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The Goddard School Holds Grand Opening Celebration on July 19

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - July 7, 2014 // PRNewswire // - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announced today its newest school is opening in the Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach, Va. Located at 2572 Virginia Beach Blvd., the new school is owned by franchisee family Anne Pope and her husband Mike, along with her parents, Don and Melissa O'Brian. In honor of the school, the community is invited to a grand opening celebration on Saturday, July 19. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Will Sessoms will be held later in the month.

"We are thrilled to open our new school in the Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach," said Anne Pope, co-owner of new Goddard School. "The quality and high standard of education that The Goddard School provides for the children is something our family takes pride in and we look forward to sharing the school's excellence with the community."

The Goddard School located in Lynnhaven (Virginia Beach) will be celebrating with two different special events. On Saturday, July 19 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., the school will celebrate its grand opening with activities for the whole family to enjoy including outdoor games, pony rides and a DJ on the playground. A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor Will Sessoms will be held on July 30 at 12:30 p.m.

In addition to the new school in Lynnhaven, Anne and Mike Pope, along with Anne's parents Don and Melissa O'Brian, also own The Goddard School located in Chesapeake, which opened its doors in March 2005. The family is personally familiar with the brand's mission not only since they're already owners, but because Anne and Mike's youngest child attended and graduated from The Goddard School located in Chesapeake. Don will run business and financial matters while Anne will handle day-to-day operations on-site.

The Goddard School preschool system operates on a dual-management system, distinctive in the early childhood education industry. Each location is managed on-site by the franchise owner, as well as an educational director responsible for working with teachers and implementing the curriculum. This separation and clear delineation of roles has resulted in The Goddard School preschool system's success and high satisfaction ratings for more than 25 years.

The Goddard School located in Lynnhaven (Virginia Beach) opening is part of GSI's expansion plan across the United States to open 30 new schools per year by 2019.

"As we continue to expand across the country, we are confident the community will quickly recognize and appreciate the outstanding early childhood curriculum at our newest Goddard School in the Lynnhaven area of Virginia Beach," said Joseph Schumacher, chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc. "Our goal is to help develop profitable businesses for franchisees that offer high-quality education for families in neighborhoods and surrounding communities."

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 13 consecutive years (January 2014).

For additional information about The Goddard School located in Lynnhaven (Virginia Beach), please call 757-631-2062 or email Franchising information is available on or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.

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 thirteenth consecutive year (January 2014) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the seventh consecutive year (October 2013). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses over 400 franchised schools with more than 45,000 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

SOURCE Goddard Systems, Inc.

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Andie Biederman
Fish Consulting




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