Childrens Lighthouse Director of Education and Training Recognized by Exchange Leadership Initiative
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Childrens Lighthouse Director of Education and Training Recognized by Exchange Leadership Initiative

Dr. Martin-Smith Named Exchange Leader by Top Early Childhood Care and Education Authority

June 04, 2020 // // FORT WORTH, Texas - Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company, whose brand, Childrens Lighthouse™ Early Learning Schools is widely recognized as the leading values-based, early-education child care provider in the United States, announced today that Dr. Kristi Martin-Smith, Director of Education and Training, has been appointed an Exchange Leader by Exchange Leadership Initiative (ELI).

The Exchange Leader designation serves as a testament to Martin-Smith’s dedication to providing training and operational support to ensure franchisees are equipped to provide top educational programs for all children enrolled at Childrens Lighthouse™ Early Learning Schools across the country.

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.

“There are so many incredible individuals who are re-shaping 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. “I look forward to using this leadership opportunity to advance early childhood curriculum at a global level as we continue to raise the bar higher when it comes to how we educate our young children today and in the future.”

Martin-Smith joined the Childrens Lighthouse leadership team in 2017 as Director of Education and Training. In her role, she oversees the accredited Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.SM curriculum and provides educational curriculum training to the operations team and all franchisees.

“We are incredibly proud of Dr. Martin-Smith’s recognition as an Exchange Leader and all she has accomplished not only at Children’s Lighthouse, but in her career,” said Michael Brown, President of Childrens Lighthouse™ Learning Centers. “Dr. Martin-Smith’s dedication to empowering children through top-tier education and continuous commitment to strive for better has already positively impacted thousands of children’s lives. Her impact has certainly been felt at Childrens Lighthouse and will be amplified as she empowers other early childcare professionals and educators through her leadership.”

Childrens Lighthouse serves families with children six weeks to 12 years old. In addition to educational child care during traditional school hours, highly interactive after-school programs and summer camps are also available.

With experienced early learning guiding the company’s operations, Childrens Lighthouse has embedded its proprietary Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.SM curriculum into its programming at all existing and upcoming schools. The integrated learning strategies of Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.SM focus on students’ intellectual development, social and emotional growth, active learning through hands-on lessons and embedded content that emphasizes the fundamental basics of phonics, reading, math, science and social studies.

About Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company

Established in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1995, Childrens Lighthouse™ Early Learning Schools are among the leaders in providing value-based early education. Currently, Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company has 50 franchised schools in operation and 30 additional franchised locations in the development pipeline. Childrens Lighthouse™ Early Learning SchoolsSM have been named a “Best Places to Work” by the Dallas and San Antonio Business Journals and Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company has received the “Franchise 500” designation by Entrepreneur magazine due to its stability, financial strength and growth.

SOURCE Childrens Lighthouse Franchise Company



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