After being ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2017 Best Franchises for Any Budget Ranking as one of the Best Franchises For More Than $500,000, and also receiving a place on Franchise Times Top 200+ ranking for the first time in 2017, Lightbridge Academy has now been recognized on Exchange Magazine’s List of North America’s Largest For Profit Childcare Organizations.
The thirty-first annual trend report and list of the top 50 for-profit childcare providers has been compiled by the publication to acknowledge growing brands and opportunities within the industry. With 31 locations open and more than 60 in development, Lightbridge Academy has officially become one of the 25 largest for-profit childcare companies in the United States.
“There is no other childcare company like ours,” said Gigi Schweikert, Lightbridge Academy President and COO. “Everything we do is guided by our core values and our decisions are made by how they might impact all those within our Circle of Care. Similarly, we don’t just focus on a child’s education, Lightbridge Academy focuses on the whole child. We make sure they developing in all areas necessary to have a happy, confident child that is ready to learn.”
As the brand celebrates its 20th anniversary, Lightbridge Academy is expanding into new states, branching out of its core market of New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia, with the launch of its franchise opportunities in North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.
Exchange Magazine’s trend report elaborates on the industry embracing technology. This falls right in line with Lightbridge Academy’s focus on innovation and its history of innovating through technology, further setting them apart from competitors. Lightbridge has used technology in many different ways from creating rich classroom learning environments, to enhancing center safety and security to providing greater transparency and communication with families through a parent eCommunication app. The brand was also the first educational child care franchise to include ParentView® Internet monitoring in all centers providing families access to view their child in the classroom.
“Technology brings families closer together, literally,” said Schweikert. “In addition to having an open-door policy, Lightbridge Academy has a virtual open-door policy. Cameras are installed in the classroom and parents are able to login to ParentView® throughout the day and watch their child learn. It is a wonderful way to build trusting relationships and foster communication with our families.”
With plans to cross the 100-unit mark this year, Lightbridge Academy is continuing to be a trailblazer in the early childhood industry. As The Solution for Working Parents®, the brand focuses on meeting the needs of both the children and parents. Lightbridge Academy chooses real estate that is easily accessible for commuters, offers extended hours and other services to support busy working parents.
The last 20 years have laid the groundwork for the brand’s continued success. Lightbridge Academy’s ongoing evolution continues to receive recognition from franchise and childcare industry experts and publications such as this new Exchange Magazine ranking.