Five Reasons to Open a Goddard School Franchise

July 30th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School® was named the No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the U.S. by Entrepreneur magazine for the fourteenth year (January 2015) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems in worldwide sales by Franchise Times for the eighth year (October 2014). If those aren’t enough reasons to open a Goddard School, here are five more.

  1. Anybody can do it. Anybody from any background can become a Goddard School franchisee. The two things our franchisees have in common are an entrepreneurial spirit and a love of working with children.
  2. Our unique dual-management model takes pressure off you. Every School is required to have an education director who has a degree in early childhood education. The director is responsible for the curriculum, programming and teacher development, allowing you the freedom to run the business and develop relationships.
  3. We offer unrivaled support. The Goddard School Franchise provides franchisees with an extensive support structure, which includes support for financing, construction, training needs and more.
  4. Childcare is a recession-resistant business. Dual-income families are common, and the demand for quality childcare is steadily increasing. More than 15 million children under the age of six potentially require childcare (Child Care Aware, 2014).
  5. It affords a comfortable lifestyle. Many Goddard School franchisees earn a comfortable living, with an emphasis on living. Our franchisees are free to pursue their personal goals while benefiting their communities.

Child Care Aware. (2014). Child Care in America: 2014 State Fact Sheets. Retrieved from


The Goddard School® In the News: July 2015

July 16th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Joe Schumacher Endorses Open Dialogue in Forbes
The Goddard School Franchise CEO encourages his employees to openly share their ideas and opinions. Joe also said that he and several members of his senior management team regularly take employees to lunch to talk about their goals, needs and concerns.

New Goddard Schools are Open and Ready for Business!
We are excited to announce the grand openings of several Goddard Schools across the country!

The Goddard School Makes National Headlines
The Educational Advisory Board (EAB) is one of the many resources that The Goddard School Franchise provides to support its franchisees, and it’s been getting a lot of media attention! Check out the links below to find out why.

Mechanicsburg, PA Speaks to ABC on the Importance of Preschool
Recent studies claim that Sesame Street is as good as preschool, but The Goddard School located in Mechanicsburg, PA disagrees. The School told ABC-27 News why in-person interaction is a crucial component of early childhood education.

Toms River, NJ Delights Baseball Fans With the National Anthem
Preschoolers from The Goddard School located in Toms River (Route 70), NJ hit a home run when they sang The Star-Spangled Banner at a Lakewood BlueClaws baseball game. The School has been performing at BlueClaws games for three years.

Philadelphia-based Franchisee Featured as 95.7 BEN FM’s “Woman of the Week”
Fran Lubbs, franchisee of The Goddard Schools located in Wayne, PA and Royersford, PA, discussed what makes The Goddard School so special on 95.7 BEN FM in Philadelphia. She also touched on the importance of early childhood development and what separates The Goddard School from other preschools.


Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Pittsburgh Community

PITTSBURGH, Penn. (June 25, 2015)Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school in Pittsburgh, PA at Millcraft Investments’ downtown property, Piatt Place is now enrolling. Located at 301 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, the new school is owned and operated by franchisees, Matt and Dina Speranza.

Matt and Dina Speranza are no strangers to The Goddard School as the couple own and operate two other locations in Cranberry Township and Moon Township, along with business partner Carol Maier, who is the onsite owner in Moon Township. Matt and Dina are active and passionate members of the Goddard School community, and have received high accolades from the franchise, including receiving the acclaimed Circle of Excellence award four times, which recognizes franchisees who have gone above and beyond Goddard’s already superior standard of quality.

The couple’s business experience and passion for children, coupled with Dina’s extensive academic experience in education, has led them to expand with Goddard and bring a distinctive learning program and educational experience to children of working families downtown through the unique state-of-the-art facility at Piatt Place in the heart of the bustling business district.

The Goddard School preschool system prides itself on its unique dual-management system, a distinguisher in the early childhood education industry. Franchise owners are onsite at each location and work alongside an educational director, whose main focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. This dual-management system ensures a hands-on, community-focused approach when it comes to early childhood education. With each school opening, The Goddard School also has a local economic impact, creating an average of 20 to 25 jobs within the community.

