Lightbridge Academy breaks ground in Mountain Lakes

Husband and Wife Team Up To Bring Lightbridge Academy to Mountain Lakes

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Owners Brian and Laura Sakevich and Mountain Lakes Mayor Mayor Lauren Barnett at the ground breaking ceremony of Lightbridge Academy

MOUNTAIN LAKES —  Mountain Lakes Lightbridge Academy Daycare at 100 Route 46 officially broke ground and is currently slated to open in early fall.

Laura and Brian Sakevich

The new center is owned by Laura and Brian Sakevich. Having raised two Lightbridge graduates themselves, Lauren and Brian started looking for a new business venture for the next phase of their life. As busy working parents, they experienced the value that the Lightbridge Academy brand provided. It allowed them the freedom to pursue their careers while also having peace of mind knowing their children were in good hands. After learning about the franchise opportunity, it seemed like a great next step. Now Laura is leaving the financial sector to bring this innovative child care solution to the working parents surrounding Mountain Lakes. For them, investing in a family-run business with core values and a high level of quality standards felt like the best of both worlds.

Brian said “Lightbridge Academy is a family company. Every parent has their own personal preferences of what is a fit for their family, they may feel at home at a mom-and-pop daycare or want more structure in a use a more corporate child care. With Lightbridge Academy, you get both the home-away-from-home feel along with quality standards and curriculum.  You get a family feel managed as a professional, well-run business. That was really nice because I feel like it’s the best of both worlds. That’s going to make us successful and give us the best tools to serve our community. The franchise provides quality standards and rigor of a corporate center with the familiarity of a smaller business. It is appealing as a parent and franchisee.”

“I have a marketing degree from Fordham and have been working in the financial industry and the sales sector. I currently work at a hedge fund and am looking to transition out to work closer to home and focus my efforts on a more meaningful career. As a parent, Lightbridge allowed me to work through those early childhood years with peace of mind that my children were in a safe and nurturing environment where they were learning, active and having fun somewhere they were excited to be,” said Laura.

“Lightbridge Academy has a 501c3 non-profit foundation that is an integral part of how we give back to the community. Instead of focusing on a single cause, our foundation provides a wide range of services to children and families within our Circle of Care. We will be actively fundraising in order to support the Lightbridge Foundation. It will enable us to give back to the Mountain Lakes community with direct grants, scholarships for high school students and volunteering where we are needed. We’re also members of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce and would like to work closely with them to do community outreach and help in any way we can,” said Brian.

Lightbridge Academy creates genuine, caring relationships with every family member, ensuring the educational success and well-being of each child.

Lightbridge Academy was built on a foundation of family values. It is a place where parents, children, staff members, as well as the community and franchise owners come together as a family to create a trusted Circle of Care.

Brian and Laura Sakevich
Center Director Elizabeth Baumel