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Establishing a legacy is important. Three generations of Goddard School franchisees, Don O’Brian, his daughter, Anne Pope, and her oldest son, Taylor Pope, know this all too well. This is why they have opened two Goddard Schools and are in the process of opening a third. Here are seven reasons why they believe The Goddard School is a terrific multigenerational business.

 

  1. It’s a high-quality preschool with a stellar reputation. When her youngest son was born, Anne had trouble finding childcare in her area that met her expectations. Upon visiting a Goddard School for the first time, though, it was a completely different story. “The first time I walked into a School, I was extremely impressed,” she said. “Very secure, very clean. Big, bright classrooms. The children were all engaged and happy. Beautiful playgrounds.” This experience led Anne to open a School of her own.
  2. It’s a business for families, by families. A big reason that Anne opened The Goddard School of Chesapeake, VA with Don is because it allowed her to spend time with her family and still earn a comfortable living. “The business is great if you want to raise a family,” she said. “I’ve been able to balance work and life very, very easily.”
  3. It gives your children an attractive career option. Anne and Don, Goddard franchisees since 2005, have had such a good experience that they are in the process of opening The Goddard School of Washington, D.C. with Taylor, who previously worked in property management after graduating from Marymount University with a bachelor’s degree in business. “You want the best for your kids, so a School seemed best for Taylor,” Anne said. She added that she wanted him to have the same opportunities and advantages she had.
  4. It’s a business model that works. When you invest in a Goddard School, you invest in a proven system. “When potential franchisees call us about our experience, we tell them that, at the end of the day, Goddard’s been doing this a very long time, and they’ve developed a recipe for success,” said Don. “The best advice we can give is follow the recipe and trust it.”
  5. It’s a sustainable business model. The Goddard School model has been implemented successfully hundreds of times over the course of 30 years. Goddard plans to open its 500th School later this year. Now that Taylor is becoming a franchisee, he sees no reason not to open more Schools as his career grows with the system. “I’d like to open more Schools,” he said. “Arlington [Virginia] is booming, it needs more childcare. The market is growing.”
  6. It has the feel of a family business but is backed by the resources of the leader in early childhood education. With 30 years of experience in franchising, education and business, The Goddard School is a recognized, successful brand with a system in place to support your various business needs, from marketing to IT and more. In other words, with Goddard, you go into business for yourself, not by yourself. “Our experience with Goddard has been outstanding,” Don said. “The support is phenomenal and immediate, and it’s been an excellent experience.”
  7. It’s supported by a handpicked team of leading experts who are on the cutting edge of the latest trends and research in early childhood education and development. The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board (EAB), comprised of acknowledged experts in various fields of early childhood education, contributes to the development of Goddard’s play-based learning program. “The EAB is a huge asset in keeping Goddard on the cutting edge,” said Don. “They make a presentation at each [franchisee] convention. Franchisees can talk to them, and it’s absolutely fascinating. It’s been such a revelation. The EAB constantly enhances programs and information available to parents. It’s extremely useful.”

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

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Teaching Your Children About Money

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

_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.

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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.

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.

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

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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