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Lightbridge Academy®’s Summer Program Provides Consistency for Children and Support for Working Parents

The early education and child care franchise’s ‘Fly Into Summer” Program helps eliminate “summer dip” in socialization and learning while supporting families with year-round programming.

By Chris LaMorte1851 Franchise Editor
SPONSOREDUpdated 9:09AM 08/16/21

No child wants to be stuck inside on a beautiful summer day. And experiencing lockdowns and quarantines, that couldn’t be more true this summer.

That’s why Lightbridge Academy®, the fast-expanding early childhood education franchise, has developed a comprehensive summer program outdoor curriculum designed to keep kids safe, active and learning, all while having a blast during the warm weather.

Summer in a Box

“When it came to summer, we wanted to make it easy for our centers to be active outdoors, so we kind of put summer in one big box,” said Jeneice Decker, Lightbridge Academy’s senior associate on the education and training team. “Basically, it’s a one-stop online resource shop for our summer camp program that our centers can access whenever they want. It includes a calendar with themes and ideas to make our camp a cohesive experience that each of the centers can use. It has a ton of plans, curriculum pieces and other resources.”

Water play is a big part of the fun. You’ll see children creating spray-color art, splashing through sprinklers, laughing and having fun in a structured environment where learning is emphasized.

Flexible Schedules for Parents and Teachers

The “Fly Into Summer’ program is designed for pre-k and school age children. This enables older children and siblings to join in the fun. Often parents’ work schedules may mean they need to find child care options for older children and having the family together in one place makes life so much easier for busy working parents.

That’s one reason why the curriculum is designed to allow individual center directors to choose the activities they think align with their learning goals and the children’s interests and needs. Each outdoor activity comes with step-by-step instructions and scenario examples. “It’s completely flexible,” said Decker. “It really is about making sure that the classroom environment translates to outside, while still hitting all the milestones for children.”

“It was also important to allow centers to use the resources they already have without requiring any additional costs for the franchisee, said Decker. “There’s not a lot of purchasing lists or additional resources required. We’ve done a great job to make sure the materials are likely to be at the center already.”

More Opportunities To Learn & Grow

“Our teachers are not planning activities ‘just for fun,’” said Decker. “Everything behind it has a learning milestone. The child will develop social skills, teamwork and even mathematical concepts.”

Water play is a major aspect of the summer curriculum, of course. Whether it’s running through the sprinklers or competing in a water bucket relay race, the objective of this fun is to learn good sportsmanship in addition to problem-solving critical thinking skills.

“We want to make sure they are still learning, but just being able to enjoy all the aspects of summer and warm weather,” said Decker. “Even socializing with other children is really important as well.  Some children may just have been home with a nanny all year. The summertime is when parents know their children want to be outside and they want to meet other children, so they bring them to our summer program experience.”

The initial start-up cost for a Lightbridge Academy location is $549,228 to $767,635, with a franchise fee of $40,000. To learn more about franchising with Lightbridge Academy, visit

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