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Check out the articles below to see why The Goddard School Franchise has been ranked the #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine every year since 2002.



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The Goddard Way – How Two Franchisees Brought Play-Based Learning to Skokie, IL

July 31, 2017

Franchisees Mary and Andrew Fratini detail their journey from working in the corporate world to opening The Goddard School located in Skokie.

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Turn Millennial Insights Into Actions That Expand Your Brand Reach

July 31, 2017

Paul Koulogeorge, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations for The Goddard School Franchise, shares advice on how businesses can market to millennials.

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The Goddard School Named a Hot Property

July 14, 2017

Fresh off its exhibition at the International Franchise Expo in New York City, The Goddard School Franchise has been named a top brand.

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Starting a Business After College? Advice for Entrepreneurial Grads

June 9, 2017

Joe Schumacher, CEO of The Goddard School Franchise, imparts his wisdom to college students looking to start a business after they graduate.

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The Goddard School’s Dynamic Play-Based Curriculum Comes to Newtown Square

June 1, 2017

Franchisee Kavita Ghai emphasizes the importance of providing fun, individualized lesson plans at The Goddard School located in Newtown Square, PA.

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Goddard School Franchisee Named Rockstar Franchisee of 2017

May 30, 2017

Leisa Byars, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Hendersonville, TN, is named a Rockstar Franchisee of 2017 for her hard work and outstanding business practices.

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Small Business Snapshot: The Goddard School

May 25, 2017

Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Joe Schumacher explains how The Goddard School’s play-based learning program prepares children for success.

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Goddard School Embraces Preservation and Innovation

May 22, 2017

The much-anticipated opening of The Goddard School located in Denver (Highlands), CO provides a look at the exceptional restoration of a historic building in northwest Denver.

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Play-Based Preschool to Open in Rochester Hills

April 25, 2017

Franchisee Sandeep Chada emphasizes the importance of providing fun, individualized lesson plans at The Goddard School located in Rochester Hills, MI.

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Advice CEOs Wish They'd Gotten Before Their First Job

April 10, 2017

Joe Schumacher, CEO of The Goddard School Franchise, draws on his own experience to share important advice about how to suggest improvements in the workplace.

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The Goddard School Named a Smart Business Opportunity

April 3, 2017

The Goddard School was selected as one of the top twenty education franchises in the U.S.

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Goddard School Nationally Recognized as 21st Century Learning Exemplar

March 12, 2017

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) designated The Goddard School located in Concord Township, OH as an exemplar school for its 21st century learning practices.

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The Goddard School Located in Lake Forest, CA Opens Its Doors

March 10, 2017

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.

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Why Now is the Right Time to Invest in a Franchised Childcare Business

March 6, 2017

Joe Schumacher, CEO of The Goddard School Franchise, outlines why now is the perfect time to invest in a franchised childcare business (pages 52-53).

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THE GODDARD SCHOOL’S DYNAMIC LEARNING THROUGH PLAY CURRICULUM COMES TO HIGHLANDS AREA OF DOWNTOWN DENVER, CO

March 2017


Play Based Preschool Now Open For Enrollment

DENVER, CO (March 2017) — Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its latest school in Denver, CO is open. Located at 3914 King St. in the Highlands region of downtown Denver, the new school is operated by husband-and-wife franchisees, David and Allison McMurtry.

David, a veteran of the educational and foster care systems with nearly two decades of teaching and admissions experience, met Allison in 2013. Prior to their meeting, Allison’s son attended two different locations of The Goddard School as a young boy. With David’s educational background, and Allison’s first-hand experience watching her son Colin benefit from The Goddard School’s holistic learning philosophy, the McMurtrys began considering ownership of their own location of the preschool franchise in 2015. They ultimately chose to occupy a historic building just northwest of downtown Denver that has been utilized for more than 100 years to serve the youth in the area. In fact, the couple was so touched by the building’s unique history, they are planning to install a “history wall” within the school that will showcase old community newspaper clips, photos, and letters which pay tribute to the people and stories that make up the area’s rich past.

