The Goddard School Recognized at Governor’s Small Business Forum

February 20th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School located in Cedar Park, TX was recognized by Texas Secretary of State Carlos Cascos at the Governor’s Small Business Forum for its outstanding achievements and contributions to the community.


The Importance of Networking for Entrepreneurs

February 13th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

Paul Koulogeorge, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations at Goddard Systems Inc., shares a tip (# 3) for those entrepreneurs looking to step up their networking game.


The Goddard School Opens First Iowa Location in Waukee

February 7th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

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



January 16th, 2017 by The Franchise Development Team

The Goddard School Opens 23 Schools in 2016

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces that 2016 was another year of successful expansion, opening 23 new Schools nationwide. With 27 Schools in planning stages for 2017, the leading early childhood education franchise system continues its path toward achieving a five-year development goal of opening 150 new schools by 2020.

Since its inception in 1988, The Goddard School has opened 462 locations with a commitment to developing 156 more units within the next five years, giving 156 families the opportunity to take control of their futures and own their businesses. This rate of growth will result in up to 3,900 new jobs and will benefit approximately 20,000 new students throughout the country.

In 2016, The Goddard School experienced a 100% franchisee renewal agreement rate, a major driver in The Goddard School’s growth, indicating that current franchisees are satisfied and want to continue operating Goddard Schools. The Goddard School awarded more franchise license agreements to existing franchisees in 2016 than in 2014 and 2015 combined. These licenses represented 40% of total licenses awarded in 2016 compared to 24% of the total in 2015, signaling that franchisees have experienced first-hand a continued rise in demand for superior early childhood education in the United States.

Key areas of growth for the brand in the coming year will focus on bringing The Goddard School’s play-based curriculum to new markets across the country, including its first school in Arkansas, coupled with a continued commitment to open schools in major metro areas that will accommodate Millennial parents living and working in their respective state’s city centers.

“With more parents in the workforce than ever before, the need for high-quality childcare has never been higher. With this in mind, we continually seek enterprising, hard-working entrepreneurs to help expand our system across the country in order to provide premium early childhood education to more and more families,” said Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of Goddard Systems, Inc. “The Goddard School experienced tremendous growth in 2016, and we plan on surpassing those openings in 2017 in an effort to ensure that more children have the opportunity to receive education that helps prepare them for success in school and in life.”

The play-based preschool franchise also plans to encourage more of its Schools to obtain P21 (Partnership for 21st Century Learning) exemplar status, which demonstrates that schools use exemplary 21st century learning practices in preparing students for success in college, career and life. In 2016, The Goddard Schools located in Concord Township, OH, Ladera Ranch, CA, Mooresville, NC and Redmond, WA were awarded P21 exemplar status. Other exemplar Goddard Schools include Cedar Park, TX, Cranberry Township, PA, Fort Mill, SC, Hendersonville, TN and Rock Hill, SC. These nine Schools represent 75% of the nation’s preschools that have earned this distinction.

Long recognized as an industry leader, The Goddard School franchise has been consistently listed in Entrepreneur magazine’s “Franchise 500” ranking as one of the top childcare franchises since 2002.

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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’s STEAM-Based Curriculum Comes To Rocklin, CA!

December 21st, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

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!



Maintaining Quality and Integrity as Your Franchise Grows to 500 Units

December 6th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc., discusses reasonable and responsible growth as The Goddard School Franchise grows to 500 units.



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 located in Westlake, OH, owned and operated by Kathleen and Scott Collins, celebrated an expansion! The School added a 7,600-square-foot addition, which increased the number of classrooms and added a gymnasium!



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.”