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Investment Level $1,000,000+
Goddard School System

As dual-career families progressively become the model North American family, childcare becomes the most significant decision parents have to make. Families are forced to make childcare decisions based on economy of time, budget, convenience, and quality.

The Goddard School® has carved a niche by catering to middle to upper income families who are college-educated, informed on current trends in early child development, and seeking a high quality environment for their children. The Goddard School® components that speak to today’s families as well as prospective franchisees are the security of an on-site owner and the corporate standards of the Goddard Quality Assurance Review. Because state requirements vary broadly on issues of safety, teacher credentials, and educational policies, The Goddard School® franchise system has significantly outpaced all other childcare franchises by implementing the highest standards of quality in the industry.

On-Site Owners
Most childcare centers are run solely by an Education Director who has to perform all the necessary business tasks, as well as overseeing the education program and staff. At The Goddard School®, the owner is on-site to manage the day-to-day business, which allows each school's Education Director to focus on curriculum and programming. This dual management system gives the Director freedom to observe classrooms, mentor staff, and develop a healthy learning environment for children, while the owner is afforded the flexibility necessary to operate an efficient business.

Although hours of operation may vary by location, most Goddard Schools are open Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. A schedule of this type allows franchisees to operate their business and enjoy their families and friends.

Goddard franchisees share a varied background, but very few are educators. All franchisees complete a comprehensive training program that includes: operational practices, customer service, licensing, marketing, staff hiring and training, and Goddard Quality Assurance. Goddard owners also spend time with a Goddard mentor during this period.

All Goddard owners are also invited to attend a four-day annual conference each spring and an owner’s symposium each fall. These meetings enhance the initial training with updates, current research, and an opportunity to share information with fellow school owners.

Consistently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the fourth consecutive year (January 2005) and one of the Top 50 worldwide Up and Comers, by Franchise Times; Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 190+ franchised schools in 25 states.