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 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.

“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 experienced the positive impact that The Goddard School made on Colin’s successes in and outside of the classroom, Allison and I knew this was the only childcare franchise we were interested in pursuing” said owner David McMurtry. “The Goddard School is more than just a preschool; we are a community and a family. We look forward to becoming a greater extension of the Denver community.”

The Goddard School located in Denver (Highlands), CO can be found at 3914 King St., Denver, CO 80211. Please call 303-800-0225 or email Denver3CO@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, is consistently named one of the top childcare franchises in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, The Goddard School franchise currently licenses more than 460 franchised Schools with more than 65,000 students in 36 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.



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The Goddard School Franchise Names Amy Williams Director of Real Estate

February 14, 2017

The Goddard School Franchise announces the hiring of seasoned real estate professional Amy Williams as its Director of Real Estate.

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Best Franchises - Owners Talk about Their Franchise Business of Choice

February 9, 2017

Jason Pullukat, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Chicago (Lincoln Park), IL, explains what transitioning from high-powered corporate powwows to owning a school franchise was like and how franchising has impacted him.

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Networking for Entrepreneurs – Seven Ways to Make a Connection

February 7, 2017

Paul Koulogeorge, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and PR for Goddard Systems, Inc., offers spot-on advice for building strong relationships with local media outlets.

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The Goddard School Opens First Iowa Location in Waukee

January 30, 2017

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

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The Goddard School Recognized at Governor’s Small Business Forum

January 24, 2017

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.

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AWARD-WINNING PRESCHOOL FRANCHISE NEARING 500 LOCATIONS NATIONWIDE

January 16, 2017

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. (January 16, 2017)— 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.

For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.



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Learning Through Play is a Priority in Concord, NC

January 4, 2017

Franchisees Malvika and Basant Maheshwary emphasize the importance of learning through thoughtful, play-based activities at The Goddard School located in Concord (Coddle Creek Market), NC.

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The Goddard School Located in Rocklin, CA Cultivates Arts and Science Skills Simultaneously

December 19, 2016

Franchisees Ash and Millie Naik put a strong emphasis on STEAM learning at The Goddard School located in Rocklin, which recently held its grand opening celebration.

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Maintaining Quality and Integrity as Your Franchise Grows to 500 Units

December 5, 2016

“Having the processes in place as you approach 500 units is critical to maintaining a consistent level of quality across your entire system,” says Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Joe Schumacher (pages 18-19).

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Play-Based Learning Makes its Debut in Watertown, MA

November 22, 2016

The Goddard School located in Watertown, MA opened its doors the week of November 14. Franchisees Simmi and Sunny Verma decided to open a School after one of their own children had such a positive experience at another Goddard School.

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The Goddard School Located in Gainesville, VA Holds Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

November 11, 2016

The Goddard School located in Gainesville, VA held its Fall Festival Open House and a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Saturday, November 12. Franchisees Greg and Lisa O’Brien welcomed local families to this event.

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Goddard School Nationally Recognized as 21st Century Learning Exemplar

November 3, 2016

The Partnership for 21st Century Learning designated The Goddard School located in Ladera Ranch, CA as an exemplar school. The School received this honor for exemplary 21st century learning practices (page 14).

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A CMO Master Class with The Goddard School’s Paul Koulogeorge

October 14, 2016

Paul Koulogeorge, Goddard Systems, Inc.’s VP of Marketing, Advertising and PR, explains the importance of marketing research and how his team uses this tool to market to Millennial parents.

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The Goddard School Brings Play-Based Learning to the Lake Houston Area

October 6, 2016

In Lake Houston, TX, Josh and Jill Morrison provide a fun, stimulating learning environment where children can grow and prepare for academic and social success.

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An Opportunity to Impact Your Bottom Line and Your Community

October 1, 2016

Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Joe Schumacher discusses the positive impact of franchising in early childhood education (pages 47 and 48).

