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.


Advice for Entrepreneurial Grads from CEOs

July 10th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

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


2017 Franchise Development Website Awards

July 7th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

A team of 12 franchise experts reviewed and ranked 200 franchise websites. The Goddard School Franchise website is recognized as one of the “Best of the Best”!


Goddard School Franchisee Named Rockstar Franchisee of 2017

June 20th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Leisa Byars, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Hendersonville, TN, is named a Rockstar Franchisee of 2017 for her hard work and outstanding business practices.


Small Business Snapshot: The Goddard School

June 6th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Joe Schumacher explains how The Goddard School’s play-based learning program prepares children for success.


Play Based Preschool Now Open For Enrollment

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.

Kavita brings to The Goddard School a deep-rooted passion for education, having received her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Loyola University, and spent time as a Director of Education for a local YMCA. After looking into a variety of preschool franchise options, Kavita discovered The Goddard School through a friend who was also researching early childhood franchises. Kavita looked into The Goddard School a bit further, and immediately identified with the preschool system’s holistic teaching philosophy and decided to open a School in Newtown Square. Unexpectedly, Kavita’s location of The Goddard School has a historical-tie as it is built upon the same site as the former residence of The Grim Sisters, long term and well-known teachers in the Township of Newtown.

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.

“Having been an educator for a number of years, I’m quite passionate about shaping the future of our children and making a positive impact on families in my community,” said on-site owner Kavita Ghai. “I was immediately drawn to The Goddard School’s reputation, and am looking forward to bringing families in the area an unmatched early childhood education experience.

The Goddard School located in Newtown Square, PA can be found at 3810 West Chester Pike Newtown Square, PA 19073. Please call 484-424-5333 or email For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit

“The Goddard School is more than just a preschool; we are a community and a family. I want this to be the epicenter and a greater extension of the North Denver community,” said David McMurtry, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Denver (Highlands), CO.


Play-Based Preschool to Open in Rochester Hills

May 8th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Franchisee Sandeep Chada emphasizes the importance of providing fun, individualized lesson plans at The Goddard School located in Rochester Hills, MI.


The Goddard School Located in Lake Forest, CA Opens Its Doors!

May 1st, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Parina Mehta, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Lake Forest, explains the positive impact that The Goddard School has on the lives of its students.