Premier Preschool Opens Its Doors To The City Community

LAUREL, Md. (January 14, 2016)Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school in Laurel, MD is open. Located at 14250 Park Center Drive, Laurel, MD 20707, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Bijal Patel.

Bijal first heard about The Goddard School when her grandchildren started attending schools in Delaware and Maryland, which helped her decide that educational franchising with a proven and unique curriculum was the perfect business for her to open. Prior to working with The Goddard School, Bijal worked as the Student Business Services Manager at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Bijal plans to use the skills and experience she learned in the education and customer service industry, to provide stellar communication with parents and families at The Goddard School located in Laurel.

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 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 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 seen the quality of The Goddard School first hand with my grandchildren, I knew I needed to bring this type of early education program to my community in Laurel,” said franchisee, Bijal Patel. “Having lived and worked in this community for over a decade, I’m confident The Goddard School’s unique learning-through-play curriculum will be a welcome addition to 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 15 consecutive years (January 2016).

The Goddard School located in Laurel, MD is located at 14250 Park Center Drive, Laurel, MD 20707. To reach this location, please call (240)547-1470 or email laurelmd@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

ABOUT THE GODDARD SCHOOL® FRANCHISE

The Goddard School Franchise, franchisor of The Goddard School preschools, was named the No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine for the fifteenth consecutive year (January 2016) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the ninth consecutive year (October 2015). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, The Goddard School Franchise currently licenses more than 440 franchised Schools with more than 50,000 students in 35 states. The Goddard School’s AdvancED- and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience), a comprehensive play-based curriculum developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. With a proven system in place and a strong network of dedicated franchisees, The Goddard School Franchise is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider. For more information, visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

 

Premier Preschool Opens Its Doors To The City Community

LAKEWAY, Tex. (January 13, 2016)Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school in Lakeway, TX is open. Located at 301 Medical Parkway, Lakeway, TX 78738, the new school is owned and operated by franchisees, Raul and Isa Alvarez.

Raul and Isa first came across The Goddard School when they lived in Glen Allen, VA and were attracted by the specialized curriculum. Impressed with the quality education imparted to their then-preschool aged daughter, they decided to open their first Goddard School location in Austin. Their dedication in providing enriching childhood education, combined with their previous work experience in retail management, has allowed them to extend the unique learning opportunities of The Goddard School to the community of Lakeway.

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 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 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 lived in the Austin area for 10 years, my wife and I saw the need for a quality childhood learning environment in our community and that’s when we opened our first Goddard School,” said franchisee, Raul Alvarez. “Our Austin location proved to be a success and we wanted to bring the unique learning concept to Lakeway 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 15 consecutive years (January 2016).

The Goddard School located in Lakeway, TX is located at 301 Medical Parkway, Lakeway, TX 78738. To reach this location, please call (512) 643-1222 or email lakewaytx@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

ABOUT THE GODDARD SCHOOL FRANCHISE

The Goddard School Franchise, franchisor of The Goddard School preschools, was named the No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine for the fifteenth consecutive year (January 2016) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the ninth consecutive year (October 2015). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, The Goddard School Franchise currently licenses more than 440 franchised Schools with more than 50,000 students in 35 states. The Goddard School’s AdvancED- and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience), a comprehensive play-based curriculum developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. With a proven system in place and a strong network of dedicated franchisees, The Goddard School Franchise is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider. For more information, visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

Premier Preschool Opens Its Doors To The City Community

LAKEVILLE, MN (January 7, 2015)Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school in Lakeville, MN is open. Located at 16189 Elmhurst Lane, Lakeville, MN 55044, the new school is owned and operated by franchisees, Mary Sue and Tom Walker.

With a Bachelor’s degree in Social Studies Education and a Master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Ethics, Mary Sue’s background is heavily rooted in education and business. Prior to opening The Goddard School, Mary Sue worked in education as a college counselor at a college preparatory high school, as well as in college admissions and as a program director and staff coordinator for a children’s camp in upstate New York. As parents of two young children, Mary Sue and Tom understand the importance of quality child care, and aim to use their background in education and leadership to bring a distinct set of skills and strengths to the new school serving Lakeville and surrounding communities.

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 more than 25 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.

“Because of my extensive educational background, I truly believe in the importance of quality early education. The Goddard School was the perfect choice because it gives us the opportunity to offer a quality early education to our community,” said franchisee, Mary Sue Walker. “We’re confident the Lakeville community will embrace the school’s unique curriculum and educational programs as a wonderful asset to our city.”

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 fifteen consecutive years (January 2016).

