Lightbridge Academy of Westfield to Host Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening Events

First New Rainbow Academy Franchise to Open Under the Name of Lightbridge Academy will Mark its Official Debut with Ribbon Cutting on January 10 and Grand Opening Celebration on January 24, 2015

January 09, 2015 // // Westfield, NJ  – After many months of planning, construction and licensing, the new Lightbridge Academy of Westfield – located at 751 Central Avenue – is now open and enrolling students, six weeks old through pre-K. To mark this much-anticipated occasion, the new early learning academy will play host to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, January 10 between 10 and 11 a.m. – which will be attended by Mayor Andy Skibitsky and members of the Greater Westfield Area Chamber of Commerce, and a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Westfield childcare facility – owned by Scotch Plains resident, Sue Semple Romano – marks the first to officially open up under the new brand name of Lightbridge AcademySM. Originally founded in 1997 as Rainbow Academy, the New Jersey-based franchise elected to re-brand in 2014 in planning for the company's expansion beyond New Jersey's borders. While all 17 of the other active centers throughout the Garden State now bear the new name with pride, Romano is exceedingly proud that her school is at the dawn of a new era as the first newly constructed Lightbridge Academy.

"It is truly wonderful to be part of a company that has an 18 year history of providing the very best in early education to its students," said Romano. "While the name may be new, the Circle of Care philosophy at the heart of this amazing company remains the same – viewing the needs of its children, parents, staff, owners and community as interconnected and equally important. We're excited to be a part of this long-standing and highly respected family of early learning centers, and to begin serving families in Union County. The response to our new school and beautiful building has been incredible. We invite everyone to come out and see what we're all about. My staff and I are really looking forward to meeting prospective new students and members of our community at the Grand Opening Celebration. It's going to be a very fun day!"

The Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 24 will feature tours of the school, games and "Look at What I'm Learning" activities in each of the classrooms, live kid-friendly music from Miss Kathy of Music to My Ears Entertainment, a fun photo booth for capturing memories, temporary tattoos, balloons, refreshments and more.

For some insight on what they might expect to see on their tour, parents may be interested to learn that Lightbridge Academy of Westfield currently features an indoor playroom* – the perfect answer for inclement weather, as well as an overall aesthetic that is sure to meet the highest of standards, showcasing warm designer color palettes, wood-like flooring, and tailored window treatments. As part of its commitment to keep its students healthy, the school is cleaned daily by a company that utilizes all of the best practices – including UVC sanitizing wands. Classrooms at Lightbridge Academy of Westfield feature highly trained teachers and cutting edge technology such as ParentView® internet monitoring – which provides parents secure access to a "window into their child's world"; interactive whiteboards – which create an engaging learning environment by bringing learning to life for Lightbridge Academy's pre-K students; and Tadpoles® parent e-communication tool – for real time updates, pictures and videos of their child's day. Once enrolled at the school, students are given a great head start for Kindergarten and beyond thanks to special educational enhancements that include the Handwriting without Tears program, a kindness curriculum, Musical Beginnings, sign language, Spanish, and more. At full enrollment, the new school has room enough to serve 175 children in and around Union County.

To learn more about Lightbridge Academy of Westfield, schedule a tour and view the calendar of events, prospective enrolling families are encouraged to visit, call 1-908-228-5791 or email

About Lightbridge AcademySM

Established in 1997 under the name Rainbow Academy, Lightbridge AcademySM provides early education and child care to children ages six weeks through kindergarten, as well as special programming for children up to 10 years old during school holidays, breaks and summer camp. The company franchised in 2011 in an effort to expand their distinctive concept throughout the Northeast; it currently has over 60 child care centers either open or in development throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Founded by Guy and Julia Falzarano, the family remains deeply involved in the company, from Guy Falzarano as CEO to their youngest grandchild enrolled in one of the child care facilities. For more information, visit .

* Indoor playroom may serve as a future classroom.

SOURCE Lightbridge AcademySM

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Brenda Febbo
Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Lightbridge Academy Franchise Company
O: 732-980-1900 x7

Sue Romano
Center Owner
Lightbridge Academy Westfield
O: 908-228-5791


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