The Goddard School

The Goddard School

Preschool/educational childcare
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2021 Franchise 500 Rank
#76 Ranked #88 last year
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Initial investment
$698K - $874K
Units as of 2021
575 19.3% over 3 years

Company Overview

The Goddard School offers year-round programs for children from six weeks to six years old including after-school enrichment and summer programs.

Goddard Systems Inc. (GSI) is the franchisor of The Goddard School. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently has franchises throughout the United States. Each school is a licensed childcare facility with an on-site owner, an Education Director and a faculty trained in Early Childhood Education or Childhood Development. GSI provides continuing education for all teachers as well as a corporate Quality Assurance program.

About The Goddard School

Founded
1986
Parent Company
Wind River Holdings
Leadership
Dennis Maple, Chairman & CEO

Franchising Overview

Franchising Since
1988 (33 years)
# of employees at HQ
163
# of Units
575 (as of 2021)

Franchisor Information

Corporate Address
1016 W. Ninth Ave., #140
King of Prussia, PA 19406

Information for Franchisees

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in opening a The Goddard School franchise.

Financial Requirements & Ongoing Fees

Here’s what you can expect to spend to start the business and what ongoing fees the franchisor charges throughout the life of the business.

Initial Franchise Fee
$135,000
Initial Investment
$698,300 - $873,800
Cash Requirement
$250,000
Veteran Incentives
$20,000 off franchise fee
Royalty Fee
7%
Ad Royalty Fee
4%
Term of Agreement
15 years
Is franchise term renewable?
Yes

Financing Options

Some franchisors offer in-house financing, while others have relationships with third-party financing sources to which they refer qualified franchisees.

Third Party Financing
The Goddard School has relationships with third-party sources which offer financing to cover the following: franchise fee, startup costs, equipment, inventory, accounts receivable, payroll

Training & Support Offered

Franchisors offer initial training programs and a variety of ongoing support options to help franchisees run their businesses.

On-The-Job Training
Ongoing, as needed
Classroom Training
138 hours
Additional Training
IACET training for teachers & directors
Ongoing Support
Newsletter
Meetings & Conventions
Toll-Free Line
Grand Opening
Online Support
Security & Safety Procedures
Lease Negotiation
Field Operations
Site Selection
Proprietary Software
Franchisee Intranet Platform
Marketing Support
Co-op Advertising
Ad Templates
National Media
Regional Advertising
Social Media
SEO
Website Development
Email Marketing
Loyalty Program/App

Operations

Additional details about running this franchise.

Is absentee ownership allowed?
No
Can this franchise be run from home/mobile unit?
No
Can this franchise be run part time?
No
# of employees required to run
25
Are exclusive territories available?
No

Franchise 500 Ranking History

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Additional Rankings

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Ranked #76

Franchise 500 Ranking

Ranked #103

Fastest-Growing Franchises

Ranked #88

Fastest-Growing Franchises (U.S. & Canada)

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Updated: February 8th, 2021