The Goddard School

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Franchise Costs

Liquid Capital Required:$150,000
Net Worth Required:$600,000
Total Investment:$712,800 - $786,100
Franchise Fee:$135,000
Royalty Type:7%

Franchisee Options

Financing:Via 3rd party
Training:Available
Veteran Discount:Yes

Franchisor Details

Incorporated Name:Goddard Systems, Inc.
Total Units:511
Year Founded:1986
Franchising Since:1988
Home Office:King of Prussia, , Pennsylvania

About The Goddard School

For more than 30 years, The Goddard School has used the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident, and joyful learners. The Goddard School's AdvancED- and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX. Learning Program reaches children in 38 states, and our comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. Our unique preschool teaching philosophy includes:

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics)
  • Enrichment
  • Nurturing Environment
  • Safety

Values & History

In 1988, entrepreneur Anthony A. Martino established The Goddard School preschool franchise to deliver a high-quality, play-based learning program to families throughout the United States. Since then, we have grown into an institution that parents and families trust, reaching over 70,000 students in more than 525 schools in 38 states.

As Goddard Schools open across the country, we continue to use the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Our talented teachers also collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident, and joyful learners.

Industry Performance

With dual-income families being the norm, the demand for quality childcare is steadily increasing. More than 15 million children under the age of six require childcare. Besides being a recession-resistant business opportunity, owning a preschool franchise helping to shape young minds can also be emotionally fulfilling. And now is an excellent time to invest in the education industry. Consider this: 8.6 million children in the U.S. have two working parents, and the demand for high-quality preschools and childcare is increasing, and children's daycare services made a total of $47.8 billion in revenue in 2016 and are projected to earn $52.5 billion by 2021.

And besides all of the benefits of joining a thriving and expanding market, investing in education also gives you the opportunity to make a positive difference in children's lives while providing for your family and yourself.

Purchasing a The Goddard School Franchise

To open a Goddard School franchise you will need at least $150,000 in liquid cash. The initial investment ranges from $712,800 to $786,100, including a licensing fee of $135,000. The Goddard School is proud to be a member of VetFran, and we offer a $20,000 discount to U.S. veterans.

Ideal Candidate & Qualifications

Typical Goddard owners are like you: successful business people who are too young to retire, weary of corporate life and eager to run their own businesses. The best part is that no prior teaching or childcare experience is necessary. The Goddard School Franchise has a recipe for success that has made us one of the top childcare franchises in the industry. All you really need is the drive and commitment to run a successful school.

Training & Support

The goal of The Goddard School Franchise is to provide franchisees with an extensive support structure to ensure the consistency of programs and services for the customers and to offer guidance to franchisees as they achieve their goals as business owners. We give you the tools to help you hire your director, and we also train the director in the Goddard system so that he or she can help you build your business. At your request, Goddard Systems University provides professional development training for your faculty at no extra cost.

The beauty of The Goddard School model is that you go into business for yourself, not by yourself. Our team of knowledgeable professionals will assist you with everything from marketing to IT and more. Our leadership team consists of experts who guide The Goddard School Franchise system while providing support to franchisees. This support includes:
  • Real Estate & Construction
  • Finance
  • Training
  • Operations
  • Education
  • Marketing, Advertising, and PR
  • Information Technology
  • Standards Team

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Available In:

The Goddard School is currently accepting inquiries from the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District Of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming