Help Shape Future Generations by Franchising with The Goddard School®

August 2nd, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

In Franchising USA, Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Joe Schumacher outlines how business-savvy entrepreneurs interested in improving the lives of children through education can find a new career by opening a Goddard School franchise.


Franchisee Spotlight: Matt and Dina Speranza

June 29th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

Meet Matt and Dina Speranza, franchisees of The Goddard Schools located in Cranberry Township, PA; Moon Township, PA and Pittsburgh, PA.

Matt and Dina recognize the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment, which is why they chose The Goddard School. The dynamic duo is proud to offer the opportunity for children to grow through exploration and hands-on learning. They are also dedicated to ensuring children become confident, joyful and fully prepared students.

Matt and Dina are very active in their community and participate in many charities including Ronald McDonald House, Blue Jeans for Babies and Breast Cancer Walk for the Cure. They enjoy attending sporting events and concerts.


Mawara Sohail, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Verona, WI, explains why she chose to quit her job to focus on a new goal: being her own boss while providing high-quality education to the residents of Verona.


International Franchise Association Profiles Franchisee Janice Kennedy

June 16th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

Janice Kennedy, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Olathe (Northwest), KS, explains why she chose to pursue her passion for early childhood education.



St. Charles-Area Goddard School Unveils New Learning Tools, School Upgrades

June 14th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School located in St. Charles, MO holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the recent completion of the School’s expansion and renovation project.



Abby and Scott Hussey, franchisees of The Goddard School located in Centennial, CO, tell CNBC why they chose to open a Goddard School and how The Goddard School Franchise has been there for them every step of the way.


How One The Goddard School Franchisee Enabled Families to Remain in Chicago

May 3rd, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

Goddard School franchisee Jason Pullukat talks about opening a Goddard School franchise in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago, IL in this Franchise Business Review feature.


Premier Preschool Recognizes Six Educators For National Teacher Appreciation Week

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (May 2, 2016) – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, the nation’s premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children six weeks to six years old, names honorees for their tenth annual Teacher of the Year award. In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, happening May 2 to 6, GSI acknowledges more than 10,000 teachers nationwide and presents six extraordinary teachers with a plaque that commemorates their passion, dedication and enthusiasm for early childhood education.

“The teachers that have been selected as this year’s honorees for Teacher of the Year have spearheaded long-term projects that have positively impacted the children in their classroom, their families, the Schools and the broader community,” says Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at GSI. “The Teacher of the Year recipients engage students in learning opportunities that are both unique and effective. We are delighted to honor these six outstanding educators, who continue to lovingly guide and prepare children for success in school and in life.”

Projects from the selected Goddard School educators include Family Game Night which is designed to continue fostering Kindergarten skills outside the classroom; Kindness Mission, which guides students to understand how small acts of kindness make a big impact; Intergenerational Project, which educates children about different generations while  befriending residents at the Avalon Assisted Living Facility; and Happy Gonzo which first involved taking care of a class pet frog, Gonzo, and later introduced engaging learning opportunities for the preschoolers.

GSI honors the following teachers:

Anna Pecoraro – Elgin, IL

Anna Pecoraro, kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Elgin, IL, introduced her students and
families to Family Game Night. In an effort to continue to teach kindergarten skills such as reading, number recognition and critical thinking outside the classroom, children had the chance every Friday to check out a new game from the game library to take home and play with their families. When the children returned to school on Monday, they were to write a journal entry about their Family Game Night experience. All journal entries were collected and included in a class book, which helped the students choose which game they would check out next. In May, the board games will be given to children and families that reside in Home of the Sparrow, a local shelter for women and children. The hope is that Home of the Sparrow can also learn through The Goddard School’s learning through play philosophy!

Pamela Gijanto and Sabrina Piotrowski – Marlboro, NJ

Pamela Gijanto and Sabrina Piotrowski, pre-kindergarten teachers at The Goddard School located in Marlboro
(School Road East), NJ, created Kindness Mission. Through this project, Gijanto and Piotrowski guided and encouraged children to be kind to others. With the goal of showing  the children that small acts of kindness can have a big impact on others, the teachers helped the children develop identities as learners while promoting positive self-image. The teachers extended Kindness Mission beyond the school and into their community by organizing a gently used toy collection that benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County, a nonprofit organization that provides aid to children in need. It is Gijanto and Piotrowski’s hope that the Kindness Mission will continue to connect their students to the community and make others feel good while feeling good about themselves.

Christina Mruskovic – Hillsborough, NJ

Christina Mruskovic, kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Hillsborough, NJ, organized inter-
generational activities for children to participate in throughout the year, such as visiting the residents of the Avalon Assisted Living facility. Mruskovic spent the first few months of the school year laying the foundation for the project by incorporating lessons about different generations into all the learning domains. The kindergarten class read books about grandparents, learned songs and discussed manners and etiquette before visiting the Avalon Assisted Living facility. On their first trip to the facility, the kindergarten class worked with the residents to help them make love bug pins, share snacks and sing songs. The students’ next visit will be in May to do a Mother’s Day activity with the residents.

Paige Hardwick and Erika Posey – Roswell, GA

Paige Hardwick and Erika Posey, co-lead preschool teachers at The Goddard School located in Roswell, GA, embarked on an adventure in learning by focusing the majority of their activities on the children’s best friend, Gonzo, a tiny tree frog. Through efforts to keep Gonzo alive, learning opportunities were born. Students were soon producing songs, authoring a Gonzo “baby book” and learning about the Save the Frogs foundation, which later encouraged the establishment of a local chapter of the amphibian conservation organization at the School. Since Gonzo was born, the teachers worked together to maintain an engaging and exciting learning environment for students.

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About The Goddard School®

Learning for fun. Learning for life.® For nearly 30 years, The Goddard School has used the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED- and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) reaches more than 50,000 students in more than 430 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit


Joe Schumacher, Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO, along with nine other successful business leaders, offers advice on how to turn mistakes into learning opportunities via Forbes.



Why Franchisors Need to Appeal to the Millennial Generation

April 5th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

“Franchises that offer Millennials the flexibility to run their own business while maintaining a meaningful life outside of work will be more attractive to this generation of young business owners.” – Joe Schumacher, CEO, Goddard Systems, Inc. via Franchising USA