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-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.

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.

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.

“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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- 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.

 

Originally posted by 1851 Franchise Project

If prospective franchisees are looking for signs of economic hope before venturing into franchise ownership, they don’t need to look far. “Simply look at the most recent franchisees in the brand you are exploring,” said Tony Padulo, Vice President of Franchise Development at Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School.

“The mood is very positive, especially compared to the mood over the last few years,” he explained. “The economy is still challenging, but our leads are less hesitant in the process and more optimistic. They are much more forward moving this year over last.”

The Goddard School has experienced an uptick in franchise opportunity interest this year, including 14 signed deals. Additionally, on the real estate side, 10 new sites were signed for Goddard School locations, up from 5 at the same point last year.

“We have been pleasantly pleased with our development so far,” Padulo noted. “Our goal is to sign 36 new agreements this year, and we are on track.”

In agreement with this positive outlook is Eric Little, Senior Vice President of Franchise Development for Right at Home.

“We are experiencing a very positive shift in the mood of our prospective, brand new and existing franchise owners,” Little concurred. “Just last week we awarded six locations to three franchisees. New franchisees are coming to the table thinking about their own growth much quicker than before.”

Little said that in the past, franchisees would wait several years before purchasing additional territory. This year, franchisees who are just finishing up their first year are looking at multi-unit ownership as a possibility, and new franchise owners are doing the same.

“There is new optimism for franchise owners,” he said. “The mood shifts are definitely signs of improvement.”

Cautiously optimistic is Matt Haller, Vice President, Public Affairs and Chief of Staff to the President & CEO for the International Franchise Association. He said that, while the sentiment is improving, there is still an asterisk to note.

“The mood has improved slightly as franchisors are generally more optimistic about growth in 2012 versus 2011. However, credit access and uncertainty regarding tax rates beyond 2012 continue to hold the industry back from its full potential for growth,” Haller said. “With additional access to capital and more certainty on tax rates, the industry would be well-positioned to reach its forecast for modest 1.6 percent growth in new establishments this year.”

By Stephen Markley
RedEye Chicago

In 2008, Jason Pullukat, 33, decided to move from his job in the corporate world at Kraft foods to become the owner of a franchise of the Goddard School in Lincoln Park. Located on Armitage and Clifton avenues, the school–serving children from six weeks to six years–opened this past week. RedEye ‘Hoods sat down with Pullukat to ask him what it was like to make a drastic career change at the age of 30, and what it’s like to go from corporate meetings to running a preschool.

Talk a little bit about your background in the corporate world. What made you make the switch to education?

“My mom ran preschool centers, so I was always around it growing up. In 2007 I decided I wanted to get out of the corporate world and try something else. I saw the need for quality early-childhood education in Chicago. The trend was parents moving from the city to the suburbs for that education. There wasn’t a huge supply here in the city, and Goddard’s reputation stands for itself.

I’m focused on being in the office, on site every day, handling the payroll, the marketing, the advertising — the business, really. Usually schools have one director who has to wear two hats. Our educational director to handles the curriculum, and I’m on sight at all times doing the business aspects.

I was doing both jobs for a while, and I didn’t leave Kraft until October 2010.”

Were you hesitant at all being a male in a predominantly female profession?

“Being a younger male in this kind of profession, it was always in the back of my mind. But I talked to a lot of male [school] owners and asked how they felt. I don’t think there’s any negative perception about it, not like maybe there used to be. It’s the same trust: everyone’s coming in with a smile and leaving with a smile. Also, it’s that male role model that children can see even at a young age.”

As a young person, did it make you nervous to make such a drastic career move?

“Any time you’re leaving what you know — which in my case was corporate America — it’s a big deal. You ask questions. It’s the same as going from Kraft to working at a newspaper; it’s a whole different industry. Now I’ve left what I know, I don’t have the paycheck coming in every week. Now every dollar I earn is based on how I perform.”

Why did you choose Lincoln Park for the school franchise?

“We looked at 50 or 60 different sites and didn’t sign the papers on this location until the end of 2009. We began the construction shortly after, combining a vacant lot and an existing building on Seminary. Parents don’t expect a private institution on Armitage.

We definitely saw that demand [for private preschool] in Lincoln Park, and finding a place right on Armitage by the Brown and Purple Line — that’s the perfect location. You have many young professionals in this neighborhood. We want to convince them to stay instead of leaving for the suburbs.”

What does Goddard offer parents and children?

“All of our lead teachers have bachelor’s [degrees] at minimum. We have that great location, private playgrounds (so we’re not taking 50 children to a park), library resources, and organic and local lunch options.

Then besides the core curriculum — math, science, writing — we have enrichment programs like sign language, yoga, music, manners, world cultures, art history and foreign languages like Spanish and Mandarin. And it’s all built into the tuition. We’re not a daycare. There’s a reason we have degreed professionals.

For the kids, we want to encourage that attention span and developing a love of learning. We specialize in play-based learning, so the kids will learn to write their names with their fingers in cool whip on a table. Or to teach them about art history, we’ll tape paper on the bottom of a table and let them draw while the teachers explain Michelangelo painting the Sistine Chapel. Stuff that makes it fun makes them want to learn.”

What advice do you have for other young people thinking about making a career change?

“I was single back when I decided to do this. I didn’t have a family. Now I’m married and have a baby due in October. I wanted to get to the next stage but also wanted to be secure in my future, so it’s all about doing that due diligence, doing that research to make sure it’s a good fit and you’re not going to regret it. Now I spend part of my day playing with kids.

It’s much different than being in an office or flying to different cities every week for meetings. I have fun listening to laughter when I work and just having fun with the kids, running around on the playground. I never had a chance to do that for the last 12 years being in corporate America.

What Clay and Gina Did Before Goddard

Clay received his undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. He was involved with chemical plants and explosive manufacturing. “Engineering is a heavily regulated industry,” says Clay. “It is all about getting the details right. Goddard is the same way.” When Gina was pregnant with the couple’s first child, they decided that it would be best to move and go back home to Rhode Island. After moving back, Clay got a job as a consultant. “The Goddard team knows that details matter and we need to have diligence on day to day issues.”

How Clay and Gina Specifically Found Out About The Goddard School

Clay saw The Goddard School in Entrepreneur Magazine and was ranked as a very high performance school. After seeing the article, Clay investigated further and found that many of The Goddard School franchisee’s were just like himself. “I started thinking that my community could really benefit from a high performance child care facility,” said Clay. After speaking with many franchisees, Clay knew that The Goddard School was the right choice for himself and his family. Clay and Gina opened their location in August 2006.

Why Clay and Gina Became and Love Being Goddard School Franchisees

“I was impressed with the consistency and uniformity of each school,” said Clay. “All of the owners have such interesting backgrounds.” Not only were Clay and Gina impressed with the assortment of owners who had similar backgrounds to themselves, but they were also impressed by the process that The Goddard School used to determine if they were a good franchisee fit. “Goddard has a great professional home office and everyone is very down to earth,” Clay boasts.

Community Involvement

It’s important to Clay and Gina that their school feels approachable and welcoming to all of the families within the community they serve. They host monthly open houses and continue to partner with other local business owners to build a positive relationship in order to understand how they can better fulfill their community’s needs.