October 21, 2016 // Franchising.com // SKOKIE, Ill. - Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, announces its newest Chicago-area school is open. Located at 9651 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60076, the new school is owned by franchisees Andrew and Mary Fratini.
Prior to joining The Goddard School, Andrew Fratini spent more than 20 years working in customer service and sales in the healthcare industry. The Fratinis decided to become franchisees of The Goddard School because of the positive experience they’ve had sending their own daughters to the Lincoln Park, Illinois school. Their oldest daughter, Sophia, graduated from the Lincoln Park school in June, while their younger daughter, Lydia, was the first student to sign up at the Skokie school when enrollment opened.
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 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.
“With nearly 30 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.
“We’ve had such a positive experience with The Goddard School as a family that it was an easy choice for us to become franchisees when we decided to open our own business,” said on-site owner Andrew Fratini. “The Goddard School’s trusted, play-based approach to learning allows us to have a positive impact on families in the Skokie community, just as the Lincoln Park school has positively impacted our family.”
The Goddard School in Skokie is located at 9651 Gross Point Road, Skokie, IL 60076. To reach this location, please call 847-773-0200 or email SkokieIL@goddardschools.com. For general information and franchising opportunities, please visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.
The Goddard School Franchise, franchisor of The Goddard School preschools, was named the No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine for the fifteenth consecutive year (January 2016) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the tenth consecutive year (October 2016). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, The Goddard School Franchise currently licenses more than 450 franchised Schools with more than 50,000 students in 36 states. The Goddard School's AdvancED- and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience), 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, The Goddard School Franchise is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider. For more information, visit www.goddardschoolfranchise.com.
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