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How Goddard Systems is Using Data to Improve Franchise Development

September 13, 2016

Jim DiRugeris, Vice President of Franchise Development at Goddard Systems, Inc., explains how he analyzes, integrates and applies key data in his franchise recruiting and development process.

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A Chicago Couple Takes Control of Their Future, Opens A Goddard School

September 12, 2016

Frustrated by a lack of high-quality preschool options for their two daughters in Chicago's northern suburbs, Mary and Andrew Fratini took a risk, left their jobs in the corporate world and opened a Goddard School in Skokie, IL.

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The Goddard School is Powered by STEAM and Fueled by Fun in Monroe, CT

September 1, 2016

Franchisee Kim Murray details why she chose The Goddard School and how its play-based learning program will benefit families in the Monroe community.

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The 19th Goddard School Opens in the Houston Area

August 25, 2016

The Goddard School located in Houston (Barker Cypress), TX offers a play-based learning program that incorporates STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) into fun, exciting experiences for children.

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The Goddard School Brings Play-Based Learning to Medina, MN

August 25, 2016

Franchisees Lisa and Aaron Amic proudly announce the opening of their second Goddard School. The couple also owns The Goddard School located in Plymouth, MN.

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Help Shape Future Generations by Franchising with The Goddard School

August 1, 2016

Goddard Systems, Inc. CEO Joe Schumacher outlines how business-savvy entrepreneurs interested in improving the lives of children through education can find a new career by opening a Goddard School franchise.

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Goddard School Franchisee Explains Why Global Learning Is Important

July 25, 2016

Franchisee Dina Speranza answers the driving question: How do teachers in an early childhood exemplar school foster global understanding?

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One of a Kind’ Outdoor Garden Classroom Unveiled at Goddard School

July 6, 2016

This ‘one of a kind’ outdoor classroom is an extension of Goddard's experiential learning program.

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Goddard School Franchisee Details Her Transformation from Pharmacist to Preschool Owner

June 10, 2016

Mawara Sohail, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Verona, WI, explains why she chose to quit her job to focus on a new goal: being her own boss while providing high-quality education to the residents of Verona.

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International Franchise Association Profiles Franchisee Janice Kennedy

May 13, 2016

Janice Kennedy, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Olathe (Northwest), KS, explains why she chose to pursue her passion for early childhood education.

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CNBC: The Goddard School Franchise Helps Franchisees Achieve Success in Career and Life

May 11, 2016

Abby and Scott Hussey, franchisees of The Goddard School located in Centennial, CO, tell CNBC why they chose to open a Goddard School and how The Goddard School Franchise has been there for them every step of the way.

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St. Charles-Area Goddard School Unveils New Learning Tools, School Upgrades

May 10, 2016

The Goddard School located in St. Charles, MO holds a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the recent completion of the School’s expansion and renovation project.

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Franchise Business Review: How One Goddard School Franchisee Enabled Families to Remain in Chicago

April 26, 2016

Jason Pullukat, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Chicago (Lincoln Park), IL, explains why he left the reliability of a corporate position at Kraft Foods to open a Goddard School franchise.

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Joe Schumacher Offers Forbes His Best Advice For Turning Mistakes Into Learning Opportunities

April 21, 2016

Joe Schumacher, CEO of The Goddard School Franchise, provides Forbes with insight on how mistakes can be turned into valuable learning opportunities.

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The Goddard School’s Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Spring (Klein), TX

April 7, 2016

The Goddard School Franchise, the franchisor of The Goddard School, announces its newest school in Spring (Klein), Texas is open. Franchisee Terry Sun is excited to introduce his new preschool to the community.

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Why Franchisors Need to Appeal to the Millennial Generation

April 2016

Joe Schumacher, CEO of The Goddard School Franchise, explains Franchise Advantage appeals to the Millennial generation and how that generation of young business owners will help to shape the future of franchising.

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New Goddard School Brings Play-Based Learning to Collegeville, PA

March 18, 2016

The Goddard School located in Collegeville, PA is now open. Franchisee Adrienne Clark is excited to introduce her new preschool to the community.

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New Goddard School Opens in Snoqualmie, WA

March 9, 2016

The Goddard School located in Snoqualmie, WA is now open. Franchisees Julio and Maria Ibarra are excited to introduce their new preschool to the community.

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Tips on How to Responsibly Navigate a Growing Franchise

February 29, 2016

Jim DiRugeris, vice president of Franchise Development for The Goddard School Franchise, provides insight on how to responsibly navigate a growing franchise.

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The Goddard School’s Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Silver Spring

February 11, 2016

The premier preschool is now open for enrollment to the city community. Franchisees Ashley Harvey and Jim Worley are excited to introduce their new preschool to the community.

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Legislators Attend Opening of Goddard School

February 5, 2016

Massachusetts lawmakers attended the ribbon cutting at The Goddard School located in Weston, MA. Franchisees Sally Andrea and Firas Akrawi, whose family own The Goddard School located in Wayland, MA, loved the School’s program and decided to open a School of their own.

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International Franchise Association Profiles Franchisee Michael Smithers

February 5, 2016

Michael Smithers, franchisee of The Goddard School located in Ladera Ranch, CA, explains why he became a Goddard School franchisee.

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The Goddard School Lakeway, TX

February 4, 2016

The Goddard School, acclaimed preschool franchise, has opened a location in Lakeway, TX. The School celebrated its grand opening on January 16 and is currently accepting students in the area.

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Goddard School Owner: We Love What We’re Doing in Wilton

February 2, 2016

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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Today’s Lesson: Finding a Useful Definition for ‘Big Data’

January 25, 2016

To Bob Scopinich, CFO of The Goddard School Franchise, investing in meaningful technologies such as data-management systems is preferable to using Big Data.

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The Goddard School’s Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Weston, MA

January 21, 2016

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.



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The Goddard School Celebrates Grand Opening in Laurel

January 20, 2016

For Bijal Patel, the opening of her brand new Goddard School is a dream come true. Patel is the owner and onsite franchisee of the new Goddard School in Laurel.

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The Goddard School Accepting Applications for the 8th Annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship

January 19, 2016

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (January 19, 2016) – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system focused on learning through play, is now accepting applications for the 8th annual Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship. Awarded annually to one high school senior who graduated from The Goddard School Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten program, the prestigious scholarship honors an alumnus whose work ethic and perseverance parallels that of Anthony A. Martino, the founder of The Goddard School franchise system.

Three finalists will be selected based on academic record, participation in school, community service, work experience, expressed goals and aspirations along with a video submission. Awarding more than $70,000 through the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship, The Goddard School continues to provide windows of opportunity to college-bound alumni.

“At The Goddard School, our mission is to teach and prepare children during their most formative years. We use fun, hands-on activities to instill a healthy love of learning while encouraging their natural curiosity. In an age of academic pressure and overscheduling, learning through play is more important than ever,” said Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship signifies our continuing commitment to students who have graduated from our program, and we are pleased to provide our most promising alumni with financial assistance to help fulfill their collegiate aspirations.”

Applications must be submitted by March 11, 2016 to be considered for the scholarship. The finalists for the scholarship will be selected and notified on or before April 4, 2016 and will be posted on Goddard System, Inc.’s social media accounts by April 25, 2016. The recipient will be selected and announced on or beforeMay 10, 2016. Only one recipient will be selected for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship.

For more information on scholarship rules and criteria, please visit www.goddardschool.com/approach-to-education/scholarship. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.

ABOUT THE GODDARD SCHOOL®
Learning for fun. Learning for life.® For nearly 30 years, The Goddard School has used 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 50,000 students in more than 440 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.



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The Goddard School’s Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Laurel, MD

January 14, 2016

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.



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The Goddard School’s Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Lakeway, TX

January 13, 2016

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.



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5 Ways You're Demotivating Your Employees

January 8, 2016

Joe Schumacher, CEO of The Goddard School Franchise, advises transparency above all else when it comes to your team communications.

