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Goddard School Franchise Owners

A father and son have teamed up to open The Goddard School located in Mount Pleasant, SC. The newest Goddard School officially opened on Monday, May 11, and is now enrolling.

Andrew Smith and his oldest son, Nathan, turned owning a Goddard School into a family business. They both have a strong passion for education and an appreciation for the importance of play-based learning. For generations, the family has encouraged having fun while learning and developing independence. This led to a partnership between Andrew and Nathan, who wanted to bring a high-quality, play-based learning program to Mount Pleasant families.

“I want to foster an environment where children love to arrive every day and where parents know their child’s daily care and development is an extension of the same nurturing they are providing at home,” Andrew said. “I also want to build a team of faculty members that considers all of the students’ families and coworkers as an extension of their own families, and most importantly, to fulfill this dream with my son, Nathan, at my side.”

“From as early as I can remember, my parents have instilled in me a love for and the importance of education. I was given the opportunities to grow, to succeed, to thrive and, even at times, to fail. All of which shaped me into the person I am today,” Nathan said. “It is an absolute dream for me to go into business with my dad. The fact that we’re giving so much back to families and the community makes this adventure even better.”

The newest Goddard School, located at 1151 Muhlenbergia Drive, Mount Pleasant, SC, will be open Monday to Friday from 6:30 AM to 6 PM.

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The Goddard School at night

For the first time, The Goddard School®, a recognized leader in early childhood development and care, has opened a location in Meridian, ID.

Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, recently announced the opening of the newest early childhood education facility located at 2009 S. Wells Ave., Meridian, in the Treasure Valley area.

The Goddard School located in Meridian officially opened its doors on Oct. 14 and is now enrolling children ages six weeks to six years old.

The Goddard School is the recognized leader in early childhood development and care, serving children from six weeks to six years. Its play-based educational philosophy, F.L.EX. (Fun Learning Experience) is accredited nationally by Cognia (formerly AdvancED) and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

“We aim to provide the best childhood preparation for social and academic success so that Idaho continues to thrive for generations to come,” said on-site owner Rick Antl.

The Godddard School groundbreaking Merididan

After sending his child to one of The Goddard Schools in Houston, he saw how much his son enjoyed it and grew as an individual.

“I have seen firsthand the difference a quality preschool can make in a child’s social and academic development and wanted to bring that to our community in Meridian,” said Antl. “I would like to help other parents to have that same experience.”

Parina Mehta, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Lake Forest, explains the positive impact that The Goddard School has on the lives of its students.


Franchisee Liz Smith emphasizes the importance of providing fun, individualized lesson plans at The Goddard School located in Waukee, IA.


The Goddard School located at 360 Coddle Market Drive NW in Concord, North Carolina is owned and operated by franchisees, Malvika and Basant Maheshwary.

“We know that the children learn best through play and when they’re having fun,” Malvika Maheshwary, on-site owner, said. “This curriculum teaches the level that the child is, and it builds upon the child rather than just teaching to the class. The child is excited to learn, and students who come out of Goddard School typically are keen, eager learners and excited learners.”


The Goddard School located at 2021 Wildcat Boulevard in Rocklin, California is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Ash and Millie Naik.

The School provides a unique STEAM-based curriculum, which cultivates art and science skills simultaneously!



The Goddard School Gainesville, VA

The Goddard School located at 7801 Heritage Village Plaza in Gainesville, Virginia is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Lisa and Greg O’Brien.

Lisa and Greg are excited to be able to provide Goddard’s outstanding program to the children in the community. The couple has a young daughter and recognizes the importance of a safe and nurturing learning environment. Prior to Goddard, Lisa earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a Juris Doctorate degree in Law, while Greg earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering.

During the Grand Opening on November 12th The Goddard School helped raise funds for the non-profit CASA – Children’s Intervention Services of Manassas.


The Goddard School Humble, TX

The Goddard School located at 17823 W. Lake Houston Parkway in Humble, Texas is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Josh and Jill Morrison.

Earlier this month, the School hosted a grand opening celebration. The community was invited to explore the facility’s features which include 10 classrooms, a gymnasium, playground and splash pad.

“If you ask the children, they will say they’re having fun; but they are also learning,” Morrison said. “It is so important to be prepared to do well in elementary school because if they can do well right at the beginning of their school-age years, then it sets the precedent for them to do well through all of their schooling.”


Goddard School Building

The Goddard School located at 9651 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60076, is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Mary and Andrew Fratini. The Fratinis moved to Wilmette from Chicago, where their two daughters attended the Goddard School located in Chicago (Lincoln Park), IL.

“We were in a Goddard school almost every day for the last five years dropping off and picking up our children. What really spurred the idea was when we saw the demand. We felt there was a need for this type of preschool, and that is what led us to put all the chips on the table and go with the risk,” Andrew Fratini said.


The Goddard School located at 345 Clydesdale Trail, Medina, MN 55340, is now open! The new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Lisa and Aaron Amic. The Amics also own The Goddard School located in Plymouth, MN.

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.