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Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its latest school in Avon Lake, OH is open. Located at 430 Avon Belden Road, the new school is operated by franchisee Eric Baker, in partnership with his father and sister, Don and Angela Baker.

Eric welcomes a new opportunity for a career change after spending nearly 20 years as a civil litigation attorney in both the federal and state courts throughout Ohio. He discovered The Goddard School by enrolling his twins in the Avon, OH location in 2009, which is owned by his father and sister. Though his children graduated from the program in 2012, the opportunity to join the family business offered Eric an appealing new avenue for personal development and growth. Coupled with experiencing firsthand the positive impact that The Goddard School made on his twins’ successes in and outside of the classroom, Eric knew that this was the only franchise business he was interested in pursuing.

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.

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.

“With nearly 30 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 simply love being the onsite owner of this new Goddard School franchise, and I’m so glad I took the leap and changed careers,” said owner Eric Baker. “The Goddard School is more than just a preschool; we are a community and a family. We look forward to becoming a greater extension of the Avon Lake community.”

 

The Goddard School located in Avon Lake, OH can be found at 430 Avon Belden Road, Avon Lake, OH 44012. Please call 440-961-0328 or email AvonLakeOH@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

Goddard Systems, Inc. Opens Third School in Katy, TX

November 15th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Franchisee Asli Remlinger, and her husband Kirk open their third Goddard School in Katy, TX.

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Goddard Systems Inc. Announces Circle of Excellence Schools

November 6th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

The Circle of Excellence Award recognize franchisees who meet GSI’s highest standards in QA, health & safety, occupancy and profitability. Other considerations include the overall quality of their programs, compliance with systems standards, the incorporation of current programs and being a brand ambassador.

Franchisees whose Schools are in the top twenty percent of all Goddard Schools in each category are eligible for the Circle of Excellence Award. This award year began on July 1, 2016 and ended on June 30, 2017.

 

The following Schools have been awarded Circle of Excellence:

• Aurora I, CO
• Charlotte II, NC
• Chesterfield, VA
• Edwardsville, IL
• Exton, PA
• Forest Hill, MD
• Gaithersburg, MD
• Hillsborough, NJ
• Lake Orion, MI
• Littleton, CO
• Loveland, OH
• Middletown, NJ
• Peters Township, PA
• Portland, OR
• Redmond I, WA
• Sandy Springs, GA
• Schaumburg, IL
• South Lebanon, OH
• Southport, IN

The Circle of Excellence Award President’s Club (awarded by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI),  recognizes Goddard School owners who meet GSI’s highest standards, including being exceptional in the areas of quality assurance and health and safety and for being in the top ten percent of Goddard Schools all throughout the country.  Circle of Excellence President’s Club are awarded to the following Schools this year by GSI.

  • Chanhassen, MN
  • Cranberry Township, PA
  • Fanwood, NJ
  • Horsham, PA
  • Ladera Ranch, CA
  • Marriottsville, MD
  • Roswell I, GA
  • Sparks, NV

Top Ten Tips for Crafting Your 2018 Marketing Calendar

October 25th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Goddard Systems’ VP of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations, Paul Koulogeorge, shares his top ten tips for crafting your 2018 marketing calendar.

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The Goddard School Featured on List of Franchises for Every Budget

October 12th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Business News Daily named The Goddard School as one of 50+ franchises for every budget.

 

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How to Finance a Franchise

October 4th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

THE RIGHT SUPPORT

Without the right support, knowledge and guidance, the commercial lending process can be tedious. The Goddard School Franchise conducts an internal financial pre-approval screening so prospective franchisees are not awarded a license unless we feel confident that they will be financed. After an approved prospect enters into an agreement with The Goddard School Franchise, he or she works with the Real Estate Department to decide whether to lease or purchase a building. A member of the Franchise Finance team is available to review the finance options for both. After the site is secured, our team guides the franchisee through every step of the finance process. We explain commercial lending practices, offer resources and contacts, answer questions, provide insight and feedback and serve as a liaison between our franchisee and the lenders.

The Goddard School Franchise’s Franchise Finance Department addresses questions, provides guidance and communicates directly with the lenders to help avoid surprises along the way. We want our franchisees to have the same confidence in their loan as they do in The Goddard School brand.

Our Franchise Finance team creates an allocation of funds for each project; provides necessary templates, such as business plans and projections; directs franchisees to financing sources; reviews loan proposals and commitment letters to ensure the loan is structured properly, covers all project costs and offers competitive terms; and assists with the loan closing. This support can definitely help the finance process go more smoothly.

 

THE RIGHT RESOURCES

Due to the record demand for childcare and The Goddard School Franchise’s success, reputation and unrivaled support, The Goddard School system is an approved franchise concept for many national and local lenders. We also meet the criteria for SBA eligibility, and our Franchise Finance team has great relationships with many national SBA lenders. We have one main contact with each lender who is already familiar with our model and lending needs. Most of these lenders are part of the SBA’s Preferred Lender Program, which allows them to approve SBA loans in-house. These valuable relationships result in competitive terms and a streamlined process for our franchisees.

The Goddard School Franchise makes the financing process easy for our franchisees by providing great resources, a strong business model, superior support and knowledgeable employees. We pride ourselves on finding the right lender and terms for each franchisee, and we look forward to working with prospects who are considering joining The Goddard School system!

How to Operate a Franchise

September 27th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Five Steps for Operating a Franchise:

  1. Ask for feedback. Tools such as online platforms used to gather customer feedback are great resources for this. Positive feedback can be used to promote your business’s reputation while negative feedback can be used as an opportunity to repair relationships with customers and/or improve your business.
  2. Get involved in the community. Besides giving you the opportunity to give back to the community, getting involved in charitable organizations and other local initiatives allows you to get to know your customer base better so you can serve them better.
  3. Network. Join various professional organizations, such as industry associations, to meet and talk to other entrepreneurs who may be able to share different ideas and strategies that you can use to help grow your business. Many franchises host annual conventions that are perfect for this purpose – they bring together hundreds of fellow franchisees for three- to four-days’ worth of learning, networking and fun.
  4. Hire the best employees you can find. Search for people who are intelligent, hard-working and have a passion for the business you’re in. Once they’re hired, ask them for their input on how you can work together to make your business better. Show them that they’re a valuable part of the team. Not sure what kind of people would suit your business the best? Ask your franchisor for guidance.
  5. Look to your franchisor for advice. Many franchises have been in business a long time. Some have been in business for 30 years or more. With this longevity comes a lot of experience and knowledge – franchisors have seen what works and what doesn’t. Go to them for business advice. Ask them how you can improve your business. They will be more than happy to help you because they want you to succeed. The franchisor/franchisee relationship is a mutually beneficial one. Take advantage of it.

Back-to-School Marketing in the 21st Century

September 12th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Goddard Systems’ VP of Marketing, Paul Koulogeorge shares his insight on back-to-school marketing on Forbes.com.

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