Archive for June, 2014

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 Franchising information is available on or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

Former Student from The Goddard School located in Eldersburg, MD Awarded with $10,000 to Help with the Rising Costs of College Tuition

The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, today announced Shelby Janicki, who attended The Goddard School located in Eldersburg, MD, is the recipient of its 6th annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is open to any senior in high school who has graduated from The Goddard School Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten program and is awarded annually to a graduate who has demonstrated the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system.

Shelby’s winning submission detailed how The Goddard School influenced her education and career path. Having already been accepted to Towson University, Shelby will be pursuing an English degree majoring in Secondary Education with a minor in Spanish when she begins college this fall. Fabiana Berenguer Gil and Lindsey Franxman who attended The Goddard School in Owings Mills, MD and Crestview Hills, KY respectively, were selected as finalists for the scholarship.

“With the ever-increasing cost of college tuition, we are thrilled to provide an opportunity for graduates of The Goddard School program to reach their goals in higher education,” said Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School. “As Shelby embarks on her college career, we are pleased to recognize her and all that she has accomplished since her days as a preschooler. Just as The Goddard School program is dedicated to helping children develop into confident, joyful and fully prepared students, the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship honors this commitment to the children long after they have left our Schools.”

The Goddard Schools have awarded more than $60,000 to alumni through the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship program that provides opportunities for college-bound alumni to financially benefit from their attendance.

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