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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 School Sparks STEM Interest Early
For The Goddard School located in Gaithersburg MD, it’s never too early to talk about STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math), specifically, robots. The School’s robotics curriculum is designed to foster an interest in STEM learning early in life.

Baltimore Market Raises the Bar with 45K+ Book Donation
Goddard Schools in the Baltimore area banded together to collect 45,137 new and gently used books, more than doubling their initial goal of 20,000 books. The market donated the books to the Maryland Book Bank, an organization that distributes books to local children in need. Read the full story here.

Goddard School Franchisees Sponsor Hugs for Brady Gala
Bruce and Lisa Goodarz, owners of The Goddard School located in North Brunswick, NJ, sponsored the Hugs for Brady Gala for the second consecutive year! The Hugs for Brady Foundation is dedicated to helping children with childhood cancers.

Ohio Children Celebrate STEAM Learning
The Goddard School located in Uniontown, OH and The Goddard School located in Jackson Township, OH each held a week-long science fair to help children develop a passion for STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) while encouraging them to collaborate, communicate and think critically and creatively.

 

Preschoolers Unite To Help Encourage A Happier, Healthier Earth

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – April 20, 2015The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, announces their 5th annual Root for Earth campaign. Taking place in more than 400 Goddard School preschools across the nation, Root for Earth aims to teach children and families about the importance of eco-conscious stewardship as well as raise environmental awareness in their communities.

The Goddard School children will participate in hands-on learning activities including building community gardens, recycled fashion runways and more. Each year, the schools participate in an Upcycling Challenge which fosters creativity and imagination by engaging children to create new projects out of unwanted materials. Photos of the “green” creations will be shared on The Goddard School National Facebook Page where the public can vote for their favorite project until Friday, April 24. Winners will be announced on Monday, April 27. As a symbol of unity and environmental awareness, the week-long campaign from Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24 will include the “Lights Out!” initiative. Each school across the nation will shut off all non-essential lighting for an hour beginning at 10 a.m. local time on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22.

“Early environmental education helps shape children’s values, perspectives and understanding of the planet and how to interact with it. At The Goddard School, we teach children about how to play a critical role in protecting and preserving what the Earth has given us.” said Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “Root for Earth acts as catalyst for our children to put forth an active effort and blossom into eco-conscious stewards.”

“The benefits of gardening are endless for young children. The opportunity to develop 21st century skills, like critical thinking and creativity, are presented when kids work toward a goal, such as weeding and watering before the harvest, or writing stories about their garden,” says Dave Snyder, manager of facilities and playgrounds at Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School. “Children learn cognitive skills including mathematics and science by documenting and measuring the growth of plants, and they can exercise their fine and gross motor skills through use of simple gardening tools. Though gardens are minimal in cost to create, they offer a wealth of developmental opportunities.”

At The Goddard School, environmental responsibility does not begin and end with the Root for Earth campaign. The Goddard School curriculum includes year-round eco-friendly and nature focused activities that aid children in exploring and fostering their curiosity for the world around them.

For more information on The Goddard School and the Root for Earth campaign, visit www.goddardschool.com.

Mistakes Aren’t Always a Bad Thing

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

“Contrary to popular belief, making a mistake at work isn’t always a bad thing.” Read why Goddard Systems’ CEO, Joe Schumacher, actually appreciates when his employees make mistakes in this Business Insider article by Jacquelyn Smith: http://ow.ly/LGU6q.

Classrooms Kept Clean With High-Tech Solution
Alpharetta Neighbor featured The Goddard School located in Alpharetta, GA for its use of high-tech sanitation equipment. The eco-friendly devices remove 99.9% of common bacteria and viruses from various classroom objects such as toys, using ozone created from ambient air and less than one half ounce of water to sanitize hard and soft items without exposing them to chemicals.

Preschoolers Learn to Say “Nín hăo” and More in Mandarin Chinese
The Goddard School located in Collierville, TN partnered with the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis to bring a Mandarin Chinese foreign language program to its students. Within the first few weeks of the program’s inception, children were counting to ten, naming shapes and exchanging greetings in Mandarin. Click here to learn more.

Now Open! Macungie, PA (Philadelphia Market)
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is excited to announce its newest School opening – The Goddard School located in Macungie, PA. This location marks the first School opened in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Franchisee Jill Woosnam spoke with LehighValleyLive.com about the opening and The Goddard School’s unique, play-based curriculum.

Here’s what Jill says about bringing The Goddard School to the area:

“I decided to franchise with The Goddard School because of the positive experiences I had as a teacher, so I knew I wanted to continue educating young children in a positive learning environment,” she said. “I’m proud to bring The Goddard School’s prestigious program to families throughout the area.”

Year-Long Partnership Promotes Tolerances, Diversity, Teamwork and Technology
The Goddard School located in Third Lake, IL partnered with SEDOL (Special Education District of Lake County) to complete a year-long program promoting tolerance, diversity, teamwork and technology. The kindergarteners sold homemade baked goods and bracelets at their Valentine’s Day Dance and donated all proceeds to SEDOL.

 

Van and Huy Phan, franchise owners of The Goddard School located on N. Higley Road in Gilbert, AZ, were recently featured in Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise Players Q&A interview column. The Phans discuss how, after coming to the U.S. as refugees, they both built successful careers and found success in franchising. Click here to read the full interview.

Fran Lubbs Welcomes Community To New Goddard School

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, has opened a school in Royersford, Pa. located at 197 Royersford Road. The new school is owned and operated by long-time active community member, Fran Lubbs, who has spearheaded numerous local charitable initiatives in the area for many years. Along with her husband, Fran has also owned and operated a location in Wayne, Pa. since 2001, illustrating her deep experience with running a successful preschool.