The Goddard School’s play-based approach, called Fun, Learning Experience (or F.L.EX.®), is grounded in research on how children learn best: children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. At The Goddard School, the focus is on building each child’s emotional, academic, social, creative and physical skills to provide a well-rounded experience and ensure each one becomes confident, joyful and fully prepared in school and in life. The Goddard School’s proprietary F.L.EX. curriculum has earned AdvancED and Middle States Corporate Accreditation by demonstrating excellence in early childhood education.

“With more than 25 years of experience in early childhood education, The Goddard School’s unique dual-management system creates lasting community bonds as owners are on-site at the Schools to provide support to the communities they serve,” said Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of Goddard Systems, Inc. “One area that truly sets us apart from other childcare systems is our philosophy based on learning through play, designed to teach and reinforce 21st century skills, including social behaviors such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. This philosophy fosters a lifelong love of learning and creates meaningful connections at an early age.”

Jobs relating to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) are currently the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy, and a focus on developing 21st century skills such as creativity and innovation as well as the abilities to collaborate, communicate and think critically, is expected to increase over time. By introducing 21st century skill concepts early on, children develop a strong foundation and a passion for STEAM at the very beginning of their education.

“Having two children of our own, we recognized the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment in early education,” said franchisees, Matt and Dina Speranza. “The opening of our Cranberry Township and Moon Township locations has been a success for children and their families, which is why we chose to open our third location downtown, which has experienced a new renaissance in living and working. We hope to continue making a positive impact and providing a meaningful learning experience to Pittsburgh children in this thriving community.”

Long recognized as the industry leader, The Goddard School preschool system has been consistently listed in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” ranking as the number one childcare franchise for 14 consecutive years (January 2015).

The Goddard School located in Pittsburgh, PA is located at 301 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222. To reach this location, please call (412) 515-1997 or email  For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit


The Goddard School® In the News: June 2015

June 15th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

LAST CALL: Be Our Guest at the International Franchise Expo in June
Want to learn more about franchising opportunities with The Goddard School? Be our guest at the International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, June 18-20. Click here to register and use promo code GODDARD to receive your complimentary guest pass. Also be sure to stop by the Goddard Systems, Inc. booth, number 438! See you there!

Goddard Systems, Inc. Names New Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and PR
Paul Koulogeorge, GSI’s new Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and PR, brings an extensive background of knowledge and expertise. Check out the full story on

Dr. Jack Maypole Weighs in on Babies and Allergies
Well-respected pediatrician and Goddard School Educational Advisory Board member Jack Maypole, M.D. shared his thoughts on babies and allergies with The Bump and Yahoo! Parenting. Dr. Maypole serves on The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board, which is one of the many resources that Goddard Systems provides to support its franchisees.

Budding Artists in Salmon Creek, WA Raise $6,200 for Local Organization
Children at The Goddard School located in Salmon Creek, WA auctioned off their works at the Children’s Art Gala, raising more than $6,200 for Legacy Hospital’s Child Abuse Assessment Team. Click here to learn more.

Root for Earth in the News
Many Goddard Schools were featured in the news for their participation in The Goddard School’s Root for Earth campaign! Click on the links to view a sampling of the highlights, which include stories on The Goddard Schools located in Indian Trail, NC; Castle Rock, CO; Ladera Ranch, CA; Edmond I, OK.

Exciting things are happening at our Schools every day! Here are some recent events:

Seattle Market Art Auction: A Huge Success!
The Seattle market went above and beyond with their market-wide art auction, raising more than $25,000 for Ben’s Fund. Established by Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, the foundation helps support families of autistic children in the community. Both TV and print coverage featured the market’s campaign.

Cypress I, TX Art Fair Raises More Than $4,000 for March of Dimes
The Goddard School located in Cypress, TX held their second annual Art Fair to raise money for March of Dimes, donating more than $4,000 to the organization. Several members of the School’s faculty also participated in the local March of Dimes walk in downtown Houston.

