Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Steiner Ranch Community

AUSTIN, TX (February 2, 2015)— Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school is open for enrollment in Austin, TX. Located at 5145 North FM 620, Austin, TX 78732, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Jennifer Burton.

Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Burton worked as a teacher in the Pflugerville Independent School District for eight years. She taught pre-Kindergarten through second grade. After seeing her colleagues’ children enjoy the experiences they gained after attending The Goddard School, Burton decided to open a location in Steiner Ranch.

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’ve always wanted to run my own business, so to combine my passion of education with the great reputation of The Goddard School was a perfect fit,” said franchisee, Jennifer Burton. “The Goddard School strives to provide a fun and enriching learning experience and I am proud to bring this concept to families looking for a great educational program in Austin.”

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 at Steiner Ranch located in Austin, TX is located at 5145 North FM 620, Austin, TX 78732. To reach this location, please call (512) 910-8456 or email SteinerRanchTX@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschools.com

 

Focus On: Julie Bunton

January 28th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

We are happy to introduce Julie Bunton, on-site owner of The Goddard School® located at 11222 Olive Blvd. in Creve Coeur, MO.

Based on her six plus years of experience working at another Goddard School location, Julie recognizes the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why she chose to open a Goddard School of her own. Julie, a St. Louis-area resident, is happy to be able to provide The Goddard School’s outstanding program to the children in the community.

Julie is actively involved in various charity events in the community. She’s also involved with Little League Tee Ball and volunteers as a children’s Zumba instructor. She enjoys taking her boat out on the lake and spending time walking and playing with her dogs.

 

The Goddard School® in the News: January 2015

January 15th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Dr. Craig Bach and Viral Davé Discuss the Importance of Gratitude with Atlanta Public Affairs Radio
Dr. Craig Bach, VP, Education for Goddard Systems, Inc., and Viral Davé, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Atlanta II, GA, joined Atlanta Public Affairs host Matt Jones to discuss why teaching gratitude is important and how it can set children up for success later in life. Click here to listen to the segment.

Richmond-Area Goddard Schools Support the CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation
Goddard Schools in the Richmond area banded together to support the CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation. The children at the Schools decorated holiday ornaments to auction, held a bake sale and hosted a spaghetti dinner to raise money. CBS Virginia This Morning and Richmondmom showcased the Schools’ efforts.

Children from The Goddard School Located in Mason, OH Selected to Recite Pledge of Allegiance
B105 Radio selected the children in the pre-k class at The Goddard School located in Mason (Deerfield Township), OH to recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the station’s Salute Your Troops program. Check out the full segment here.

The Goddard School Located in Mechanicsville, VA Raises $3,300 for Cancer Center
Congratulations to The Goddard School located in Mechanicsville, VA for raising $3,300 for the Massey Cancer Center. The directors, teachers, families and community worked together to raise the money.

Toy Test in the News
The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test is still making the news. The Toy Test was recently featured in several news segments, including: Centerville, OH; Friendswood, TX; Lake Ridge, VA; and  Newark, DE.

 

The Goddard School is a 2015 Top Franchise Opportunity

January 12th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School is one of 2015’s Top Franchise Opportunities according to Franchise Business Review. Click here to read more and learn what it takes to make the list.

Cedar Park, TX STEM Event Featured on ABC

January 6th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Butch and Maria Aggen, franchisees of The Goddard School located in Cedar Park, TX, recently held a STEM-focused event where the children designed ways for an egg to survive a 25-foot drop from a bucket truck. ABC affiliate KVUE covered the event.

 

The Goddard School In the News: December 2014

December 16th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

Dr. Kyle Pruett and Dr. Jack Maypole Discuss Children’s Mealtime Struggles in The Huffington Post
A recent article in The Huffington Post featured Dr. Kyle Pruett and and Dr. Jack Maypole’s thoughts on encouraging children to try new foods. Dr. Pruett and Dr. Maypole serve on The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board, which is one of the many resources that Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) provides to support its franchisees.

The Goddard School Announces Top Toy of the Year
Across the nation, preschoolers at The Goddard School tested and voted for their favorite educational toys during The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. The top 10 were then put to a public vote. The Giant Roller Ramps – Starter Set by Lakeshore Learning Materials was voted number one! GSI will donate 100 of these sets to Toys for Tots.

New Goddard School Opened in Pleasant Prairie, WI
GSI is excited to announce its newest School opening – The Goddard School located in Pleasant Prairie, WI! This location marks the 2nd Goddard School in Wisconsin and the 419th overall location in the country. Franchisee Sarah Hall spoke with BizTimes.com about the opening, The Goddard School’s unique curriculum and the importance of GSI’s Educational Advisory board.

The Goddard School Located in Highland Heights Holds ‘Turkey Trot’ to Encourage Fitness
The Goddard School located in Highland Heights, OH held its first-ever ‘Turkey Trot’ to burn off Thanksgiving calories. The event teaches children the importance of physical fitness and encourages them to stay active. The tiny trotters even had bib numbers and received medals when they crossed the finish line.

Toy Test in the News
The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test is still making the news. The Toy Test was recently featured in several news segments, including Concord, NC; Lynhhaven, VA; Medfield, MA; Overland Park II, KS; and Tampa II, FL.

 

Focus On: Toby Noyes

December 12th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

We are happy to introduce Toby Noyes, onsite owner of The Goddard School® located at 22010 Frederick Road, in Clarksburg, MD.

Toby and his wife are raising two children of their own and recognize the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment. His family is the basis for the reason that Toby chose The Goddard School. Having lived in the area for over nineteen years, he is happy to be able to provide The Goddard School’s outstanding program to the children in his community.

Toby serves as a board member of the Roland Park Country School, is active with Habitat for Humanity and supports local charitable organizations including Family and Children’s Services and Family Tree of Maryland.

 

Goddard School Franchisee Visited a Tennessee Radio Station

December 8th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

Cathy Jo Mattson, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Collierville, TN, recently visited radio station KWAM, “The Voice of Memphis,” to discuss the importance of play-based learning, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) learning and more. Click here to listen to her segment.

 

Dr. Jack Maypole Gives Sleep Advice in The Huffington Post

November 25th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

A recent article in The Huffington Post featured Dr. Jack Maypole’s advice for helping children get a good night’s sleep. Dr. Maypole serves on The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board, which is one of the many resources that GSI provides to support its franchisees. Read the full story here.

 

Goddard School Franchisees Featured in Franchising World

November 19th, 2014 by The Franchise Development Team

Brad and Risa May, franchisees of two Goddard Schools located in Chantilly, VA, were recently interviewed by Franchising World in an article about the softening lending environment. It can be easier to secure financing if your business is part of a successful franchise such as The Goddard School®. Read the full story here.