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At GSI, we are always working to provide the very best in early childhood education. For Black History Month, we are highlighting Betsey Stockton, a pioneer of adaptive teaching, and the Perry Preschool Project, a groundbreaking education research study. Stockton and the Perry Preschool Project had the same goal: finding a way to provide children with the best learning experiences.

Betsey Stockton: Pioneer of Early Childhood Education

Betsey Stockton’s work as a missionary kickstarted her involvement in early childhood education. Born into slavery in New Jersey in 1798, she was taught to read and expressed her desire to become a missionary when she was about 20 years old. When Betsey was freed in the 1820s, she went to Hawaii to fulfill this dream and launch her teaching career.

In Hawaii, Betsey taught at the mission school, educating both local and missionary children using the monitorial method, according to a National Association for the Education of Young Children article. This teaching method grouped children by ability, and more experienced students, known as monitors, led the groups.

Betsey returned to the East Coast, and in 1828 she was recruited by the Infant School Society of Philadelphia to teach at a new infant school, where teachers would educate young children using a combination of play and learning activities based on observing objects or studying picture cards. To prepare for the position, Betsey trained in New York. When she returned to Philadelphia, she started what would become a successful infant school for African American students. Due to her expertise, Betsey was soon asked to train teachers to educate Ojibwa students at a mission site on Grape Island in Canada. Betsey’s work here would serve as a blueprint for other mission schools in the area.

Betsey then taught at the Witherspoon Street School for Colored Children in Princeton for nearly 30 years. To honor her inspiring work, Princeton University named a garden after Betsey in 2018, saying, “Given the many lives she nurtured over the course of her courageous life, we believe it is fitting that she be commemorated in a garden that we hope will be a place of beauty and reflection for both town and gown.”

The Perry Preschool Project

This 1960s research study only lasted a few years, but the results showed that the right kind of education can benefit children for the rest of their lives. From 1962 to 1967, David Weikart, a psychologist, and Charles Eugene Beatty, the principal of Perry Elementary School in Ypsilanti, MI, worked together to create a program that would bolster the cognitive skills of disadvantaged African American children.

The program selected African American children from three to four years old and randomly assigned them either to a control group that received no pre-k education or an intervention group. Teachers worked with the students in the intervention group every day on planning and executing tasks and then reviewing the results. The intentional teaching strategy they used ultimately showed long-term positive results. The researchers followed the children into adulthood, and they found that the intervention students were more likely to have attained higher levels of education with fewer suspensions, were more likely to be employed and were less likely to commit crimes than the members of the control group.

A summary of the findings by the High/Scope Educational Research Foundation, the organization behind the project, concluded that “all young children living in low-income families should have access to preschool programs that have features that are reasonably similar to those of the High/Scope Perry Preschool Program.”

James Heckman, a Nobel laureate, an economist and the current head of Perry Preschool research, said the program saw success because it could “activate the spark” of learning in the students while also engaging their parents, according to The Hechinger Report.

A Lasting Legacy

Betsey Stockton and the Perry Preschool Project have been instrumental in shaping early childcare education. At GSI, we are inspired by education leaders, and we are grateful to the educators who help children create brighter futures.

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Franchisees like Priya Punugoti, owner of the newest Goddard School located in Lewisville, TX, exemplify the type of ambitious, altruistic entrepreneur that the brand attracts.

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The Top 4 Childcare Franchises of 2018/19

Friday, November 30th, 2018

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After interviewing thousands of franchisees across hundreds of brands, Franchise Business Review ranked The Goddard School among its ‘4 Best Childcare Franchise Opportunities’

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Dr. Jennifer Jipson, a member of The Goddard School Educational Advisory Board, explains five things your child should know before starting preschool.

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Early Childhood Education Leader Identifies This Year’s Best Toys Inspiring Creativity And A Love Of Learning

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Nov. 2, 2015 — Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard Schoolpreschool system, one of the largest early childhood education organizations in the nation, gave preschoolers the job of a lifetime when it asked them to test some toys! Now in its eighth year, The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test announces the top ten best educational toys for 2015, as selected by true toy experts… kids!

Before the toys were given to this discerning audience, they were evaluated by The Goddard School Toy Testing Committee, comprised of early childhood education experts, which judged submissions based on criteria including encouraging interactive, child-initiated play, inspiring creativity and collaboration, and supporting skill development and playful learning.

Putting The Goddard School philosophy of learning through play into action, children from 50 Goddard Schools throughout the country then tested the toys. The children, who range from infants to six years old, determined their favorites while the teachers compiled the tiny testers’ choices.

The results are in, and the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toy Test finalists include (in suggested age range order):

“Fun and educational experiences that help children expand their critical thinking skills and flex their imaginations, as demonstrated in the Toy Test, prime children for success later in life,” said Dr. Craig Bach, GSI’s Vice President of Education. “From classic toys to new products on the market that encourage STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), our children have the opportunity to play with incredible toys that support learning through play.”

The public will now have the chance to vote and select the 2015 Top Toy on The Goddard School’s website, www.goddardschool.com/toytest, from November 2 – November 13, 2015. GSI will purchase and donate 100 of the winning toy to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

Past Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners include brands such as Lakeshore Learning Materials, K’NEX, Fat Brain Toys, Tiny Love, HABA and Learning Resources.