Manchester, MO Holds “Coin War” to Help Local Family
When Marla Brunk, her faculty and the families of The Goddard School located in Manchester, MO heard that the one-year-old sibling of one of the preschoolers needed a double lung transplant, they sprang into action. The School held a “coin war,” and encouraged the classrooms to compete with each other by donating spare change. The classrooms raised more than $4,100 for this family in need.


Former Student, Haley Malloy, Awarded $10,000 Toward College Tuition

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (June 2, 2015)The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, proudly announces Haley Malloy of Henrico, VA as the winner of the 7th annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is open nationally to seniors in high school who have graduated from The Goddard School Pre-K or Kindergarten program, and is awarded to one applicant who has demonstrated the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system.

Haley graduated from the Pre-K program at The Goddard School located in Henrico, VA in 2002, and credits much of her academic success and career path to her early experiences at The Goddard School. Having already made the decision to attend Texas Christian University, Haley will be pursuing a degree in early education when she begins college this fall. Katrina David and Matthew Newman who attended The Goddard Schools located in Sayreville, NJ and Montgomeryville, PA respectively, were selected as finalists for the scholarship.

“The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship provides us with a way to continue supporting our students long after they have left our schools,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “We aim for our students to be fully prepared, confident learners when they leave our schools, and we are delighted to help lessen the financial burden of college for these promising young adults so they can focus on their academic journey.”

The Goddard School has awarded more than $70,000 to its alumni through the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship program, and that number will continue to grow as more and more former students prepare for the leap into college.

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Award-Winning Preschool Franchise Brings On Experienced Marketing Veteran

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa (June 2, 2015) – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School, announces the hiring of seasoned marketing executive Paul Koulogeorge as the system’s Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and PR. Key to his role will be to effectively communicate The Goddard School differentiators to communities and potential franchisees by creating innovative campaigns aiding the continued growth and success of the franchise.

Koulogeorge brings an extensive background of marketing knowledge with over two decades of experience in brand management, field marketing, and retail marketing in the consumer and financial industries. Before joining The Goddard School franchise, Koulogeorge most recently held the position of Vice President of Global Marketing at DFC Global Corp, a major financial services company, where he instituted the company’s first global marketing strategy. Having managed a worldwide marketing team spanning 10 countries, while creating geographically targeted campaigns in eight languages, Koulogeorge’s efforts were a large part of DFC Global Corp’s international success.

Koulogeorge spent the first half of his career launching new consumer brands. As a Brand Manager at Kraft Foods, he was responsible for overseeing a variety of sports marketing initiatives and a $3 million sampling program that reached over 1 million consumers every year. Moving on from Kraft Foods, Koulogeorge rose through the ranks at the Coca-Cola North Group, transitioning from Customer Marketing Manager to Director of Marketing, where he supervised a marketing team in charge of regional campaigns for 17 states with an audience of over 100 million consumers. Koulogeorge also served as Vice President of Marketing for three years at EB Games, the world’s largest specialty video game retailer, where he developed system-wide marketing initiatives and established the EB Games magazine and loyalty program.

“As a marketer, I love the passion of The Goddard School franchisees owners, especially with a brand that is so committed to making a difference in the lives of children and their families,” said Koulogeorge. “I am more than ready to begin conceptualizing effective marketing campaigns to support existing franchisees as well as bring new ones to The Goddard School.”

“Paul’s track record of success is impressive, and his expertise will add great value to the company,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of GSI. “His marketing experience and knowledge will be instrumental in communicating the Goddard message both to Goddard School families and potential Goddard School franchisees around the country.”

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The Goddard School® In the News: May 2015

May 19th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Be Our Guest at the International Franchise Expo in June
Want to learn more about franchising opportunities with The Goddard School? Be our guest at the International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, June 18-20. Click here to register and use promo code GODDARD to receive your complimentary guest pass. Also be sure to stop by the Goddard Systems, Inc. booth, number 438! See you there!

