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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.

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.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by March 27

The Goddard School, the leader in franchised educational childcare, is now accepting applications for the 2013 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship (AAMMS). The $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School’s Pre-K or Kindergarten program.

The AAMMS is named in memory of the founder of The Goddard School franchise system, and is given to an alumnus who has demonstrated Martino’s work ethic, perseverance and commitment to the community.

“Tony Martino worked his way up from humble beginnings to achieve great things for his family and community,” said Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer for Goddard Systems, Inc. “At The Goddard School, Martino’s spirit of hard work and creativity is instilled in every child and we’re excited to see the submissions from this year’s applicants.”

To apply for the AAMMS, eligible students must submit a completed scholarship application by March 27, 2013, along with a 30- to 120-second video essay about how their Goddard School experience influenced their career path or education. Video essays should be mailed to 1016 West Ninth Ave, King of Prussia, PA, 19406 – ATTN: Scholarship.

Last year’s scholarship recipient, Emily Moss, is a 1999 graduate of the pre-kindergarten program at The Goddard School located in Dublin, Ohio. She is currently attending Ohio State University.

“My teachers at The Goddard School made learning fun, so I always enjoyed going to school and discovering new things,” said Moss. “Aside from the financial support I’ve received from the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, The Goddard School has also provided me with the foundation to succeed in the classroom. For that I am truly grateful.”

The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. The Goddard School’s talented teachers also collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners.

For more information about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, visit http://www.goddardschool.com/approach-to-education/scholarship. To learn more about The Goddard School, parents are encouraged to visit online at GoddardSchool.com or call 1-800-GODDARD.

 

In this high-tech, fast-paced world, it’s easy to forget the joy and power of play. That’s why The Goddard School, the leader in early childhood education, is celebrating the importance of learning through play with its Block Party event.

On Monday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 6, The Goddard School is encouraging everyone to stop by and play at The Goddard School Block Party. The event, hosted by Goddard Schools across the nation, will focus on a variety of playful learning activities, including the “Largest Game of Simon Says” record attempt on Friday, Oct. 5 at 9:00 AM PDT/12:00PM EDT.

“Playing alone and with others not only builds brain development, it also helps children develop social skills and a sense of ethics,” said Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., Education Advisory Board Member for Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School. “Play helps children learn to solve problems, teaches regulation of emotions, and builds resilience and confidence.”

Current research supports the long-term impact of play-based learning on children. The Goddard School has used this child-focused approach since it opened its first school almost 25 years ago.

“It’s important as early educators to remember to encourage creativity in young children,” said Sue Adair, director of education for GSI. “Our approach is based on accepted research that clearly indicates the deepest, most genuine learning occurs for children through play and fun activities lovingly guided by highly trained teachers.”

The event kicks off in schools this week with a national Cardboard Box Challenge inspired by Caine’s Arcade and Imagination Foundation’s similar mission of celebrating creativity and children’s imaginations of everywhere. Schools across the nation are encouraging their children, faculty and families to create something unique with a cardboard box base. Photos of these creations will be uploaded to The Goddard School Facebook page for public voting during the week of the Block Party.

To learn more about The Goddard School Block Party and The Goddard Schools located in your area, visit www.goddardschool.com/blockparty or call 1-800-GODDARD.

Scholarship Program Recognizes Three Goddard School Alumni for Excellence in Education

Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School®, has named Emily Moss of Dublin, OH, the 2012 recipient of the fifth 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. This year’s other finalists included Haley Carley of Dublin, OH and Kristyn Tremblay of Mahwah, NJ.

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.

This year, for the very first time, 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 will receive $10,000 to use toward their education at an accredited college or university. The two runners up will each receive a $250 Goddard School American Express 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 an excellent work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community,” says Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer for Goddard Systems, Inc. “We know we have many alumni who meet the criteria and we are delighted to recognize Emily, Haley and Kristyn as they embark on their college careers.”

Winner Emily Moss attended The Goddard School located at 6239 Perimeter Drive in Dublin, OH and graduated from the school’s Pre-Kindergarten program in 1999. Moss, also a graduate of Dublin Jerome High School with an outstanding academic background, has been deeply involved in a variety of extra-curricular sports, clubs and volunteer activities. Moss will be attending Ohio State University in the fall and plans to study in the school’s honors program for neuroscience.

“The Goddard School always encouraged me to try new things and helped shape me into the well rounded individual that I am today,” said Moss. “I am thrilled to have been selected for this scholarship and recognized by Goddard Systems for my academic achievement.”

Finalist Harley Carley attended The Goddard School located at 6239 Perimeter Drive in Dublin, OH and graduated from the school’s Pre-Kindergarten program in 2000. Carley, a graduate of Dublin Coffman High School, has volunteered more than 100 hours at her area Ronald McDonald House. She was involved in a variety of extra-curricular activities and was named valedictorian of her class. Carley will be attending Emory University in the fall and plans to study anthropology and human biology.

