Posts Tagged ‘In the News’

Classrooms Kept Clean With High-Tech Solution
Alpharetta Neighbor featured The Goddard School located in Alpharetta, GA for its use of high-tech sanitation equipment. The eco-friendly devices remove 99.9% of common bacteria and viruses from various classroom objects such as toys, using ozone created from ambient air and less than one half ounce of water to sanitize hard and soft items without exposing them to chemicals.

Preschoolers Learn to Say “Nín hăo” and More in Mandarin Chinese
The Goddard School located in Collierville, TN partnered with the Confucius Institute at the University of Memphis to bring a Mandarin Chinese foreign language program to its students. Within the first few weeks of the program’s inception, children were counting to ten, naming shapes and exchanging greetings in Mandarin. Click here to learn more.

Now Open! Macungie, PA (Philadelphia Market)
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is excited to announce its newest School opening – The Goddard School located in Macungie, PA. This location marks the first School opened in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. Franchisee Jill Woosnam spoke with about the opening and The Goddard School’s unique, play-based curriculum.

Here’s what Jill says about bringing The Goddard School to the area:

“I decided to franchise with The Goddard School because of the positive experiences I had as a teacher, so I knew I wanted to continue educating young children in a positive learning environment,” she said. “I’m proud to bring The Goddard School’s prestigious program to families throughout the area.”

Year-Long Partnership Promotes Tolerances, Diversity, Teamwork and Technology
The Goddard School located in Third Lake, IL partnered with SEDOL (Special Education District of Lake County) to complete a year-long program promoting tolerance, diversity, teamwork and technology. The kindergarteners sold homemade baked goods and bracelets at their Valentine’s Day Dance and donated all proceeds to SEDOL.


Fran Lubbs Welcomes Community To New Goddard School

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, has opened a school in Royersford, Pa. located at 197 Royersford Road. The new school is owned and operated by long-time active community member, Fran Lubbs, who has spearheaded numerous local charitable initiatives in the area for many years. Along with her husband, Fran has also owned and operated a location in Wayne, Pa. since 2001, illustrating her deep experience with running a successful preschool.

Having been immersed in The Goddard School preschool system for nearly two decades, Fran Lubbs is the ideal owner and operator for the new Goddard School in Royersford. Her journey with Goddard first began in the corporate office’s quality assurance department, which then quickly transitioned to curriculum development and finally, franchisee training. Fran’s expertise in both the education and business side of running a school further illustrates her keen ability to successfully manage the new location. Inspired by the nurturing environment The Goddard School creates for its students, Fran’s decision to franchise with Goddard and operate her own location comes highly lauded by the company. The educational director at this location, Meghan Stumpf, is also highly accredited with 9 years of experience working with The Goddard School as well as a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education.

The new Goddard School in Royersford will also hold a grand opening event on Saturday, March 7th from 11am to 1pm. This free event is open to all families and children in the local community. The Springfield Chamber of Commerce will be in attendance during the ribbon cutting ceremony and at 11:30am, the school will feature a musical program. The Grand Opening will also highlight special incentives for families who enroll that day including a week of free tuition! In keeping with Fran’s altruistic nature, the school will also be donating to a local childhood cancer research foundation during the Grand Opening.

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 over 26 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.

“With my background in education prior to joining Goddard, I’ve always believed that children learn best through play, which made the choice to franchise with The Goddard School an easy one,” said franchisee, Fran Lubbs. “I am more than ready to continue my journey in nurturing the children in the community, seeing them grow and become thoughtful learners.”

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 14 consecutive years (January 2015).

The Goddard School located in Royersford, Pa. is located at 197 Royersford Road. To reach this location, please call 610-948-1208 or email For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit

2014 Franchisee Business Review Survey Results Are In
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School, strives to provide its franchisees with the absolute best support. GSI regularly solicits feedback from its franchisees in the form of an anonymous, third-party survey in order to further improve upon its processes. GSI also releases the results of the survey in an effort to be as transparent as possible. GSI encourages all potential franchisees to not only talk to current franchisees about their experiences but to also review the opinions of the entire Goddard system. See the results of the 2014 Franchise Business Review survey here.

Goddard Systems, Inc. Calls for Applicants for $10,000 Scholarship
GSI is now accepting applications for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. The $10,000 college scholarship is annually awarded to a Goddard School graduate who has demonstrated the work ethic and perseverance exemplified by Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system. Click here to read more about the scholarship.

Chicago-Area Goddard Schools Collect More Than 25,000+ More Books, Resulting in Two Year Total of 70,000 Books for Children Less Fortunate
Children at Chicago-area Goddard Schools helped to collect more than 25,000 new and gently used books for Bernie’s Book Bank, an organization that distributes books to at-risk children across the Chicago region. Read more here.

The Goddard School Located in Sparks, NV Collects 1,240 Pounds of Food for Food Drive
The Goddard School located in Sparks, NV recently completed their annual Super Bowl Can Drive, collecting 1,240 pounds of food! The School holds their food drive every year during the 3 weeks before the Super Bowl. Click here to read more.

