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New Goddard School in Carol Stream Now Open

Friday, February 1st, 2019

The Goddard School Carol Stream

After teaching in private and public schools for more than 10 years, Martin and Majlinda Gjini, franchisees of The Goddard School of Carol Stream, decided to open a school of their own.


Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, recently announced its latest School opening in Mokena, IL. The new School, owned and operated by Neel and Dolon Saha, is hosting a grand opening ceremony for families throughout the community on Saturday, February 24, from 10 AM to noon.


At the grand opening, children will learn about the solar system through STEAM-focused activities. A police officer from the Mokena Police Department will also visit the preschool to hand out Child Identification Kits to parents and walk them through completing the kits.


Prior to joining The Goddard School, owner Neel Saha held a 30-year career as a software and management consultant for Fortune 500 companies while his wife and coowner of the School, Dolon, taught science, math and technology to elementary, middle and high school students for 11 years. After a colleague mentioned that he planned to purchase two existing Goddard School locations in another city, Neel was immediately intrigued by the franchise as it is related to education and began considering it as a potential business venture. With a strong passion to help children develop a lifelong love of learning, the Sahas ultimately decided to bring The Goddard School to their community.


“By bringing The Goddard School to Mokena, we’re not only filling a need for a high-quality preschool for area families, we’re also giving back to a community that we’ve been a part of for more than 25 years,” Neel said.

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 education director, who communicates and works with teachers, as well as implements the School’s play-based 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 F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) 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 onsite at the Schools to provide support to the communities they serve,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of GSI. “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.

For more information about The Goddard School located at 11900 Francis Rd in Mokena, visit

Owners of the Goddard School located in Skokie, IL, Mary and Andrew Fratini, discuss their decision that led them to opening a Goddard School with Evanston Magazine.