Community Impact

Every Goddard School benefits the growth of one child and family at a time, but by supporting dozens of families, it also has a positive impact on early child development within the entire community it serves.

Goddard for the Greater Good

Opening a Goddard School is more than an education-related business—it’s an opportunity to benefit the well-being of hundreds of families through early childhood development. When you commit your talent, effort and passion to early child development, you become part of a system that makes a lasting difference in the lives of thousands of children.


Quality Early Education Impacts Communities

Caring for and educating our youngest children is one of the most pressing issues our country faces today.  The value of early childhood development is supported by research from pediatricians, neuroscientists, and economists alike.  The quality of a children’s early learning experience can be a key predictor of their success in school and life. You can be assured that The Goddard School provides high-quality programs, and is recognized by both accreditation organizations and state quality ratings systems for positively impacting child development.


A five-university study* found that children who attended high-quality early childhood education (ECE) programs were “less likely to be placed in special education, less likely to be retained in a grade, and more likely to graduate from high school than peers who didn’t attend such programs”. Families who send their children to The Goddard School recognize the positive impact this can have on their children now and in the long term.

*Impacts of Early Childhood Education on Medium- and Long-Term Educational Outcomes


Parents whose children attend The Goddard School know their children are safe, happy and learning.  The continuous school to-home connections support the trusted relationship.  Parents feel less anxious during their work day and gain confidence from being informed throughout the day about their children’s experiences.


When parents have reliable, high-quality childcare, their employers immediately reflect those benefits. Their employees experience fewer missed days due to childcare challenges and turnover rates are significantly lower, particularly for women across all education levels. During the pandemic, many women left the workforce mainly due to childcare needs.  Families whose children enrolled in The Goddard School were able to return to work more quickly since they often found Goddard to be more stable and accessible than other smaller care providers.


As the American economy rebounds from pandemic shock, providers of high-quality education and care offer a valuable service to communities.  Each Goddard School provides employment in a positive work culture, along with a much-needed and appreciate service to families.

The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship

Since 2008, Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) has annually awarded the $10,000 Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship to a senior in high school who graduated from either a pre-kindergarten or kindergarten program at a Goddard School. Winners demonstrate the work ethic and perseverance that exemplifies Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community.


2021 Winner - Teeba Furat Marlowe

Teeba recently graduated from high school at Gilmour Academy with a 4.8 cumulative GPA. In 2008, she graduated from The Goddard School located in Concord Township, OH. However, Teeba’s journey to The Goddard School is unlike that of many others. Born and raised in Iraq, her family suffered greatly when a car they were riding in drove over an improvised explosive device, killing her 3-year-old brother and leaving her with third-degree burns all over her body.

With doctors fleeing from the country, Teeba could not receive proper care for her injuries. But three years later, she was welcomed to the U.S., not only so her injuries could be treated, but so she could receive an excellent education at The Goddard School.

Click here to read more about Teeba’s journey, her time at The Goddard School and her educational future.

The Goddard School Teacher of the Year Awards

Each year, we receive nominations from parents, teachers, owners and directors within The Goddard School system for our coveted Teacher of the Year Awards. While we love to celebrate each and every one of our teachers, our Teacher of the Year Awards is our way of showcasing extraordinary educators that make The Goddard School a special place to work and learn. We received hundreds of nominations this year, each one just as heartwarming as the last—and it humbles us to know how much our community lifts up our teachers.

Congratulations to all of our Teacher of the Year nominees and winners! We appreciate everything you do for the children in your care and are so grateful that you are a part of the Goddard family! 


2021 Teacher of the Year — Ms. Hallie

McKinney (Craig Ranch), TX | Toddler Room

Ms. Hallie is deeply loved and trusted by the children and families she serves, and everyone who meets her sees how much she treasures teaching. Ms. Hallie brings a unique passion to the classroom and never underestimates what her young learners are capable of accomplishing. She is dedicated to implementing age-appropriate lesson plans that are tailored to the individual needs of students – fully embracing an emergent curriculum.  

Click here to read more about Ms. Hallie and our regional award winners.

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