“When I first went to The Goddard School, we had just moved from West Virginia, and it was a great way to meet people my own age,” said Carley. “The Goddard School helped me develop my people skills and think outside the box through different creative learning activities.”

Finalist Kristyn Tremblay attended The Goddard School located at 150 Hilltop Road in Ramsey, NJ and graduated from the school’s Pre-Kindergarten program in 1998. Tremblay, a graduate of Mahwah High School, has a superior academic background and has also been deeply involved in a variety of high school sports including soccer, basketball and lacrosse. Tremblay will be attending Towson University in the fall and plans to study marketing and fashion merchandising.

“From a young age, The Goddard School taught me to be independent and to work well with others,” said Tremblay. “The school also gave me the foundation to be a hard-working student, a committed teammate and a loyal friend. “

To view the video of the finalists, please visit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuSNYVi0K1w.

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

The Goddard School® Announces National Teacher of the Year Honorees

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School, held its sixth annual “Teacher of the Year” competition in conjunction with National Teacher Appreciation Week, May 7th – 11th, and has selected four exceptional early childhood educators for recognition.

“For the past six years, GSI has received numerous outstanding nominations for our Teacher of the Year competition. Each year, we are absolutely impressed with the phenomenal projects our Goddard School teachers are implementing,” said Sue Adair, GSI Director of Education. “Chosen from more than 8,000 Goddard School teachers, we are honored to have these four educators as a part of our system and we are thrilled to recognize them for their accomplishments.”

GSI received “Teacher of the Year Award” nominations from all across the country, including those from Goddard School owners and education directors as well as recommendations from parents, peers and, in some cases even children.  In addition to the recognition, the teachers received a cash prize and a gift package from GSI.

The Goddard School “Teacher of the Year” honorees each developed ongoing projects that benefit their classrooms, schools and communities. The following teachers were honored:

Beckie Comeau developed a Lending Library to help encourage early literacy and accelerate reading at home. Comeau, a pre-kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Auburn, MA, developed the idea after several children asked to borrow books from the school’s “exploration room.”  The children were so excited and eager to borrow books and this was a natural progression.  After receiving donated books from families and other programs, the Lending Library has become an anticipated weekly event that takes place in six of the school’s nine classrooms.  Children are encouraged to choose a book to borrow, they receive a “due date” stamp and then take the book home.  Best of all, the Lending Library has helped busy parents and families spend more time together and to share the love of reading.

Megan Kellie of The Goddard School located in Oxford, MI, implemented a Buddy Program between the preschool and kindergarten classes.  Her motivation was to help build the children’s confidence and prevent bullying.  The project pairs a kindergarten child with a preschool “buddy” and the two classes come together to participate in various activities with their buddies.  The kindergarteners read stories to their buddies, and the two classes have made Valentines and art projects for each other.  The older children have an opportunity to be positive role models, and the younger children gain confidence from their older peers’ examples.

Morgan Cooper of The Goddard School located in Horsham, PA, developed the Growing a Healthy Future program in her First Steps classroom. The goal of this program was to immerse the children in hands-on gardening activities that build upon developing motor skills, independence and fostering a love of nature. Throughout the year, the children engage in several gardening activities and participate by filling garden beds with soil, planting and watering seeds, observing the plants grow, watching insects enjoy the plants, harvesting their crops and finally “cooking” with them in the healthy eating program.  The garden beds are altered each season to grow appropriate plants and healthy food.  Mini lessons are prepared each week that include gardening and its connection with nature, health, food, science and family life.

Robin Coatney created the Daisy the Deer program to further a school/home connection as well as parent involvement.  A preschool class teacher at The Goddard School located in Parker, CO, Coatney strongly encourages the involvement of the parents in her classroom as well as others by having Daisy the Deer as an ongoing inclusive outside family project.  The project was started to welcome families into the classroom and encourage them to partner with The Goddard School to promote the involvement of academics at home.  Children in Coatney’s classroom have the opportunity to participate by taking “Daisy” home for the weekend.  When “Daisy” returns, the children share stories about her adventures with their family.

Nation’s No. 1 Childcare Brand Showcases Commitment to Community and Military

Last month, children at more than 380 Goddard School locations throughout the country participated in the Goddard Community Games, a week-long celebration focused on play-based learning and friendship. As a part of the celebration, children colored, painted and decorated more than 15,000 postcards with heart-warming messages of thanks to send to the U.S. military.

“It’s the little things that make big differences,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “Through our messages, we hope to put a smile on the face of people who are or have represented our country.”

Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School, sent the 15,000 postcards to A Million Thanks, a year-round campaign to show appreciation for U.S. Military men and women, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication and service to our country through letters, emails, cards and prayers.

The Sugar Land, Texas location led all Goddard Schools by creating 373 postcards, followed by Grove City, Ohio at 260 and Gaithersburg, Maryland at 249.

Additionally, Goddard Systems created an online video showcasing the children’s artistic postcards. Watch the video by clicking here.