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Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its latest school in Newtown Square, PA is open. Located at 3810 West Chester Pike, the new school is operated by franchisee Kavita Ghai.

Goddard Systems’ VP of Marketing, Paul Koulogeorge shares three key insights along with actions to help business owners market to the Millennial generation.

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Inspired by making a difference in the lives of Tampa-area families, Owner Dinesh Patel opens the Goddard School is Wesley Chapel, FL.

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The Goddard School, with 460 locations and counting, has been listed as one of twenty emerging brands exhibiting at the 2017 International Franchising Expo.

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Joe Schumacher, CEO of The Goddard School Franchise, provides his advice for recent grads who are thinking about starting a business after college.

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Jim DiRugeris, Vice President of Franchise Development at Goddard Systems, explains how he evaluates and applies customer data during the franchisee recruitment and development process.

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  How Goddard Systems Is Using Data To Improve Franchise Development

I speak with many prospective Goddard School franchisees from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. Two of their common concerns are not knowing where in a preferred market a School will be located and not knowing how Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) will assist them in finding that location. Many people are uncomfortable with commercial real estate due to their limited experience in residential real estate and the more complex set of regulations in commercial real estate. Selecting a suitable site is both an art and a science.

The Science
Step one is to use a specialized database of commercial real estate properties (we currently use CoStar, which is like Zillow for commercial real estate) to identify available land or existing buildings with a preferred square footage, the right amount of parking spaces, etc. The system will then find locations that are available for either lease or purchase. We also add all existing Goddard School locations to ensure that we don’t build Schools too close together. We can generate a rough list with broker contacts, the amount of time properties have been on the market, five-year market trends, etc. While this information is valuable at a high level, further investigation is required.

GSI’s real estate team then transfers these locations to SIMMS (Strategic Integrated Mapping and Modeling System), a customized program designed to incorporate more than 26 years of statistical data strategically. Analytics, the preferred method for evaluating potential locations, considers general information such as the population and market growth rate. However, to understand whether a proposed Goddard School location will provide an opportunity for success, it is crucial to take a deeper look and get into industry-specific and Goddard School-specific factors. SIMMS takes the science of site selection to the next level by providing a customized view of the market by identifying anomalies and measuring the proposed location against existing Goddard Schools throughout the country with similar characteristics. Once this step is complete, we can consider a clean list of locations.

The Art
Equipped with reliable data, the GSI team travels to the market and assesses the land, buildings and community. This provides us with the opportunity to identify critical Goddard School-specific details, such as the ingress and egress, the traffic patterns and the synergy of neighboring businesses. While we are in town, we scout the market to see where growth is happening and gather knowledge from local real estate brokers and the franchisee. We also visit the local municipality office, which provides us with an opportunity to speak with officials who know about future developments, such as residential communities and schools. The art of site selection continues as we collaborate with you to review and rank opportunities and formulate a plan to engage with the owners and landlords on one or more locations.

Site selection is an ever-evolving and complex process. GSI uses cutting-edge tools and the most current data to make it as straightforward as possible for franchisees.

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Elmwood Park Community

ELMWOOD PARK, NJ (February 26, 2015) — Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school is open for enrollment in Elmwood Park, NJ. Located at 301 Riverfront Blvd., Suite 1, Elmwood Park, NJ, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Olga Dubinsky.

Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Dubinsky worked in various industries such as real estate and catering sales. After hearing about the success of The Goddard School brand, Dubinsky decided to open her own school in the area.

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 main focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. This dual-management 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. The Goddard School’s proprietary F.L.EX. curriculum has earned AdvancED and Middle States Corporate Accreditation by demonstrating excellence in early childhood education.

“With over 26 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 decided to franchise with The Goddard School because of its stellar brand recognition, prestigious program and highly rated franchise support system,” said franchisee, Olga Dubinsky. “I know Elmwood Park residents will embrace The Goddard School and all it has to offer to local families.”

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 14 consecutive years (January 2015).

The Goddard School located in Elmwood Park, NJ is located at 301 Riverfront Blvd., Suite 1, Elmwood Park, NJ. To reach this location, please call (201) 468-9841 or email elmwoodparknj@goddardschools.com.  For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschools.com

 

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Macungie Community

MACUNGIE, Pa. (February 11, 2015)— Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school is open for enrollment in the Macungie, PA market.  Located at 8230 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville, PA 18031, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Jill Woosnam.

Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Woosnam spent eight years as owner and operator of a successful veterinary practice. She then obtained her master’s degree in elementary education and became a teacher at The Goddard School in 2009. She helped to implement a kindergarten program for the School in 2010 before deciding to open a new School in Macungie.

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 main focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. This dual-management 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. The Goddard School’s proprietary F.L.EX. curriculum has earned AdvancED and Middle States Corporate Accreditation by demonstrating excellence in early childhood education.

“With over 26 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 decided to franchise with The Goddard School because of the positive experiences I had as a teacher, so I knew I wanted to continue educating young children in a positive learning environment,” said franchisee, Jill Woosnam. “I’m proud to bring The Goddard School’s prestigious program to families throughout the area.”

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 14 consecutive years (January 2015).

The Goddard School located in Macungie, PA is located at 8230 Hamilton Blvd., Breinigsville, PA. To reach this location, please call (484) 408-0010 or email MacungiePA@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschools.com

 

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Englewood Cliffs Community

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J. (February 10, 2015)— Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school is open for enrollment in Englewood Cliffs, NJ. Located at 120 Charlotte Place, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Stephanie Chiang.

Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Chiang spent 17 years in corporate business, working for financial and medical device companies, including Goldman Sachs, Siemens, Eastman Kodak and Becton Dickinson. As a graduate of Stanford University and senior executive, she experienced first-hand the value that a strong educational foundation and love of learning can impart. Chiang has therefore always placed a high priority on education, which is what led her to The Goddard School, largely drawn by its stellar reputation, superior academic program, rigorous health and safety measures and quality corporate support system.

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 main focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. This dual-management 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. The Goddard School’s proprietary F.L.EX. curriculum has earned AdvancED and Middle States Corporate Accreditation by demonstrating excellence in early childhood education.

“With over 26 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 decided to franchise with The Goddard School after noticing a clear gap in quality, early childcare education options in our area,” said franchisee, Stephanie Chiang. “Through The Goddard School’s prestigious educational programs, our teachers and administrators will help young children gain a competitive advantage for their future.”

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 14 consecutive years (January 2015).

The Goddard School located in Englewood Cliffs, NJ is located at 120 Charlotte Place, Englewood Cliffs, NJ. To reach this location, please call (201) 582-6160 or email englewoodcliffsnj@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschools.com