Franchise Times Highlights The Goddard School’s Presence in Urban and Suburban Markets
Joe Schumacher outlined The Goddard School’s plans for nationwide growth in Franchise Times. The Schools planned for development include locations near Orlando, San Antonio and San Francisco, among others. Matt and Dina Speranza, franchisees of The Goddard School located in Pittsburgh (Downtown), PA, were also spotlighted for their expansion into the urban market.

Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Loves When His Employees Make Mistakes
Joe Schumacher told Business Insider why he likes when his employees slip up – so long as they learn and grow from it. Making an occasional mistake, he says, shows that employees are not afraid to be proactive and take responsibility. His beliefs were reiterated in this Inc. magazine article.

GSI CFO Explains the Advantages of Collaboration
Bob Scopinich went on CFO Thought Leader to discuss the advantages of finance and IT working together to optimize data flows and functionality. This strategic collaboration devised the systems that help run one of the largest preschool franchises in the country.

Entrepreneur Names The Goddard School a Top Children’s Businesses Franchise
Entrepreneur magazine voted The Goddard School one of the top Children’s Businesses franchises in its May issue. The Goddard School Franchise is currently accepting applications for franchise opportunities.

GSI CEO Featured in “5 Business Lessons from the Big Boxing Match”
Joe Schumacher gave Yahoo! Small Business Advisor the inside scoop on The Goddard School Franchise’s commitment to steady, responsible growth. The franchisor vets each potential franchisee and builds out its support system according to how many Schools are in the system.

Phoenix-Area Franchisees Speak Out in “8 Reasons to Consider Franchising”
Huy and Van Phan, franchisees of The Goddard School located in Gilbert (Higley), AZ, told Business News Daily why they franchised with The Goddard School and how it helped them gain independence.

Root for Earth in the News
Many Goddard Schools were featured in the news for their participation in The Goddard School’s Root for Earth campaign! Click on the links to view a sampling of the highlights, which include stories on The Goddard Schools located in Ashburn, VA; Cumming, GA; Farragut, TNFranklin (Cool Springs), TNGlastonbury, CT; Hershey, PA; Plainfield, IL; Richmond (Long Meadow Farms), TX; San Ramon, CA; and Southlake, TX.

Hilliard, OH Participates in March of Dimes Walk
The Goddard School located in Hilliard, OH participated in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies walk, raising over $400 for the event! The walk benefits preterm babies and their families.

Concord Township, OH Receives Five-Star Status
The Goddard School located in Concord Township, OH received a five-star rating in Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program! Step Up to Quality recognizes early care and educational programs that exceed the quality benchmarks of Ohio’s licensing standards and makes it easy for parents to find great childcare and early learning programs for their children.


Focus On: Lance and Michele Shimomura

May 13th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

We are happy to introduce Lance and Michele Shimomura, on-site owners of The Goddard School® located at 4901 N. Wabash Street in Denver, Colorado.

Lance and Michele are raising three children of their own and recognize the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why they chose The Goddard School. They are proud to offer the opportunity for children to grow through exploration and hands-on learning. Lance received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration, History and Political Science with a minor in German.

Lance volunteers for the Winter Park Volunteer Ski Patrol as well as instructing outdoor emergency care and toboggan skills. Lance and Michele enjoy hiking, hockey, skiing, and being outside together as a family.


Goddard Systems Honors National Teacher of the Year Award Recipients

May 4th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Four Passionate Educators Recognized During National Teacher Appreciation Week

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – May 4, 2015 – Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, honors four extraordinary early childhood educators as their ninth annual “Teacher of the Year” award recipients during National Teacher Appreciation Week on May 4-8, 2015.

Each “Teacher of the Year” honoree from The Goddard School developed a long-term project that has benefitted their classroom, school or community. Projects from the selected teachers include a Good Manners Musical to inspire and reinforce polite behavior; Pen Pal Patriots for children to connect with members from the Armed Forces and learn about patriotism; STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Parent Workshops designed to educate parents on how they can support learning at home; and an Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help raise funds for childhood cancer research.

“At The Goddard School, our Educational Advisory Board and Goddard Systems University push for the highest standards in early childhood education,” says Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “With more than 10,000 Goddard School teachers nationwide, we employ the very best teachers around and we are thrilled to be recognizing this year’s recipients for their passion and dedication in enlightening young minds for future success.”