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The Goddard School’s Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Lakeville, MN

January 7, 2016

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.



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Folsom School Owner Credits Hard Work And Determination For Success

December 13, 2015

Kaylee Agaman takes a hands-on approach to her students and respective parents by remaining open and visible to them on a daily basis.

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Somerset Grand Opening

December 5, 2015

For the owners of The Goddard School located at the Shoppes at Pierce Street, running the township’s newest early learning center is literally like coming home again.

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Small Business Financing Made Easy

by The Goddard School Franchise’s Franchise Finance Team

November 16, 2015

Accessing capital for a new business can be an unfamiliar territory in the start-up process, so it’s not surprising when new franchisees have questions. Outside of securing home mortgages, many people have not had experience with commercial lending, much less government-backed loans from the Small Business Administration (SBA). This is one reason having the support of an experienced franchisor like The Goddard School Franchise can help make obtaining financing easier than navigating the finance process alone.



The Right Support

Without the right support, knowledge and guidance, the commercial lending process can be tedious. The Goddard School Franchise conducts an internal financial pre-approval screening so prospective franchisees are not awarded a license unless we feel confident that they will be financed. After an approved prospect enters into an agreement with The Goddard School Franchise, they work with the Real Estate Department to decide whether to lease or purchase a building. A member of the Franchise Finance team is available to review the finance options for both. After the site is secured, our team guides the franchisee through every step of the finance process. We explain commercial lending practices, offer resources and contacts, answer questions, provide insight and feedback and serve as a liaison between our franchisee and the lenders.

The Goddard School Franchise’s Franchise Finance Department addresses questions, provides guidance and communicates directly with the lenders to help avoid surprises along the way. We want our franchisees to have the same confidence in their loan as they do in The Goddard School brand.

Our Franchise Finance team creates an allocation of funds for each project; provides necessary templates, such as business plans and projections; directs franchisees to financing sources; reviews loan proposals and commitment letters to ensure the loan is structured properly, covers all project costs and offers competitive terms; and assists with the loan closing. This support can definitely help the finance process go more smoothly.



The Right Resources

Due to the record demand for childcare and The Goddard School Franchise’s success, reputation and unrivaled support, The Goddard School system is an approved franchise concept for many national and local lenders. We also meet the criteria for SBA eligibility, and our Franchise Finance team has great relationships with many national SBA lenders. We have one main contact with each lender who is already familiar with our model and lending needs. Most of these lenders are part of the SBA’s Preferred Lender Program, which allows them to approve SBA loans in-house. These valuable relationships result in competitive terms and a streamlined process for our franchisees.

The Goddard School Franchise makes the financing process easy for our franchisees by providing great resources, a strong business model, superior support and knowledgeable employees. We pride ourselves on finding the right lender and terms for each franchisee, and we look forward to working with prospects who are considering joining The Goddard School family!



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The Goddard School Breaks Ground on Campus Drive in Florham Park

November 2, 2015

The mayor, council board members, franchise owners and vice president of franchise development for Goddard Systems, Inc. celebrated the groundbreaking of The Goddard School located on Campus Drive in Florham Park. The Goddard School prides itself on its learning through play curriculum and dual management system.



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The Goddard School Names Top 10 Educational Toys For 2015 As Tested By Preschoolers

November 2, 2015

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool 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!

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Under Construction in Medina

October 30, 2015

Reported to be “a welcome addition to the rapidly growing area,” The Goddard School is projected to open in 2016.

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Hollenbach Construction builds new Goddard School

October 21, 2015

Hollenbach Construction, Inc. is building a new 10,000 square foot Goddard School in the Providence Corporate Center in Collegeville.

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Lessons in Good Giving: Why Companies Are Aligning Social Change with the Corporate Mission

October 1, 2015

How companies that prioritize social change are using philanthropy to make it happen—and what they’re getting back.

