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), franchisor of The Goddard School, announces the hiring of Renee Benedict as the system’s Vice President of Information Technology. This being a new position within GSI’s Senior Management team, Benedict will be tasked with strategically positioning information technology as a growth enabler.

Benedict brings an extensive background in information technology (IT) with over 25 years of experience in the global healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries. Before joining The Goddard School franchise, Benedict most recently held the position of Vice President, Business Transformation at DanoneWave, responsible for leading the business process and application systems integration following Danone’s acquisition of WhiteWave Foods in Broomfield, Colorado. DanoneWave is part of the Dannon Company, maker of Dannon Yogurt. Before its acquisition, WhiteWave Foods was an independent manufacturer and distributor of plant-based food and organic milk products, where Benedict served as the Head of IT and led WhiteWave Food’s IT function.

“I am profoundly honored and eager to bring my years of IT experience to Goddard Systems Inc.,” said Benedict. “In this important new role for the company, I look forward to implementing the leading IT practices and programs that will better serve the system’s growing network of schools across the nation.”

Benedict’s global health care experience spanned more than 20 years with Johnson & Johnson where she held IT positions of increasing responsibility.  Her last position at Johnson & Johnson was Senior Director of the Global IT Enterprise Portfolio and she served in a key Chief of Staff role for the Corporate CIO.  Benedict was also a key champion and mentor for Johnson & Johnson Women’s Leadership initiatives.

“We’ve been quite impressed with Renee’s robust IT experience, collaborative workstyle, and true sense of intellectual curiosity,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems Inc. “I’m confident that Renee will be a great addition to our IT and Senior Management teams, and we are all looking forward to her contributions.”

Benedict and her husband are returning to the Philadelphia area from Colorado. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Villanova University in Villanova, PA. For general information regarding The Goddard School franchise, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

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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 AvonLakeOH@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

Goddard Systems, Inc. Opens Third School in Katy, TX

November 15th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

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

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Goddard Systems Inc. Announces Circle of Excellence Schools

November 6th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

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

Top Ten Tips for Crafting Your 2018 Marketing Calendar

October 25th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Goddard Systems’ VP of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations, Paul Koulogeorge, shares his top ten tips for crafting your 2018 marketing calendar.

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The Goddard School Featured on List of Franchises for Every Budget

October 12th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Business News Daily named The Goddard School as one of 50+ franchises for every budget.

 

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How to Finance a Franchise

October 4th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

THE RIGHT SUPPORT

Without the right support, knowledge and guidance, the commercial lending process can be tedious. The Goddard School Franchise conducts an internal financial pre-approval screening so prospective franchisees are not awarded a license unless we feel confident that they will be financed. After an approved prospect enters into an agreement with The Goddard School Franchise, he or she works with the Real Estate Department to decide whether to lease or purchase a building. A member of the Franchise Finance team is available to review the finance options for both. After the site is secured, our team guides the franchisee through every step of the finance process. We explain commercial lending practices, offer resources and contacts, answer questions, provide insight and feedback and serve as a liaison between our franchisee and the lenders.

The Goddard School Franchise’s Franchise Finance Department addresses questions, provides guidance and communicates directly with the lenders to help avoid surprises along the way. We want our franchisees to have the same confidence in their loan as they do in The Goddard School brand.

Our Franchise Finance team creates an allocation of funds for each project; provides necessary templates, such as business plans and projections; directs franchisees to financing sources; reviews loan proposals and commitment letters to ensure the loan is structured properly, covers all project costs and offers competitive terms; and assists with the loan closing. This support can definitely help the finance process go more smoothly.

 

THE RIGHT RESOURCES

Due to the record demand for childcare and The Goddard School Franchise’s success, reputation and unrivaled support, The Goddard School system is an approved franchise concept for many national and local lenders. We also meet the criteria for SBA eligibility, and our Franchise Finance team has great relationships with many national SBA lenders. We have one main contact with each lender who is already familiar with our model and lending needs. Most of these lenders are part of the SBA’s Preferred Lender Program, which allows them to approve SBA loans in-house. These valuable relationships result in competitive terms and a streamlined process for our franchisees.

The Goddard School Franchise makes the financing process easy for our franchisees by providing great resources, a strong business model, superior support and knowledgeable employees. We pride ourselves on finding the right lender and terms for each franchisee, and we look forward to working with prospects who are considering joining The Goddard School system!