GRAND OPENING FOR NEW GODDARD SCHOOL IN VIRGINIA BEACH, VA

July 7th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

-The Goddard School® Holds Grand Opening Celebration on July 19-

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School preschool system, announced today its newest school is opening in the Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach, Va. Located at 2572 Virginia Beach Blvd., the new school is owned by franchisee family Anne Pope and her husband Mike, along with her parents, Don and Melissa O’Brian. In honor of the school, the community is invited a grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 19. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Will Sessoms will be held later in the month.

“We are thrilled to open our new school in the Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach,” said Anne Pope, co-owner of new Goddard School. “The quality and high standard of education that The Goddard School provides for the children is something our family takes pride in and we look forward to sharing the school’s excellence with the community.”

The Goddard School located in Lynnhaven (Virginia Beach) will be celebrating with two different special events. On Saturday, July 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the school will celebrate its grand opening with activities for the whole family to enjoy including outdoor games, pony rides and a DJ on the playground. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Will Sessoms will be held on July 30 at 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the new school in Lynnhaven, Anne and Mike Pope, along with Anne’s parents Don and Melissa O’Brian, also own The Goddard School located in Chesapeake, which opened its doors in March 2005. The family is personally familiar with the brand’s mission not only since they’re already owners, but because Anne and Mike’s youngest child attended and graduated from The Goddard School located in Chesapeake. Don will run business and financial matters while Anne will handle day-to-day operations on-site.

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 preschool system’s success and high satisfaction ratings for more than 25 years.

The Goddard School located in Lynnhaven (Virginia Beach) 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, we are confident the community will quickly recognize and appreciate the outstanding early childhood curriculum at our newest Goddard School in the Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach,” said Joseph Schumacher, chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc. “Our goal is to help develop profitable businesses for franchisees that offer high-quality education for families in neighborhoods and surrounding communities.”

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 13 consecutive years (January 2014).

For additional information about The Goddard School located in Lynnhaven (Virginia Beach), please call 757-631-2062 or email LynnhavenVA@goddardschools.com. Franchising information is available on www.goddardschoolfranchise.com or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

GODDARD SYSTEMS, INC. OPENS NEW SCHOOL IN MT. AIRY, MD

June 30th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School Celebrates Opening on July 12 with Ribbon Cutting and Other Festivities

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announced today its newest school is opening in Mt. Airy, Md. Located at 2002 Back Acre Circle in Mt. Airy, the new school is owned by first time franchisees and Goddard School parents, Gina Del Gandio and her husband Doug. To mark the occasion, the community is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 12. Local dignitaries are expected to attend.

“As Goddard School parents, we strongly believe in the high quality childcare and education this institution provides,” said Gina, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Mt. Airy. “We look forward to welcoming families and are excited to personally share our own wonderful preschool experience with our community.”

The grand opening festivities at The Goddard School located in Mt. Airy will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 12. In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, families will enjoy face painting, indoor and outdoor games, crafts and snow cones provided by The Kona Ice Truck. Families who enroll during this event will receive 50% off the first month’s tuition.

This is the first Goddard School franchise for husband and wife team, Gina and Doug Del Gandio but, since their two children attended The Goddard School located in Urbana, they are personally familiar with the brand’s mission and vision. Gina will oversee day-to-day operations, while Doug will assist with maintenance and marketing from behind the scenes. Prior to franchising with The Goddard School, Gina managed the finance and operations departments for a training and consulting firm, and Doug continues to own and operate a landscape design and build company. The couple’s two children will attend school at the new Mt. Airy location.

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 preschool system’s success and high satisfaction ratings for more than 25 years.

The Mt. Airy 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, we are thrilled to bring the same high-quality early childhood education to Mt. Airy that that we offer families in many other neighborhoods across the nation,” said Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “We are thrilled to open our  newest franchised location and are confident the Mt. Airy community will benefit from the outstanding curriculum at The Goddard School.”

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 13 consecutive years (January 2014).

For additional information about The Goddard School located in Mt. Airy, please call 301-829-5323 or email MtAiryMd@goddardschools.com. Franchising information is available on www.goddardschoolfranchise.com or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

Former Student from The Goddard School located in Eldersburg, MD Awarded with $10,000 to Help with the Rising Costs of College Tuition

The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, today announced Shelby Janicki, who attended The Goddard School located in Eldersburg, MD, is the recipient of its 6th annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any senior in high school who has graduated from The Goddard School Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten program and is awarded annually to a graduate who has demonstrated the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system.

Shelby’s winning submission detailed how The Goddard School influenced her education and career path. Having already been accepted to Towson University, Shelby will be pursuing an English degree majoring in Secondary Education with a minor in Spanish when she begins college this fall. Fabiana Berenguer Gil and Lindsey Franxman who attended The Goddard School in Owings Mills, MD and Crestview Hills, KY respectively, were selected as finalists for the scholarship.