The Goddard School located in Lakeville, MN is located behind the HyVee store at 16189 Elmhurst Lane, Lakeville, MN 55044. To reach this location, please call (952) 232-6761 or email lakevillemn@goddardschools.com.  For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com

ABOUT THE GODDARD SCHOOL® FRANCHISE

The Goddard School Franchise, franchisor of The Goddard School preschools, was named the No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine for the fifteenth consecutive year (January 2016) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the ninth consecutive year (October 2015). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, The Goddard School Franchise currently licenses more than 440 franchised Schools with more than 50,000 students in 35 states. The Goddard School’s AdvancED- and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience), a comprehensive play-based curriculum developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. With a proven system in place and a strong network of dedicated franchisees, The Goddard School Franchise is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider. For more information, visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

 

5 Ways You’re Demotivating Your Employees

January 11th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

Goddard Systems CEO Joe Schumacher contributed to Business News Daily‘s article, 5 Ways You’re Demotivating Your Employees. The article addresses five ways that companies demotivate their staff and how to steer clear from these mistakes. Joe notes that open communication and transparency increase employee engagement and productivity while providing the team with a sense of validation.

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Under Construction in Medina

December 14th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Reported to be “a welcome addition to the rapidly growing area,” The Goddard School is projected to open in 2016.

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Franchisee Spotlight: Lori and Bob Santo

December 9th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Our dedicated, hard-working franchisees have helped make The Goddard School® a leader in early childhood education. This month, we would like to spotlight two of them, Bob and Lori Santo, franchisees of The Goddard Schools located in Upper Saint Clair, PA and Peters Township, PA.

They have three children of their own and 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.

Q & A with Joe Schumacher

December 2nd, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Learn more about The Goddard School franchise opportunity from Joe Schumacher, CEO, Goddard Systems, Inc., in the December issue of Franchising USA.

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Small Business Financing Made Easy

November 17th, 2015 by The Goddard School Franchise’s Franchise Finance Team

Accessing capital for a new business can be an unfamiliar territory in the start-up process, so it’s not surprising when new franchisees have questions. Outside of securing home mortgages, many people have not had experience with commercial lending, much less government-backed loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA). This is one reason having the support of an experienced franchisor like The Goddard School Franchise can help make obtaining financing easier than navigating the finance process alone.

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, they work 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 family!

 

“Choose for Charity” Comes to an End with Laser Pegs®
on Top in the 8th Annual Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – November 16, 2015 – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, one of the largest early childhood education organizations in the nation, announces that Laser Pegs® 16-in-1 Space Fighter Building Set was deemed the top toy by public vote in The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. GSI will purchase and donate 100 of the winning toy 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.

Now in its eighth year, the Toy Test searches for the best educational toy of the year by engaging preschoolers to play with a selection of toys, provide feedback, and then vote for their favorite along with the public. Educational toys from popular toy manufacturers across the nation were first evaluated by The Goddard School Toy Testing Committee, which is comprised of early childhood education experts. The toys were judged on how well they supported educational skill development and encouraged child-initiated play and collaboration.

From there, the toys were sent to 50 Goddard Schools across the country where preschoolers tested the toys for one week. The children determined their Top 10 favorites before putting it to “Choose for Charity” public vote where people across the country could select their favorite of this year’s top toys as selected by the preschoolers.

The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys finalists included the following (in suggested age range order):

  • Whoozit® Space Blankie by The Manhattan Toy Company (Suggested Age Range: 0+ months)
  • Rolligo by Fat Brain™ Toys (Suggested Age Range: 12+ months)
  • John Deere Learn ‘N Pop Farmyard Friends by TOMY (Suggested Age Range: 12+ months)
  • ModMobiles – Set A by Fat Brain™ Toys (Suggested Age Range: 2+ years)
  • Doctor On Call by Hape Toys (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years)
  • Lakeshore® Gear Builders – Starter Set by Lakeshore Learning Materials (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years)
  • Lincoln Logs® 100th Anniversary Tin by K’NEX Brands (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years)
  • Joinks by Fat Brain™ Toys (Suggested Age Range: 3+ years)
  • 16-in-1 Space Fighter Building Set by Laser Pegs® (Suggested Age Range: 5+ years)
  • Tumble Trax™ Magnetic Marble Run by Learning Resources® (Suggested Age Range: 5+ years)

“Our annual Toy Test gives Goddard School children the opportunity to explore and discover a range of new toys,” says GSI’s Vice President of Education, Dr. Craig Bach. “It speaks to the heart of our curriculum, which is centered on play-based learning. The children benefit by developing problem solving skills, the ability to collaborate with others, self-confidence and creativity, and we benefit by seeing which toys, for example the 16-in-1 Space Fighter Building Set by Laser Pegs®, resonate with them, allowing us to better identify high-quality educational resources that children really enjoy.”

For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.

 

Franchisee Spotlight: Carrie and Eric Park

November 10th, 2015 by The Franchise Development Team

Our dedicated, hard-working franchisees have helped make The Goddard School® a leader in early childhood education. This month, we would like to spotlight two of them, Carrie and Eric Park, franchisees of The Goddard School located at 4980 Parkcenter Avenue in Dublin, OH and The Goddard School located in Canal Winchester, OH.

The Parks have three children of their own and 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.