'Where we play with a purpose'

Lighthouse Exploration & Learning Center is a state-licensed Preschool & Kindergarten program, open to all children ages 3-7.

The mission of Lighthouse Exploration & Learning Center is to consistently show Christ’s love to our students and their families. Our Facility will provide child directed learning through a Christian curriculum, inspiring exploration within literacy, science and the arts.

Lighthouse Exploration and Learning Center, formerly known as Lighthouse Christian School is a State Licensed Preschool serving children and their families since 1983. We value parents as the primary educators of their children. Our dedicated and caring staff offer unique opportunities designed to meet each child’s social emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual learning style.

The early childhood experience is an important step in child development.  We view each child to be a unique gift from God that should be encouraged and nurtured.  Along with you we want to help your child discover the wonderous world we live in.


    Lighthouse Christian Nursery School (L.C.N.S.) started in the fall of 1983 in the lower level of Baptist Fellowship Church on Route 6 in Columbia. Pastor Jack Schneider, his wife Ann, along with Sue and John Granniss (certified teachers) were instrumental in starting the school. L.C.N.S. is a state-licensed, preschool and kindergarten facility for children ages 3-7 years old. Sue had stated, “We are blessed because the church as a body has prayed and provided financial support and volunteer hours through the years to help us build, improve, and run the school.” After directing and teaching at Lighthouse for 28 years, Sue Granniss retired. Laura Lambert took over for Sue in June of 2011. Laura has over 20 years of teaching experience with a B.S. in Early Childhood/Child Psychology and an M.S. in Special Education. She has been able to maintain the high quality of Lighthouse’s mission with the support and help of her assistants Stacy Cardinal and Kate Bennett. The Church’s current Pastor, Brian Keldsen, Associate Pastor, Dennis Reiter and the members of Baptist Fellowship continue to be very supportive.


    At Lighthouse, we stimulate imagination and creativity by providing an environment that is safe, child-centered and dedicated to encouraging experiential learning within a play-enhanced Christian Curriculum. This curriculum is enriched by art, literacy, and musical activities. We believe in building a foundation of lifelong learning. This approach encourages children to experiment with new discoveries, supporting brain development that is critical for later problem solving. Play is the ‘work’ of childhood and the primary way that they learn. Additionally, we believe and value parents as the primary educators of their children. As a team we support parents by encouraging Christian values with our students.

    Statement of Faith

    We believe that it is our ministry to meet the needs of young children and represent Jesus Christ as the center of our curriculum. We support the God-honoring home and the church of Jesus Christ. It is not our intention to teach any specific church doctrine but to be thoroughly Biblical in our approach to Christian education.