704-847-1008
10836 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC 28105
matthews@childrenslighthousenc.com
6:30AM - 6:30PM
Ages 6 weeks - 12 years
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Our Classrooms
and Curriculum
Children's Lighthouse offers quality care for children 6 weeks to 12 years of age. We believe in building a solid foundation of early learning and have chosen award-winning curriculums for each age group. Our company offers continued support and training to the management and teachers in our schools across the United States. Our philosophy is to deliver the best support systems that will lead to successful implementation of the following curriculums for the benefit of the children in our care.
Infants
Preschool,
PreK & APreK
2-5 years old
Character Values
School Age
Our Values
Character Values are both modeled throughout our centers and taught in our classrooms. Values such as integrity, respect, responsibility, fairness, honesty, caring, self-control, and citizenship are not only defined but role modeled by management and teachers throughout the day. We believe that we can help strengthen the social fabric of our communities and support parents who want their children educated in a strong culture of these characteristics through teaching these values.
What parents are saying
I worked as a professional nanny for 10 years and as a result I am very particular about the childcare I choose for my daughter. This school has surpassed my expectations. The teachers work with each child so patiently and make them feel cared for as if they were their own.
Rebecca I
We love the school and the teachers as well as the admin staff. They are always friendly and there is nothing better than your kids being excited to go and stay at school. Keep up the good work!
Ashli K
I feel so comfortable leaving my daughter at Childrens Lighthouse while I go to work. I know that her teachers love her and will do an excellent job taking care of her. And she loves getting to go and see her friends in her class and going outside to play.
Brittany K
The management at Childrens Lighthouse is so friendly and welcoming, and I can trust that they are overseeing everything that is going on in my child’s classroom. I love that they take the time to greet us when we walk through the door and that I can come to them with any questions that I have.
Christina K
Infants & Toddlers
Birth to 24 month old babies begin to learn about the world from their experiences with the adults in their lives. Our teachers are trained to use the Comprehensive Infant and Toddler Curriculum which was developed specifically for the education of your baby. This curriculum provides everything necessary for a teacher to create a classroom environment that will have a very positive impact on your baby’s growth and development. It is our goal that all infants and toddlers in our program will be supported by loving and kind teachers who encourage their early development.
Lighthouse C.A.R.E.S.℠ Curriculum
Our goal is to nurture the development of each child's full potential - intellectually, emotionally, socially, and physically - in an atmosphere of safety and trust.
Character Values Education
Our comprehensive curriculum focuses not only on intellectual development, but also on healthy social and emotional growth through systematic character values education.
Active Engagement
Activities are designed to promote active learning through a "hands on" approach that allows children to explore the world in which they live.
Research-Centered Practice
Learning activities are grounded both in time-honored practice, such as learning through play, as well as in current research findings in the field of neuro-education. "Brain-based" learning strategies, for example, reveal that memory and creativity are enhanced by music, movement, and artistic expression.
Embedded Content
Our fully-integrated curriculum is characterized by thematic units which combine the key skills of reading and mathematics with learning in the content areas of science and social studies.
Standards-based Objectives
Every learning activity is carefully planned to meet or exceed both national and state standards.
Core Values
  • We believe that each child is an individual, with his or her own unique set of strengths, talents, and gifts
  • We believe that every child has a right to excellence in all aspects of early childhood education.
  • We believe in the importance of teaching character values, and more important, in modeling their use in our interactions with children, their families, and one another.
  • We believe in the use of positive discipline strategies that lead children to become self-disciplined.
  • We believe that honest and frequent communication between the school and the home positively impacts children’s success.
  • We believe in the importance of continuing professional development and personal growth through educational opportunities and supportive communities learning.
  • We believe that every teacher and staff member can make a difference in the lives of the children and families we serve.
School-Agers
The school-age classroom is specifically designed to meet the varied abilities, numerous personalities, and complex interest of children ages five through twelve. Based on the Creative Resources Curriculum, our daily plans are organized around exciting themes which incorporate interactive learning in a fun-filled environment. The themes include the culture of Ancient Greece, China, Japan, Rome and themes such as careers, technology, transportation and rain forests. Opportunities to support the development of "Creative Thinking" – the highest level thinking skill in Bloom’s Taxonomy of learning – are also included daily.

Character Value education is included in the "Schoolers" program. Through both modeling and special projects, children develop essential life skills such as cooperation, self-discipline, pride in a job well-done, respect and gratitude. Individual center locations participate in local community projects, such as creating valentines for local children’s hospitals, collecting supplies for Ronald McDonald House, or singing at a retirement center. As the children explore and experience, they establish concrete real- life knowledge that makes learning meaningful.
Character Values
We believe in the importance of teaching character values, and more important, in modeling their use in our interactions with children, with their families and with one another. Helping children develop essential life skills such as cooperation, self-discipline, pride in a job well-done, respect and gratitude is valuable for their future.
Monthly character values are as follows:
Cooperation September
Helpfulness October
Gratitude November
Patience December
Diversity January
Honesty February
Humor March
Responsibility April
Kindness May
These teaching modules will include a send-home activity for the parents. - Character Connections.
History
Established in Ft. Worth, Texas, in 1997, Children's Lighthouse Learning Centers® is the leading values-based educational child care system in the U.S. Children's Lighthouse has been named "Best Places to Work" by both the Dallas and San Antonio Business Journals and has received a Franchise 500 designation by Entrepreneur magazine due to its stability, financial strength, and growth.
Safety
All of our employees complete FBI fingerprinting and background checks as well as CPR training and TB testing as required by local regulations. They receive orientation and classroom training during their first few weeks on the job, and they are also required to complete up to 24 hours of continuing education annually. Our buildings have security-controlled access, and each parent is given a unique door code. We have secured internet video monitoring that is overseen by our management at each location and is also available for parents to login online and view throughout the day. Our centers are designed with the hallways as safety corridors for emergencies, and the staff and children participate in fire and severe weather drills regularly to prepare for any such event.