For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.

Preschoolers Across The Nation Participate In The 8th Annual Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – September 28, 2015Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, one of the largest early childhood education organizations in the nation, is searching for the Top 10 Toys for children (infants to six years old) that encourage playful learning. Toy companies around the globe are participating for the chance to be voted #1 in the 8th annual Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. Products are put to the test by true toy experts – children!

Every year, select Goddard Schools across the country hold the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, where manufacturers are invited to submit toys for consideration. All entries are evaluated by The Goddard School Toy Testing Committee, which is comprised of early childhood education experts. This panel of educators evaluates entries based on various criteria including encouraging interactive, child-initiated play, inspiring creativity and collaboration, and supporting skill development and playful learning.

Toys scoring highest on the evaluation will be sent to 49 participating Goddard Schools nationwide to be tested by children from September 28 through October 2. The children will cast their votes for the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys, and the toys will then be put to public vote on The Goddard School website from November 2 to November 13. GSI will purchase and donate 100 of the toy receiving the most votes to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

“Our annual Toy Test is a powerful example of our education philosophy, which is centered on playful learning,” says GSI’s Vice President of Education, Dr. Craig Bach. “It also exemplifies ongoing efforts at The Goddard School to identify high-quality educational resources in collaboration with teachers and children.”

Bach continues, “Through the Toy Test, we provide children with an interactive and playful learning experience as they work together to evaluate a range of toys. In the process, the children continue to develop problem solving skills, the ability to collaborate with others, self-confidence, creativity and other valuable tools that will help them be successful in school and in life.” Past Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners include brands such as K’NEX, Fat Brain Toys, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Green Toys and Learning Resources. For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.

About The Goddard School®

Learning for fun. Learning for life.® The Goddard School celebrates more than 25 years of using the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) reaches more than 45,000 students in more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

 

The Goddard School® In the News: August 2015

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

GoddardSchoolFranchise.com is Live!

The Goddard School Franchise is proud to announce the launch of its redesigned website, GoddardSchoolFranchise.com. The site was given a completely fresh and modern look and has a mobile focus, keeping in mind that a majority of people are browsing websites on their smart phones and tablets.

The Educational Advisory Board in the News

The Educational Advisory Board (EAB) is one of the many resources that The Goddard School Franchise provides to support its franchisees, and it’s been getting a lot of media attention! Check out the links below to find out why.

Children in Elgin, IL Raise Money to Fight Cancer

When the children and faculty at The Goddard School located in Elgin, IL heard that a Goddard School student’s sister had been diagnosed with cancer, they sprang into action and hosted the “Bella’s Lemonade Stand” event to raise money for her treatment. The School raised $1,476 in the first day alone. Local businesses also donated various resources to the cause. Read the full story here.

Downtown Pittsburgh Celebrates Its Grand Opening

The Goddard School located in Pittsburgh (Downtown), PA welcomed parents, children and other members of the community when it held its grand opening on August 5. Matt and Dina Speranza, the on-site franchisees of the School, were on-hand to celebrate this momentous occasion.

 

Joe Schumacher Endorses Open Dialogue in Forbes
The Goddard School Franchise CEO encourages his employees to openly share their ideas and opinions. Joe also said that he and several members of his senior management team regularly take employees to lunch to talk about their goals, needs and concerns.

New Goddard Schools are Open and Ready for Business!
We are excited to announce the grand openings of several Goddard Schools across the country!

The Goddard School Makes National Headlines
The Educational Advisory Board (EAB) is one of the many resources that The Goddard School Franchise provides to support its franchisees, and it’s been getting a lot of media attention! Check out the links below to find out why.

Mechanicsburg, PA Speaks to ABC on the Importance of Preschool
Recent studies claim that Sesame Street is as good as preschool, but The Goddard School located in Mechanicsburg, PA disagrees. The School told ABC-27 News why in-person interaction is a crucial component of early childhood education.

Toms River, NJ Delights Baseball Fans With the National Anthem
Preschoolers from The Goddard School located in Toms River (Route 70), NJ hit a home run when they sang The Star-Spangled Banner at a Lakewood BlueClaws baseball game. The School has been performing at BlueClaws games for three years.

Philadelphia-based Franchisee Featured as 95.7 BEN FM’s “Woman of the Week”
Fran Lubbs, franchisee of The Goddard Schools located in Wayne, PA and Royersford, PA, discussed what makes The Goddard School so special on 95.7 BEN FM in Philadelphia. She also touched on the importance of early childhood development and what separates The Goddard School from other preschools.

 

LAST CALL: Be Our Guest at the International Franchise Expo in June
Want to learn more about franchising opportunities with The Goddard School? Be our guest at the International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, June 18-20. Click here to register and use promo code GODDARD to receive your complimentary guest pass. Also be sure to stop by the Goddard Systems, Inc. booth, number 438! See you there!

Goddard Systems, Inc. Names New Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and PR
Paul Koulogeorge, GSI’s new Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and PR, brings an extensive background of knowledge and expertise. Check out the full story on Franchising.com.

