ISELIN, N.J., Oct. 31, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Lightbridge Academy offers a progressive learning environment that revolves around its signature Circle of Care, a philosophy that emphasizes the brand’s commitment to being The Solution for Working Parents® and more than just a child care center. The brand currently claims a footprint of over 100 centers either open, under construction or in development in markets across the U.S. Now, the early education and child care franchise has just scored major industry recognition, receiving accreditation by the National Accreditation Commission (NAC) for its corporate-owned center in Iselin, New Jersey, paving the way for further industry recognition in the educational sector.
The NAC is part of the Association for Early Learning Leaders, an organization committed to excellence in early childhood care and education. Programs which seek accreditation by the NAC are required to complete a thorough evaluation. This evaluation includes a Self-Study phase, during which the company completes an in-depth self-assessment of all aspects of its program, including an administrative review, staff and family surveys and classroom observation. Based on the strength of its evaluation, the Lightbridge Academy center located in Iselin, New Jersey was awarded NAC accreditation.
Lightbridge Academy will continue to work with the National Accreditation Commission to secure accreditation for all of its centers.
“The National Accreditation Commission’s recognition is an important milestone for Lightbridge Academy,” Lightbridge Academy Vice President of Education and Training, Jennifer Romanoff, said. “Lightbridge Academy is more than just a daycare center and we are committed to delivering the highest-quality early childhood education through our research-based curriculum. Our accreditation partnership with NAC will help raise the educational bar for all children. We take a multi-sensory approach to education that focuses on all areas of a child’s growth and development. From STREAM to Singing Sprouts to Reading & Writing Readiness, our programs are designed to provide our students with a fun and immersive learning experience.”
The news of the accreditation comes at an exciting time for Lightbridge Academy. The brand is on track for major growth throughout the rest of 2019 and 2020 with more than 70 locations in development throughout the United States. Earlier this year, Lightbridge Academy signed its first Manhattan franchisee and expanded its industry-leading sign language program, Signing Sprouts with reference videos to support parents and encourage a home/school connection.
“Lightbridge Academy is honored to be recognized by the National Accreditation Commission,” said Lightbridge Academy President and Chief Operating Officer Gigi Schweikert. “We pride ourselves on offering an innovative curriculum that encourages both play and education. This recognition further solidifies our position as a leader in the early education and child care industry, and we look forward to collaborating even further with our franchise partners as we work toward system-wide accreditation.”
About Lightbridge Academy: Established in 1997, Lightbridge Academy provides early education and child care to children ages six weeks through kindergarten, as well as special programming for children up to 10 years old during school holidays, breaks and summer camp. The company franchised in 2011 in an effort to expand their distinctive concept throughout the Northeast; it currently has over 100 child care centers either open, under construction or in development throughout Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Guy and Julia Falzarano founded the company based on core values and a Circle of Care philosophy that places equal importance on the needs of children, their families, teachers, center owners, and the community. In 2019, Lightbridge Academy was ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500, and it was featured on the Franchise Times Top 200+ in 2018. To learn more about Lightbridge Academy, prospective families and franchisees are encouraged to visit http://www.LightbridgeAcademy.com or call (732) 980-1900 x 199.
About the Association for Early Learning Leaders: The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs offers early childhood leaders the opportunity to demonstrate and document quality performance using research-based criteria and evidence-based practices. The National Accreditation Commission provides a comprehensive, ongoing quality improvement system that recognizes the inherent diversity among programs through the self-study and award process. Over 1,300 early learning programs in 35 states, the District of Columbia and overseas participate, including university and college campus-based programs, private child care, faith-based preschools, Head Start, public PreK, corporate centers, DoD programs, employer-sponsored programs and Montessori programs. To learn more, visit https://www.earlylearningleaders.org/accreditation/accreditation-overview/.