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THE SCIENCE AND ART BEHIND SITE SELECTION- JIM DIRUGERIS, VICE PRESIDENT OF FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT

September 23, 2015

I speak with many prospective Goddard School franchisees from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. Two of their common concerns are not knowing where in a preferred market a School will be located and not knowing how Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) will assist them in finding that location. Many people are uncomfortable with commercial real estate due to their limited experience in residential real estate and the more complex set of regulations in commercial real estate. Selecting a suitable site is both an art and a science.

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THE SCIENCE AND ART BEHIND SITE SELECTION- JIM DIRUGERIS, VICE PRESIDENT OF FRANCHISE DEVELOPMENT

September 23, 2015

I speak with many prospective Goddard School franchisees from a wide variety of professional backgrounds. Two of their common concerns are not knowing where in a preferred market a School will be located and not knowing how Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) will assist them in finding that location. Many people are uncomfortable with commercial real estate due to their limited experience in residential real estate and the more complex set of regulations in commercial real estate. Selecting a suitable site is both an art and a science.

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Illinois Business Journal – Franchisee Profile

September 9, 2015

After spending more than two years on her due diligence, Burrows broke ground in Edwardsville with The Goddard School franchise in 2008. Locating the 10,000-square-foot building in the Park at Plum Creek, nestled in the woods with a stream just behind the playground, was a conscious decision.

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Florham Park is No. 1 On Our List of Top Towns

September 1, 2015

Drive through Florham Park on Columbia Turnpike, and you might think all the Morris County borough has to offer are strip malls and corporate campuses. But tucked away beyond the main drag you’ll find a tidy and tightly knit suburb that works hard to keep its history and sense of community alive. Growth continues. The Goddard School, a national chain of private preschools, is building a facility at the Park Avenue business campus within the next 18 months.

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Everything Knoxville – Harden Valley’s Goddard School

September 1, 2015

As the daughter of immigrant parents who owned and operated a small business as I was growing up, I’ve experienced entrepreneurship on many different levels. But never did I imagine the response that we have received from parents since my husband, Don, and I launched The Goddard School here in Hardin Valley. While it is the goal of every business owner to satisfy their customers, it’s difficult to express the overwhelming and positive response we receive from our students’ parents.

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Entrepreneur - Are People Your Passion? Here Are 111 Franchises That Might Suit You.

August 25, 2015

If you’re considering buying a franchise, it makes sense to start with what you love. And if your passion is people, you’re in luck—the franchise world offers a variety of businesses that are all about serving members of your community, from tots to seniors, and everyone in between.

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The Franchise Mall – Franchising: Definition & Top Opportunities

August 22, 2015

In any major world city — and even many smaller towns — you're likely to find numerous franchise businesses lining the streets. Chains like Starbucks, McDonald's and Walmart are everywhere nowadays, and for good reason: Many entrepreneurs pursue franchising because it allows them to run their own business while reaping the financial rewards of a well-known brand name.

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Business News Daily – 40+ Franchises For Every Budget

August 12, 2015

There's a good reason franchising is so popular among entrepreneurs: The risk that comes with starting any new venture is much lower when you have a proven business model and an in-demand product. Investing in a franchise means giving yourself a greater chance of success, because you have brand power and support behind you.

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The Patch – The Goddard School Opens in Herndon

July 27, 2015

The Goddard School, a franchised preschool system, has recently opened a location in Herndon, VA, owned and operated by Shifali Saini.

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Wicked Local Saugus – Goddard School being constructed on Saugus Fellsway

July 24, 2015

A school for early childhood development is in the works on Lynn Fells Parkway in Saugus, scheduled to open in the winter of 2016.

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Chicago Tribune – National Day Care Center Set to Open School in Skokie

July 23, 2015

A national child day care center will occupy the former site of a Comcast service center on the 9600 block of Gross Point Road, under action taken by the Skokie Village Board.

The Village Board Monday, July 20, unanimously approved a special use permit for Goddard School, which allows the school to raze an abandoned building on the property, once home to the Comcast center.

