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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 For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit

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


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