Franchise Players: How We Knew Which Franchise Was Best for Us

April 17th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

“Kris Girrell and Sarah Blumenstock Girrell have owned a Goddard School franchise for four years. However, they understood the importance of finding the right franchisor long before they became preschool franchisees. With long careers in corporate management, the pair thoroughly investigated their options when they became interested in franchising. Here’s how they chose the Goddard School.” –

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Executive Profile: Goddard Systems CEO Joseph Schumacher

April 16th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems and its 410 locations, traces his franchising career back to 1977 at Maaco.

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Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announced the opening of its newest school in Creve Coeur, Mo. Located at 11222 Olive Blvd., the new school is owned by franchisee team Julie Bunton and Marla and Jason Brunk. In honor of the grand opening, the community enjoyed a ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration on Saturday, March 8.

“We are thrilled to open our new school in Creve Coeur,” said Julie Bunton, onsite owner of The Goddard School in Creve Coeur. “It has long been a dream of mine to operate my very own preschool,  and I am proud to offer excellence in education to the community’s youngest learners.”

In addition to the new Goddard School located in Creve Coeur, Marla and Jason Brunk also own three other Goddard locations: Arnold, Manchester and Saint Charles. Mo.. When it came time to open their fourth school, the Brunks partnered with business colleague, Julie Bunton, on the endeavor. Bunton, the former director at both the Arnold and Manchester locations, brings years of education experience to her new role as onsite owner.

The Goddard School preschool system operates on a dual-management system, distinctive in the early childhood education industry. Each location is managed on-site by the franchise owner, as well as an educational director responsible for working with teachers and implementing the curriculum. This separation and clear delineation of roles has resulted in The Goddard School system’s success and high satisfaction ratings for 25 years.

The Creve Coeur school opening is part of GSI’s expansion plan across the United States to open 30 new schools per year by 2019.

“As we continue to expand across the country, our goal is to help develop profitable businesses for franchisees that offer high-quality education for families in neighborhoods and surrounding communities,” said Joseph Schumacher, chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc. “We are confident the community will quickly recognize the benefits of the high quality early childhood education offered at our newest school in Creve Coeur.”

Long recognized as the industry leader, The Goddard School system has been consistently listed in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” ranking as the number one childcare franchise for 13 consecutive years (January 2014).

For additional information about The Goddard School located in Creve Coeur, please call 314-677-1414 or email crevecoeurmo@goddardschools.com. Franchising information is available on www.goddardschoolfranchise.com or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

THE GODDARD SCHOOL ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF MIDDLETON, MASS. SCHOOL

March 21st, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School®preschool system, announced the opening of its newest school in Middleton, Massachusetts earlier this month. Located at 244 Maple Street, the new school is owned by franchisee team Kris Girrell and Margie Sutton.

“We are thrilled to open our new school in Middleton,” said Kris Girrell, Goddard School franchisee in Middleton. “The Middleton/Topsfield/Boxford area has a reputation for educational excellence in elementary and secondary education, and we are proud to be able to offer the same to our youngest learners.”

The Middleton school opening is part of GSI’s expansion in the Boston metro area and southeastern New Hampshire to add 30 locations over the next several years. The grand opening celebration will feature core elements of The Goddard School philosophy including play-based education, collaborative learning and community give back. Frank Leary, from the Middleton Food Pantry, will join Girrell and Sutton to cut a ribbon made out of dollar bills; that money will then be donated by the school to the pantry following the ceremony. The school has also been collecting diapers for Boxford’s Community Giving Tree.  Guests at the grand opening festivities are encouraged to bring either a donation of non-perishable food or disposable diapers to support the two charities.

In addition to the new Middleton Goddard School, Kris Girrell and Sarah Blumenstock Girrell also own a Goddard School in Reading, Massachusetts which has been open and operating since January 2010. When it came time to open his second school, Girrell partnered with close family friend, Margie Sutton on the endeavor. Sutton, a former retail manager and high tech reseller, is a certified parenting educator and brings years of experience to her new role as onsite owner.