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Press & News – Goddard School Gets Oks for Medina Location

July 23, 2015

Goddard School, Tuesday, July 7 got approvals from the Medina City Council that will enable Aaron and Lisa Amic to bring a new school franchise to a vacant commercial site near Target in Medina Clydesdale Marketplace.

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Forbes - CEOs Reveal The Secrets To Motivating Employees To Perform At Their Peak

July 7, 2015

Four ways to motivate employees to perform at their peak.

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Franchising.com - Premier Preschool Now Open For Enrollment To The Grand Rapids Community

June 30, 2015

Prior to joining The Goddard School, Lindsey worked in marketing and non-profit management as well as for the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce in South Carolina. Lindsey decided to franchise with The Goddard School in order to combine her interest in childhood education with her business experience and further expand the one-of-a-kind learning program in the Grand Rapids community.

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Grand Rapids Business Journal – Preschool Opens Location

June 26, 2015

A preschool franchise known for teaching children through a play-based curriculum is opening its second location in the market.

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Philadelphia Business Journal – People on the Move

June 24, 2015

Paul Koulogeorge, Vice President of Marketing, Advertising and PR at Goddard Systems, Inc., will effectively communicate The Goddard School differentiators to communities and potential franchisees by creating innovative campaigns aiding the continued growth and success of the franchise.

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Franchising.com - The Goddard School's Dynamic Learning Through Play Curriculum Comes To Pittsburgh, PA

June 22, 2015

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest school in Pittsburgh, PA at Millcraft Investments' downtown property, Piatt Place in now enrolling. Located at 301 5th Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222, the new school is owned and operated by franchisees, Matt and Dina Speranza.

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Philly.com – People in the News

June 20, 2015

Goddard Systems, Inc., a King of Prussia-based preschool franchise, has hired Paul Koulogeorge as vice president of marketing, advertising and public relations. He had been vice president of global marketing at DFC Global Corp.

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Franchising.com - Award-Winning Preschool Franchise Brings On Experienced Marketing Veteran

June 2, 2015

The Goddard School Names Paul Koulogeorge Vice President Of Marketing, Advertising and PR.

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Front Porch – New Preschool’s Philosophy: Fun Leads to Learning

June 1, 2015

The Goddard School, which opened May 11 in north Stapleton, is part of a preschool chain with a difference. “Owners are on-site full time to get things done,” said Lance Shimomura, co-owner of the new school with his wife, Michele. “You are leaving your child here, so you want to know that the main point person is available at all times. Nobody needs to call a corporate office somewhere else in order to get something fixed.”

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Business News Daily – 8 Reasons to Consider Franchising

May 11, 2015

Paving the way for a new business isn't easy. But what if you could have all the benefits of being an entrepreneur with the resources of a bigger company? Opening a franchise might just be the right path for you.”

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Yahoo! Small Business – 5 Business Lessons from the Big Boxing Match

May 8, 2015

You’re running a marathon, not a sprint. Many businesses are so consumed with the here and now that they forget that longevity is key to success. In boxing, it’s about landing points throughout the entire match. Aiming for a knockout is the quick way to win, but it’s also the hardest and the riskiest.

Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc., a national early education franchise with over 400 schools in 35 states, is all about responsible growth, says our source. The system takes a long time to evaluate potential franchisees to ensure they’re a fit for the brand, rather than just accepting anyone and everyone with cash to open a school. Responsible growth is also about ensuring that there is enough support from the top for every franchisee. Growing too quickly would reduce the ratio of support available to franchisees, and the whole system would suffer.

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Franchise Times - Education brands target dense locales

May 1, 2015

A booming economy coupled with a rising number of businesses and young professionals and families with children moving to downtown Pittsburgh prompted Matt and Dina Speranza to open a new Goddard School there. The Speranzas are investing $2.2 million to open a nearly 13,000-square-foot facility projected to open in July with offerings including infant and kindergarten programs. Parents working downtown will be able to drop kids off and visit them during the day. The Speranzas own two Goddard Schools and co-own a third one in the Pittsburgh area.

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