising with Children’s Lighthouse as an opportunity for their family to spend more time together while continuing to pursue their professional interests. 

“As our growth accelerates into new markets, I am thrilled to welcome these three impressive new franchisee groups to our family. We are also pleased to sign several new agreements with existing multi-unit owners in our home state of Texas. It is exciting to help them expand their Children’s Lighthouse footprints in DFW, San Antonio and Houston,” said Stephen Dixon, Chief Development Officer. To round out 2023, the brand is expected to open six to eight schools throughout the nation including locations in: Celina, Kyle and McKinney, Texas; Apex, North Carolina; and Chantilly, Virginia.  

A testament to the brand’s strong reputation, one local school—Children’s Lighthouse in Forney, Texas—recently received the “City’s Best” award, positioning the school as the premier educational institution in the area for infant, toddler, preschool and school-age children. Operated by franchise owner Mani Raveendran, this accolade of excellence is just one example of the 2023 growth and achievement Children’s Lighthouse franchisees have created. 

As Children’s Lighthouse continues to grow through franchising, the brand’s mission is to equip its owners with the necessary tools, guidance, and prospects to run a successful business that provides children with a secure, affectionate environment for learning, forming friendships and fostering self-assurance. To achieve this goal, Children’s Lighthouse collaborates with parents in nurturing Children’s development through three tailored curriculums, each catering to specific age-related needs. Franchisees also actively engage with their local communities, regularly giving back through volunteer work, donations, and other contributions.  

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The Children’s Lighthouse brand was established in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1997. Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning Schools™ is the nation’s leading values-based early learning franchise system. The company currently has over 98 early learning schools either open or in development across a dozen states. Children’s Lighthouse Early Learning Schools™ promise to create a safe, fun, and happy place that gives children confidence, a sense of comfort today, and a lifelong love of learning, friendship, and community. Its proprietary curriculum helps children of all ages develop healthy brains, bodies and best behaviors. 

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