The Goddard School preschool system operates on a dual-management system, distinctive in the early childhood education industry. Each location is managed on-site by the franchise owner, as well as an educational director responsible for working with teachers and implementing the curriculum. This separation and clear delineation of roles has resulted in The Goddard School system’s success and high satisfaction ratings for 25 years.

“As we continue to expand across Boston, our goal is to help develop franchisees that offer high-quality education for families in neighborhoods and surrounding communities,” said Joseph Schumacher, president and chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc. “We are confident the community will quickly recognize the benefits of the high quality early childhood education Kris and Margie will offer at our newest school in Middleton.”

The company has 13 other Goddard School locations in the greater Boston area, which covers Massachusetts (Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester counties) and New Hampshire (Hillsborough and Rockingham counties).

Long recognized as the industry leader, The Goddard School system has been consistently listed in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” ranking as the number one childcare franchise for 13 consecutive years (January 2014).

- Early Childhood Education Franchise Plans Aggressive Five-Year Expansion -

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® system, announced today a strong 2013 with the awarding of 41 new franchise agreements to qualified franchisees and the opening of 18 schools in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

This momentum is part of GSI’s expansion plan targeting communities across the country.  The company has set a five-year development goal of awarding 60 new franchise agreements and opening 30 new schools per year by 2019.

“Our expansion in 2013 marks the beginning of our effort to open dozens of new Goddard School franchises nationwide,” said Joseph Schumacher, president and chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc.  “The demand for childcare is at an all-time high. Over 15 million children in the U.S. require some form of childcare arrangement*, and this, coupled with our unique play-based approach to learning as well as our unprecedented franchisee support, will help propel system growth in 2014 and beyond.”

GSI launched 2014 with a targeted franchise development strategy focused on eight markets including Boston, Mass.; Houston, Texas; Minneapolis, Minn.; Seattle, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Hartford, Conn.; and New York City (Manhattan).  The company is seeking qualified franchisees with a minimum net worth of $450,000 and liquidity of $150,000.  No education experience is necessary.

The Goddard School franchise operates on a dual-management system, distinctive in the early childhood education industry. Each location is managed on-site by the franchise owner, as well as an educational director responsible for working with teachers and implementing the curriculum. This separation and clear delineation of roles has resulted in The Goddard School system’s success and high satisfaction ratings for 25 years.

Long recognized as the industry leader, The Goddard School system has been consistently listed in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” ranking as the number one childcare franchise for 12 years. Goddard School franchisees benefit from a strong average EBITDA*** of $240,631** per location, manageable hours and GSI’s unmatched support with real estate, site development, operations, IT, marketing, advertising, quality assurance and training to ensure smooth school operations.

“At Goddard Systems, we focus relentlessly on supporting our franchisees in every aspect of their business,” said Schumacher. “This focus enables our franchisees to inspire success among the more than 45,000 students they influence every day. Our support, coupled with our responsible and reasonable development plan, will enable The Goddard School system to solidify its leadership position in the industry and in communities across the country.”

Interested candidates should expect the initial investment to open a Goddard School to range from $600,010 to $707,410, depending on real estate and other expenses. Additional information is available on www.goddardschoolfranchise.com or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

*Source: Child Care Aware of America: Child Care in America 2012 State Fact Sheets (June 2012) as sourced from U.S. Census Bureau. (2011). American Community Survey, 2008-2010 three-year estimates. Retrieved May 30, 2012, from http://www.census.gov.

**Average based on mature franchises (those open over 18 months) in 2012.  As stated in Item 19 of GSI’s Franchise Disclosure Document.  154 of 369 (41.7%) of mature franchises did as well or better than the average.  Your individual results may differ.  There is no assurance you’ll earn as much.

***Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization.

 

Early Childhood Education Franchise Plans Aggressive Local Expansion

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® system, announced plans to expand in the Boston metro area and southeastern New Hampshire over the next several years. GSI is actively seeking qualified candidates to open 30 new schools in the South End and East Boston, Norwood, Massachusetts, and Nashua and Manchester, New Hampshire, among others.

This is part of GSI’s expansion plan to target specific communities across the country. The company has set a five-year development goal of awarding 60 new franchise agreements and opening 30 new schools per year by 2019. Two real estate sites are immediately available for qualified franchisees in Hingham and Charlestown, Mass.

