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When the COVID-19 pandemic first hit, businesses all over the world had to figure out how to modify their processes quickly while continuing to move forward.

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) employees were at the forefront of these changes, ensuring we were meeting the needs of our learners while keeping attendee interactions strong. Pre-pandemic, we conducted in-person training sessions for new franchisees and School education directors. With everyone socially distancing, GSI swiftly adapted to this rapidly changing new environment. Tracey Grill, the GSU trainer-onboarding, and Donna Crosson, the corporate franchise trainer, stepped in to guide the Goddard system through this transition. “I have the greatest job in the world,” Donna said. Donna used her training experience and expertise to guide the team and assist them in tapping into that passion and enthusiasm in order to create powerful virtual training tools for new franchisees and directors.

What We’re Doing Differently 

Without a classroom environment, the team focused on finding ways to connect with franchisees digitally. They found that using a well-balanced mix of different platforms in conjunction with face-to-face virtual meetings helped recreate the feel of the in-person classroom. They also introduced a mix of interactive icebreakers and activities to keep the learners engaged during training while helping them make vital connections with one another.

It is a people-first approach. Participants come with varied professional experiences that impact how they receive and retain information. The team connects with the participants first, which informs how technology is used to deliver content. Franchisees must walk away with the tools they need to be able to hit the ground running when their Schools open and need to feel like they’re truly part of the Goddard family. They can then carry the same kind of familial atmosphere into their Schools.

What Our Challenges Were and How We Overcame Them 

Of course, this new way of doing things wasn’t without its speed bumps. For example, with franchisees tuning into training remotely from all over the country, connectivity issues can sometimes arise. The team ensures that all the franchisees have dial-in options and hard copy materials available if they aren’t able to access the training digitally.

There’s also the matter of the dreaded meeting fatigue, which can set in when conducting online meetings. To minimize this, the training team strategically schedules the flow and timing of the training sessions to make them more digestible while giving the franchisees a break to absorb the information they learn. Learning activities are also carefully planned to maximize opportunities to interact with the presenters and one another.

Speaking of information, Donna coordinates with various subject matter experts to ensure virtual delivery tips and tricks are shared with the entire training team. After each session, the feedback informs adjustments that can be made to enhance the experience. Continuous improvement is always at the forefront to ensure the most impactful learning experience for participants.

What We’ve Learned and How We’re Moving Forward 

The main takeaway that Donna, Tracey and the team of presenters learned from this experience is that while face-to-face training is preferred, virtual training can be just as successful and fun. It has also forced them to think outside the box to find new, creative ways to connect with franchisees through interactive activities. They plan to continue to use those activities to link each phase of training to the next while continuing to use self-study assignments to bridge the gap between training sessions. In true Goddard Systems fashion, virtual training has been a perfect example of how learning opportunities can be found anywhere – even in the comfort of your home.

 

The Goddard School

After each spending about 28 years in the software consulting industry, Swati and Sunil Kapdi decided to open a nationally acclaimed private early childhood education center known for its play-based curriculum and individualized learning experience. 

Teaching has been my passion since high school,” Swati said. I used to do tutoring for elementary, middle and high school children during the initial years of my career.” 

This is the second The Goddard School to open in Georgetown proper this year, reflecting the community’s rapid growth. Swati and Sunil fulfilled their dream of opening their own preschool to meet the demand for early childhood education options in the area. 

We love to be around children, and we are committed to providing them the best education and support in their early years of development,” Swati said. We feel fortunate to be able to influence them during their developmental stages and make an impact in their life. 

The newly constructed preschool, located at 3740 Williams Drive, officially opened on Jan. 2. More than 180 children ages six weeks to six years old will attend the preschool and experience its unique play-based learning curriculum. They will also provide before/after school programs and summer camp programs for elementary children.  

The preschool is open Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

For more information about the newest The Goddard School in Georgetown (Williams Drive), TX, visit www.goddardschool.com/austin/georgetown-williams-drive-tx. 

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The Goddard School located in Northlake officially opened on Friday, Nov. 1, and is now enrolling!

Susie Patton and Kaylin Walker, onsite owners of the newest Goddard School, previously taught elementary school children before deciding to open an early childhood education facility of their own. They saw there was a need in their community for a high-quality early childhood education program that provides a play-based learning experience in a nurturing environment.

“Deciding to make the switch from our previous profession, we were comforted in knowing that we would still be working with children and providing what children need – a safe and nurturing environment where they are encouraged to develop a love for learning,” Susie said.

“We want to reach as many children as possible and provide the best-in-class programs to area children,” Kaylin said.

For more than 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 Winter Garden FL

The Goddard School located in Winter Garden officially opened on Monday, Nov. 4, and is now enrolling!

Pam King, onsite owner of the newest Goddard School, always had a strong passion for working with children. She previously owned a Goddard School in Alpharetta, Georgia, and was involved in owning and operating several Goddard Schools over the course of two decades before her family moved to the Winter Garden area about six years ago. Prior to that, she worked as a neonatal intensive care nurse at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

When Pam and her husband, Shawn, moved to Florida, they saw there was a need in Winter Garden for a high-quality early childhood education program that provides a play-based learning experience in a nurturing environment and decided to open a Goddard School.

