The Goddard School to Develop 150 New Schools by 2020

#1 Preschool Franchise On Track to Open 20 New Schools In 2015

March 02, 2015 // // KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, reports that 2014 was another year of continued growth for the brand having opened 17 new schools across the country. In an aggressive expansion effort, Goddard Systems awarded 30 new licenses in 2014 and plans to award 40 in 2015 putting the brand in an excellent place to achieve both its 20 openings for 2015 and five-year development objective of 150 new schools by 2020.

In the past five years, franchisees of Goddard Systems have opened 90 schools and Goddard Systems is on track to develop 150 more franchised units in the next five years, bringing 4,500 new jobs to communities across the United States that will service approximately 20,000 new families. With three schools already opened during the first quarter of 2015, the franchise is set to sustain its expansion plans for the rest of the coming year. Over the past five years, The Goddard School preschool system experienced a 38 percent increase in revenue, signaling a steadily rising focus and demand for early childhood development and education. As the company prepares to enter under-served urban markets in addition to suburban areas through its franchisees, Goddard Systems predicts rapid growth in its sector and a continued presence as a leader in the early childhood education industry.

The Goddard School preschool is renowned for its distinct dual-management system, in which franchise owners are onsite at each location, working with an educational director, whose main focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. 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.

“Increases in the number of dual-income families and the desire to provide children with early educational opportunities has increased the demand for early childhood education and consequently led to growth in the number of our franchised schools,” said Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of Goddard Systems, Inc. “The Goddard School has experienced tremendous growth, surpassing the number of the previous year’s openings as an increased focus is on fostering early childhood development and learning.”

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 14 consecutive years (January 2015).

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About Goddard Systems, Inc.

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School® preschools, was recently named the No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur Magazine for the fourteenth consecutive year (January 2015) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the eighth consecutive year (October 2014). Headquartered at 1016 West Ninth Avenue in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses over 400 franchised schools with more than 47,000 students in 35 states. The Goddard School's AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program, 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, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider. For more information, visit

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