“We’re seeking franchisees in Boston and New Hampshire to join a thriving early childhood education franchise with unmatched support, while inspiring children in their local community,” said Joseph Schumacher, president and chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc. “As we continue to expand, our goal is to help develop profitable businesses for franchisees and offer high-quality education for families in neighborhoods around Boston and surrounding communities.”

The company currently has 13 Goddard School locations in the greater Boston area, which covers Massachusetts (Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester counties) and New Hampshire (Hillsborough and Rockingham counties).

The Goddard School system operates on a dual-management system, distinctive in the early childhood education industry. Each location is managed on-site by the franchise owner, as well as an educational director responsible for working with teachers and implementing the curriculum. This separation and clear delineation of roles has resulted in The Goddard School system’s success and high satisfaction ratings for 25 years.

Long recognized as the industry leader, The Goddard School system has been consistently listed in Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Franchise 500” ranking as the number one childcare franchise for 12 years. Goddard Systems’ franchisees benefit from a strong average EBITDA** of $240,631* per location, manageable hours in a recession-resistant business and GSI’s unmatched operations and marketing support. The company is seeking qualified franchisees with a minimum net worth of $450,000 and liquidity of $150,000.  No education experience is necessary.

Additional information is available on www.goddardschoolfranchise.com or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

*Average based on mature franchises (those open over 18 months) in 2012. As stated in Item 19 of GSI’s Franchise Disclosure Document.  154 of 369 (41.7%) of mature franchises did as well or better than the average.  Your individual results may differ.  There is no assurance you’ll earn as much. **Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization.

$10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship Recipient Announced for 2013

June 14th, 2013 by The Franchise Development Team

Scholarship Program Recognizes Goddard School Alumni for Excellence in Education

A check for $10,000 was presented to Ethan Mandel of Maple Glen by Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer for Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, and Brian Clark, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Horsham. GSI has named Ethan Mandel the 2013 recipient of the sixth annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship (AAMMS). The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior in high school who graduated from The Goddard School.

The AAMMS is named in memory of the founder of The Goddard School franchise system, an entrepreneur who started several other well-known franchise companies including AAMCO Transmissions, Inc. and MAACO Auto Painting and Bodyworks, Inc. Mr. Martino worked his way up from humble beginnings to achieve great things for himself and his family. In the spirit of Martino’s successes, the AAMMS scholarship is awarded to a graduate who demonstrates the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community.

Winner Ethan Mandel attended The Goddard School located in Horsham, PA and graduated from the school’s Pre-Kindergarten program in 2000. Mandel, also a graduate of Upper Dublin High School with an outstanding academic background, will be attending Temple University, Fox School of Business, in the fall and plans to study in the school’s honors program for marketing and business administration.

The public was invited to help select the scholarship recipient. Videos of the top three finalists were posted on The Goddard School Facebook page and fans voted for their top choice. The AAMMS winner receives $10,000 to use toward their education at an accredited college or university. The runner ups receive a gift card to use towards books and school supplies.

“The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship provides financial assistance to a graduate from The Goddard School who demonstrates the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community,” says Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer for GSI. “We have many alumni who meet the criteria, but Ethan really stands out. We are delighted to recognize Ethan as he embarks on his college career; Ethan and his family are truly deserving.”

“As a preschooler, Ethan was full of spirit and so eager to learn. We know he will go on to do great things,” says Brian Clark, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Horsham. “We’re just so proud of Ethan and thrilled for his family.”

“The Goddard School is a key example in my life of paying it forward, a staple in my lifetime goals, and helped shape me into the well-rounded individual that I am today,” said Mandel. “I am thrilled to have been selected for this scholarship and to be recognized by Goddard Systems for my academic achievement.”

“Goddard invests their heart and soul in our children and I recently found out that their investment does not end there,” says Karen Mandel, Ethan’s mother. “As a single mom, working full time, the challenges that I faced raising two sons were insurmountable.  I felt like Goddard became my ‘daytime support system’ when it came to providing Ethan with a learning environment that was fun and fundamental.”

“It’s where you start the journey that makes all the difference. That’s why we use proven, play-based methods to nurture healthy development and encourage a lifelong love of learning,” said Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education for GSI and member of the Educational Advisory Board.

To view the video of the finalists, please visit: http://on.fb.me/16KV888.

For more information on the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, please visit www.goddardschool.com/Scholarship.

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, a leader in franchised educational childcare for 25 years, is pleased to announce the appointment of Maureen Corneal as Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations.

Ms. Corneal, a seasoned marketing and strategic communications professional, will focus on the strategic direction and implementation of the company’s marketing, advertising, public relations and market research efforts on behalf of its network of nearly 400 franchised Goddard School locations across the nation. She will serve as part of the company’s senior leadership team and will report to GSI Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dzana Homan.

“We are thrilled to have Maureen join our team,” said Dzana Homan. “Her experience across the spectrum of grade levels will help us communicate that learning is a lifelong process, and it starts with the decisions and commitments made in early childhood education.”

“A large part of my role with GSI will be to further the brand’s stellar reputation as a trusted industry leader. Goddard is poised for smart, strategic growth, and our marketing initiatives will focus on repeatable, optimal and sustainable results, much of which is based on research and analytics and understanding our customers,” said Ms. Corneal. “Goddard is all about families, relationships, and meaningful communication; we want to stay in close touch with parents’ interests, behaviors and ideals on what is important for their children.”

Ms. Corneal’s background includes advertising agency, franchising, market research and analytics experience. She started her career at Sylvan Learning Centers where she first established her focus on education organizations and gained experience with franchise marketing communications.

Prior to joining GSI, Ms. Corneal served five years as Vice President of Marketing and Strategic Initiatives and four years as Executive Director of Marketing and Brand Communication for Laureate Education, Inc., a worldwide network of higher education institutions.

For more information, visit www.goddardschool.com.

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, a leader in franchised educational childcare for 25 years, is pleased to announce Dr. Craig Bach to serve as its first Vice President for Education.

Dr. Bach, an educational researcher with more than 15 years of experience in both K-12 and postsecondary education, will be responsible for overseeing licensing and compliance, accreditation, quality assurance, training, and curriculum on behalf of the nearly 400 Goddard School locations across the nation. He will serve as part of the company’s senior leadership team and will report to GSI Chief Operating Officer (COO) Dzana Homan.

“In this new role, Dr. Bach will focus on not only continuing to build and retain a network of quality educators, but also to develop metrics to ensure high-quality education is consistently delivered and achieved throughout the system,” said Dzana Homan.

“Part of my role will be to translate the value of the educational work we do to the business side of our organization — positive educational outcomes are not only good for our children, they are good for our business as well,” said Dr. Bach.

Longer term, Dr. Bach will lead a research team to study the impact a Goddard education has at the first, second and third grade levels.

“Assessment and evaluation will be fundamental to everything my team implements at GSI,” said Dr. Bach. “Studies continue to show the importance of early education in building a solid foundation for a child’s academic success. We want to make sure that we build on that research and demonstrate that our educationally rich programs continue to provide children with a foundation for a successful future.”

Prior to joining GSI, Dr. Bach served as the Vice Provost for Institutional Research, Assessment, and Effectiveness and Teaching Professor in the School of Education for Drexel University. During his time with Drexel in the School of Education, he served as Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on over $5 million in funded projects, including a NASA funded project to use instructional technologies to teach fractal geometry to high school students, the Pennsylvania Department of Education funded Drexel Tech Prep Consortium and a NSF funded grant to develop online mathematics mentoring with the Math Forum.

Dr. Bach also has experience in the for-profit space. He served as the Vice President of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness at Kaplan Higher Education where he managed five teams working on assessment, research, analytics, data management, and performance measurement. Additionally, he worked as an instructional designer for Futurekids — a pre-K to Grade 6 franchise business.

“Our appointment of Dr. Bach comes at an important time in our nation’s emphasis on early childhood education,” said Dzana Homan. “We are impressed with Dr. Bach’s well-rounded experience in the field of education and eager to build on our successful program with his fresh perspective and insights.”

For more information, visit www.goddardschool.com.