“With the ever-increasing cost of college tuition, we are thrilled to provide an opportunity for graduates of The Goddard School program to reach their goals in higher education,” said Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School. “As Shelby embarks on her college career, we are pleased to recognize her and all that she has accomplished since her days as a preschooler. Just as The Goddard School program is dedicated to helping children develop into confident, joyful and fully prepared students, the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship honors this commitment to the children long after they have left our Schools.”

The Goddard Schools have awarded more than $60,000 to alumni through the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship program that provides opportunities for college-bound alumni to financially benefit from their attendance.

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

Goddard Systems, Inc. Announces Grand Opening of Parkland, Fla. School

May 19th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School Holds Ribbon Cutting on May 29 and Grand Opening Celebration on May 31

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announced today the opening of its newest school in Parkland, Fla. Located at 7827 North University Drive in Parkland, the new school is owned by franchisee team Rima Naik, Pinkesh Desai, Shashin Desai and Mehul Desai. In honor of the school, the community is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, May 29 and a grand opening celebration on Saturday, May 31.

“We are thrilled to open our first Goddard School in Parkland and look forward to meeting new families at the grand opening celebration,” said Rima Naik, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Parkland. “We are  committed to providing the highest quality preschool experience for the families in our community.”

The Parkland-area Goddard School will be celebrating with two different special events. On Thursday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m., the school will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony with local dignitaries including, Mayor Michael Udine, Vice Mayor Christine Hunschofsky, Commissioner David Rosenof, Commissioner Stacy Kagan and City Manager Caryn Gardner-Young. On Saturday, May 31 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. the grand opening will be filled with family-friendly activities such as face painting, balloon animals and even a fire truck for the children to explore.  Parents and children are encouraged to visit and discover the school’s unique F.L.EX.® (Fun Learning Experience) curriculum, meet with highly talented teachers and tour the school. Families who enroll at this event will receive 50% off the first month’s tuition.

In addition to this new school in Parkland, Fla., Shashin Desai and Mehul Desai also own several other schools in North Carolina. When it came time to open their first school in Florida, the Desai’s partnered with Pinkesh and Rima on the business venture. A husband and wife team, Pinkesh and Rima have two young children who will both attend The Goddard School located in Parkland.

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 preschool system’s success and high satisfaction ratings for more than 25 years.

The Parkland 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, we are thrilled that the Parkland community recognizes the high-quality education we offer families in neighborhoods across the nation,” said Joseph Schumacher, chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc. “The list of Parkland-area dignitaries attending the ribbon cutting is indicative of just how important high quality early childhood education is to this community. We are happy to now have a franchised school  in Parkland, Florida.”

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 13 consecutive years (January 2014).

For additional information about The Goddard School located in Parkland, please call 954-345-5001 or email parklandfl@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 Holds Fun-Filled Day to Celebrate Early Childhood Education Franchise Expansion

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announced today the opening of its newest school in Chapel Hill, N.C. Located at 1162 Martin Luker King Jr. Blvd., the new school is owned by franchisee team Seema Naik, Shashin Desai and Mehul Desai. The community is invited to a grand opening celebration on May 3.

“As a proud Goddard School parent, I personally understand the critical importance to families of  high quality childcare and education,” said Seema Naik, onsite owner of The Goddard School located in Chapel Hill. “We are  thrilled to offer The Goddard School brand of excellence to children and their families in Chapel Hill.”

The Chapel Hill Goddard School will be celebrating from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 3rd. The fun-filled day will be complete with family-friendly activities such as arts and crafts, face painting, music and dancing, outdoor activities, refreshments and a magician creating balloon animals. Parents and children are encouraged to visit and discover the school’s unique F.L.EX.® (Fun Learning Experience) curriculum, meet with highly talented teachers and tour the school. Families who enroll at this event will receive 50% off the first month’s tuition.

In addition to the new Goddard School in Chapel Hill, Shashin Desai and Mehul Desai also own the Durham Goddard School, which has been open for more than three years and is also located in North Carolina’s Research Triangle area. When it came time to open their next school, the Desai’s partnered with family member, Seema Naik, on the business venture. Naik, brings experience from the Durham Goddard School and is also a proud parent to two young Goddard School children who will attend the Chapel Hill location.

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 more than 25 years.

The Chapel Hill school opening is part of Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School, plans to expand across the United States to open 30 new schools per year by 2019.

“As we continue to expand across the country, we are delighted to open this newest school because is allows us to share our brand of high quality education we’ve provided for 26 years with even more families nationwide,” said Joseph Schumacher, chief executive officer, GSI. “With it’s deep research and education opportunities, residents in Chapel Hill and the entire Research Triangle clearly value high quality education at all levels. We are confident the community will quickly recognize and appreciate the outstanding early childhood curriculum at our newest Goddard School in Chapel Hill.”

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 Chapel Hill, please call 919-933-9022 or email chapelhillnc@goddardschools.com. Franchising information is available on www.goddardschoolfranchise.com or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

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).