The following teachers are honored:

Angie Petrillo – Wayne, NJ

Angie Petrillo, pre-kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Wayne, NJ, created a playful and educational program named “Good Manners – A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior.” Students dance and sing their way through lessons as they follow two eccentric knights on a quest to reinstate good manners in a cursed kingdom. With over 60 cast members from 6 weeks to 6 years old and a full set and costumes designed for the Middle Ages, the 30-minute musical play guides the children in discovering polite behavior in a creative and entertaining setting.

Gerianne Holl – Cranberry Township, PA

Gerianne Holl, pre-kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Cranberry Township, PA, created Pen Pal Patriots, a program for children to learn about patriotism and build empathy. Motivated by her family’s military background, Gerianne provided opportunities for her students to send cards and monthly care packages to troops in the U.S. Navy stationed in Bahrain. Conducting “Skyping Days” several times a year, children work together to develop and write questions to learn about the service members as well as wear red, white and blue in support of those away from home.

Ryan Mayes – Goodyear, AZ

Ryan Mayes, preschool teacher at The Goddard School located in Goodyear, AZ, spearheaded STEAM Parent Workshops to educate parents and provide tools for them to reinforce STEAM concepts at home. Because children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun, Ryan incorporates this philosophy into every aspect of teaching.

Valerie Schmitzer – Doylestown II, PA

Valerie Schmitzer, kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Doylestown (Farm Lane), PA, developed a hands-on approach to creating a difference in the world. Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charitable program designed to help fight childhood cancer, has inspired Valerie and her students in creating a Lemonade Stand of their own. With the hopes of raising awareness and helping to find a cure for children battling cancer, Valerie and the children have collaborated in creating the stand, making and selling lemonade. Donating all proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the children learn that they can make a difference by providing hope, and work to set an example to encourage and empower others to do the same.

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The Goddard School® Announces Stephanie Lane As Director Of The Year Honoree

April 29th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Educational Director Of The Goddard School Located In Exton, PA Celebrated With Prestigious Award

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – April 29, 2015The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, today announced the Director of the Year honoree and selected Stephanie Lane from The Goddard School located in Exton, PA to receive this outstanding recognition.

Stephanie Lane, Educational Director at The Goddard School located in Exton, PA, has been a valued, loyal member of the administrative team for over six years and was a dedicated teacher prior to taking on a managerial role. Working side by side with her teaching team, Stephanie’s passion for early education, along with her mantra for making learning meaningful, ensures The Goddard School children receive lesson plans that are purposeful, fun and cohesive. She regularly looks for resources to support and challenge the teachers while acting as a mentor, skilled communicator and active listener. Stephanie and her faculty were energetic participants in the Chess at Three pilot program, a story-based curriculum of enjoyable and fun stories that teaches chess to children starting at 3 years old. Her work with Keystone STARS, an initiative of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, supports her mission to always improve the quality of early childhood education. Thanks to her dedication to excellence and completing her Director Credential, The Goddard School located in Exton, PA has been awarded  STAR 4 status (the highest status available)  by the Keystone STARS program.

“Working alongside passionate and enthusiastic professionals, I am proud to lead The Goddard School in providing outstanding, quality early childhood education,” said Stephanie. “It is an honor to have been chosen as Director of the Year and I look forward to continuing to uphold the standard of excellence that has been set by The Goddard School.

The Director of the Year award program recognizes a director with a minimum of two years of experience, GSI-approved Director Mentor status, consistent Quality Assurance scores of at least 95% in all areas, an education plan that exceeds standards and ongoing participation in Goddard University for the award recipient and faculty.

“For the past seven years, we have recognized on a daily basis the dedication Stephanie exhibits towards the children, the teachers and our Goddard families,” said Wendy Cohen and Melissa Capodanno, co-owners of The Goddard School located in Exton, PA. “Our school has extremely high standards which Stephanie consistently exceeds. This is evidenced by her receiving this distinguished honor of Director of the Year and we are so proud Stephanie is part of our Goddard School family!”

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