A quote from Goddard Systems CEO Joe Schumacher has been featured in “10 Productivity Secrets Entrepreneurs Say Really Work” in Business News Daily. Click here to check it out.

The Goddard School® in the News: January 2015

Thursday, January 15th, 2015

Dr. Craig Bach and Viral Davé Discuss the Importance of Gratitude with Atlanta Public Affairs Radio
Dr. Craig Bach, VP, Education for Goddard Systems, Inc., and Viral Davé, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Atlanta II, GA, joined Atlanta Public Affairs host Matt Jones to discuss why teaching gratitude is important and how it can set children up for success later in life. Click here to listen to the segment.

Richmond-Area Goddard Schools Support the CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation
Goddard Schools in the Richmond area banded together to support the CJ’s Thumbs Up Foundation. The children at the Schools decorated holiday ornaments to auction, held a bake sale and hosted a spaghetti dinner to raise money. CBS Virginia This Morning and Richmondmom showcased the Schools’ efforts.

Children from The Goddard School Located in Mason, OH Selected to Recite Pledge of Allegiance
B105 Radio selected the children in the pre-k class at The Goddard School located in Mason (Deerfield Township), OH to recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the station’s Salute Your Troops program. Check out the full segment here.

The Goddard School Located in Mechanicsville, VA Raises $3,300 for Cancer Center
Congratulations to The Goddard School located in Mechanicsville, VA for raising $3,300 for the Massey Cancer Center. The directors, teachers, families and community worked together to raise the money.

Toy Test in the News
The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test is still making the news. The Toy Test was recently featured in several news segments, including: Centerville, OH; Friendswood, TX; Lake Ridge, VA; and  Newark, DE.


The Goddard School In the News: December 2014

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Dr. Kyle Pruett and Dr. Jack Maypole Discuss Children’s Mealtime Struggles in The Huffington Post
A recent article in The Huffington Post featured Dr. Kyle Pruett and and Dr. Jack Maypole’s thoughts on encouraging children to try new foods. Dr. Pruett and Dr. Maypole serve on The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board, which is one of the many resources that Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) provides to support its franchisees.

The Goddard School Announces Top Toy of the Year
Across the nation, preschoolers at The Goddard School tested and voted for their favorite educational toys during The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. The top 10 were then put to a public vote. The Giant Roller Ramps – Starter Set by Lakeshore Learning Materials was voted number one! GSI will donate 100 of these sets to Toys for Tots.

New Goddard School Opened in Pleasant Prairie, WI
GSI is excited to announce its newest School opening – The Goddard School located in Pleasant Prairie, WI! This location marks the 2nd Goddard School in Wisconsin and the 419th overall location in the country. Franchisee Sarah Hall spoke with about the opening, The Goddard School’s unique curriculum and the importance of GSI’s Educational Advisory board.

The Goddard School Located in Highland Heights Holds ‘Turkey Trot’ to Encourage Fitness
The Goddard School located in Highland Heights, OH held its first-ever ‘Turkey Trot’ to burn off Thanksgiving calories. The event teaches children the importance of physical fitness and encourages them to stay active. The tiny trotters even had bib numbers and received medals when they crossed the finish line.

Toy Test in the News
The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test is still making the news. The Toy Test was recently featured in several news segments, including Concord, NC; Lynhhaven, VA; Medfield, MA; Overland Park II, KS; and Tampa II, FL.


The “Number 1 Childcare Franchise in the U.S.,” Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School©, is pleased to announce that three of its executives earned recognition as graduates from the Certified Franchise Executive Program from the Institute of Certified Franchise Executives this month at the International Franchise Association’s annual conference.

Cindy Chapman, Director of Licensing & Corporate Operations, Dana Kline, Vice President of Operations, and Rob Skibjak, Director of Real Estate completed a comprehensive course of study in franchise management offered by the institute, which is the academic branch of the International Franchise Association’s Educational Foundation. The International Franchise Association is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide and will honor this year’s designees during its annual convention in Las Vegas.

“When I joined IFA as President and CEO, I was immediately impressed by the number of highly-respected franchise executives who have earned their CFE designation,” said IFA’s chief executive Stephen J. Caldeira. “I was also equally impressed by the increasing number of franchise executives who have enrolled in the program. In fact, the value of the program was so apparent and powerful to me that I decided to earn my CFE as well. I’m delighted to be a member of the CFE Class of 2012.”

Nearly 1,300 franchise executives are currently enrolled or have received certification. More than 300 IFA-member companies currently have one or more executives enrolled in the program that provides benefits such as specialized knowledge, industry recognition, peer-level networking and professional standing.

Candidates are required to complete a rigorous course of study to earn the CFE designation, which includes attending institute-sponsored educational seminars and workshops. The program enhances franchising professionals’ understanding of both the industry’s fundamental and complex aspects.