- Early Childhood Education Franchise Plans Aggressive Five-Year Expansion -

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® system, announced today a strong 2013 with the awarding of 41 new franchise agreements to qualified franchisees and the opening of 18 schools in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington.

This momentum is part of GSI’s expansion plan targeting communities across the country.  The company has set a five-year development goal of awarding 60 new franchise agreements and opening 30 new schools per year by 2019.

“Our expansion in 2013 marks the beginning of our effort to open dozens of new Goddard School franchises nationwide,” said Joseph Schumacher, president and chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc.  “The demand for childcare is at an all-time high. Over 15 million children in the U.S. require some form of childcare arrangement*, and this, coupled with our unique play-based approach to learning as well as our unprecedented franchisee support, will help propel system growth in 2014 and beyond.”

GSI launched 2014 with a targeted franchise development strategy focused on eight markets including Boston, Mass.; Houston, Texas; Minneapolis, Minn.; Seattle, Wash.; Portland, Ore.; Philadelphia, Pa.; Hartford, Conn.; and New York City (Manhattan).  The company is seeking qualified franchisees with a minimum net worth of $450,000 and liquidity of $150,000.  No education experience is necessary.

The Goddard School franchise 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.

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 12 years. Goddard School franchisees benefit from a strong average EBITDA*** of $240,631** per location, manageable hours and GSI’s unmatched support with real estate, site development, operations, IT, marketing, advertising, quality assurance and training to ensure smooth school operations.

“At Goddard Systems, we focus relentlessly on supporting our franchisees in every aspect of their business,” said Schumacher. “This focus enables our franchisees to inspire success among the more than 45,000 students they influence every day. Our support, coupled with our responsible and reasonable development plan, will enable The Goddard School system to solidify its leadership position in the industry and in communities across the country.”

Interested candidates should expect the initial investment to open a Goddard School to range from $600,010 to $707,410, depending on real estate and other expenses. Additional information is available on www.goddardschoolfranchise.com or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

*Source: Child Care Aware of America: Child Care in America 2012 State Fact Sheets (June 2012) as sourced from U.S. Census Bureau. (2011). American Community Survey, 2008-2010 three-year estimates. Retrieved May 30, 2012, from http://www.census.gov.

**Average based on mature franchises (those open over 18 months) in 2012.  As stated in Item 19 of GSI’s Franchise Disclosure Document.  154 of 369 (41.7%) of mature franchises did as well or better than the average.  Your individual results may differ.  There is no assurance you’ll earn as much.

***Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization.

 

Early Childhood Education Franchise Plans Aggressive Local Expansion

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® system, announced plans to expand in the Boston metro area and southeastern New Hampshire over the next several years. GSI is actively seeking qualified candidates to open 30 new schools in the South End and East Boston, Norwood, Massachusetts, and Nashua and Manchester, New Hampshire, among others.

This is part of GSI’s expansion plan to target specific communities across the country. The company has set a five-year development goal of awarding 60 new franchise agreements and opening 30 new schools per year by 2019. Two real estate sites are immediately available for qualified franchisees in Hingham and Charlestown, Mass.

“We’re seeking franchisees in Boston and New Hampshire to join a thriving early childhood education franchise with unmatched support, while inspiring children in their local community,” said Joseph Schumacher, president and chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc. “As we continue to expand, our goal is to help develop profitable businesses for franchisees and offer high-quality education for families in neighborhoods around Boston and surrounding communities.”

The company currently has 13 Goddard School locations in the greater Boston area, which covers Massachusetts (Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester counties) and New Hampshire (Hillsborough and Rockingham counties).

The Goddard School 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.

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 12 years. Goddard Systems’ franchisees benefit from a strong average EBITDA** of $240,631* per location, manageable hours in a recession-resistant business and GSI’s unmatched operations and marketing support. The company is seeking qualified franchisees with a minimum net worth of $450,000 and liquidity of $150,000.  No education experience is necessary.

Additional information is available on www.goddardschoolfranchise.com or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

*Average based on mature franchises (those open over 18 months) in 2012. As stated in Item 19 of GSI’s Franchise Disclosure Document.  154 of 369 (41.7%) of mature franchises did as well or better than the average.  Your individual results may differ.  There is no assurance you’ll earn as much. **Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization.

