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Small Business Snapshot: The Goddard School

Credit: The Goddard School

Our Small Business Snapshot series features photos that represent, in just one image, what the small businesses we feature are all about. Joe Schumacher, CEO of The Goddard School, explains how this image represents his business.

In 1988, entrepreneur Anthony A. Martino established The Goddard School preschool franchise to deliver a high-quality, play-based learning program to families across the United States. They offer year-round programs for children six weeks to six years old, including after-school, enrichment and summer programs.

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School, reaches more than 65,000 students in more than 460 schools in 36 states. Each school is a licensed childcare facility with an on-site owner, an education director and a faculty trained in early childhood education and/or childhood development. GSI provides on-going education for all teachers as well as a corporate quality assurance program.

Known for its dual-management system, every school is co-led by an on-site owner and education director who work together to ensure every family enjoys a warm, positive experience. Franchisees focus on the operational aspects of the business, while the education directors focus on the curriculum, programming and teacher development.

Research shows that children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun, and we embrace this philosophy in everything we do. By providing our students with a positive learning experience early in life, we help lay the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

Finding and retaining enthusiastic, creative educators is a challenge, especially when unemployment rates are low, as they are now; but we address this challenge by working with our franchisees to develop unique, creative ways to attract and retain talent.

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, GSI is expanding in areas where high-quality preschools are needed and in which there are high concentrations of families that will benefit from the quality and high standard of education that The Goddard School provides.

Edited for brevity and clarity by Sammi Caramela.