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407-395-0077
220 Windermere Rd
Winter Garden, FL 34787
PeopleofFaith@childrenslighthouse.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
About the Owners
About the Director
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
My children are blossoming, learning rules and structure, socializing, and becoming well-mannered boys! Thank you Children's Lighthouse for loving and taking such great care of my boys!
Kaitlin
I would like to take the time to thank the staff at the Children's Lighthouse Learning Center for all the special ways they make our daughter feel loved. Every day the staff makes a point to greet her personally in the morning, which makes the transition into the classroom smooth and less stressful for us.
Rick & Tracy
My daughter loves going to Children's Lighthouse. ALL the teachers are wonderful! Great school! We couldn't be happier with the care they receive!
My daughter LOVES this school!! She has learned SO much! The teachers and the administration staff our amazing. It says a lot when my daughter looks forward to going to school every day.
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.
About the Owners
Churched-Owned and Professionally Operated
The congregation of the People of Faith Lutheran Church, ELCA owns this franchise of Children's Lighthouse Learning Center. People of Faith is a center for evangelical mission, where People of Faith celebrate, learn and connect with one another and others around the community through service and weekly worship. We are a church that belongs to Christ. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. For us as the ELCA, this faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world.
About the Director
Deanna Gustafson grew up in Chicago Illinois, the youngest child of a large family. She got involved in the care of children early in her teen years, dreaming of establishing a day care center one day. She and her husband have three children; all of them attended Children's Lighthouse and have graduated. Deanna has her Florida Advanced Director Credential, as well as her CDA credential. She received a Bachelor of Arts/Psychology from DePaul University, Chicago Illinois.

Deanna was a seasoned pre-school teacher when she was hired as the Assistant Director of Children's Lighthouse in preparation for its opening in August of 2005. As the New Year of 2006 came, she accepted the offer to be the Director of Children's Lighthouse, gladly taking the baton and fulfilling one of her greatest dreams. With over 20 years of experience in the field of childcare and more than 25 years of management experience, everything seemed to be aligning Deanna's steps and to set them in place for just such a time as this.

Being actively engaged in every area of the center, knowing every child by face and name, and by connecting with the community and its families for the purpose of service, Deanna has passionately and consistently maximized her resources, displaying an amazing example to the many children that she and her staff love and educate every day. She and her dedicated team have garnered much support and love because of the incredible impact they are having, the many lives their hearts are touching and the beautiful network they have built.

Deanna's goal is to consistently be a positive influence and to enrich the lives of all the children, families, and her staff in a very vibrant and safe environment. The fruit of her labor is rich, and Children's Lighthouse is thriving, as they continue to be a blessing in the Winter Garden Community.
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.