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Lightbridge Academy Targets Expansion in Cincinnati To Provide Working Parents in Ohio With Leading Early Education and Child Care Services

The Queen City’s population density and strategic geographic location prime Lightbridge Academy to support the needs of busy working parents.

Over the last two decades, early education and child care franchise Lightbridge Academy has expanded far beyond its New Jersey home, establishing a strong presence in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. As the brand continues a new phase of Midwestern growth in 2020 and beyond, Lightbridge Academy has identified Cincinnati, Ohio as prime territory for development. Specifically, Lightbridge Academy is looking to grow in and around the city of Cincinnati to appeal to commuting parents in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

“We’re targeting Cincinnati because of its population density, commuter-friendly geography and the increasing number of families with working parents with a similar profile to those we successfully serve throughout our franchise system,” said Mark Mele, Chief Development Officer at Lightbridge Academy. 

According to Mele, the Cincinnati market presents a strategic opportunity for the early education and child care franchise as it continues to grow throughout Ohio. “We’re looking forward to connecting with prospective franchisees who are interested in bringing Lightbridge Academy to their community as The Solution for Working Parents®,” he said.”

Cincinnati has two major highways that converge—I-71 and I-75—making it commuter-friendly and connected to major metropolitan markets including Ohio’s other cities, Kentucky and Indiana. With an estimated population of over 300,000, the Cincinnati area features 21,943 children under the age of 5. There is a high percentage of dual-income families creating high demand for quality child care and early educational programs that support working parents. This makes Ohio’s southern city an ideal fit for the early education and child care brand. 

Cincinnati is also connected to many of Ohio’s other metropolitan areas prime for expansion including Columbus, the state’s capital and largest city, with a highly educated workforce and excellent wage growth. Another of Ohio’s cities that is a perfect fit for a child care franchise is Dayton—also known as “Gem City”—which is the sixth-largest city in the state and has been ranked as one of the top mid-sized metropolitan areas in the nation for economic development.

“With over 20 years of success in child care under our belt, we have proven systems and extensive franchisee training programs that support our owners through the opening process and long after they’re up and running. Lightbridge Academy is an ideal brand for anyone interested in making a real difference for families in their community,” Mele said. Indeed, Lightbridge Academy was founded on a foundation of family values and their commitment to success is evident in their strong franchise system growth and expansion goals.

Lightbridge Academy’s referral program and graduated royalty fee program are among the best in the industry. “It’s very important to us that franchisees have what they need to operate and grow their business,” said Mele. “We know that our success depends on theirs and in new markets such as Cincinnati, extensive advance research and planning is conducted using a series of detailed assessment tools to ensure it matches our profile.”

“We’re excited to partner with potential franchise candidates in Cincinnati to bring Lightbridge Academy’s Circle of Care philosophy to life. By placing equal importance on the needs of children, their families, staff, and center owners, the entire community benefits,” Mele said. As Lightbridge Academy continues to grow, Cincinnati, Ohio is a perfect fit for the brand’s expansion.

Lightbridge Academy’s investment range for a Lightbridge Academy franchise is $541,228 to $733,635, including a $40,000 franchise fee. Visit for additional information.

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