September 10, 2015 // Franchising.com // UPPER SAINT CLAIR, Pa. - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest School in Upper Saint Clair, PA is enrolling. Located at 655 Painters Run Road, Upper Saint Clair, PA 15228, the new School is owned and operated by franchisees, Bob and Lori Santo.
Bob and Lori are no strangers to The Goddard School. The couple’s combined experience in the business and sales industries has allowed them to successfully own and operate their first Goddard School location in Peters Township, PA. Bob and Lori’s active involvement in the community as well as their extensive background in the corporate world make them a perfect fit to bring The Goddard School’s unique learning system to children and families in the Upper Saint Clair area.
The Goddard School preschool system prides itself on its unique dual-management system, a distinguisher in the early childhood education industry. Franchise owners are onsite at each location and work alongside an educational director, whose main focus is to communicate and work with teachers, as well as to implement The Goddard School curriculum. This dual-management system ensures a hands-on, community-focused approach when it comes to early childhood education. With each school opening, The Goddard School also has a local economic impact, creating an average of 20 to 25 jobs within the community.
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.
“With more than 25 years of experience in early childhood education, The Goddard School’s unique dual-management system creates lasting community bonds as owners are on-site at the Schools to provide support to the communities they serve,” said Joe Schumacher, Chief Executive Officer of Goddard Systems, Inc. “One area that truly sets us apart from other childcare systems is our philosophy based on learning through play, designed to teach and reinforce 21st century skills, including social behaviors such as communication, critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. This philosophy fosters a lifelong love of learning and creates meaningful connections at an early age.”
Jobs relating to STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) are currently the fastest growing segment of the U.S. economy, and a focus on developing 21st century skills such as creativity and innovation as well as the abilities to collaborate, communicate and think critically, is expected to increase over time. By introducing 21st century skill concepts early on, children develop a strong foundation and a passion for STEAM at the very beginning of their education.
“The Goddard School offers a unique play-based curriculum for the most interactive and innovative learning experience,” said franchisee, Lori Santo. “With the success of our first Goddard School in Peters Township, we wanted to emulate its success and bring this one-of-a-kind curriculum to the families of Upper Saint Clair.”
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).
The Goddard School in Upper Saint Clair, PA is located at 655 Painters Run Road, Upper Saint Clair, PA 15228. To reach this location, please call (412) 564-3600 or email UpperSaintClairePA@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschools.com
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 in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses over 400 franchised schools with more than 50,000 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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