Lightbridge Academy was born when Guy & Julia Falzarano opened their first child care center in Iselin, New Jersey.
Now, the brand has grown from a single location to 85 child care centers either open, under construction or in development.
Each of the company’s centers provides day-long early education and child care to children ages 6 weeks through kindergarten, as well as special programming for children up to 10 years old during school holidays, breaks and summer camp.
The business model helped Lightbridge Academy expand into franchising. Some of the brand's impressive recent growth can be attributed to offering Lightbridge Academy as a provider for backup child care services as well as staying up to date with the changes with technology.
“We go to those corporations, and, at no charge to them, offer their employees a discount — all they have to do is put us in their benefits package and advertise within their intranet,” he said.
Lightbridge Academy uses a fingerprint-scanning biometric scanner to secure the entrance and track people coming and going. It also has an internet monitoring system called ParentView, which allows parents to watch the activities of their children throughout the day.
“We want to keep parents connected — we want a strong bond between the children, their parents and our staff, so everyone knows what’s going on and they’re working with us in the development of their children,” Falzarano said.
“We’re using technology to bring people closer together.”