Schooling the Recession: Children's Lighthouse Offers the Economy a Lesson in How to Thrive in Uncertain Times
Parents’ and Investors’ Preferred Choice in Educational Childcare, Announces Strategic U.S. Growth Plan
November 15, 2011 // Franchising.com // FORT WORTH, Texas – Heading back to school looks like just the right place for today’s entrepreneurs to put their precious resources. No, not enrolling in one, but investing in one with Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers.
The Fort Worth, Texas-based company is on a rapid ascent to the top of the educational childcare industry, and franchise investors are taking notice. The wave of momentum carrying Children’s Lighthouse through the fourth quarter of 2011 and into 2012 includes adding new schools in key U.S. markets that will grow its footprint by nearly 70 percent.
“Our strategy is paying off. We’ve poured our hearts, minds and resources into a plan that facilitates steady franchise growth with talented entrepreneurs. We’re now reaching a very exciting point in our growth,” said Mike Brown, CEO of Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers, who co-founded the business with his brother Patrick. “Amid turbulent economic times, U.S. entrepreneurs are finding it as challenging as ever to make the right business investment. Children’s Lighthouse offers a rare opportunity to become part of a franchise system that is in concert with the needs of American families and investors.”
The combination of a comprehensive curriculum for young children, nurturing care, and a business model that has produced a zero percent franchise failure rate, puts Children’s Lighthouse at the head of its class. Now, the company is leveraging the momentum created from record high enrollment and widespread interest in the franchise investor community to launch a strategic growth plan. Announced today, the expansion strategy calls for the development of more than 100 new learning centers nationwide during the next five years, targeting communities where families put a premium on childcare that offers parents peace of mind.
“There is an undeniable energy permeating throughout the Children’s Lighthouse family, which begins at our home office and extends to our franchise partners, management, teachers and the families we touch everyday,” said Patrick Brown, president of Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers. “We’re witnessing entrepreneurs pick up on that excitement surrounding our schools and they want to become part of the Children’s Lighthouse family.”
Currently, 20 new Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers are in development, preparing to join the 29 that are already operating. Highlighting the planned growth are the company’s first learning centers in Kansas and New Jersey. Children’s Lighthouse recently awarded a three-school franchise agreement for the northern New Jersey region with established multi-unit, multi-brand franchise investors. The initial learning center in New Jersey will open in early-2012 in Woodbridge. Additional schools are planned for California, Florida, North Carolina and Texas.
“Once our franchisees get a sense of the impact they are making on their communities and the income level they can achieve, many seek to move forward with second and third schools,” said Stephen Dixon, vice president of franchise development for Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers. “There is not another educational childcare concept that exceeds expectations like we do every time you walk in the door…no matter if you are an owner, family or student.”
With experienced educational childcare professionals guiding the company’s operations, Children’s Lighthouse has embedded the A Beka curriculum into its programming, which is widely recognized as the leading early-learning curriculum. Along with the educational component, A Beka incorporates elements of fun and entertainment to keep kids engaged at all times.
Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers offer ample play area both inside and out, on-site meal services, after-school programs for kids up to age 12, summer-camps and safe, secure environments. Learning Centers give parents peace of mind with online video links to rooms, computerized building entry, security monitoring and transportation to and from area elementary schools.
Launched 16 years ago, Children’s Lighthouse provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to open in approximately 10,000 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.
About Children’s Lighthouse
Established in Ft. Worth, TX in 1995, Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers is the leading values-based educational childcare system in the United States. The company has approximately 250 employees among its company headquarters and eight company-owned centers. Currently, Children’s Lighthouse has 29 centers in operation and 20 additional franchise locations in its development pipeline. Children’s Lighthouse has been named “Best Places to Work” by both the Dallasand San Antonio Business Journals and has received the “Franchise 500” designation by Entrepreneur magazine due to its stability, financial strength and growth. For more information about Children’s Lighthouse Learning Centers, visit www.childrenslighthouse.com. To learn more about available franchise opportunities, visit www.childrenslighthousefranchise.com or contact Stephen Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org, (888) 338-4466 x1.