$10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship Recipient Announced for 2013

June 14th, 2013 by The Franchise Development Team

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.

The philanthropic campaign kicked off The Goddard School’s 25th anniversary celebration

To celebrate 25 years of service as the leader in early childhood education, The Goddard School kicked off its festivities with a special philanthropic campaign to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®).

To commemorate its milestone anniversary, Goddard Schools nationwide participated in a variety of fundraising activities to support their local RMHC Chapters. In total, more than $185,000 was raised. Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School, contributed a gift of $25,000 to help provide families a “home-away-from-home” while their child receives specialized medical treatment far from home through the Ronald McDonald House® program.

“At The Goddard School, providing children with the opportunities for long-term success in school and in life is the focus of everything we do, so supporting  RMHC seemed like the perfect way to celebrate that mission,” said Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer for GSI. “We are extremely proud of each of the nearly 400 Goddard Schools across the nation that helped us with this effort. This clearly demonstrates that when we work together, we can accomplish great things for our communities.”

In addition to collecting monetary donations, children at The Goddard School created birthday cards for their local RMHC Chapters. The birthday cards will be distributed throughout the year by RMHC directors to pediatric patients or family members celebrating birthdays during their hospital stay.

“With the unwavering support of donors like The Goddard School, at RMHC we are able to make a positive impact in the lives of children through our family-centered programs and services,” said J.C. Gonzalez-Mendez, president and CEO, RMHC.

“Our support of RMHC was the perfect opportunity to get the children involved and teach them the importance of giving back to their community,” said Paula Beverage, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Independence, Ohio. Her school collected pop tabs, auctioned off the children’s artwork and hosted a silent auction to raise more than $3,000 for the Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland.

For Michelle Sims, Quality Assurance Representative at GSI, the partnership between The Goddard School and RMHC had personal significance. When her daughter was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in 2004, Sims was referred to a pediatric specialist in New York. Unable to afford the constant commute between New York and their home in Florida, the Sims family spent more than five years in and out of the Ronald McDonald House in New York.

“Honestly, we would have never been able to afford to stay in New York for the amount of time we did if it weren’t for the Ronald McDonald House,” said Sims. “Because of the cutting-edge treatment my daughter was able to receive, her life has been saved. I hope people understand this partnership isn’t just about fundraising; it is about making a real, meaningful difference in the lives of families.”

For more information, visit www.goddardschools.com.

The Goddard School® Announces $10K Scholarship

February 5th, 2013 by The Franchise Development Team

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.

 

The Goddard School 2012 National Franchisee Convention

December 11th, 2012 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School Franchisee Convention

For the past 25 years, The Goddard School has nurtured children into respectful, confident and joyful learners, and Goddard is focused on raising the bar even higher over the next 25 years.

To kick off the 25th anniversary in 2013, more than 400 Goddard School franchisees attended the 2012 Goddard School National Franchisee Convention in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to discuss the latest innovations and advancements for providing the highest quality, play-based educational childcare programs in a technology-driven age.

Inspired by The Goddard School philosophy of learning through play for its children and families, the convention blended education and fun to motivate, inspire and energize franchisees.

During the four-day meeting, Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School unveiled new technological tools to help enhance ongoing collaboration with parents. One new tool, Goddard Family Connect, is a web-based portal that will allow parents to engage in real time with the school and their child’s teachers.

The Goddard School uses technology as a tool to engage children in the classroom and also to collaborate with and support parents.  Goddard Family Connect provides families with an interactive resource for daily activity reports for each child, school calendars, important forms and a new online payment center.

In addition to the launch of new technology, GSI introduced an evolved brand, including a new logo, which will be rolled out to local schools in 2013 for the brand’s 25th anniversary.

The Goddard School® Celebrates the Power of Play with Nationwide Block Party

September 27th, 2012 by The Franchise Development Team

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.

Communicating with Employees

September 11th, 2012 by The Franchise Development Team

In order for companies to be successful, they need to work like well-oiled machines. One of the steps toward making this happen is a building a positive relationship between you and your employees.

A simple step in the right direction could be physically visiting the employee with instructions instead of hiding behind an email message. By actually seeing you, employees can get a lot more information simply from how you speak with them. They can see your optimism or your excitement. Email has a way of stripping emotion from the message.

Talking with an employee face-to-face can also open a path for discussion and questions.  This may eliminate the need to email back and forth.