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Debbie Lee, owner of The Goddard School located in Wilton, CT, feels fortunate to be able to go to work every day not only to do something she loves but to make a positive impact on her community.

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Premier Preschool Opens Its Doors To The City Community

WESTON, Mass. (January 21, 2016)Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school in Weston, MA  is enrolling. Located at 2 North Avenue, Weston, MA 02493, the new school is owned and operated by franchisees, Sally Andrea and Firas Akrawi.

Sally and Firas are siblings who have been active in The Goddard School community with their mother who co-owns The Goddard School located in Wayland, MA. Sally’s familiarity with the brand extends to her children, who have all attended the school. The siblings’ extensive experience in handling the business aspect of The Goddard School combined with Sally’s background in the financial industry and Firas’ previous experience in the marketing industry make them qualified to bring the unique play-based curriculum to children and families in the Weston community.

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 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.

“My family believes in the value of quality education and The Goddard School’s play-based curriculum offered the best environment and well-rounded program perfect for young children,” said franchisee, Sally Andrea. “Having enrolled all of my sons in The Goddard School located in Wayland, I saw the benefits my kids were reaping and wanted to spread this unique learning experience to even more families in Massachusetts.”

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 Weston, MA is located at 2 North Avenue, Weston, MA 02493. To reach this location, please call (781) 296-8790 or email WestonMA@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

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.

 

Q & A with Joe Schumacher

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

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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Choosing a franchise opportunity is sort of like choosing an employer – each one has its own culture and business practices. Here is how to tell whether The Goddard School is the franchise you’re looking for.

  1. You like interacting with children. The Goddard School is a preschool, which means its primary customers are children and their families. Goddard School franchisees interact with children every day and enjoy it.
  2. You want to help prepare children for success in school and in life. The Goddard School prides itself on helping children build an educational foundation for academic and social success.
  3. You want to go into business for yourself, not by yourself. Goddard School franchisees can rely on their franchisor’s robust support system for advice and guidance. We want our franchisees to succeed, and we work with them to achieve results.
  4. You want to invest in a franchise with a strong, recognizable brand. For more than 25 years, The Goddard School has been a trusted name among parents and families. Entrepreneur magazine named The Goddard School the No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States for the fourteenth consecutive year (January 2015), and Franchise Times named it one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems in worldwide sales for the eighth consecutive year (October 2014).
  5. You are a good collaborator. The Goddard School uses a unique dual-management system that allows franchisees to run the business while a degreed education director is responsible for the curriculum and teacher development.

 

The beauty of The Goddard School franchise model is that franchisees go into business for themselves, not by themselves. Our support team of knowledgeable professionals assists franchisees in the following areas.

  • Real Estate and Construction – No matter where Goddard School franchises are opened, we are there to help guide franchisees through the process. A Real Estate Representative assists in locating a suitable site, while a Project Manager assists with the development and construction phases;
  • Finance – Our finance team ensures that the loan process for each franchisee goes as smoothly as possible. There is one point of contact at each financial institution who knows The Goddard School inside and out. This means that each franchisee works with an experienced professional who has helped many other Goddard School franchisees;
  • Operational Support - Franchise Business Consultants (FBCs) from our Field Operations team regularly visit Schools and check in with franchisees to provide ongoing support. Each FBC is also available via email and phone to assist franchisees. A team of trained experts guides each franchisee through the opening process as well;
  • Training - Think you need education experience to open a Goddard School franchise? Think again. Our team teaches franchisees the skills they need to operate a high-quality preschool. Designed specifically for Goddard School teachers and directors, Goddard Systems University (GSU) provides ongoing training and faculty development;
  • Quality Assurance – To help reinforce the training GSU provides, our Quality Assurance (QA) team regularly reviews each School’s procedures and program performance. It also offers guidance on how to continuously improve each School for the benefit of the children and their families;
  • Marketing, Advertising & PR - Getting word out about The Goddard School is crucial for lead generation and enrollment. Our Marketing, Advertising & PR department develops the marketing and advertising materials to help franchisees create awareness of their Schools through radio, television, search engine marketing and more;
  • Information Technology - The Goddard School Franchise encourages the use of computers to keep track of School records, and many of our tools for franchisees can be found online. Our IT team will help you with any computer-related questions or issues you might have, and our in-house Help Desk provides hands-on, continual support via phone and email.

 

Entrepreneur ranked The Goddard School #105 in its 2015 Franchise 500® and tops in the childcare industry in this list of franchise opportunities suited to those with a passion for people.  The list is based on objective, quantifiable criteria, including system size, growth and financial strength and stability. The Goddard School was ranked #113 in 2014. Read the full story here.

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The City Community

UPPER SAINT CLAIR, Pa. (September 10, 2015)Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest School in Upper Saint Clair, PA  is enrolling. Located at 655 Painters Run Road, Upper Saint Clair, PA 15228, the new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Bob and Lori Santo.

Bob and Lori are no strangers to The Goddard School. The couple’s combined experience in the business and sales industries has allowed them to successfully own and operate their first Goddard School location in Peters Township, PA. Bob and Lori’s active involvement in the community as well as their extensive background in the corporate world make them a perfect fit to bring The Goddard School’s unique learning system to children and families in the Upper Saint Clair area.

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.

The Goddard School offers a unique play-based curriculum for the most interactive and innovative learning experience,” said franchisee, Lori Santo. “With the success of our first Goddard School in Peters Township, we wanted to emulate its success and bring this one-of-a-kind curriculum to the families of Upper Saint Clair.”

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 in Upper Saint Clair, PA is located at 655 Painters Run Road, Upper Saint Clair, PA 15228. To reach this location, please call (412) 564-3600 or email UpperSaintClairePA@goddardschools.com.  For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschools.com