The Goddard School Emphasizes Both Education and Fun in Newington, CT

February 12th, 2018 by The Franchise Development Team

Franchisees Ron and Seema Mavumkal bring fun, individualized learning to the Newington community.

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THE GODDARD SCHOOL BRINGS ITS DYNAMIC CURRICULUM TO A SECOND LOCATION IN PORTLAND

February 7th, 2018 by The Franchise Development Team

portlandGoddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School preschool system, announces the opening of its latest School in Portland, OR. Located at 5210 SW Corbett Ave., the new School is operated by Cholan Muthukumarasamy.

Cholan spent more than 30 years overseeing multimillion-dollar operations for various technology companies. He and his wife, Hema Cholan, who is a partner in the business, are looking forward to providing a high-quality service to families living in and around downtown Portland.

“As a parent, I understand the desire to seek the best early childhood education and care possible,” Cholan said. “The Goddard School preschool’s high standard of care and learning curriculum ensures that children can grow and learn in a fun, safe and healthy setting.”

The Goddard School’s play-based F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) is grounded in research on how children learn best: children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun. 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.

If the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, Joe will wear a Patriots shirt to the office all day on Monday.  He will also need to take a picture wearing the Patriots shirt and eating a Boston cream pie donut. If the Philadelphia Eagles win, the owners of The Goddard School in Wayland, Amal and Reem, will wear Eagles shirts all day at work and take a picture eating a Philly cheesesteak. wayland-1 wayland-2

Goddard  Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, which is focused on learning through play, has begun accepting applications for the 11th annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to one high school senior who graduated from The Goddard School prekindergarten or kindergarten program. This distinguished scholarship honors an alumnus whose work ethic and overall demeanor parallel that of Anthony A. Martino, founder of The Goddard School franchise system.

Finalists are selected based on expressed goals and aspirations, academic record, participation in school, community service, work experience and a video submission. Through the awarding of $100,000 to date, the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship allows The Goddard School Franchise the opportunity to help college-bound alumni in their pursuit of higher education.

“For more than 30 years, our mission has been to help children become school ready, career ready and life ready. We are thrilled to continue supporting our alumni in communities throughout the country with the Anthony A. Martino scholarship program,” said Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “To date, we have awarded $100,000 through the scholarship, which has been as rewarding for us as it has been for the students who received the support for college.”

Applications must be submitted by March 12, 2018, to be considered for the scholarship. The finalists for the scholarship will be selected and notified on or before April 3, 2018, and announced on Goddard System, Inc.’s social media accounts by April 23, 2018. The winner of the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship will be selected and notified by before May 1, 2018.

For more information on scholarship rules and criteria, please visit www.goddardschool.com /scholarship. For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

FORMER TEACHER OPENS THE GODDARD SCHOOL LOCATED IN PEACHTREE CITY

January 30th, 2018 by The Franchise Development Team

PEACHTREE CITY, GA (February 10, 2018)Heena Patel, onsite owner of the newest Goddard School preschool in Georgia, is bringing her passion for teaching to a community she fell in love with.

The preschool, located at 264 S. Peachtree Pkwy, is hosting a grand opening celebration for families throughout the community on Saturday, February 10, from 10 AM to noon.

As the preschool’s onsite owner, Patel said she is looking forward to bringing her experience as a teacher to the Peachtree City community. She spent the past 10 years as a teacher in both public and private schools, earned her doctorate in educational administration from the University of Georgia, and is certified in educational leadership, early childhood education and school law.

Although she lives in Atlanta with her husband, Ronak, a dentist at his self-owned practice, and their one-year-old daughter, they fell in love with Peachtree City’s family-focused, tight-knit community.

“It takes a village to raise a child,” Patel said. “Our family, friends and community play critical roles in a child’s social and educational development. Opening The Goddard School preschool is giving me the opportunity to be a part of that village that will help guide young children through their learning adventure.”

During her time as a teacher, Patel taught children who attended The Goddard School preschools, and she was impressed by the students’ social and academic readiness. She said she wants to show others how children’s academic growth benefits from play-based learning.

The Goddard School’s play-based F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience), 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.

“Learning should always be fun for our children. The F.L.EX.® framework allows teachers to continuously assess our students’ academic growth and needs, and to prepare individualize lesson plans to teach children in an enjoyable way,” Patel said. “Building self-confidence in academics at a young age is key to educational success.”

