Childrens Lighthouse continues to grow

Childrens Lighthouse

Although the preschool’s Fall Festival held earlier this month was a special celebration, one gets the feeling the party never really stops at the Childrens Lighthouse Learning Center near Blanco and Wilderness Oak.  A sign near the receptionist desk simply reads “Where education and fun go hand in hand” and given the equal ratio of smiles to the proudly displayed school work found within, the motto is clearly one the Lighthouse has successfully achieved.
 
“It’s been our goal to try to set ourselves above everyone else,” says Steve Kulawik, who owns and operates the learning center with his wife, Stefani. 
 
Opened Oct. 15, 2007, the Childrens Lighthouse joined numerous day care facilities already established within the Stone Oak area, but has managed to grow from 20 children to 155 within 13 months.  “Our last 50 enrollments have been through word of mouth,” says Kulawik. 
 
The couple credits their success, in part, to their daily presence and open door policy.  “We are here every day.  We are always available to our parents,” Kulawik says.  “We want parents to have a good overall feeling about leaving their children here with us.”
 
The couple also strives to keep their staff jubilant, energetic and excited about coming to work each day.  “You have to be happy with what you are doing,” says Stefani, who has worked as a childcare provider since she was 18 years of age.  “You need to portray a happy image.  Kids need that, they really do.” 
 
Their efforts paid off even earlier then the Kulawiks expected.  Within a few months of opening, the Childrens Lighthouse was nominated as one of the 2008 Best Places to Work in San Antonio.  The preschool went on to win the contest, taking first place in both the small business category and among all 43 winners named for the year.
 
A private preschool following the A Beka value-based curriculum, the Childrens Lighthouse accepts children as young as 6 weeks of age and offers an after school program for students 6 to 12 years old.  The facility includes a 22,000-square-foot playground divided into three age specific areas, internet video monitoring for parents, computerized entry and security monitoring system and transportation to and from area schools. 
 
“We really like what we do,” says Kulawik, adding that he and his wife have been married for 17 years and talked of opening their own school for the past decade.  The couple has four children of their own, the last born just five days before the Kulawiks opened the Childrens Lighthouse. 
 
Steve and Stefani are already planning to build a second center within Alamo Ranch.  The Childrens Lighthouse is a small, but fast growing franchise based in Fort Worth with roughly 24 centers operating or under construction in at least six states.
For more information about the Kulawik’s learning center, located at 20906 Gathering Oak, visit www.childrenslighthousesa.com or call 495-ABCD (2223).