“When many of our friends and co-workers in the area described their preschool experiences, we realized the impact we could make in our new community,” Pam said. “Overall, we look forward to raising the level of preschools available in the area. As we implement the Goddard philosophies and practices, we will bring the same value we have been providing to families for more than 20 years.”

 

The newest Goddard School, located in 2007 Avalon Road will be open Monday to Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

For more information about The Goddard School located in Winter Garden and the upcoming grand opening event, visit www.goddardschool.com/Winter-GardenFL.

Five Ways to Deal with Stress at Work

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

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Even if you’re hard at work at your dream job, workplace stress is a real issue. With projects piling up, emails pouring in and meetings taking up almost every hour of your day, it’s easy for even the best multitaskers to feel completely overwhelmed.

In honor of National Stress Awareness Day on November 6, we asked GSI employees about their favorite ways to reduce stress levels at work. Here are their top five:

  1. Take a walk. Take part of your lunch or just a quick break to go outside and walk. If you need a few minutes of quiet reflection, go out on your own, but it can also help to go with a few other co-workers, just make a no-talking-or-thinking-about-work rule while you’re walking. By the time you get back to your desk, you’ll feel refreshed.
  2. Look away from your screens. Your work may have you tied to your computer and smartphone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look away. Every hour or so, give your eyes a quick break by looking away from your screens. If you’re reviewing a shorter document, print it out and read over the hard copy, or take this time to straighten up and wipe down your desk space. No matter what you do, just be sure to immerse yourself in the task. When you turn back to your screens, you’ll be much more relaxed.
  3. Have a healthy snack. Mounting stress can feel icky, and too often, we make things worse by stress-eating unhealthy snacks. That extra donut may taste great, but as your sugar high comes crashing down, you’ll regret your choice. Instead, stock your desk with some healthier options, like granola bars, nuts, fruit and a little dark chocolate. (It’s healthy, after all!) Don’t forget to drink water! Many of us are habitual coffee drinkers, especially at work, but caffeine-induced jitters and dehydration can magnify stress.
  4. Write a to-do list. Take the time each morning to write out a to-do list on a notepad. Writing it by hand forces your mind to slow down a little and engage with each task you record, and it feels really satisfying to physically cross an item off your list. Break down larger projects into smaller, more manageable tasks so that you can cross off more items as you go. Also, consider making a more general weekly list on Monday mornings to help you plan ahead and get a sense of upcoming due dates.
  5. Engage with your five senses. If your stress starts to reach that scary, panicky level, a quick way to calm yourself is to engage your five senses, one by one:
  • Find something you can see and focus on it;
  • Find something you can touch and hold it;
  • Find something you can hear and listen to it;
  • Find something you can smell and inhale;
  • Find something you can taste, even just a sip of water, and experience it.

This process will help your mind reset and refocus.

What are your favorite workplace stress-relieving tips? Share them in the comments below.

 

Goddard School photo from Franchise Times Top 200

 

Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, is proud to announce that The Goddard School has marked yet another year on Franchise Time’s Top 200 list, continuing its 11 year streak as the top performing early childhood education franchise in the U.S.

Franchise Times reports the 200 largest U.S.-based franchisors grew their combined annual sales by more than $26.9 billion or 4.2 percent last year, to $671.3 billion, with most categories seeing across-the-board gains well above the previous year, according to the newly released Franchise Times Top 200+, an exclusive ranking of the 500 largest franchises.

With more than 500 Schools in 37 states, The Goddard School’s system-wide sales exceeded $814 million in 2018, a 9.3 percent increase since 2017. Franchisees invest between $619,900 and $760,600 and earn an average EBITDA of $373,321 per year.*

The franchise system reached a significant milestone at the end of last year, opening its 500th location, making way for setting goals to reach a new milestone – opening 250 Schools in the next five years. GSI is using new and improved strategies, including a location-first real estate approach, to grow the system 50 Schools per year for the next five years.

By leveraging decades-long relationships with developers, GSI will employ a location-first development model. Desirable real estate sites with a high potential for success will be secured before GSI awards a license to a franchisee. This flexibility will enable GSI to satisfy the varied real estate needs of its current and future franchisees and allow more Schools to open faster.

GSI is eager to partner with entrepreneurs who are passionate about running their own business while educating the leaders of tomorrow.

To learn more about how to invest in one of the most successful early childhood education franchises, visit GoddardSchoolFranchise.com.

 

Plaque on building for Monal B Patel

Bhavesh Patel has been working toward his goal of opening his Goddard School located in Granger, IN for three years, in memory of his late wife.

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Wall of The Goddard School of Bala Cynwyd, PA

Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School, is looking back on more than 30 years of success in early childhood education franchising as it proudly announces the opening of the 500th location in Bala Cynwyd, PA.

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Janice Kennedy, owner of The Goddard School located in Olathe (Northwest), KS, reflects upon how her six years in the US Army Reserve prepared her for owning a Goddard franchise in this fascinating article for Authority Magazine.

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In his latest contribution to Forbes, Paul Koulogeorge, VP of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations at Goddard Systems, Inc., explores how marketing has become a more personal relationship with customers.

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