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    The Lightbridge Story

    From our founding in 1997, through several recessions, a pandemic and a host of other challenges, Lightbridge Academy has remained steadfast in our mission to be The Solution for Working Parents® as a leader in early education and child care. Our mission to illuminate young minds while helping everyone in our Circle of Care along life’s journey is achieved through our brand’s core values and Circle of Care philosophy — a philosophy that brings parents, children, franchise owners, staff members and entire communities together to support and enrich the health, well-being and education of children.

    We launched franchising in 2011, and we currently have over 120 child care centers open, under construction or in development throughout Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

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    The Franchise Investment that Grows!

    Child care is a meaningful and enriching industry that can also withstand even the toughest economy. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, for example, Lightbridge Academy proved to be an essential resource for parents who needed to balance the demands of at-home learning, partial remote learning and their own job demands. Looking ahead, the need for quality child care has never been greater, and the demand is only growing.

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      why lightbridge academy

      Lightbridge Academy stands out in the booming child care and early education segment for several reasons, including our industry-leading technology, refined business model, proven system, curriculum development, hands-on training and ongoing support. We have crafted an unparalleled body of knowledge, insight and guidance into an experience that is exactly what parents are looking for and what children need. Best yet, we’ve created a business model for franchisees to follow and bring Lightbridge Academy into their community.


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      top-line revenue
      growth every year
      since 1999

      Our culture

      The Lightbridge Academy culture is built on a foundation of family values and creates a environment where parents, children, staff members, as well as the community and franchise owners come together as a family to create a trusted Circle of Care. We believe that nothing is more important in a society than the care and education of children, and nothing is more gratifying than the nurturing relationships franchisees build with the families they support. Lightbridge Academy partners with franchisees who embody our core values have a passion for our Circle of Care philosophy.


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      Financial Requirements

      Lightbridge Academy is a high-value franchise investment, in order to qualify you will need:


      We have created and refined our investment model over the past three decades to ensure franchisees can fully benefit from our proven system. Our detailed process helps franchisees to succeed, avoid the pitfalls of starting from scratch and navigate the challenges of operating independently. Now, as Lightbridge Academy gears up for nationwide expansion, we are excited to partner with qualified prospects who desire a career that provides a strong sense of purpose, personal fulfillment and financial reward.

      Initial Franchise Fee $40,000
      Initial Investment Range Leased Center: $581,233 – $784,150
      Purchased Center: $2,581,900 – $5,048,750
      Territory Protected Territory in an agreed upon, well-defined area
      Royalty 4% of Gross Revenues During First 6 Months of Operation
      7% of Gross Revenues After First 6 Months


      If you’re looking to make a difference in your community, Lightbridge Academy has identified available territories in markets all over the country that are primed for scalable franchise growth.


      Why i Bought a Lightbridge Academy

      In 2019, franchisee couple Greg and Dina Hamwi of Holmdel, New Jersey opened the doors of their very own Lightbridge Academy child care center in Shrewsbury, New Jersey with the goal of raising the bar for education in their community.

      “Children thrive and develop in different ways, so it is our goal to cultivate a stimulating environment that expands their innate abilities through various learning areas,” said Dina. “Our educators encourage children with a ‘learning is fun’ philosophy through play and positive reinforcement and build upon the skills they acquire at various ages of their development.”


      Learn more about why entrepreneurs continue to choose Lightbridge Academy.

      Lightbridge Academy Joins the Early Care & Education Consortium

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      Preparing for Back-To-School Is More Than Just Stocking Up on Supplies

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      New Lightbridge Academy Board Member Brings Insights as a Banker, Deep Experience in the Child Care Sector and Perspective as a Working...

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      Lightbridge Academy to Open Second Nashville-Area Location at Durham Farms in Hendersonville

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      Lightbridge Academy Opens 60th Center; On Track To Open 22 More Units in Next 15 Months

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

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      New North Carolina Lightbridge Academy Franchises Already Receiving an A+ for Debut Enrollment Numbers

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      The Lightbridge Foundation Awards $500 Scholarship To Deserving High School Grad

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