Having been immersed in The Goddard School preschool system for nearly two decades, Fran Lubbs is the ideal owner and operator for the new Goddard School in Royersford. Her journey with Goddard first began in the corporate office’s quality assurance department, which then quickly transitioned to curriculum development and finally, franchisee training. Fran’s expertise in both the education and business side of running a school further illustrates her keen ability to successfully manage the new location. Inspired by the nurturing environment The Goddard School creates for its students, Fran’s decision to franchise with Goddard and operate her own location comes highly lauded by the company. The educational director at this location, Meghan Stumpf, is also highly accredited with 9 years of experience working with The Goddard School as well as a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

The new Goddard School in Royersford will also hold a grand opening event on Saturday, March 7th from 11am to 1pm. This free event is open to all families and children in the local community. The Springfield Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance during the ribbon cutting ceremony and at 11:30am, the school will feature a musical program. The Grand Opening will also highlight special incentives for families who enroll that day including a week of free tuition! In keeping with Fran’s altruistic nature, the school will also be donating to a local childhood cancer research foundation during the Grand Opening.

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 over 26 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.

“With my background in education prior to joining Goddard, I’ve always believed that children learn best through play, which made the choice to franchise with The Goddard School an easy one,” said franchisee, Fran Lubbs. “I am more than ready to continue my journey in nurturing the children in the community, seeing them grow and become thoughtful learners.”

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 Royersford, Pa. is located at 197 Royersford Road. To reach this location, please call 610-948-1208 or email RoyersfordPA@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschools.com

#1 Preschool Franchise On Track to Open 20 New Schools In 2015

Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, reports that 2014 was another year of continued growth for the brand having opened 17 new schools across the country. In an aggressive expansion effort, Goddard Systems awarded 30 new licenses in 2014 and plans to award 40 in 2015 putting the brand in an excellent place to achieve both its 20 openings for 2015 and five-year development objective of 150 new schools by 2020.

In the past five years, franchisees of Goddard Systems have opened 90 schools and Goddard Systems is on track to develop 150 more franchised units in the next five years, bringing 4,500 new jobs to communities across the United States that will service approximately 20,000 new families. With three schools already opened during the first quarter of 2015, the franchise is set to sustain its expansion plans for the rest of the coming year. Over the past five years, The Goddard School preschool system experienced a 38 percent increase in revenue, signaling a steadily rising focus and demand for early childhood development and education. As the company prepares to enter under-served urban markets in addition to suburban areas through its franchisees, Goddard Systems predicts rapid growth in its sector and a continued presence as a leader in the early childhood education industry.

The Goddard School preschool is renowned for its distinct dual-management system, in which franchise owners are onsite at each location, working with an educational director, whose main focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. 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.

“Increases in the number of dual-income families and the desire to provide children with early educational opportunities has increased the demand for early childhood education and consequently led to growth in the number of our franchised schools,” said Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of Goddard Systems, Inc. “The Goddard School has experienced tremendous growth, surpassing the number of the previous year’s openings as an increased focus is on fostering early childhood development and learning.”

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).

For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschools.com

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Elmwood Park Community

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (February 26, 2015) — Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school is open for enrollment in Elmwood Park, NJ. Located at 301 Riverfront Blvd., Suite 1, Elmwood Park, NJ, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Olga Dubinsky.

Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Dubinsky worked in various industries such as real estate and catering sales. After hearing about the success of The Goddard School brand, Dubinsky decided to open her own school in the area.

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 over 26 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.

“I decided to franchise with The Goddard School because of its stellar brand recognition, prestigious program and highly rated franchise support system,” said franchisee, Olga Dubinsky. “I know Elmwood Park residents will embrace The Goddard School and all it has to offer to local families.”

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 Elmwood Park, NJ is located at 301 Riverfront Blvd., Suite 1, Elmwood Park, NJ. To reach this location, please call (201) 468-9841 or email elmwoodparknj@goddardschools.com.  For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschools.com

 

2014 Franchisee Business Review Survey Results Are In
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School, strives to provide its franchisees with the absolute best support. GSI regularly solicits feedback from its franchisees in the form of an anonymous, third-party survey in order to further improve upon its processes. GSI also releases the results of the survey in an effort to be as transparent as possible. GSI encourages all potential franchisees to not only talk to current franchisees about their experiences but to also review the opinions of the entire Goddard system. See the results of the 2014 Franchise Business Review survey here.

Goddard Systems, Inc. Calls for Applicants for $10,000 Scholarship
GSI is now accepting applications for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. The $10,000 college scholarship is annually awarded to a Goddard School graduate who has demonstrated the work ethic and perseverance exemplified by Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system. Click here to read more about the scholarship.

Chicago-Area Goddard Schools Collect More Than 25,000+ More Books, Resulting in Two Year Total of 70,000 Books for Children Less Fortunate
Children at Chicago-area Goddard Schools helped to collect more than 25,000 new and gently used books for Bernie’s Book Bank, an organization that distributes books to at-risk children across the Chicago region. Read more here.

The Goddard School Located in Sparks, NV Collects 1,240 Pounds of Food for Food Drive
The Goddard School located in Sparks, NV recently completed their annual Super Bowl Can Drive, collecting 1,240 pounds of food! The School holds their food drive every year during the 3 weeks before the Super Bowl. Click here to read more.

A quote from Goddard Systems CEO Joe Schumacher has been featured in “10 Productivity Secrets Entrepreneurs Say Really Work” in Business News Daily. Click here to check it out.