Dr. Jack Maypole Weighs in on Babies and Allergies
Well-respected pediatrician and Goddard School Educational Advisory Board member Jack Maypole, M.D. shared his thoughts on babies and allergies with The Bump and Yahoo! Parenting. Dr. Maypole serves on The Goddard School’s Educational Advisory Board, which is one of the many resources that Goddard Systems provides to support its franchisees.

Budding Artists in Salmon Creek, WA Raise $6,200 for Local Organization
Children at The Goddard School located in Salmon Creek, WA auctioned off their works at the Children’s Art Gala, raising more than $6,200 for Legacy Hospital’s Child Abuse Assessment Team. Click here to learn more.

Root for Earth in the News
Many Goddard Schools were featured in the news for their participation in The Goddard School’s Root for Earth campaign! Click on the links to view a sampling of the highlights, which include stories on The Goddard Schools located in Indian Trail, NC; Castle Rock, CO; Ladera Ranch, CA; Edmond I, OK.

Exciting things are happening at our Schools every day! Here are some recent events:

Seattle Market Art Auction: A Huge Success!
The Seattle market went above and beyond with their market-wide art auction, raising more than $25,000 for Ben’s Fund. Established by Seattle Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, the foundation helps support families of autistic children in the community. Both TV and print coverage featured the market’s campaign.

Cypress I, TX Art Fair Raises More Than $4,000 for March of Dimes
The Goddard School located in Cypress, TX held their second annual Art Fair to raise money for March of Dimes, donating more than $4,000 to the organization. Several members of the School’s faculty also participated in the local March of Dimes walk in downtown Houston.

Manchester, MO Holds “Coin War” to Help Local Family
When Marla Brunk, her faculty and the families of The Goddard School located in Manchester, MO heard that the one-year-old sibling of one of the preschoolers needed a double lung transplant, they sprang into action. The School held a “coin war,” and encouraged the classrooms to compete with each other by donating spare change. The classrooms raised more than $4,100 for this family in need.

 

Be Our Guest at the International Franchise Expo in June
Want to learn more about franchising opportunities with The Goddard School? Be our guest at the International Franchise Expo at the Javits Center in New York City, June 18-20. Click here to register and use promo code GODDARD to receive your complimentary guest pass. Also be sure to stop by the Goddard Systems, Inc. booth, number 438! See you there!

Franchise Times Highlights The Goddard School’s Presence in Urban and Suburban Markets
Joe Schumacher outlined The Goddard School’s plans for nationwide growth in Franchise Times. The Schools planned for development include locations near Orlando, San Antonio and San Francisco, among others. Matt and Dina Speranza, franchisees of The Goddard School located in Pittsburgh (Downtown), PA, were also spotlighted for their expansion into the urban market.

Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Loves When His Employees Make Mistakes
Joe Schumacher told Business Insider why he likes when his employees slip up – so long as they learn and grow from it. Making an occasional mistake, he says, shows that employees are not afraid to be proactive and take responsibility. His beliefs were reiterated in this Inc. magazine article.

GSI CFO Explains the Advantages of Collaboration
Bob Scopinich went on CFO Thought Leader to discuss the advantages of finance and IT working together to optimize data flows and functionality. This strategic collaboration devised the systems that help run one of the largest preschool franchises in the country.

Entrepreneur Names The Goddard School a Top Children’s Businesses Franchise
Entrepreneur magazine voted The Goddard School one of the top Children’s Businesses franchises in its May issue. The Goddard School Franchise is currently accepting applications for franchise opportunities.

GSI CEO Featured in “5 Business Lessons from the Big Boxing Match”
Joe Schumacher gave Yahoo! Small Business Advisor the inside scoop on The Goddard School Franchise’s commitment to steady, responsible growth. The franchisor vets each potential franchisee and builds out its support system according to how many Schools are in the system.

Phoenix-Area Franchisees Speak Out in “8 Reasons to Consider Franchising”
Huy and Van Phan, franchisees of The Goddard School located in Gilbert (Higley), AZ, told Business News Daily why they franchised with The Goddard School and how it helped them gain independence.

Root for Earth in the News
Many Goddard Schools were featured in the news for their participation in The Goddard School’s Root for Earth campaign! Click on the links to view a sampling of the highlights, which include stories on The Goddard Schools located in Ashburn, VA; Cumming, GA; Farragut, TNFranklin (Cool Springs), TNGlastonbury, CT; Hershey, PA; Plainfield, IL; Richmond (Long Meadow Farms), TX; San Ramon, CA; and Southlake, TX.

Hilliard, OH Participates in March of Dimes Walk
The Goddard School located in Hilliard, OH participated in the March of Dimes’ March for Babies walk, raising over $400 for the event! The walk benefits preterm babies and their families.

Concord Township, OH Receives Five-Star Status
The Goddard School located in Concord Township, OH received a five-star rating in Ohio’s Step Up to Quality program! Step Up to Quality recognizes early care and educational programs that exceed the quality benchmarks of Ohio’s licensing standards and makes it easy for parents to find great childcare and early learning programs for their children.