The Goddard School located at 7801 Heritage Village Plaza in Gainesville, Virginia is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Lisa and Greg O’Brien.

Lisa and Greg are excited to be able to provide Goddard’s outstanding program to the children in the community. The couple has a young daughter and recognizes the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment. Prior to Goddard, Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Juris Doctorate degree in Law, while Greg earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

During the Grand Opening on November 12th The Goddard School helped raise funds for the non-profit CASA – Children’s Intervention Services of Manassas.

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The Goddard School located in Westlake, OH, owned and operated by Kathleen and Scott Collins, celebrated an expansion! The School added a 7,600-square-foot addition, which increased the number of classrooms and added a gymnasium!

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The Goddard School located at 17823 W. Lake Houston Parkway in Humble, Texas is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Josh and Jill Morrison.

Earlier this month, the School hosted a grand opening celebration. The community was invited to explore the facility’s features which include 10 classrooms, a gymnasium, playground and splash pad.

“If you ask the children, they will say they’re having fun; but they are also learning,” Morrison said. “It is so important to be prepared to do well in elementary school because if they can do well right at the beginning of their school-age years, then it sets the precedent for them to do well through all of their schooling.”

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A CMO Master Class With Goddard School’s Paul Koulogeorge

October 19th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

Paul Koulogeorge, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations at Goddard Systems Inc., works with the corporate office team and franchisees to connect with the Millennial parent and school them on why The Goddard School is best for their children.

“What gets me excited about marketing is less the product that I’m marketing and more the consumer who I’m marketing to,” Koulogeorge said. “The ability to market to Millennial moms, who are our core demographic, was very exciting for me.”

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Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc., discusses the positive impact of franchising in early childhood education in an article featured in Franchising USA’s October issue.

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The Goddard School’s Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Skokie, IL

September 28th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School located at 9651 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60076, is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Mary and Andrew Fratini. The Fratinis moved to Wilmette from Chicago, where their two daughters attended the Goddard School located in Chicago (Lincoln Park), IL.

“We were in a Goddard school almost every day for the last five years dropping off and picking up our children. What really spurred the idea was when we saw the demand. We felt there was a need for this type of preschool, and that is what led us to put all the chips on the table and go with the risk,” Andrew Fratini said.

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THE GODDARD SCHOOL PRESCHOOL SYSTEM KICKS OFF 9th ANNUAL TOY TEST

September 19th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

Preschoolers Across the Nation Search for the Top Educational Toys for the Holidays

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, is kicking off its 9th annual Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. This year, preschoolers from 50 Goddard School locations across the United States are on the hunt for the top 10 educational toys for children (infants to six years old), just in time for the holiday season. The world’s leading toy companies are going head-to-head for the coveted title of The Goddard School’s winning educational toy of the year!

Each year, early childhood education experts from The Goddard School Toy Test Committee review dozens of applications from toy manufacturers across the globe. Each entry is evaluated based on specific educational criteria including encouraging interactive, child-initiated play, inspiring creativity and collaboration, and supporting skill development and playful learning.

The 25 toys that score the highest in the evaluation process will be tested by children from September 19 through September 23 at the 50 participating Goddard School locations across the U.S. The preschoolers and teachers will have the opportunity to vote for the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys. From there, the top 10 toys will be put to a public vote on The Goddard School’s Toy Test page from November 1 to November 11, 2016 to determine the winning educational toy of the season. GSI will purchase 100 units of the winning toy to donate to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

“The Goddard School’s Toy Test initiative is an enriching time of the year for the preschoolers as they are able to engage in playful, new learning experiences with the nation’s top toys,” says GSI’s Vice President of Education, Dr. Craig Bach. “By having the children participate in our annual Toy Test, they are immersed in an environment that centers around our core educational philosophy of playful learning. Within this environment, they are gaining valuable tools and lessons that are vital to their future successes in school and life.”

Past Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners include brands such as Laser Pegs, K’NEX Brands, Learning Resources, and Lakeshore Learning Materials. For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.

Newest EAB Members Drs. Seeta Pai and Jennifer Jipson Share Back-To-School Tips for Parents

The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focused on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, is adding two new members to its esteemed Educational Advisory Board (EAB); Drs. Seeta Pai and Jennifer Jipson. The Goddard School’s EAB is a knowledgeable group of educators, researchers and experts from a range of early childhood fields including early learning and curriculum development, technology integration, brain development, parent engagement and health and nutrition.

For many years, the EAB has helped The Goddard School to move research into action to maintain the best in industry curriculm as the science of learning grows and evolves. To achieve this goal, the EAB provides crucial feedback on new programs and services; suggesting improvements to the industry leader’s proprietary F.L.EX.® Learning Program and supporting original research and publications. The Goddard School looks forward to Drs. Jipson and Pai incorporating their cutting edge research into Goddard Schools all across the country.

A thought leader in the kids’ educational media and international child development fields, Dr. Pai brings her expertise in cultural sensitivity and diversity as well as the influence of media and technology to early childhood education. Holding her doctorate degree in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and prior Vice President of Research at Common Sense Media, Pai hopes to enhance The Goddard School’s research and strategy by acting as a translator of the most up-to-date media studies and methodologies as well as providing insights on child diversity and identity.

Regarding back to school, “This is a time to be willing, as a parent, to embrace all methods of learning,” said Dr. Seeta Pai, new EAB member. “Relax and think about learning as a lifelong enterprise, not something that children do within the four walls of their classroom. Embrace and follow your child’s passion and encourage them to ask questions.”

Dr. Jipson, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Child Development at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, brings experience and knowledge to early childhood education within the domains of science, health and technology. Referencing her studies of how children learn and develop as they engage in everyday routines, Dr. Jipson hopes to shed more light on ways children learn through informal settings and help a larger audience understand child development as a field.

Dr. Jipson believes that establishing a routine is key for back-to-school time. “Get your child’s mind and body prepared for the big shift – whether it be moving bedtime back to an earlier time, making meal times more regular or establishing weekday schedules for homework, TV, baths, etc. Start early and ease children in,” she says.

“At The Goddard School, the EAB ensures a high-quality education program to prepare children for social and academic success in the 21st century,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “We’re extremely fortunate to have Drs. Jipson and Pai joining our team of educators, researchers and experts and we’re confident that they’ll be a valuable asset to furthering our unique play-based curriculum.”

For more information on The Goddard School and their Educational Advisory Board, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

How Goddard Systems Is Using Data To Improve Franchise Development

September 7th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

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

THE GODDARD SCHOOL’S DYNAMIC LEARNING THROUGH PLAY CURRICULUM COMES TO MEDINA, MN

September 1st, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School located at 345 Clydesdale Trail, Medina, MN 55340, is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Lisa and Aaron Amic. The Amics also own The Goddard School located in Plymouth, MN.

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.

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