March 9th, 2016 by The Franchise Development Team

Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The City Community

SNOQUALMIE, Wa. (March 9, 2016)Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school in Snoqualmie, WA is open. Located at Snoqualmie Parkway, 34510 SE 96th Street Snoqualmie, WA 98065, the new school is owned and operated by franchisee Julio Ibarra.

Julio Ibarra and his wife, Maria Elena, acting as the on-site owner, bring a balance of educational volunteer work and a business background to The Goddard School. Julio spent 27 years in business, working in supply chain at Procter & Gamble followed by work with Starbucks as well as the popular yogurt franchise, Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Maria Elena previously used her love of education to volunteer at their children’s elementary and middle schools. Julio and Maria Elena were attracted to The Goddard School’s brand reputation and its focus on the individual performance of every school. The couple originally discovered The Goddard School when researching pre-schools for their own children and were impressed with the franchise’s balance of a strong business model, franchisor support and financial performance.

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.

“Maria Elena and I love The Goddard School’s model of having both an on-site owner and a full-time director working together as a team but with clear distinction in responsibilities,” said franchisee, Julio Ibarra. “With our backgrounds in educational volunteer work and business, we found The Goddard School franchise to be the perfect opportunity where we could truly make a difference.”

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 Snoqualmie, WA is located at Snoqualmie Parkway, 34510 SE 96th Street Snoqualmie, WA 98065. To reach this location, please call (425) 381-4185 or email For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit


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 430 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


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