KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. - Oct. 1, 2014 // PRNewswire // - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announced today its newest school is opening in Long Meadow Farms, Texas. Located at 21024 West Bellfort Street in Richmond, the new school is owned by husband and wife team Samir and Tamkeen Shroff. In honor of the Houston area school's opening, the community is invited to a ribbon cutting ceremony and grand opening celebration on Saturday, October 11.
"My husband and I have always been passionate about education," said Tamkeen Shroff, co-owner of The Goddard School. "Our three young children have inspired us to share our passion with the local community and provide a high quality of education that will contribute to the growth and development of other children in our area."
The grand opening festivities at The Goddard School located in Long Meadow Farms will be held from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Saturday, October 11. In addition to the ribbon cutting ceremony, families will enjoy rides, face painting, a balloon artist and other fall activities and crafts. Families who enroll during this event will receive free registration for children.
Prior to becoming a Goddard School franchisee, Tamkeen spent 12 years in the education field as a secondary school administrator and teacher. This is the first joint business venture for Tamkeen and her husband Samir. The two have assembled a team of directors to provide excellence throughout the school, including Annmarie George as operations director and manager of health and safety and Myra Hardwick as curriculum specialist.
The Shroffs are very involved in the community and have actively volunteered in Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth during the past 20 years with organizations including the Social Safety Net, Aga Khan Foundation and the Education Board for the Ismaili Centers. They've also worked with local seniors to find resources and services that help them maintain their independence and social connection in their older age.
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 Long Meadow Farms opening is part of GSI's expansion plan across the United States to open 30 new schools per year by 2019.
"As we aggressively add schools across the country, we are confident that our franchise model will provide entrepreneurs with profitable businesses and unmatched support," said Joe Schumacher, chief executive officer, Goddard Systems, Inc. "Our goal is to share the benefits of our brand of high quality early childhood education as we expand in Houston's Long Meadow Farm community and others across the nation."
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 Long Meadow Farms, please call 281-232-7980 or email Richmond2TX@goddardschools.com. Franchising information is available on www.goddardschoolfranchise.com or call 800-272-4901 to speak with a franchise development executive.
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 www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.
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