For more information about The Goddard School preschool in Peachtree City, visit www.goddardschool.com/Peacpeachtreehtree-CityGA

 

Don’t Be a Lazy Marketer: Digital Thought Starters for 2018

January 8th, 2018 by The Franchise Development Team

Goddard Systems’ VP of Marketing, Paul Koulogeorge shares digital thought starters for 2018 with Forbes Magazine.

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Teaching Your Children About Money

January 4th, 2018 by The Franchise Development Team

_bh_5541Do you remember being in your teens and your early twenties? Were you low on funds due to unnecessary spending? Help your children learn the value of a dollar in their younger years to help them save later in life. By setting up an allowance, you can teach your children to budget, save and learn the difference between needs and wants.

Offer your children an allowance and let them buy anything they choose with that money for a limited time. Afterwards, talk with your children about what they could have gone without to save money and what was right for them to purchase.

Make a budget with your children. Talk with them about how much they’d like to put in their savings accounts from each allowance and how much they want for personal use. Since young children don’t need to spend money on necessary items, such as food and clothing, be sure to explain that as they get older, they may have to spend their money on many other things that they need. That’s why this is a wonderful time to start saving.

Help your children stick to their budgets, and keep emphasizing how important it is to save money for what they need rather than what they want.

Five Wisdom Nuggets From Joe Shumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc.

December 20th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

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Joe Shumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. shares five wisdom nuggets on Thrive Global.

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Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its latest school in Rocky Hill, CT is now open. Located at 1155 Elm Street Extension, the new school is operated by franchisees Harpreet Bath and Seema Sabarad.

Prior to joining The Goddard School, Harpreet was a stay-at-home mom and regularly volunteered at her daughter’s school while Seema worked as an interpreter and liaison for a company that serviced the U.S. judiciary system. Having become acquainted through mutual friends, the pair became business partners in 2013 and opened another franchise brand that hosts birthday parties for children between the ages of 2 and eleven years old. After a few years of success, the accomplished women started looking into other franchising opportunities when Seema remembered The Goddard School’s impressive program from when she was looking into preschool options for her child. Upon discovering the need for a quality preschool in the area, Seema and Harpreet decided to expand The Goddard School’s presence in Hartford and open a location in Rocky Hill, CT.

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 focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. This 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.

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.

 

“What struck us about The Goddard School is that its program uses play as a conduit for developing a life-long love of learning,” said on-site owner Harpreet Bath. “We believe in community welfare, and know that The Goddard School in Rocky Hill will provide families with a quality early childhood education that will ultimately allow children to lead happy and healthy lives.”

The Goddard School located in Rocky Hill, CT can be found at 1155 Elm Street Extension, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. Please call 860-969-0300 or email RockyHillCT@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

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Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School, announces the hiring of Renee Benedict as the system’s Vice President of Information Technology. This being a new position within GSI’s Senior Management team, Benedict will be tasked with strategically positioning information technology as a growth enabler.

Benedict brings an extensive background in information technology (IT) with over 25 years of experience in the global healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries. Before joining The Goddard School franchise, Benedict most recently held the position of Vice President, Business Transformation at DanoneWave, responsible for leading the business process and application systems integration following Danone’s acquisition of WhiteWave Foods in Broomfield, Colorado. DanoneWave is part of the Dannon Company, maker of Dannon Yogurt. Before its acquisition, WhiteWave Foods was an independent manufacturer and distributor of plant-based food and organic milk products, where Benedict served as the Head of IT and led WhiteWave Food’s IT function.

“I am profoundly honored and eager to bring my years of IT experience to Goddard Systems Inc.,” said Benedict. “In this important new role for the company, I look forward to implementing the leading IT practices and programs that will better serve the system’s growing network of schools across the nation.”

Benedict’s global health care experience spanned more than 20 years with Johnson & Johnson where she held IT positions of increasing responsibility.  Her last position at Johnson & Johnson was Senior Director of the Global IT Enterprise Portfolio and she served in a key Chief of Staff role for the Corporate CIO.  Benedict was also a key champion and mentor for Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership initiatives.

“We’ve been quite impressed with Renee’s robust IT experience, collaborative workstyle, and true sense of intellectual curiosity,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems Inc. “I’m confident that Renee will be a great addition to our IT and Senior Management teams, and we are all looking forward to her contributions.”

Benedict and her husband are returning to the Philadelphia area from Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. For general information regarding The Goddard School franchise, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.